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The ABCs of Travel

I found this on a travel blog and thought I’d borrow it for myself!

Age you went on your first international trip: Officially, at 16 to Queretaro, Mexico. Unofficially, age 8 to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada (I’m sorry but if it’s not French speaking Canada I don’t really count Ontario as an international trip).

 Best foreign beer you’ve had and where: I’m not really a beer drinker but if I had to pick one it would be a cherry kriek I had in Brussels, Belgium at A La Mort Subite (Sudden Death) café.

 Cuisine (favorite): It’s a tie between French and Mexican.

Destinations – favorite, least favorite and why: Favorite would be Paris, France because simply, it’s an incredible city. Least favorite-downtown Asheville, North Carolina. There were too many “undesirables” (i.e. hippies who hadn’t bathed in days) walking around which in my opinion, marred my liking it.

Event you experienced abroad that made you say wow: Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Seville, Spain. It’s like the mobs in Times Square at New Year’s Eve except it has a religious focus.

Favorite mode of transportation: A European train. The trains in the United States stink and while I love the places that planes can take you, there is nothing desirable about plane travel anymore, unless you have the money to travel in first class.

Greatest feeling while traveling: Seeing a famous site you had dreamed about for so long.

 Hottest place you’ve traveled to: It’s a tie between Granada, Nicaragua or Seville, Spain. Oppressive doesn’t even begin to describe it.

 Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: Dinner at the French restaurant Remy abroad the Disney Dream cruise ship.

 Journey that took the longest: Flight between New York City and Seoul, South Korea-15 non-stop hours in the air.

 Keepsake from your travels: It’s a tradition now to buy a magnet wherever we go. Our refrigerator is becoming quite full.

Let-down site – why and where: Unless you’re going on a tour that includes a stop there, going out of your way to visit Stonehenge in England is really not worth it.

Moment when you fell in love with travel: See letter A. The excitement of being in a foreign country, eating exotic foods, speaking a different language, that to me is what makes me love travel.

Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: Westin Palace in Madrid, Spain. It’s from the turn of the last century and the building is incredible. It definitely made me enjoy Madrid more on my second visit there since on my first visit I stayed in a crappy hostal.

Obsession – what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling: Anything beyond just the standard “famous picture shots” (i.e. the Eiffel Tower).

Passport stamps, how many and from where: Too many to count and also I no longer have my very first passport. But my favorite ones are from Morocco, Costa Rica, and Uruguay namely because they have a little flare to them (for Morocco the flare is definitely the Arabic script-so cool).

 Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: I can’t think of any off the top of my head. I generally try to avoid “quirky.”

 Recommended site, event or experience: Driving to the top of Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui. More than 10,000 feet in the air, you ARE above the clouds.

 Splurge, something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: If I’m traveling in a developing country, definitely first class accommodations. Scrimping in western Europe is one thing, but scrimping in a region like Central American is another and not my idea of fun.

 Touristy thing you’ve done: A Chicago River architecture boat tour on Wendella Boats in Chicago, Illinois. I don’t think there was single local on it and yet it was a highly informative and interesting tour.

Unforgettable travel memory: Emerging through the jungle in the Yucatan Peninsula and seeing the incredible castillo at the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico.

 Visas: One when I studied abroad in Spain.

Wine, best glass while traveling and where: I’m really not a wine drinker but the glass of rose I sampled at the Biltmore Winery in Asheville, North Carolina was pretty good.

eXcellent view and from where: The view from our balcony of our hotel in Maui was pretty spectacular.

 Years spent traveling: All 27!

Zealous sports fans and where: The fans in Pittsburgh are pretty crazy and absolute die-hards.

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  • Reply
    December 22, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Great post! We stayed at the westin palace this summer – definitely beautiful!

  • Reply
    the red headed traveler
    December 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks! I loved the buffet breakfasts each morning especially the room it was in, so stunning! If I go back to Madrid, I would definitely want to stay there again.

  • Reply
    Lance and Laura
    December 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for coming by our blog (Just Another Travel Blog). We love your blog! We’ve added you to our blogroll. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply
    the red headed traveler
    December 24, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Thank you! I was glad to come across the link to your blog on the nest 🙂

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