Video summary of a trip to our friends’ house in the modest fishing and beach village of Santa Pola. Highlights include a day trip to Tabarca, an island once a refuge for pirates. And meal after meal of arroz a banda, rice cooked in fish stock, a delicacy in Alicante province. It’s definitely a cousin dish to Valencian paella but with fewer goodies and rice that seems a bit less sticky.
When I was little, I remember going out of my way to walk past travel agencies. I used to love looking at the promotional travel posters plastered around their entrances. They always featured the most clichéd image of each country: The Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, and the Pyramids were sure bets.
I also remember the pearly white, whimsical profile of the Taj Mahal. I’d try to imagine the kind of exotic place that would build such a structure and in such a shape.
Little did I know at the time that I’d end up marrying someone from that part of the world, spending time in her home state and even revisiting some of her fondest childhood memories by participating in the local kite festival.
Well, we couldn’t bring our boys to India for the first time and not do the travel-poster tour. Between the food, the turbaned staff, and its famous monuments, the Golden Triangle most likely represents your stereotypical images of India.
Despite my decidedly German last name, this is the extent of the language I know. Fortunately for me, there are many other languages being spoke in Berlin these days and everyone seems to be kept on the same page with English.
For me, one of the best parts of traveling is experiencing something that you don’t normally see back home. And often times, the most memorable moments are unplanned and encountered completely by chance.
Spain has so many cool towns. Some are strikingly beautiful but reside in the middle of flat, unremarkable landscapes. Sevilla and Cordoba come to mind that fit this mold. Other towns like Granada and Ronda benefit by their naturally beautiful surroundings that add romance to their otherwise nondescript downtowns.
Segovia has a bit of both going for it. Vistas of snow-capped peaks in the distance and a hilly topography accentuate the prime features that make up its dramatic skyline. One that includes an 8th century city wall, a Gothic cathedral, and a whimsical fortress that was said to inspire Cinderella’s castle. Oh, and on the other side of town is a nearly 2000 year-old Roman water carrying device.