A – Age you went on your first international trip:
Twenty-five! I went to Paris for my college graduation trip.
B – Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where:
Now that I think about it, I never drank beer in the European countries I’ve visited (just wine and/or sangria). In Asia, I’ve drank Cass (South Korea), Singha (Thailand), and Chang (Thailand). All three are like Budweiser equivalents, but if I had to choose, I’d choose Singha and Chang because they actually taste decent. Cass is crap.
C – Cuisine (favorite):
Ooh, this is hard. For Europe, it’s a tie between Greek and Spanish. For Asia, even though I love Korean and Thai food, I’m going to have to choose Korean because I’ve eaten way more of it and feel like I know it better.
D – Destinations – favorite, least favorite, and why:
My favorite destinations are Seattle, Manhattan, London, and Madrid because I’m a huge fan of big, metropolitan cities with amazing food and an exciting nightlife. My least favorite destinations are Ohio, Georgia, and Missouri because I found them to be boring and with little to offer.
E – Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:
Visiting a third-world country for the first time and realizing how extremely fortunate I am.
F – Favorite mode of transportation:
Walking. I’ve learned to love it. During my recent trip back to the States, I was chauffeured around in cars the whole time. After the first day, I yearned to walk instead of drive.
G – Greatest feeling while traveling:
The excitement of exploring a new place that I’ve always wanted to visit.
H – Hottest place you’ve traveled to:
Probably Texas during the summertime.
I – Incredible service you’ve experienced and where:
Korea. Koreans take a lot of pride in their jobs, even the ones who work in little convenience stores. Whenever I go into a restaurant/coffee shop/hair salon/etc., I am always greeted with a smile and speedy assistance. They don’t even work for tips!
J – Journey that took the longest:
Drive: 12 hours from Sacramento to Seattle. Flight: almost 24 hours from Madrid to Seoul. (I had two layovers. Not fun.)
K – Keepsakes from your travels:
My goal for Paris was to visit Shakespeare and Company; once I found it, I just had to buy a book from there. Also, I’ve started a tradition of buying a scarf and a pair of earrings from each country I visit.
L – Let-down sight, why and where:
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy. If you don’t know the relevance of it before going, it’s basically just a big, circular building with a dome.
M – Moment where you fell in love with travel:
My first full day in Paris. It was the first country I had ever visited, and I couldn’t wait to visit more.
N – Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:
The Georgian House Hotel in London. Thanks again, Brigette!
O – Obsession – what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling and why:
Food, or random, funny things like party tuk tuks.
P – Passport stamps – how many and where from:
Twenty-one: Paris, London, Seoul, Beijing, Frankfurt, and, Bangkok. I’d have more if it weren’t for the Schengen treaty.
Q – Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:
Probably the Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris. Modern art is pretty damn quirky.
R – Recommended sight, event, or experience:
Oh man, too many to name! Here are a few off the top of my head: The Palace of Versailles in Paris, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, The Prado Museum and Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Buddhist temple stay in Seoul, The Grand Palace and a Muay Thai fight in Bangkok, and a Ko Phi Phi day trip.
S – Splurge – something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling:
Food, attractions, and activities. My mentality is to save money on transportation and accommodation so I can spend more money on eating, seeing, and doing.
T – Touristy thing you’ve done:
I take TONS of pictures of EVERYTHING. One time, at church camp (see what I did there?), I got voted the camp’s “Japanese Tourist.”
U – Unforgettable travel memory:
Traveling around Europe BY MYSELF. I was scared to go, but I did it! And I’m proud of myself for doing so.
V – Visas – how many and for where:
One work visa for South Korea.
W – Wine – best glass of wine while traveling and where:
I can’t remember the name of the wine because I got drunk shortly afterward, but I do remember it was in Spain.
X – eXcellent view and from where:
The view from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. I paid seven euros and climbed 320 steps to see that view, and it was worth it.
Y – Years spent traveling:
Left California for the first time in 2000 to go to Hawaii, so about eleven years now!
Z – Zealous sports fans and where:
Muay Thai fight in Bangkok, Thailand. I will never forget the cute, little, old Thai men cheering on the fighters with excitement and waving baht in the air so they could place their bets on who would win the match.
Thanks for the tag, Suki! My tag goes out to anyone who wants to do this meme! If you decide to participate, let me know so I can go over to your blog and read your answers. I look forward to reading them!