|On a boat and smiling, I’m afraid of water!|
The ABC’s of travel gives bloggers the opportunity to share their favorite and most memorable travel moments from A-Z! Thanks to both Fidel from Scene with a Hart and Cheryl from cherylhoward.com for tagging me! It was really fun putting this together. At the end of the post I will tag three other bloggers to see what they have to say. Enjoy!
A: Age you went on your first international trip:
My first international trip happened before I was one years old when I flew from Kingston, Jamaica (the place of my birth) to Newark, NJ. The first international trip that I remember was aroundthe age of nine. My grandparents and I drove to Toronto, Canada to visit family. I remember making that trek three times growing up.
B: Best (foreign) beer you’vehad and where: Um, I am not that big of a beer drinker butliving in Germany I have been forced to drink it on numerous occasions. I can say that the least horrible tasting beer I have hadis Astra beer which is Bavarian.
|Me at Oktoberfest totally not enjoying myself|
C: Cuisine (favorite):My favorite cuisine has got to be Italian. I have had the chance tohave some great Italian food since I have been to Italy on 5 separateoccasion.
|Mussels in Roma.|
D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: Favorite destination was Rabat, Morocco. I went there in 2007 for a double wedding! This celebration spanned over three days and the actual ceremony was about 12 hoursand consisted of 7 different outfit changes. The city was gorgeous and I really enjoyed it because I was there with locals. I made friends for life on this trip!
The least favorite destination isParis, France.I don’t dislike Paris, I have been there five times. It’s just my least favorite, which means I liked it but not as much as every other place 🙂
|Henna in Morocco|
E: Event you experienced abroadthat made you say “wow”: My ultimate wow experience wassnorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and attempting Scuba Diving. Woochile, I saw a clam at the bottom the reef thatwas the size of a VW Beetle and I took a picture with a sea turtle.
|Under the sea!|
F: Favorite mode oftransportation: The bus. I love the bus, it’s a great way tolearn the city. Subways might be faster but if you only travel via underground you rarely get your bearings. The bus allows you to see where you are going even though there might be crazies on there.
G: Greatest feeling whiletraveling: Finding a place after getting slightly lost. Navigating a foreign country is great, it’s just you and your map/guide book against the city. I love conquering new places.
H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to: Morocco was hot as blazes, I am a bit scared to go closer to the equator. I prefer cold weather to heat. In the cold you can layer up and get cozy, in heat, you can only get but so naked and you are still burning up! Gah! The sun was assaulting me inMorocco, it made no sense!
I: Incredible service you’veexperienced and where: Well coming from America I am spoiled, no place in my travels has been able to compete. I hear that Asia gives America a run for their money in terms of hospitality but I haven’t experienced it yet. So I will have to go with Las Vegas, Nevada at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Great service, great rooms, I won’t stay anywhere else.
J: Journey that took the longest: London to Australia. 20 something hours with a layover in Singapore. Bah! I hated it.
K: Keepsake from your travels:Keychains or purses. Nice combination huh? I like handbags and accessories so I try to pick up one while I am abroad. The keychain I currently use is from Budapest, Hungary and it is a leather heart.
|Keychains in Budapest, Hungary|
L: Let-down sight, why andwhere: My boyfriend might stone me for this but I was a little let down by the Little Mermaid. It’s the most famous tourist attraction in Denmark and she is super small. I know I shouldn’t haveexpected her to be large considering her name. She sits on a rock and you can walk right up to her and touch her. I was expecting her to be taller. LOL
|The miniature mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark|
M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: I fell in love with travel after moving to London and going on shortcity breaks. There was a time when I went to different city once a month. Traveling within Europe was affordable and quick and after I came to that realization I haven’t really slowed down. I talk about my budding romance with travel more in this post: For the love of travel.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: Nice, meh. I’ve stayed at loads of nice places but my favorite might be the Stratton Hotel in Swaffom, England. I have a dream of one day operating a bed and breakfast and the Stratton comes pretty close to the place I see in my dreams. It’s a hotel run by a husband and wife with 7 or so rooms each uniquely designed. I have stayed at the Stratton four times and I have asked to move around the rooms so Ic ould experience each one. This hotel is worthy of a post all of it’sown. It’s in the middle of Nowhere, England but it is simply amazing.
|A room at the Stratton Hotel|
O: Obsession—what are youobsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?: My food.I am always taking pictures of what I am eating, much to the annoyance of my fellow dinner guest. It’s a tick!
|A bagel in Prague. YUM!|
P: Passport stamps, how many and from where? How much time do you have. I have quite a bit but they are spread across three different passports. The number of stamps don’t capture all the places I have visited since I live in Germany and while traveling within the EU, I don’t get stamps. in between countries. I have been to over 30 countries and will hit Japan and Russia this year 🙂
Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: In Amsterdam I visited the Sex Museum, it was…quirky.
R: Recommended sight, event or experience: I totally recommend taking cooking courses when you travel. I have taken a few while abroad and it’s a great way to learn more about the local cuisine and meet interesting people. Even if you cant cook. Look for a class that is set in someone’s home or private studio and enjoy! I have taken course in Istanbul and Paris, both where the highlights of my trip.
|Cooking class in Paris, France|
S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Accommodations ,accommodations, accommodations! Seeing as how most of my travels are solo, my safety and comfort are the most important. I don’t stay at a five star resorts or mansions that overlook golf courses in Hawaii or anything but I adore guest houses and boutique hotels. I haven’t been able to get down with hostels. I do my research and budget accordingly for hotels on my trips.
T: Touristy thing you’ve done: I am a traveler with touristic tendencies. I have probably done a touristy thing in every location I have been to, just to experience different sides of the city. My answer: Whale watching in Baja California. Totally touristy but worth every penny. I had a blast! I need to write a post of this as well.
|Geeked out on this damn boat thing on the hunt for whales. Thar she blows!|
U: Unforgettable travel memory: Reykjavik, Iceland was definitely an extraordinary place. I visited earlier this year and I went off roading on a 4X4. We had remarkably mild weatherin February and drove along the coast for hours. Later that day Ir elaxed in the Blue Lagoon and then topped off the evening with an amazing dinner at the Fish Company.
|Beautiful day in Iceland|
V: Visas, how many and for where? The only tourist visa that I have that is still valid is for Istanbul. All the others like ones for Australia and Morocco are expired. I currently have a work visa for Germany, where I live.
W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where? Haha, the best of glass of wine was actually a half liter of sangria in Barcelona, Spain. It was a hotday under the Barcelona sun and I decided to order the large sangria.I was so faded! I attempted to give a police horse a sip and put the straw up to its mouth, no one found that funny so I focused my efforts on a stone horse but since it was stone, it didn’t want any sangria either. I was forced to drink it myself and put myself out ofcommission for a day and a half. Good times.
|Here little horsey try some sangria, it’s yummy!|
X: eXcellent view and fromwhere?: I really enjoy the view from the Fernseherturm right in the middle of Berlin, it is the tallest structure in Germany. At the top of TV tower there is a restaurant that rotates and in 30minutes you can see all of Berlin.
Y: Years spent traveling?I will count starting with solo travel. My first solo trip was to Turks and Caicos in 2005. I’ve been traveling and living abroad since then so 6 years.
Z: Zealous sports fans andwhere?: If by zealous you mean insane, I think the hooligans that plague England during football season qualify. I would never enter a pub or walk near one after a big game because there was always something kicking off, too much beer and way too much testosterone.
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