“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.
If there’s a lesson that I remind myself of every so often, it’s that if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
There’s a time and place for going off the beaten path. You can’t come to Paris and skip the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame just because it’s a crowded tourist attraction and on every “Must Do In Paris”
From my personal journal. “Our days are split in two. We go to sleep twice and we wake up twice. This morning, I’m up about an hour before dawn just as Evie is also waking.
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.
“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.
Here’s my disclosure: I’m not your typical cultural performance and buffet dinner type of guy, and a luau is a typical cultural performance and buffet dinner type of deal.
Me: Hola! How do get to _______? Local: No problem! Take a tricycle going that way, and then get onto a jeepney and no problem!
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.
There are days for adventure and excitement, the ones with stories you share over a beer and reminisce about from time to time.
If you’re in Nepal, you’re most likely here to do some trekking and there’s no trek more grand than the Annapurna Circuit that takes you up 5416m (17769 ft) and across 220 km (~137 mi) of mountains and villages in a circuit that begins in Besisahar and ends in Pokhara.