Photo Credit: missjamiebird.blogspot.com
A : Age at which you went on your first trip abroad: Aside from the time I spent in Jamaica as a child, my first real trip was to Spain on a school trip for nine days. I was fifteen at the time and my mom was working two jobs to support me and my brother. When I think back to how expensive it must have been, I am eternally grateful to my mother for her selflessness in making that trip happen. I’ve been in love with travel ever since.
B : Best foreign beer you’ve had and where: I’ve never been a beer drinker, so I’ll pass on this one.
C : Cuisine : The choices! There’s nothing like Jamaican Food, it’s so rich and flavorful. I’m also a sucker for Italian Cuisine, and of course there’s French food! And then there’s: Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Cuban, Brazilian, Indian, Thai… No way I can choose just one favorite…
Ackee and Saltfish – Jamaica’s National Dish (photo credit: http://www.Multi Cultural Cooking Network)
D : Destinations, favourite, least favourite, and why: Of course I’m partial to Paris and Rome. My least favorite destination at this point would have to be London. I think I had set my expectations so high, that it was impossible for them to be met. It was also a very short visit (one day) and I was horribly sick with the flu at the time. The people I had encountered in general were not very friendly so the whole experience overall was a bit of a let down. I do want to give it another chance, though. Definitely sometime soon.
E : Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: While traveling from one end of St. Lucia to the other by bus, I remember being entranced by the perfect blue-green of the sea.
St Lucia – photo credit: elisa (www.indulgy.com)
F : Favourite mode of transportation : Flying first-class before 9/11 was definitely one of my favorite travel experiences. I’ve only flown first class a few times, twice pre-9/11 and once post-9/11, all domestic flights. Since September 11, traveling by plane has been dreary to say the least. I still look forward, though, to traveling first class on an international flight one day.
G : Greatest feeling while travelling : The feeling of freedom and the constant feeling of discovery. Traveling is the best learning experience in the world.
H : Hottest place you’ve travelled to : I would have to say it’s a toss up between Jamaica and Puerto Vallarta. In Jamaica, the nights are so hot you can’t even sleep, it’s just about stewing in your juices while the mosquitos gnaw at you like a piece of corn. When I was in Puerto Vallarta, I remember the only activity I could perform during that trip was reaching my hand out of the swimming pool to take a sip of my cocktail. And still I broke a sweat!
Puerto Vallarta Resort – Source: thebeachfrontclub.com
I : Incredible service you’ve experienced and why : Hmm, I’ve experienced great service in the past, but incredible service? I can’t remember. I recall the hotel staff being quite attentive at the resort where I stayed in Puerto Vallarta so many years ago, but I think I want to travel to a few more spots before I comment on this one.
J : Journey that took the longest : Definitely the trip from Paris, France to Ischia, Italy. The journey seemed never-ending. First, I had missed my morning flight from Paris to Rome. Then, I had to wait the whole day until I could catch another. I endured a late flight to Rome, where I had to sleep at the airport overnight, took a 40-minute shuttle to the Termini train station the following morning in order to catch the 1-hour train to Naples and from Naples took a 3-hour ferry ride to Ischia. By the time I arrived in Ischia I was delirious, but it was well worth it.
K : Keepsake from your travels : This blog. I cherish each entry as it documents each one of my amazing experiences and journeys.
L : Let-down sight, where and why : The Trevi Fountain in Rome. Yes it’s beautiful, but the experience definitely left me underwhelmed.
M : Moment when you fell in love with travel : I’ve loved travel and escaping to different locations since I was a pup. As a child I would watch Fantasy Island dying to be whisked off to another world. It’s the eternal dreamer in me.
N : Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in : I’ve stayed in some very nice condo-style resorts from when I was working in the travel industry, but off the top of my head, I’d have to say Las Vegas hotels have been the most impressive so far.
O : Obsession : what are you obsessed with taking photos of when you travel : In case it isn’t obvious enough from this blog… FOOD.
P : Passport stamps, how many and from where : Definitely not enough: Spain, France, U.S., Mexico, Jamaica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Italy, St. Lucia and other places I can’t recall at the moment. Look forward to collecting more….
Q : Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where : I will never forget my March visit Spain so many years ago. There was a religious procession taking place in the streets of Spain… might have been in Madrid or Sevilla, can’t remember anymore. Everyone in the procession was wearing white hooded masks. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a KKK event, the last place any black person should be. Very bizarre yet memorable religious gathering.
R : Recommended sight, event or experience : Without a doubt the Coloseum in Rome. What a spectacularly sturdy piece of architecture and magnificent piece of history.
The Coloseum – Rome
S : Splurge ; something you have no problem forking out money for when travelling : Again, if you couldn’t tell from this blog, I’m a sucker for good food. I have no problem forking out a chunk of money for a nice meal. What’s funny, is I’ll haggle over the price of a room in a heartbeat, but with good food, no negotiation is necessary.
T : Touristy thing you’ve done : The double decker bus in London. Not my usual M.O. when visiting a new place, but I was sick with the flu and wanted to move around as little as possible, while seeing as much as I could for the day.
U : Unforgettable travel memory : Exploring the island of Ischia at night by scooter with a special friend.
V : Visas ; how many and for where : I think I needed a visa for Spain at the time, but that was so long ago. I’m sure I’ll pick up a few more eventually.
W : Wine, best glass of wine while travelling and where : Again, too many, but I enjoyed a lovely Italian Red at La Pentolaccia in Rome. I had wanted to write the name down, but I completely forgot.
X : eXcellent view and from where : Cambria, California. Christmas 2011, the most gorgeous sunset I have ever seen. There was also the most stunning purple sky in the Dominican Republic.
Y : Years spent traveling : Over thirty years and counting!
Z : Zealous sports fans and where : Not really a sports fan, but the Italians were pretty enthusiastic about their soccer/football while I was in Ischia.