Travel Stories Week 11
What's your favorite place you have visited?
Last year I lived in Tbilisi, Georgia for 3 months, and although there are many places that I really loved visiting and living in, I have to say that Georgia quickly became one of my favourite countries that I have visited so far. It's just so unique there and has such a vibrant and lively feel to it. What I really like about it is that it seems to have still retained a lot of the old Georgian way of life. It doesn't feel too much like a modern European capital city (I mean that in a good way!).
I met many great people there, and of course, Georgian food is pretty awesome. I can't wait to return to the country and see the other parts that I didn't get the chance to visit the first time around.
What’s the best thing you have seen while travelling?
Woah, there's so many cool things really. It's hard to pin down just one. If I really had to say one thing, then I guess that I'll plump for the Northern Lights. I lived in Finnish Lapland for almost two years, and seeing the Northern Lights is just so special EVERY TIME. It's really hard to describe them to someone who has never seen them before, and photos never do them justice. You've got to get up there and see them for yourself!
What’s your best travel story?
Again, I have several to choose from. I suppose my most unique story is that I lived and worked with the indigenous people of Lapland - the Sami people - as a reindeer herder for 2 winters. This was way up in the most northern part of Finland in the empty Lappish wilderness. There was nothing around for miles. Just lots of trees and lots of reindeer.
I was working as a husky dog trainer a little bit further south in Lapland for a while, and I heard about a Sami family who wanted some help with their reindeer. So, I messaged them, and they told me to come as soon as I could.
The experience was incredible. We were out with the reindeer in temperatures that sometimes surpassed -40! Many Sami families make their living by herding reindeer and selling their meat (and other body parts). As well as the reindeer herding, I had to also help with the slaughtering and butchering. I love animals, but I also eat meat, so I'm not squeamish about getting involved in things like that.
I learned so much about the Sami way of life and about reindeer. Unforgettable!
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