"WHY DO I SPEND MY WHOLE PAYCHECK ON TRAVELING?" globetrotter_2006's Profile
We just got back from an amazing honeymoon in Tahiti and Bora Bora. We stayed at the Sofitel in Tahiti and the Hilton Resort & Spa in Bora Bora. Make sure you take some time and check out the Bora Bora tips and pictures.
Below you will find many of the reasons why I like to travel around the world.
Lets face it, many of the world's best known beers are almost tasteless. There sales may be huge, but they are not memorable. To produce a tasteless brew from barley-malt and hops is difficult, but a dubious achievement. If it tastes like soda-pop with added alcohol, it is not a great beer, it is the means of delivering alcohol to the brain without the intervention of taste. My love towards beer is fairly young, it began during the summer of 1998 when I backpacked through Europe. That year, I had a chance to see the Guiness & Heineken Brewery along with drinking plenty of Stella Artois in Brussels, and Pilsner Urquell in Prague while watching the soccer World Cup. My passion with beer has increased during the years, and it has taken me to Pacific West Coast in the United States to taste some of the best brews, and furthermore, it has taken me to Belgium to taste the original Trappist beers.....my favortire.
The motto in Spain is "Everything under the Sun", and after growing up in Madrid & Barcelona, the sun is something that I have come to appreciate & admire. Nothing better than sitting down to watch the sunset, or the sunrise. I believe that watcing the sunset is almost therapeutic, specially if you sit back and appreciate the beauty of sunset and not be bothered by the ruckus of the buzzing city. I have seen some gorgeous sunsets in San Antonio, Ibiza @ Cafe del Mar & also in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Some of the other spots where I would like to watch the sunset, but not limited to, are: Phuket (Thailand), Hawaii & Key West (US), and Santorini (Greece). But truth be told, I am sure the west coast of any coutry is idea for a sunset, and its beauty is there for you to enjoy.
Absolutly love food. As a matter of fact, I think I work out so much just so that I can eat as much as I do. Some of my favorite food is Spanish Tapas, Seafood, and Lebanese. Of course, every time I travel anywhere in the world I look forward to tasting the local cuisine. From the Jerk Chicken & Beef in Jamaica, to the lamb in Iceland, to the Guiness Beef Stew in Ireland to the Portuguese Bacalhau, to the Belgium Mussels......my mouth waters just thinking about this tasty dishes. Nothing better than good food, good drinks, and friends all around to make it a memorable experience.
There are two different kinds of vacations for me; one is to a city and the other is to the beach. Everytime I travel to a city in any country that does not have a beach, I end up walking its streets, talking to the locals, visiting museums, experiencing the nighttlife and admiring their culture. The other kind of trips are straight to the beach where I loose track of time, and I truly have nothing to do besides relax, soak the sun, swim like a fish, and eat like a king. The kind of trips where the cell phone is left behind, and the watch stays in the bed side cabinet. Don't get me wrong, of course I still mingle with the locals & experience their culture....but it is all at my own pace, stress free.
Entertaiment / Nightlife is a must for me. I tend to be very open minded about music. I like House, Trance, Reggae, Classic Rock, Classical, etc, etc. I feel very lucky to have been to some of the best nightclubs in the world from Ibiza to NYC. I also enjoy local Pubs such as those in Dublin. In Washington DC, where I live, we have a vast amount of entertainment. From Bars & Lounges, to mega Clubs to places like the Kennedy Center where you can always watch a Simphony or a Theater Play. One of the most memorable places for me was in the Blue Lagon in Iceland for the Air Waves Festival, where a local DJ played right by the water. I am looking forward to one day going to the full moon party in Thailand, and to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.
Many times I find myself at an outdoor cafe in a distant city, people watching and trying to immerse myself into their culture. Sure we all travel to see ancient monuments, impressive scenery, to get lost in huge museums filled with local art or maybe explore unfamiliar food, but at the end of the day there is an irresistible urge to eyeball, evesdrop and mingle with the locals. Some of the cities I have been to seem to have been designed to people watch, cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, NYC, etc. Sometimes I have found myself immerse in the local culture by simply befriending taxi drivers, tour guides, or just by taking to people at cafes, or bartenders at a local Pub.
My major in College was International Relations (Political Science), and from a young age I have been an addict of History. I love to learn the history and culture of the country I am visiting and interact with the locals.
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Written Sep 25, 2006
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