I am an unapologetic and unabashed fan of Taylor Swift and her music. Before she became a global pop icon, she was a 16-year-old country singer-songwriter that wrote about her heartbreaks and some guy named Drew.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
As children, we found wonder in everything, spectacular or ordinary. We recorded these experiences to create the foundation for our thoughts, principles, our likes and dislikes, and perhaps ultimately to figure out what makes us happy. Somewhere along the way of growing up, many of us became complacent, satisfied with what we already knew. But that shouldn’t be enough. There are wonders still to be found everyday and everywhere. We just have to spare the time and keep our eyes open for it. Sometimes, I find these experiences in a foreign place with exotic customs, and other times it’s as simple as tasting a new fruit. I just discovered lime fingers for the first time and that blew my mind. Much like rhubarb did the first time I had it in a pie with strawberries. For years, I wanted to know what getting an eight hour massage would feel like and now I know. For my birthday last year, I treated myself to eight straight hours of being contorted by eight different Thai masseuse. It’s not for the faint of heart or body. Below are some of the other incredible experiences I’ve found around the world.
“Fuck!” Instinctively, I look down at my watch to check for my heart rate. It’s pumping at 164 BPM. This is a bad idea.
They say there’s two things you can do in Tokyo. Buy used underwear from a vending machine and visit the famous Tsukiji fish market.
Me: Hola! How do get to _______? Local: No problem! Take a tricycle going that way, and then get onto a jeepney and no problem!
This was a must. “I’m going to Corbin, Kentucky – the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken.” As soon as those words left my mouth, there was an understanding between me and my friend, Danielle, that this was something important.
“Will you follow me one last time?” If you are a fan of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, I don’t need to convince you to put a visit to the set of Hobbiton at the top of your must-do list when visiting New Zealand’s North Island.
The town of San Pedro de Atacama sits by the border of Argentina and Bolivia in Chile and is a popular gateway for those looking to see the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
It’s been almost a year since my first trip to Black Rock City and I’m pretty sure that I’m no longer carrying any playa dust on my body.
Known as the Valley of the Moon and home to the real life Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum is an unspoilt desert in Jordan with massive cliffs and jagged sandstone mountains that look like they desperately escaping from the ground before being frozen in time and turned to stone.
Food always taste best when you’re hungry. After hiking to the top of Mount Sinai and waiting for the sun to rise, I’ll add that it tastes even better when you’re not only hungry but cold.