Travel Stories Week 37
What's your favourite place you have visited?
This is nearly impossible to answer. I have loved almost everywhere I have been, and returned to many Countries many times. That being said, I would have to choose Iceland. It was a difficult journey as my husband and I walked the infamous Golden Circle and the weather was rather unpredictable and at times very challenging. But it is without a doubt the most beautiful and otherworldly place I have to been thus far. I often find myself comparing it to a far away planet because it just doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the world, and that's what is so fantastic about it.
What’s the best thing you have seen while travelling?
I've seen history come to life in countless places, breathtaking beaches, and awe-inspiring landscapes, but the best thing I have seen while traveling is human kindness. When I first left to travel solo back in 2013, I was pretty down about people. I was starting to think human kindness was lost. But in every single County I have been to, I have found countless people who would give me the shirt off of their back if I needed it. Sure, there are always going to be bad people no matter where you go, but the overwhelming amount of goodness that is out there is truly amazing. Every time I think I can't find kinder people, I do.
What’s your best travel story?
I was a few weeks into my solo travels. I had just left Amsterdam and was traveling in Bruges, Belgium in the fall of 2013. I was staying at a really great hostel. St. Christopher's Inn, which had its own bar attached with a seemingly endless selection of local craft beers (as well as many imported ones).
Since I was in Belgium, I decided I had to attend a proper beer tasting. The tasting took place in the hostel bar. I had samples of 10 different beers and was given one bottle of the beer of my choice at the end. I was feeling pretty jolly as most of that beer had a ridiculously high alcohol content, so I decided to hang out in the bar for a bit with some new friends I made during the beer tasting.
Then, I spotted her. She seemed rather out of place as this was a hostel bar full of very young people (I was probably the oldest person there at the age of 32). She had to be at least 55 or 60.
My friends and I took a keen interest in her, and we all took a shot at having a chat with her. She very unkindly told us all to "Piss off". My intrigue grew. I then asked the bartender if he knew her and what her deal was. He told me that she is a local woman, who for some reason, really loves hanging out in that hostel bar. He said that she is in there daily but never speaks to anyone.
It was really bothering me that I couldn't get this super mysterious woman to speak to me - and then it happened...
She pulled out a pair of tweezers and started plucking her chin hairs!
Yep. She did, right there at the table in a crowded hostel bar. You can see the tweezers in the photo! Was it wrong of me to snap a photo? I don't think so. If you don't want people taking photos of you plucking your chin hairs, do it in private!
I don't even think I laughed straight away as I was so in shock at what I was witnessing. My new friends and I just kind of stared at each other in disbelief. None of us even spoke about it to each other. It was just too bizarre to put into words. We knew what we had seen and we couldn't un-see it.
Tell us about your blog
I have been traveling the world full-time (I travel slowly, often stopping to work) for 5 and a half years. I met my husband, Aecku, 7 months into my travels. We have been wandering the world together ever since. He had very little when I met him, so we have found ways to travel very cheaply (sometimes almost totally free) and on my blog, I try to focus on sharing my knowledge of how to do that. I have posted about how to save money to travel, how to make money while traveling, and different ways to cut down travel costs. The thing that holds most people back from travel tends to be lack of money, so I love being able to show people that you don't have to have money to travel, even in notoriously expensive places. Traveling the world has changed my life in monumental ways and I want everyone to be able to experience that.
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