Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Equestrienne Michelle Barrera trades her horse for a small but powerful car in the current issue of Travelife Magazine


Equestrienne Michelle Cojuangco Barrera fell in love with a small but powerful car.

“I was just so baffled by handling and power of the Mini Cooper Countryman," she said, "And by the space inside! It was so much fun weaving through traffic, especially on the freeway and constantly giggling every time I was surprised by the "kick" of power I got when I asked for it!” 

Read more about her adventures in the current issue of Travelife Magazine. And here are some of Michelle's thoughts on travel.

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TRAVELING IS THE BEST CURE FOR… 
Stress! I love to travel to unwind, to get re-connected with nature and my roots and to appreciate the world at its core. It brings me back to basics.

MOST INTERESTING ENCOUNTER WITH A LOCAL?
We were driving back down from Sagada when we stopped to give food to an elderly lady who was walking slowly up into town. She accepted the food we gave her after asking what it was, and then she proceeded to argue with us to give her money too.

She said: "I will eat the food later, but I want money too!"

We were stunned. And when we asked how old she was, we were floored. She said she was 123 years old!

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WHEN EXPLORING A NEW CITY: GET LOST OR NAVIGATE WITH A MAP? 
Get lost with a map. I love to let my curiosity take me into little places that aren't on the tourist maps. They always bring a bit of magic into my trips.

I use maps just to figure out how to get back to where I need to be at the end.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A TRIP TO?
I would love to win a trip to Africa, Iceland, and Argentina. The former are two places on my bucket list that I've heard so much about, and the latter would be amazing because of the rides I could do, as well as for the culture of dance and dining I could immerse myself into.



DESCRIBE HOW YOUR FAVORITE CITIES SMELL. 
Paris to me smells fresh and green. In the mornings, it's buttery and warm, while evenings are crisp and warm with a touch of dewy rain.

Antwerp is a bit different. It's rougher and harder. In the mornings, it smells of last night's football game and the bistros in the square. But once you drive out of the city center, it's the early morning dewy smells of the hay they feed horses in Europe and freshly cut sweet grass that engulf you. Pure bliss.

WHAT CITY CAN’T YOU STOP TALKING ABOUT?
Sydney. It's where I grew up. So much character, young culture and great food.

LONG DRIVE OR TRAIN RIDE? 
Definitely a road trip. There’s so much to see because you can stop and start whenever you like. You can detour and meet such interesting individuals and discover so many new things!



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