Whenever we go on vacation, we meet locals who have completely different points to make. The meaning of life is completely different for them. Sometimes we meet people and they are forever registered in our minds. Every time we recall those moments, it brings a smile back to our face. So what is that moment during your travels that you can never forget?
My husband, 2 yr old, 5 yr old spent a few days on the Greek island of Naxos, which was completely relaxing and idyllic...the ferry to and from the island played a little tune when the bay doors were opening/closing...to this day humming that tune will bring us back to the time spent on the island.
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My first trip to Barcelona. I met a wonderful German ex-pat with a Harley. He took me to every place I wanted to go over 4 days and took me to some places that I never would have seen without a local. He would wait patiently if there was some tourist attraction where I wanted to pay and go inside. Best of all, he was a perfect gentleman. It was like something out of a movie and I'll never forget it!
staying in a hut on a tiny island in Indonesia. I had spent weeks travelling with friends and then decided to discover Nusa Ceningan all by myself. I thought I would be scared and dreaded being alone but the moment I realized that I could do it, I was as happy as never before.
This is where I stayed:
The time I spent in swiss.. stayed with local people to do local things like cooking the local food, swimming in the river (and I almost drown ha), and going to a private party with my friend. It made me feel like I was home there, and I will never forget about it.
I was walking through Reykjavik one night, and there was a party in some apartment building up on the second floor. A guy stuck his head out and yelled at me "Hey! How do you like Iceland?" It was just such a friendly comment, and he seemed so happy that people were visiting Iceland.
I also love the committee of concerned senior citizens that assembled in Seoul. They saw me off the beaten path a bit, and I looked lost. So about 15 elderly people surrounded me and helped me find my way back toward my destination. (South Koreans as a whole are unbelievably kind that way, and very generous with their time and help.)
Snorkeling with sea turtles. I think I could do this every day of my life.
I think my favorite moment ever was on Boracay Island during the Boracay Open beach ultimate frisbee tournament. I think it was the Saturday of the tournament, and we were all done with our games. The sun was close to setting, and all of my teammates gathered on the beach to drink and hangout. One teammate brought his big speaker and started playing 80's jams.
It all kinda just came together at that moment. I was with my good friends, drinking cold beer, listening and singing to great music, watching the waves, the boats, and the sunset, wishing that I could stay in that moment forever.
Whenever I think about Philippines, I always think back to that moment.
Oh, there are so many. If to be honest, though, the best moments are always related to people I've met and the situations at these exact moments.
That's why going back to the same place, for me, doesn't hold the same memory, but always creates a new one. Sometimes better, never worse, always different.
I spent a week in Waikīkī Beach in Hawaii in Oct. 2014. In the taxi taking us to the airport at the end of a lovely stay, I said I was puzzled that no-one had mentioned the President all week, and asked if they were not proud that Barack Obama was from Honolulu? He laughed hugely and said Yes of course!! He's a local boy made good!! That must surely be the most UNDER-rated statement of the year, if not the century!!
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Going camping for the first time as an adult since girl scouts was so much fun! Camping in Jasper, Arkansas is great. Hiking down to Hemmed-In Hollow as a beginner hiker not knowing how steep it is was hilarious because we had to take a million breaks. We read that it was a strenuous hike but thought it was just a warning for old folks. Haha! The rushing water by our campsite stealing our shoes and glasses made us laugh so hard. My friend had to camp the rest of the time with one shoe. But I also loved seeing Big Sur for the first time. OH WOW! I love everything in California!
Going to Chengdu, China, and visiting the Panda Preserve.
Watching the Panda Bears ,and actually holding one of the young Pandas.
So soft, so cute, and so clumsy, laughing the whole time!!!
The first time I went to Paris by myself I accidentally ended up at the studio of a milliner. I don't know if he thought I was a client or what but he immediately started putting hats on my head and showing them to me in the mirror. He and his assistant seemed to be having so much fun--they were laughing and admiring their work, etc. He did this with about four or five hats before I got worried that he thought I was going to buy one (and I had NO money in those days) so I said thank you and left. To this day I have no idea why he did that. I often look back at that experience and just laugh.
My best memory has to be in Buñol for the Latomatina 'Tomato throwing' Festival. It is an amazing fun experience. Thousands of people from all over the world meeting in a narrow street to throw tomatoes at each other. It happens every last wednesday of August. I ticked off that bucket list but i would love to do it again.
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My very best vacation ever was the first time to "The Continent"
in 1985. We spent three weeks traveling all over France - just France. Saw most of the nooks and crannies. And this was when the French were not particularly warm to Americans. We had a great time anyway and people in the countryside could not have been nicer - we did our communicating with body language.
Abruzzo- Most recently was this last October at a cooking school in Italy. We started out as strangers and ended up family. I will never forget that week. It was like a big house party! I did learn that sharp knives and wine aren't necessarily the best combination but it worked anyway.