I haven’t gone the million places I’d love to go yet, but I am very thankful for the places I’ve had the opportunity to visit so far. Of these, some have stood out to me more than others. I want to share where these places are and what really made them special for me.
This two-island nation has special meaning to me. This is the place where my Great Grandmother was born. Even though I didn’t get the chance to meet her, I feel like I can get to know her through the place where she was raised. The first time I went there I was 15 years old and it was the first time I’d left my home country and was old enough to remember the trip.
Both islands are truly beautiful. Nevis in particular is so undeveloped that you feel as if it’s your own personal deserted island. There are no streets covered in people and tourists. Walk at your own pace down the streets and stare up at Mount Nevis as the donkeys and goats pass you by.
The waters are the beautiful turquoise gems you see in pictures. There are beaches with black sand thanks to the volcanic beginnings. The abundance of fresh fruits is amazing. You’ll see fruits and flowers you’ve never seen before. Sip on hibiscus juice or Sorrel (Saral) as it’s called. Relax on the beaches or venture in to the rainforest and take in the cool mountain air. St. Kitts and Nevis really is your own couple of private deserted islands ready for you to explore.
This was my first trip to Europe and the farthest I had been away from home. I remember stepping onto the cobblestones of Vienna and seeing the sights and sounds of such a beautiful city. The buildings were so quaint and very bright and airy.
This is a city for someone who wants to experience European charm. There are areas in the city center that are for pedestrians only. Walk through all the shops and cafes and enjoy the delicious food. Think crepes that come in sweet and savory varieties. There are shops that sell more gelato flavors than I knew existed. There is a trolley that can take you around the city. But be careful as it is just off the sidewalk and I got almost too close once. Vienna is just oozing with charm and character.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love South Korea. I’m not one to go to many countries a second time. And I’m planning on at least a third time for South Korea. This was the farthest I’d ever been away from home when I went the first time in 2014. You really feel as if you are on the absolutely other side of the world. It’s in a good way though. There are many places in South Korea but to me, Seoul is especially for eating and shopping.
There are areas in Seoul, such as Myeongdong, which are lined with stores. Some of the stores are inside malls that tower into the sky. Beneath the streets are subway stations also lined with places to shop. And between all those places to shop are also places to eat as you shop. The variety of clothing and different types of food surrounding you really make it one incredible place. This is in addition to the palaces and other architecture sprinkled in between the modern buildings. There is something for everyone in Seoul.
I’ve wanted to go to the Middle East for as long as I can remember. It might have to do in part to the movie Aladdin. Dubai was my first trip to the Middle East. Going on a desert safari and seeing only sand all around me is a moment I will not forget for the rest of my life.
Dubai, and the UAE in general is a very new country. Though the area has been inhabited, the people were nomadic in nature and there were not many real settlements. For this reason I felt Dubai lacked the ancient Middle Eastern flavor I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong. Dubai is beautiful with is sparkling skyscrapers and pristine streets. However, like any “new” city, it does not have the history of many other Middle Eastern nations.
Mentioning New York City feels weird because in a lot of ways it feels like home. Living in south western Connecticut, New York and New Jersey always feel like my homes away from home. There is something about New York City, no matter how much it feels like home.
New York City is so incredible and interesting to the many of the people who long to visit. And for so long I took it for granted. New York City is an amazing city. It’s not of itself though. There are so many cultures and countries represented in New York City. With them they’ve brought their food and identities and shaped what the city has become. That is the true reason I believe New York City is amazing. It’s everyone’s contribution and what they left behind as they passed through Ellis Island. It’s truly amazing because it is the world world in miniature.
These are the places I love. Let’s continue to travel, get to know other cultures and make the world even smaller everyday.