Brief Notes on my Travels
I am a 32-year-old Canadian who loves to travel. So far in my life, I've been to Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic.
My most significant travel adventure was in the spring of 2007 when I lived in Seville for 2.5 months, studying Spanish for 2 weeks and flamenco dance for 2 months (I also returned to Seville in 2014), and then went to Rome for 2 weeks (which was my second trip to Rome) before returning to Canada. I met a VTer for the first time ever while in Seville during my first trip there (Spanishguy) and hope to meet more VTers if possible. Love you all!
My first big VT meet was Euromeet 2009 in Portugal. Lots of sun, partying, naughty fun, and drunken debauchery - Claus and DAO being crazy (the skinny-dipping incident was just one of their crazy stunts!), Andy and Gareth singing karaoke drunk out of their minds, the pool party as the sun was rising on Sunday morning, etc. Then a year later, I went to Euromeet 2010 in Poland and it was more of an educational experience for me - my first time in Eastern Europe, in a country still recovering from decades of communism, as well as a day trip that included a tour of Auschwitz concentration camp. I can't really compare these two Euromeets because they were so different - Portugal was more fun, but Poland was more intriguing.
Most of my other travels have had to do with either study, religion/spirituality, or dance. I have taken university courses abroad in Spain and Sweden (I lived in Sweden for 5 months as an exchange student and took summer courses in Spain twice). I have been to 3 World Youth Days (in Rome, Toronto, and Cologne) and have travelled to the DR with a Church program to learn about poverty and injustice in the Third World. I've traveled to Spain to learn flamenco, and to Argentina to learn the tango. Here is a list of my journeys, starting the summer after I graduated from high school:
Italy (Rome, Assisi) - 2000
Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, San Cristobal, El Cacao, Ingenio Consuelo) - 2001
Spain (Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Avila) - 2002
Ontario, Canada (Toronto) - 2002
Sweden (Sundsvall, Kiruna) - 2003
Spain (Salamanca) - 2003
Portugal (Lisbon, Obidos) - 2003
Germany (Cologne, Fulda, Steinhaus, Margretenhaun) - 2005
Ontario, Canada (Toronto) - 2006
Quebec, Canada (Montreal) - 2007
Spain (Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, El Rocio, Algeciras) - 2007
Italy (Rome, Assisi, Tivoli) - 2007
MOVED TO MONTREAL - 2008
Portugal (Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Estoril) - 2009
France (Paris) - 2009
Poland (Krakow) - 2010
Argentina (Buenos Aires) - 2012
Uruguay (Colonia) - 2012
Spain (Seville) - 2014
I don't know where I will go next, but I love Spain so much that there's a good chance I'll end up returning to Seville! I've also been developing an obsession for the Argentine tango and went to Buenos Aires to learn it. Just as I went to Seville to learn flamenco, I wanted to go to Buenos Aires to learn the tango, and finally did it as my "big trip for the big 3-0" (I turned 30 in the summer of 2012). And lately, I'm becoming very interested in the Brazilian samba... maybe I should go to Rio de Janeiro to learn it? Lately, I've also developed an interest for walking pilgrimages such as the Camino de Santiago, so maybe I'll try that someday... Aside from that, I moved to Montreal in the fall of 2008 after a long time of wanting to live here.