O and I always talk about how lucky we are to have traveled the world. We laugh because one of the first questions I asked him was if he had a passport. I told him, he was going to need one immediately! Sure enough a few months later we were in Locarno, Switzerland.
It’s been nonstop ever since. For our 10th wedding anniversary I got us a push pin map so that we could track our travels.
It’s amazing to see how many places we’ve been, but more so how many we haven’t. The world is so vast and I find it incredible how many places we have ‘yet to explore’ when I stop to think about it.
Our family started cruising when I was about 7 years old. I like cruising, but not because of the buffets and the cheesy cruise ship entertainment, but because I am truly disconnected from work. I ‘could’ connect to the internet, but at $5 a minute? NO thanks! I completely disconnect from my trusty iPhone and being at sea allows me to truly relax. Relaxation is something I have a hard time doing ‘on land’.
For me, seeing different countries involves more than going to the iconic landmarks and tourist spots. I always start my research by finding where the best places are to eat local food. In doing this, I get to meet local people and truly immerse myself in the culture. I love eating. O really loves eating. I usually organize my own food tour that is centered around trying the best food in the area. I tend to get a little crazy with research (by now you know I like planning), so sometimes it takes me months to finally nail down the tour, but once I do, the reward is in our bellies. So I wrote today’s post with the intent to share only a few of my favorite foods we have eaten along the way. (and perhaps make you hungry) Happy eating everyone! Feel free to share some of your favorite foods and leave a comment below.
Note: Yes, that helium balloon was eatable at Alinea in Chicago. That was by far one of the most amazing dining experiences I ever had. Maybe it deserves its very own food blog one day!