Archives for February 24, 2012

ABCs of Travel

I saw this by Suki over at [Super Duper Fantastic] and thought it was an awesome idea and follow up to the Costa Rica post!

A – Age you went on your first international trip:

When I was 11, I was in Michigan visiting my aunts and we hopped across the border to Windsor, ON! I was 14 going on 15 or had just turned 15.  My middle school science teacher organized a trip to Italy (Florence, Rome and Assisi) that my parents let me go on.  That followed up with a trip to Paris the following year with my mom.

B – Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where:

XXXX in Queensland, Australia. I think.

C – Cuisine (favorite):

I love Thai food, although I have yet to eat it IN Thailand.

D – Destinations – favorite, least favorite, and why:

I’ve loved almost everywhere I’ve ever been… Florence and Verona were totally overrated to me (aside from the amazing art in Florence) and I prefer to go somewhere a little less overrun with English speaking college students.

E – Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:

Flying over Greenland and seeing the ice caps breaking up into the Atlantic Ocean.

I wouldn’t have even seen it but the woman in the row in front of us woke us up to point it out, saying that it was super rare since Greenland was usually covered by clouds.

Another one would have to be the Aurora Borealis when I visited Churchill.  Talk about awe inspiring!

F – Favorite mode of transportation:

Around a city – on foot.  Around a country – regional train.  They’re incredibly slow but it’s fun to actually see all the small towns rather than fly through them.

G – Greatest feeling while traveling:

I love the feeling of freedom and adventure.

H – Hottest place you’ve traveled to:

That’s a good question… I live in Texas, so it’s all relative.  It was pretty toasty in Rome in the summer without air conditioner.

I – Incredible service you’ve experienced and where:

I would definitely have to say the residents of Churchill, Manitoba.  Every single person we met in the small town of 100 people was so open and inviting.  My friend and I went dog sledding, then spent the rest of the evening with the owners.  They showed us the northern lights and then gave us a ride to the train station.

J – Journey that took the longest:

Probably driving to Vancouver from Texas, since it took about 24 hours of drive time or 2.5 days of travel.

K – Keepsakes from your travels:

Probably photographs.  It’s just so easy to transport me back when I look at them all.

L – Let-down sight, why and where:

I didn’t really fall in love with Verona when I visited, but I don’t know that I was expecting too much while I was there.

M – Moment where you fell in love with travel:

My mom raised me with a love of travel, so I’m not 100% sure of the exact moment.  I think it may have been on one of our trips to Washington DC.

N – Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:

Adara Hotel in Whistler, BC.  I got a great last minute deal for the weekend and took off.  I had an entire room with a loft to myself, it was so fun!

O – Obsession – what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling and why:

Architecture?  I like playing with the composition of buildings, statutes and other inanimate objects in my photographs.

P – Passport stamps – how many and where from:

I think I have four five stamps and one visa.  Visa from studying abroad in Italy plus stamps from the following year, stamps from Mexico, Australia and Canada. This will be changing soon!

Q – Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:

I really have no idea on this one… maybe the Jackalope statue or Cadillac farm in the Texas panhandle region?  I thought about this for awhile and really couldn’t think of anything else!

photo courtesy Sydney Bridge Climb

R – Recommended sight, event, or experience:

Climbing Sydney Bridge was seriously cool.  It was super safe but the view was amazing.

S – Splurge – something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling:

I will always splurge for museums.  I love seeing the wealth of art, history and knowledge they house and don’t have any issues paying the fees to get in!

T – Touristy thing you’ve done:

I do touristy stuff all the time.  Take a boat to the Statue of Liberty, stand on a ledge at the Grand Canyon, go on a Quicksilver tour to the Great Barrier Reef and snorkle, and even going all inclusive at Cabo.  I do touristy stuff.

U – Unforgettable travel memory:

Seeing the sunrise at the Grand Canyon.  We took a bus out to one of the outer viewpoints on the South Rim, it was February and very cold, but we saw the sun rise!  It was amazing.

V – Visas – how many and for where:

One – from studying abroad in Italy during school.  And a Canadian work permit once.

W – Wine – best glass of wine while traveling and where:

I won’t even pretend I can decide on this one.

X – eXcellent view and from where:

Standing on top of anything.  Sydney Bridge, St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, the Duomo in Florence, Grand Canyon.

Y – Years spent traveling:

I think I went on my first plane ride at 18 months… so roughly 24.

World Cup game broadcast in Florence

Z – Zealous sports fans and where:

Italy during the 2006 World Cup.  I was studying there the entire duration and Italy beat out France in the championship game.  From 300,000 people gathered at the Circo Massimo to thousands cheering in the streets in Naples, it was far more powerful than anything I’ve ever experienced at home.