TRAVELING SINCE TEN
I’ve been spending lots of time on airplanes and trains since I was ten years old – an impressionable age to be seeing the world and to be forming opinions about it, but I believe it’s done me an amazing amount of good. Today I was on another airplane to another exotic location for a few days, and I found myself thinking about exactly how travel has changed my life for the better. Allow me to share the highly personal things I thought about today.
FAVORITE SOLO EXPERIENCES
First, here are some of my favorite solo experiences, and interestingly many are in Italy and have something to do with food for some reason. If you travel as much as I do -- which is about 3/4 of the year -- you're bound to have to travel by yourself a lot simply because so few people will be able to keep up. But much as I've enjoyed traveling with family and friends, I've really cherished my solo experiences for the challenges, lessons and opportunities for introspection they've offered.
for a gala night at La Scala
for a trattoria dinner
for a sunset to (almost) midnight meal
Dinner at the rooftop of the Danieli Hotel in Venice. Most of my solo trips are week-long trips in between traveling with friends or family. Again, this was a week I had to wait out in Europe in between meeting my best friend in Rome and a family trip in France. So I flew to Venice and booked a week at the Danieli, intent on discovering Venice like a local rather than as a tourist.
On my first evening (again), I booked the best table on the rooftop restaurant of the Danieli from sunset, ordered a bottle of wine and a full-course meal, and spent five hours watching the sun and then the moon weave its magic on the rooftops of Venice. I can tell you that everyone around me was very intrigued about a young girl eating solo and slowly, and drinking a whole bottle of wine by herself, at one of Venice's most fabulous restaurants.
HONG KONG for one whole Peking duck
for an Imperial Palace-type dinner
for six days of pure indulgence in the Celebes Sea