“A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.” ~Lemony Snicket
Passport In Hand
I know that the purpose of a travel blog is to let everyone know what I am doing in my travels. I could bring my ipad and blog every day. I can write notes in my notebook and then stay in at night and blog. I can sit in an outdoor café and blog. I could blog at two am when I can’t sleep.
Or, I can do what I normally do. Experience as much as I can. Be in the moment instead of recording it for posterity – especially, since no one is paying me, yet.
I am one of those people who sleeps very little when I am traveling. I don’t want to miss anything. I can sleep when I am home. I go to bed very late and I get up early. It is probably why jet lag takes me so long to recover. I’m exhausted.
I love to walk around a city when it is waking up in the morning. It is usually at its quietest. (Not Venice because that is when the cruse ships unload) In Barcelona, I walked by the always very crowded Casa Mila (Gaudi) . It had just opened up, I walked in and was the only person there. It was quite amazing to see it like that. I had a similar experience at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with my daughter. I had the opposite experience at the L’Ermitage in St Petersburg- it was still crowded because of the dreaded cruise ships.
If it is raining, polluted, or there is a time constraint, I use the treadmill. I watch the TV programs from whatever country I am in. I watch cartoons in Italy to practice my Italian. (Cartoon characters speak slower in Italy). I’ve watched bullfighting in Spain (the close-ups and reenactments are gruesome), and the ski reports in Germany ( only to find out I was going to the Alps and didn’t know), Japanese game shows are my favorites . They are so crazy and colorful. You don’t have to know the language to understand they are completely humiliating themselves and having the best time doing it. I love watching TV in the UK because the people look so normal and sometimes they are unattractive .
I go non stop during the day . I don’t really like to sit for long lunches. I prefer to walk with a baguette or a power bar. I like to see and shop as much as I can. If there is a beach, I want to be on it.
In the evening, I like the long meals, a cultural event, local massage, or just hanging out in a square having a drink. When I was younger and traveling, it was all about beaches and nightlife. I always said that I will do the other things when I get older and now I do. It is great to have been able to experience both.
Basically, I take a computer break. But now I am a blogger so things have changed. I will take more photos without me standing in front of them. I will take photos of things I write about. i will take photos of my college friends. I will take photos of food. (cyberspace seems to love food photos – just look at your facebook friends). I will still be writing notes in my moleskin notebook, on napkins, menus , tourist brochures , receipts and hotel stationery. When I transcribe them, the papers will remind me of a delicious meal, a great museum , a beautiful room or an interesting conversation. . You will have to hear about it when I return –Just like my friends and family have for years.
Hoscakal, Fly safe,