My Favorite Travel Moments

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I have been reading a lot of travel lit lately, partially because I’ve been stock piling books for years and finally have the time to start reading them now, partially because I’m in a state of wanderlust. It’s only been 4 months since I’ve been overseas, but my mind and heart is still constantly wandering to thoughts of hiking in Switzerland, swimming in the Mediterranean, ogling over the shiniest, most purple eggplants in Bologna, and the smell of deep earthy espresso in Rome. In the spirit of adventure, these are my top moments in travel (abridged.)

-sharing churros and chocolate with a stranger in Madrid

Churros and chocolate

-having an entire plane held for me and almost getting stuck in Eindhoven, Netherlands for 3 days

-sneaking into El Prado in Madrid

-becoming “a regular’ at multiple cafes in Rome

-eating McFlurries in 5 different countries

McFlurries Rome

-singing Eminem at a karaoke bar in Rome

-forgoing the regulated boat tours around Capri and instead taking a ride with a crazy wine-offering old man

capri

-celebrating my 21st birthday with a pub crawl in Rome

-renting apartments so I can cook my own  fresh food from European markets

-seeing LMFAO (the band) shoot a music video in the streets of Amsterdam

LMFAO tour bus

-ending up on a bus, alone, in the wee hours of the morning with two transvestite hookers in the outskirts of Rome

-sleeping on a couch overnight in the Nashville airport

-running into a schoolmate at a grocery store in Germany

-picking fresh figs in Greece and eating dozens a day

-scouring the Black Forest for its namesake cake on a roatrip

I could go on and on…and I’m sure I will in another post! There are so many snapshot moments from my travels that have become integral parts of who I am. These are the things that make travel so dynamic and intoxicating; even the disastrous moments, the slightly scary moments, the not-like-the-picture hotels, the flight delays, the ill packed luggage, and finally coming home to your familiar Arrivals gate, greeted by the smell of Starbucks and Subway.

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