Top-Ten Tuesday: Forgotten Travel Moments

In an attempt to become a more active blogger, I’ve started a new series . Every Tuesday, I’ll be posting a top-ten list about something related to the travel/expat world.

I was looking through old travel photos and they brought back many memories and untold stories . I’ve decided to share.

                                                                        1. Granada , Spain 

An interesting statue in the gardens of the Alhambra. ( Granada, Spain)

An interesting statue in the gardens of the Alhambra. ( Granada, Spain)

                                                                                2. Orlando, Florida 

Just after feeding the gators.( Orlando, FL)

Just after feeding the gators.( Orlando, FL)

                                                                3. London, England

Snapping street signs to find our way back once we realized we were getting  lost.

Snapping street signs to find our way back once we realized we were getting lost. ( London, England)

                                                            4. Seoul, South Korea

Performers relaxing before a flag ceremony. (Seoul, South Korea)

Performers relaxing before a flag ceremony.
(Seoul, South Korea)

                                                         5. Dover , DE

Stumbled upon this thing at the Firefly Music Festival. (Dover, DE)

Stumbled upon this thing at the Firefly Music Festival. (Dover, DE)

                                                                                       6. London, England

One of many failed selfies with my bff and travel buddy. (London, England)

One of many failed selfies with my bff and travel buddy. (London, England)

                  7. Toledo , Spain

This breathtaking view on a tour bus in Toledo , Spain

This breathtaking view on a tour bus in Toledo , Spain

                                                                                       8. Morocco, Africa

Watching a rug "show" in Morocco. Before taking this , the shopkeeper pointed to me said I looked like I knew Arabic. He tried several times to start a convo with me in Arabic and seemed very annoyed when I couldn't respond.  (Morocco, Africa)

Watching a rug “show” in Morocco. Before taking this , the shopkeeper pointed to me said I looked like I knew Arabic. He tried several times to start a convo with me in Arabic and seemed very annoyed when I couldn’t respond.
(Morocco, Africa)

                                                                                     9. Beijing, China

Found this fun little guy at the Beijing Zoo.

Found this fun little guy at the Beijing Zoo.

                                                                                      10. Beijing, China

A children's camp followed us around the Forbidden City before finally asking for a picture. You can just make me out in the back.

A children’s camp followed us around the Forbidden City before finally asking for a picture. You can just make me out in the back.

 

I would love for this an interactive type of tag so I tag EVERY READER to contribute their own travel moment photos or a top-ten list.

International Love

It’s a bit creepy , but whenever I see newlywed couples posing in front of landmarks I can’t help but snap a quick picture. Sometimes the couples hold the pose so nosey people like me can take a photo–when they do, I definitely  take advantage of the opportunity. Here are some pictures I took of couples celebrating their love around the world. *

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Paris, France

Paris, France

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Rome, Italy

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

 

I wasn’t sure if I should post these pictures seeing as I don’t know the people personally. Since it’s not for commercial use, I figured it would be fine but if someone requests the removal on the behalf of these people I will remove them right away. 🙂

Spanish Memories : Finding Cinderella in Segvoia

Segovia Alcazar

Looking through my photos , I realize that there were a lot of outings from Spain I forgot to share.  With assistance from said photographs, my memories, a journal,  and Google, I’m going to attempt to relive those outings with … Continue reading

Riding Camels and Sniffing Strange Things in Morocco, Africa

Arabian Donkey

Weeks before my semester abroad ended, I went to Morocco, Africa. Feeling like a pro-traveler at this point, I decided to wait until the last minute before taking care of some essential pre-trip tasks. Mainly, ensuring I had enough Euros … Continue reading

Bullfighting in Granada,Spain

When people talk about Granada they usually mention the tapa bars and the famous Alhambra. At least, those were the aspects I heard about the most before actually arriving in Granada. So imagine my surprise when , during the first … Continue reading

Likes & Dislikes of Granada, Spain

 Likes

1) Me? Interesting?

 For the first time in my life, I was different in a good way. Because I was so obviously different from everyone else, the Spanish people and other exchange students from places like Korea, Switzerland, and Ghana were automatically interested in my life back home. They wanted to practice English, know more about American culture, and if the television descriptions were accurate. ( Most of the time they weren’t but on average , foreigners know a lot more about American culture than vice versa). I can think of two separate occasions when, after telling someone my family was from Philadelphia, they started singing the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

2) Tapa Culture

Nothing will ever compare to trying plate after plate of new dishes with a glass of genuine Sangria. Another fun fact: Granada is one of the last cities in Spain that still honors the age-old tradition of free Tapas with every drink.

3)  “Hola, Guapa!”

Who wouldn’t like being called good-looking at every greeting?

4) Not Very Similar, Not too Different

Granada ran on a different language, schedule, and culture than I was used to but there was a large population of English speakers. That came in handy when I missed the language or was in serious need of directions. Also, being able to walk everywhere reminded me of NYC.

5) Food

I talked about this in my last post but my Señora really knew how to cook! Everything (except for the pea soup) was delicious. Also, the fruit and vegetables more fresher than anything I’ve ever tasted in the U.S.  I miss biting into tomatoes like apples.

Dislikes

1) The Stares

Being obviously different meant I never exactly blended in.  While it served as a great icebreaker most of the time, there were other times with my differences got me nothing but stares. The worst was when people would actually stop in their tracks to watch me walk down the street or when looks were clearly unfriendly.

2) Lack of Personal Space

Spaniards are a bit more touchy-feely than people are in The States. Strangers are greeted with hugs and kisses on both checks. I didn’t mind that aspect. What I did have a problem with was the lack of proper lines and how you had to be pretty much knocked down on your back before the guilty person would say “Perdona”. For example, I was once shopping in a store when another shopper hooked a wire hanger through my belt loop because she was trying to get to a rack without asking or waiting for me to move.

3) Food

The majority of it was delicious but I was served things that would make most, especially someone who had just given up vegetarianism, a little queasy. Think raw meat and virtually every, and I do mean every, part of a bull.  

 

As you all can see, the likes far outweigh the little annoyances and I would return in a half a heartbeat.