Dani from Danib is going nomad nominated me to list my ABC’s of travel. Not being one to back down from a listing challenge, i got to work. After some time contemplating the questions i managed to get a pretty nice list together, as you’ll see below. What’s on your list?
A: Age you went on your first international trip:
I was probably only a few months old the first time i was outside Sweden. Denmark is very close and i went there regularly with the family.
My first trip longer trip was when i was 8 or 9 to Iceland. Remember that i thought it was so amazing that they spoke a whole different language.
B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where:
I’m really fond of Red Horse, from the Philippines. It’s not the best beer ever, but it’s closely knit with the good memories i have from that country, so I’ll have to go with that one. Plus, the bottle is awesome!
C: Cuisine (favorite):
It’s hard to beat Italian cuisine. Pasta, pizza, risotto and all the cheese and wine. Damn, I made myself hungry.
D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why:
Favorite: That’s hard. I think i have to say the Philippines as the experiences I’ve had there are unparalleled.
Least favorite: Oslo, Norway. Expensive, and stuck up Norwegians. The country side is amazing though.
E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:
I remember that seeing the Geysir amazed me like nothing had done before. I was stunned by how cool it was, and wouldn’t move for a long long time.
F: Favorite mode of transportation:
Trains or subway. There’s something amazingly peaceful about rolling through a country by train. It feels like the country comes closer then when you’re traveling by car, and it somehow feels more genuine. Subways are amazing because you never know what the city will look like when you get off.
G: Greatest feeling while traveling:
It’s usually the small things that gives me the greatest joy. The view from the hotel room, the scents in the mornings, the pulse of the local market, the smiles of the children or the feel of sand under your feet.
H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to:
Philippines. Manila can be unbearable at mid day.
I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where:
Everything in Tokyo, Japan. It was just so amazing to see the level of service they provide.
J: Journey that took the longest:
Going to Manila in February of 2011. Had to start 3 hours early becuase there was a snow storm, and i really wanted to make sure i got to the airport. Took close to 24 hours, and i’m too tall to be able to sleep on the flights…
K: Keepsake from your travels:
Nothing, i guess. Memories and Photos, does that count?
L: Let-down sight, why and where:
The leaning tower in Pisa isn’t really that much to see. I did really enjoy the rest of the city though.
M: Moment where you fell in love with travel:
At age 12 when i managed to buy gelato for the whole family on my own when we were in a small coastal town in Italy. I remember how exhilarated I was about the fact that i managed on my own, and felt there was no stopping me.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:
Probably a tie between Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin and Hyatt in Manila. Blu Royal was opened the week before i stayed there and was absolutely wonderful. Hyatt was great indeed. Maybe i should clarify that i did not pay for wither of those hotels, as this was back in my poker days.
O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?:
People and views. Most of my photos are of these two subjects.
P: Passport stamps, how many and from where?
As a Swede you don’t get many stamps traveling around Europe. But in my current passport i have stamps from the US, Philippines and Canada.
Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:
My dad used to bring us to a lot of weird places . A mental hospital in Florence, Italy might have been the weirdest of those. Not sure that counts as an attraction, though.
R: Recommended sight, event or experience:
Talking to people. Getting to know more about the local life and customs is something i highly recommend.
S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling:
Food and drinks. I can sleep rather bad, as long as i get to have good food.
T: Touristy thing you’ve done:
Probably most of the things i did on my first trip to New York City. Empire state building, Brooklyn bridge, Times Square, etc…
U: Unforgettable travel memory:
Meeting the native Agta tribe in wilderness of the Philippine rain forest will be hard to match.
V: Visas, how many and for where?
W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?
The wine the neighbours offered us when we were staying outside Lucca in Italy was amazing. Watching the fireflies and drinking locally produced wine was something special.
X: eXcellent view and from where?:
The view from the balcony of the hotel room on the 34th floor during my last stay in Manila was simply amazing. Sitting there with a beer and listen to the noise of the city below was a great way to end the day.
Y: Years spent traveling?:
All in all, I get i am getting close to half a year. Which is really way too little.
Z: Zealous sports fans and where?:
I would probably have to say myself here. If you travel all over a country to follow a team that just keeps on losing, there’s no denying that you’re quite zealous.