I Love to Travel

This year I’d planned to go to Guatemala, but unfortunately the trip was cancelled. So this week I’m traveling around south Texas with a short stop into Mexico and the coast.

Two hours into the trip, a detour to the Urgent Care was required. I had a 103 degree fever, bilateral ear infections, a ruptured eardrum, and bronchitis. Three prescriptions later, we were able to continue south.

 

Texas is one of my favorite regions of the country because of the influence of Latin America. I love the Tex-Mex food and the BBQ, the warm weather and thunder-storms, live-oaks, the flat open spaces, and Spanish language.  It’s big, bold, and spicy.

 

A shopping trip into a Mexican border town started with a visit to the bakery for pastries and coffee with a live mariachi duet providing the background music. We bought vanilla, pottery, blankets, jewelry, and leather goods. A late lunch of authentic chicken tacos, queso flameado (oven melted fresh cheese served in warm tortillas with salsa), and margaritas was a great way to end the excursion.

 

A few days later and a few hours up to the coast, we’re on the gulf enjoying the sun and salt water.  A walk in the warm afternoon along the sand in the waves among the weekend beach-goers, then out to dinner. We’ll spend two days enjoying the high seventies, blue sky and cerulean waters before heading home. Hopefully mild spring weather will be waiting.  

   

I Love to Travel

This week on Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about our personal experiences. 

Something I love to do is travel, and a few years ago I had the opportunity to go on a ten day tour of Israel. I also love ancient history, and the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East has some of the world’s oldest civilizations.

For me, nothing compares to the awe inspired by seeing other cultures. Experiencing the food, hearing the language, walking in places described in documents thousands of years old, seeing people in their day-to-day routiness that are so different from my own--it’s very humbling, and gives a sense of what it means to be a citizen of the world.

For a week and a half we traveled the country by buses, stopping for two or three days at a time in different locations. One thing that I realized (even though I knew it, being there made me understand it) is how small the country is compared to the U.S. The State of Israel is about 263 miles long and 44 miles wide. While there I saw the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and the Mediterranean Sea. We traveled to Jerusalem, Masada, Capernaum, Ceasarea, Ein Gedi, Tiberias and Meggido. I saw the Dead Sea scrolls, The Israel Museum, the western wall, The Temple Mount,  and rode a camel.

 

One of my favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” I like it because it’s about getting an education, and I believe an education is not confined to the classroom. Be a student of the world. To best see the points of view of others, you must step into their world.

Want to know more about my travels? Want to tell about your own travels? Please leave a comment!

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