Living abroad frees your mind of preconceived notions like a good facial scrub clears your pores of impurities. It opens your eyes to possibilities you never imagined. I, having traveled to many lands, was under the assumption I am more open minded than most… then I visited Panama City.
Every single country, region or city on this planet came into being as a result of a collision of outside forces. These acts molded and shaped not only physical locations, but the culture of the people who inhabit them. When you understand that, then you know Sicily and recognize the depth of her mystique and allure.
I lived in France for about a year working with a French company in 2004. My first assignment was in an EXTREMELY small village that had all of 50 residents. Yes, you read that right, 50 people! The company I was with doubled the size of the population while we were there. These were two part observations for France as I knew what I observed for small village France would not be the same once I go
Traveling isn’t just about seeing, it’s also about experiencing. One can visit the most scenic of locales and other than a few photos and souvenirs, leave with nothing of real value. Even the memories seem, less. While a random conversation at a grocery store, a shop owner inviting you for a coffee, and a barista explaining which fish & chip shop has the perfect fish batter in a small seas
Here is the second part to my French Observations. Hope you still find them amusing and thought provoking. One of the strangest things I have observed by far in my travels. In France, they start counting on their thumbs, where as in the states if we begin counting we usually start with our index finger and the thumb is five. That in itself is no big deal at all. The big deal that after 2 ½ mon
I very rarely go back, to countries that is. I revisit cities I’ve vacationed in, but never a country I once lived. A part of me has a deep significant fondness for exploration that is stronger than the gratifying tranquility of remembrance. The pull of the undiscovered is a powerful ally for my sense of adventure. Also, I’m afraid. It’s one thing to pass through as a tourist; a temporary di
In 2003, after meticulously planning a move to Madrid, Spain, I threw logic aside at STA Travel and booked a flight to Auckland, New Zealand instead. My rational? More bang for my buck. A flight to Madrid sold for $834 while a special offer had Auckland at $950. Being as I was employed in New York City at the time, the greater v
These observations are a blast from the past! I wrote these in 2001. It was my first time outside of the United States and I didn’t yet speak Spanish. EVERYTHING was different to me so there are a lot of observations. I haven’t been back to the country for quite some time now, so things could very well have changed. But while I was there this is what I observed. Hope you enjoy them. Maaaaan
If visiting Myanmar is like 2 old lovers running into each other again years after the relationship ended on good terms, then Sri Lanka is a new couple leaving the infatuation phase and realizing those small things that started out cute are on the verge of becoming annoying. You still really really like the person, but them leaving the
A good friend reminded me recently, very directly as only a good friend can do, I should play to my strength. My typical travel blog posts are normally more observations of the land and culture held up to the mirror of my own preconceived notions and bias. Often a true story is thrown in to highlight the observations. Yeah so… First thing I noticed about Myanmar is how amazingly nice the p