It seems like COVID and the travel bans will never end. It's incredibly frustrating for those of us who suffer from wanderlust. We've been armchair travelers for too long. There are just so many websites you can look at and places you can dream about. It's time! We're ready to get out there!
We want to see new sights! Sunsets over the Alps. Ancient Druid ruins and modern-day German architecture. Rivers that rush on seemingly endlessly. Foreign faces and children at play. Street art and the fancy-schmancy stuff in The Louvre,. History that's been made and history in the making.
We want to eat new foods! "Uh... what's that? I'm supposed to put that in my mouth? Hmm? Oh well. Here goes!..... YUM!" And, we want to drink new drinks! Coffees and teas and wines and beers and spirits. Bubbly waters and flat. We want to experience them in new surroundings - tradition-filled pubs, unique cafes, trendy nightclubs, and renowned restaurants.
We want to smell new smells! The fresh morning air in a faraway Austrian village. The rain in the Irish countryside. The sweet smells of baguettes and pastries gently drifting out from French patisseries.
We want to hear the sweet sounds of babbling brooks and the energizing sounds of roaring ocean waves. We want to immerse ourselves in concert halls and sporting events and be carried away by the moment's vivacity and power.
But, Europe won't yet let us Americans enjoy all of that. So, what are we to do then? Continue our armchair dreams or adjust and adapt?
Perhaps we could look at our own country for what's great about it. What does America offer us that is similar in ways to those which we yearn for in the Old World?
They have the Alps. We have the Rockies. They have the Danube. We have the Mississippi. They have the Schwarzwald ("Black Forest"). We have the Tongass National Forest.
We may not have castles, but we sure have our share of grandiose manor houses. Our churches may not be a thousand years old, but they're hundreds. Their history is undeniable and unparalleled, but that doesn't mean we don't have our own.
Don't be stopped just because Europe says no to us. Dream your dreams, and then let's make them real right here in the good old US of A!
Your next Extraordinary Adventure can start today!
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This week's "Travel Tip," will come as no surprise to those who know me. This week's tip is to learn at least a little of the native language of the people you're visiting. As many of you know, I learned to speak German because I knew I was going to Deutschland. Did I have to? No, but I wanted to for several reasons.
So hop on Amazon and buy yourself a phrasebook. Google Translate works wonders for on-the-go assistance, but wouldn't it be nice to surprise a local with a saying or two in their language? It was for me!