It’s been a long time since I’ve written. There aren’t any excuses really, so I’ll just jump right in, and pick up where I left off.
One of my dreams is to travel the world. That simply means to see as much as I can see of the world: countries, cities, people, cultures. The memories I have from my travels are cherished ones and shape me into a human being who is more aware of the different kinds of paradises experienced on islands or in one’s mind, as well as the varied types of hardships people in other countries and governing bodies have to endure. Sometimes one moment in travel can change you forever, but mostly, it’s the bits and pieces from every travel experience saved somewhere in your heart or mind that slowly shapes and empowers the spark of magic that lives in you. It is that magic that propels you to keep traveling, keep imagining.
In honor of that intangible magic residing in me, I have put together a “Roll Call” of all the countries I have been to:
Worst Country Ever – Malaysia (Wait! Let me explain: this trip resulted in a series of unfortunate events including monkeys stealing my belongings and getting groped in the subway station, but I’ll elaborate on that in another blog.)
Best Country Ever – USA (hahaa, lol… What else did you expect? I’m American, after all. )
All time best trip EVER! – Costa Rica
Top country I cant wait to return to – the Philippines (2nd runner up, Morocco)
1st Country I could see myself living in (*that I’ve been to*) – Spain (2nd runner up, Costa Rica; 3rd runner up, Hong Kong)
1st Country I’ve ever been to – Morocco 1998
1st country I celebrated the new year in – Jamaica 2000 (2nd, Bali 2014)
1st country I had a fling in – Costa Rica 😮
1st country I fell in love in – Ghana
1st country I ever lived in – South KOREA!!!
1st country I went ape shit in (like postal, lol, not ‘turn down for what’) – Thailand
1st Asian country I’ve ever been to – Korea
Only *foreign* country I’ve had the pleasure of buying & eating Garrett’s Popcorn in – Japan (For those who are sadly out of the loop, Garrett’s popcorn started in Chicago, IL and is the most delicious gourmet popcorn I’ve ever tasted. They are most known for their ‘Chicago Mix’, which is cheese and caramel popcorn. Mmm, mmm, good!)
1st country I did solo travel in – Costa Rica 2008 (2nd, Thailand)
Best solo travel trip (independence/planning wise) – Thailand
A country I grossly underestimated (in a good way) – China
Most magical country – Costa Rica
Dirtiest country – China
One country I’d wet my pants to go to – Cuba
Countries I’m surprised I haven’t been to yet (based on location)- Canada & Mexico
Countries I’m surprised I haven’t been to yet (based on desire) – Italy, France & England (And when I say “England”, I mean London. 😛 )
There are three countries I’ll soon add to the list that are already in the works – I’ll give you a few hints:
1) The first country is one I’ll be traveling to next month, and is officially known as the Republic of China.
2) The second country I will visit in January (which is also the best time to visit), and has two really cool facts about it: a) It’s the only nation-continent in the world, and b) It has the largest Greek population, outside of Greece.
3) The third country is a coveted one on many people’s list, and is the only country I was afraid to travel to alone (thank goodness I won’t have to). It is also where Buddhism originated.
Can you guess what they are?
Wow… that was fun!
Any of you have a best & worst, first time ever, cried-then-laughing-now disaster, or ultimate memorable moment in travel that you’d like to share (cities & countries included)?