Travel TAG (part 2)

12. Best item purchased abroad?

This is a difficult one. I’m awful at remembering things too. The only thing that comes to mind is this: we were returning from a choir trip and were traveling by bus from Spain to Belgium. After a nearly sleepless night we stopped very early in the morning at one of the service stations in France. The croissants were only just being put on display. They were still warm and I can tell you, they were the best croissants I have ever had in my life.

13. Top 3 Travel items?

Phone (& charger – come on, that’s one item), jacket (you never know what the weather is going to do and it’s good to protect you from the sun and from the cold), house keys (seriously, you should take your house keys). Oh and money is pretty essential, but you can scarcely call that “an item”.

14. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

I used to be a repeat visitor as a comfort kind of thing, but now I do like to regularly visit new places (if diaries and funds permit it)

15. Do you read up on your destination for culture, history or safety or do you wing it?

I tend to read up as I go at the destination itself.

16. You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no issue, where are you going?

New York. Big city lights whoop whoop!

17. Favourite landmark you have visited?

The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

18. Beach holiday, exploring or adventure?

Exploring. I’m not the fittest of people, but I’m not one to bake in the sun all day either. Unless that beach holiday would include a lot of windsurfing. I’m all up for that! Tasting new cultures is my favourite.

19. Where have you travelled to that you would love to travel again?

Kronach, if nothing else, just to stay in the youth hostel in the castle again. That was amazing.

20. Where would you travel to just eat the food?

My favourite is French kitchen and that’s easy enough to find. I would like to travel to the US to see what the fuss is all about here in Europe about American food. So many bad things are being said about it and I can’t believe it’s that bad. I heard bad things about the English kitchen too, and they where wrong about that.

21. Is there a place you would never go again?

Maybe, but not a specific place. Not because of not liking it, but more because of time constraints. There is so much to see in the world.

22. To travel is to…

Experience! I love exploring and learning new things. I know, I’m nerdy like that.

Anyone who wants to use these questions (which I collated from all over) are welcome to them. See you next time!

Travel TAG (part 1)

1. Where are you from and where do you live now?

I’m from Belgium and I have been living in the UK for almost 4 years.

2. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been?

Egypt (Sharm El-Sheikh). It was in my early teens when we went. I remember that I really liked the hotel and windsurfing on the hotel beach. I also remember how I did snorkelling for the first time and the views in the sea where amazing. And lastly, I remember a story of how my parents and sisters woke up an entire corridor of sleeping guests one night because I had apparently locked the door (I couldn’t even remember doing that) and nobody could get in or wake me up. So in the end they broke in via a door between our room and the one from one of our neighbours.

3. Do you prefer summer or winter?

It’s very hard to decide. I love swimming outdoors as much as I love skiing. But if it’s at home, I think summer would be my favourite. In England winter tends to be pretty wet.

4. Where would you love to travel to?

Japan. It really appeals to me to see how you can be creative with very little space.

5. Are you currently saving up for a trip?

Sort of; We want to visit a friend in Hungary and the budget is going to be pretty tight the next couple of years. My hubby wants to start a doctorate in September and should go part time in his job for that (all going well).

6. Name a place in the world you would love to shop.

Paris (if money is no issue), otherwise Brighton. It’s an awesome city for all sorts of things.

7. How many countries have you visited?

17 (including the ones I live(d) in).

They are: Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Vatican City, Turkey, Egypt and Sweden.

8. Where was your first plane to?

Egypt. I’m pretty sure of that. It’s the first one I definitely remember anyway.

9. Why do you travel?

Me and my hubby travel a lot to visit family. Our families live in the Midlands and in Belgium. A 3 hour and 6 hour drive one way respectively. Though I do love the discovery aspect of travel. That’s my favourite reason.

10. Favourite city?

Budapest. I have only been there once, so maybe that will change. I had the same feeling the first time I went to Paris that it would be my favourite city. It still is really high up there too.

11. Most memorable experience abroad?

The most memorable thing was looking up in the desert in Egypt in the middle of the night. We were on our way to a classic spot to watch the sun rise with lots of other tourists and guides. The amount of stars I saw that night in one go hasn’t been rivalled since, or even come close to that.

To be continued…