I thought I’d answer this set of questions posed by Anna from Wayfarers, since it’s right up my alley. Travel, memories… this also goes well with Nihongo Japango’s Travel Trinkets and Memories challenge.
What has been your most memorable travel experience so far?
Visiting Hawaii is something I won’t forget. I’d dreamt of the islands for so long, since I was a child; picturing hula hula skirts, surfing, clear waters and tropical flowers… and I wasn’t disappointed! It really was exactly as I had imagined.
I think the first time the idea to visit Hawaii entered my mind was probably when I was around 12. A teacher at school had just returned from a long trip there, and after his return, I remember him wearing a Hawaiian shirt to class. The look was completed with a sharp, white mustache shape on his tanned face.
Have you travelled alone? If yes, where and when?
I’ve traveled alone so many times that I can’t answer this question accurately. Shanghai, Dubai, Stockholm, Copenhagen, all around Italy and France, Crete, Santorini, San Marino, Monaco, Brussels, Dublin, Málaga, and I’m sure I’m forgetting something.
Traveling alone is great! You get to recreate yourself, be someone different for a while if you want to – or just be anonymous.
Those trips were all in the 2000’s. These days, I prefer traveling in good company, i.e. with Hubby!
What is the strangest food you have eaten?
I love food but I’m also a picky eater and when I travel I often don’t feel like tasting the most exotic things. Unfortunately, I’m not very adventurous that way!
The strangest thing I’ve eaten must’ve been a delicately parcelled, over-priced banana which I bought as a snack from a fancy department store in Tokyo. I had no idea they would gift wrap it!
What’s your weirdest, most unusual cultural experience?
Seeing toddlers in China wearing clothes with holes in the bottom, instead of diapers!
What is one destination you felt overrated?
I have a few places I weren’t too keen on, but I really don’t want to name them because it’s just my opinion, after all. I’ll say that in general, I don’t care too much for places that are so crowded with tourists that you can’t really see where you are.
It’s a paradox, I know, and I know that I’m just adding to that crowd myself. My solution is to try to travel off-season to get more of the local vibe.
Where would you go for an adventure of your lifetime?
Antarctica recently popped up in a conversation. I wouldn’t have thought of it earlier, because I love warm places and I get cold very easily, but now I’ve gotten into the idea.
It’s still on the list, though!
What is your favorite cuisine?
I love Middle Eastern food: mezze, hummus… The best food I’ve eaten on a trip was in Dubai.
What place have you recently heard of, that you didn’t know about?
This would have to be Bodnant Garden or one of the castles Millie Thom has recently been describing in her blog.
Why do you blog?
I’ve dedicated a whole post to answer this – check it out!
Totally how many countries have you visited? Flight layovers/changes and work-travel do not count.
If work travel doesn’t count, I have no idea. I’ve spent the past 15 years working on and off in the travel industry, so travel equals work… (and leisure!)
I’ve often wondered if living in a (foreign) country should count as travel. And what about travels within a travel destination – are they to be counted as one trip or several? What about domestic travel?
What do you think?