For several months I have happily been exploring Mexico. My professional career was in the art, design and fashion fields so I love the colors and fabrics of Mexico. A few weeks ago I got to experience Mexico's Independence celebrations, I want to know all the traditional songs in Spanish next year.
I have met a woman here that hosts Air BNB travelers, and so now it's my turn to try it out.
Most of my life was spent on the west coast, LA to Seattle but I also spent time in NYC almost every month. Traveling around the world was also part of the fun of a fashion career and I love to go exploring at a moments notice.
Shopping or at least window shopping is always part of any trip. But poking around museums and historical sites is also a favorite. I really enjoy learning as much as I can about the location and it's history and culture. ....including sampling the local foods.
I have never been anywhere I didn't enjoy, from the big metropolitan cities to tiny towns hidden away from highways that I only found from making a wrong turn.
My last few years were spent in Louisiana and it was a wonderful and new experience from anywhere else. Amazing skys with beautiful thunderheads rolling in or out, great food, and of course that Southern hospitality! Crawfish etoufee' was one of my favorites but I tried the possum gumbo too!
When I meet new people in my travels I love hearing where they came from, and about their families and daily lives. In the states we are rather homoginized but when you get to travel to other countries you realize there's more than one way to do a job, raise a family or tell a story.
I think my all time favorite travel experience was when my travel agent made a mistake and booked me at a wonderful tattered but elegant (now redone) hotel on the shore of Lake Como , Italy. The tiny town is called Tremezzo. I was expecting to stay at the
(H)EElton in Milan and when the taxi kept driving for what seemed like hours into the dark rolling hills I was sure I'd never see daylight again!
All my appointments were across the lake and I had to take the hydafoil to Como with the sun sparkling down on the lapping waves as we zipped across the water. I thought, I was in an old Italian movie, it was unforgettable! What luck the travel agent didn't know Tremezzo wasn't a suburb of Milan. I think this qualified as one of their best mistakes ever.
When things aren't going as I expected, which happens to everyone, but in a foreign country can be confusing, frustrating or down right frieghtening, I remember my mantra from Josef Albers, "Stop worrying. What happens, happens mostly without you."
I'm looking forward to many more surprise desinations filled with interesting sites and memories....and a little confusion as well.