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Travel Alphabet

Cynthia posted this a while back, and Emily posted it recently too and reminded me of it again.  (Some questions are kind of irrelevant for me, so I changed them up a bit.)  Since I’m headed out of town for work this weekend, I thought now would be an appropriate time to post it. Enjoy!

A: Age you went on your first international trip: Ummm….so I guess technically Mexico is international?  I’m just going to say it is, because it is the only place outside of the United States that I’ve been.  I went to Mexico with the Husband (then boyfriend) in 2004…so I would have been 20.

B: Best (foreign) drink you’ve had and where:  I don’t know that they tasted the most delicious, but the Blue Hawaaiians, Pina Coladas, and other fruity icy drinks that we had in Mexico were probably the most memorable.  This might be because we stayed at an all-inclusive resort, so the drinks were free….and there were lots of them. 🙂  Every time we have similar drinks now it always reminds us of Mexico.

C: Cuisine (favorite): I really love eating seafood on the coasts.  Seattle has fantastic seafood, as do South Carolina and Florida.

Seattle Food

This photo is from a 2003 trip to Seattle…..I’d be willing to bet that the only things I ate off of that table were the crab legs and corn.

D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why:  Although I was only there for 2 days about 10 years ago, I remember loving San Francisco, and I have wanted to go back every time I think of it since then.  Least Favorite?  I’m not sure.  I wasn’t really a fan of Louisville, KY when I had to go there for work last year, but we were only there for 3 days, and the weather was not good so I think that had something to do with it.

E: Event you experienced that made you say “wow”: It may be cliché, but Times Square at night is always a “wow” inducing place for various reasons.  First of all, the fact that the lights of the buildings and billboards light it up the place like it is daytime is pretty amazing.  The variety of people that hang out in Times Square (especially in the evening) is rather “wow.”  Young and old, tourists and locals (okay probably mostly tourists), many different ethnicities and outlooks.  I go to NYC for work every year around Valentine’s Day, so there are lots of adorable couples oohing and aaahing at the lights of the buildings, holding hands, and taking the classic hold-the-camer-in-front-of-you self portraits.  It is a great place for people watching.  

F: Favorite mode of transportation: My favorite mode of transportation is probably planes.  Although, I have taken a couple of short trips via train that weren’t all that bad either.

G: Greatest feeling while traveling: Exploring new food and new places.  When I travel for pleasure, my favorite thing is probably that I don’t have to worry about things going on with work, and just can concentrate on enjoying.

H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to:  Probably Mexico, although I do remember it being pretty warm while we were in Hawaii as well, but more windy.

I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: When we ate at Boa Steakhouse in Los Angeles last fall it was by far the best service, and probably the best steak I’ve ever had.  There also were 9 of us dining, so kudos to the waiter who handled all of our questions and modifications with ease!

J: Journey that took the longest:  Flying to Hawaii took such a long time.  Of course it was worth it to get there, but man, it was a looong day of travel!

K: Keepsake from your travels: I have a few different things that I generally keep/buy as a keepsake from every trip.  When I was in middle school or so the squished penny and quarter machines became very popular at tourist destinations, so I collect those where I can find them.  I also try to collect pins from every place that I go.  Sometimes this is super easy, sometimes they are hard to track down.  Sometimes I am so busy that I totally forget to look…..this is how I don’t have a pin from Philadelphia last year 🙁  I also like to keep the room keys from the hotels that I stay at.  Of course, I take lots of photos as well.

PinsJust a small portion of my collection.

L: Let-down sight, why and where:  Hmmmm…..  I think I’d have to say snorkeling in Hawaii.  It was fun and all, but we had recently been snorkeling in Mexico where it was in a gorgeous cenote (sink hole) so the water was calm, and there was lots of vegetation and fish easily seen.  In Hawaii, we took a boat out to a little cove where we just went snorkeling kind of along the shore.  It was very wavy, crowded with people, and we didn’t really see too much.  I’ve heard that there are much better places in Hawaii to go snorkeling than where we went.

M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: I’ve loved traveling for as long as I can remember but I think it really came out when I started dating the husband.  Traveling is definitely something that we both love doing, and many of my most enjoyable trips have been with him.  We’ve gone somewhere pretty much every year that we’ve been together, even if it was just a weekend trip somewhere in Wisconsin.

N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: The first time that the husband and I went to Los Angeles, we used some American Express points and stayed at the W hotel.  It was one of our first big vacations, so not only was it amazing to stay in a hotel in Los Angeles, but the W was really nice.  Definitely one of the nicest we’ve ever stayed in.  We’ve also stayed at many of the Kimpton boutique hotels in Chicago, and all of those have been very nice as well.

O: Obsession–what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?: Food, which I definitely have been photographing much longer than I have been blogging about.  I really like taking “artsy” photographs, especially of small details of popular attractions.  Just scenery in general I guess.

Space Needle

P: Passport stamps, how many and from where? I don’t have a passport yet (we went to Mexico before you needed one to go there) but hopefully this will change soon!

Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:  Back in 2007 when The Simpson’s movie came out, 7-11 converted a few of its stores around the country to Kwik-E-Mart’s.  Unfortunately there weren’t any in Wisconsin, but we happened to be headed to Chicago during the time that they would be around so we stopped at one there!  It was fun to see all of the stuff “in real life.”  They had squishee machines, the signature pink sprinkled donuts, and lots of other Simpsons references.  Definitely quirky.  Definitely lots of fun. 

Pink Donut

Squishee

R: Recommended sight, event or experience: Well, this one was definitely hard for me to narrow down.  There are SO many places that I’ve been to that I would recommend, and many of them I talk about in other parts of this little survey.  To answer this question, I’ll have to go with one of the most unexpectedly awesome places I’ve ever eaten at: Mac 24/7.  When we were in Hawaii, we didn’t have really any food plans.  Every day we had to find somewhere new, and while there were a lot of places, this was not a time in my life that I was so open to trying new foods so the choices for places that I would like to eat were limited.  One day we stumbled across Mac 24/7.  Upon entering it just looked like your typical diner.  As I know I’ve talked about before, I’m one that NEEDS breakfast foods for my first meal of the day so I was pleased that they had breakfast foods even though it wasn’t exactly breakfast time.   Little did we know that we were about to order the most giant stack of pancakes that we had ever seen.  

Mac Pancakes

Proof I took pictures of my food way before I was blogging about it.

This, I believe, is “The Elvis”  Bacon, banana and peanut butter drizzle.  This was the husband’s choice of course, I can’t remember what I had.  Since we were there, Mac 24/7 has been on Man Vs Food for their stack of pancakes, and it makes sense because these were seriously an insane amount of food.  If you are ever in Waikiki, go visit Mac 24/7 and have the pancakes.  They are gigantic and delicious.

S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Food, and places/things we can’t see and do back home. 

T: Touristy thing you’ve done: Oh, there are so many! I’m definitely a touristy person if its the first time I go to a “famous” city.  I’d say the most touristy is doing the Celebrity Home Bus Tour in Los Angeles……and I’ve done it twice. Not ashamed.

U: Unforgettable travel memory: One of the first bigger trips the husband and I took together was the summer after high school.  We were 18 and 19.  We wanted to go somewhere the summer before college, but obviously didn’t have money for a super big trip.  Amusement parks have always been somewhere we’ve loved going, so we decided to go to the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio – which is about an 8 hour drive.  We only had, I think 4 days – including 2 for travel – so we headed out bright and early one morning to start the 8 hour journey.  The husband had booked the hotel and park tickets – which to me now seems odd because I almost always am the planner of the two of us now.  A few hours into the trip I start reading over the hotel information that we’d printed out (no smart phones back then!) and realize that the hotel says that you must be 21 to stay there. WHAT?!  I then start to get very concerned that we will get carded and not be able to stay at that hotel and have a long 8 hour drive back home.  He assures me it will be fine and they won’t check (because we had never been carded anywhere else before).

We get to the hotel, and it is crowded.  The don’t check our ID’s (of course) and we are good to go.  We had a great weekend – Cedar Point is one of the best amusement parks I’ve been to – and it was well worth the 8 hour drive – even if we were incredibly exhausted by the time we got back home.  The hotel we stayed at (Hotel Breakers) was literally at the entrance of the park so it was incredibly convenient when you want to pack in fun every minute of the day. I look back on it and think of how ridiculous it was that we went all that way knowing that we might be turned away from the hotel but also that we had SO much fun that weekend, and it was definitely all worth it!

V: Visas, how many and for where? None

W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?  I think I’m going to have to award this to two different occasions.  The wine that Heather, Julie, and I shared while dining with a group of CDNY bloggers at New World Bistro while I was in New York last winter definitely ranks high on my list.  The other top ranking wine that I’ve drank on vacation was the wine that I had the last night we were in Los Angeles this past Fall for the Call of Duty release party when we went to BOA for dinner.   BOA is probably the fanciest, most delicious, restaurant I’ve ever been to, and it was an awesome meal for the last night of a very fun trip.

Wine

X: eXcellent view and from where?: I’d have to say the view from the top of the volcano we climbed in Hawaii was probably the most majestic.  I am also a fan of the view from the airplane when you fly into airports with large cities like New York City and Chicago.  Especially at night, I love to see the lights of the buildings light up the city.

Honolulu

Y: Years spent traveling?: ? Lots.  I guess the first time I “remember” traveling – although really its just through old photos – is going to Disney World when I was 6 or so.  So……like 22 years?

Z: Zealous sports fans and where? Chicago.   Bears, Cubs and Sox fans are some of the most ridiculous that I’ve seen anywhere.  

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Well, that took way longer than I expected it to take but it was fun to look back at all of the places I have travelled! Where is the best place you’ve gone? Best food? Most unusual?
Maybe you should do the travel alphabet too! 🙂

2 Responses

  1. I love that you changed the questions for you. Disney is fun..it’s magical 🙂

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