When first outlining our Itinerary we were planning to be in India in early to mid August. We thought the monsoon would be over with for the most part, especially in the south, where we were hoping to get started. However, while we were in Istanbul we had some time to plan our trip. While looking the weather over, we decided that it’d be wise to delay India by a few weeks. More on India in a future post, but, where would we go?
Something that Colin Wright, one of my favorite travel bloggers, was discussing in his My Exile Lifestyle ebook about his travel lifestyle really resonated with me. He talks about a time in his life when he was feeling simply content – in the middle of the extremes of human potential. He describes it as this:
I never felt incredible euphoria or extreme pain. Instead of reaching peaks and valleys of human experience, my capacity was limited to a small region right in the center.
I was honored to be interviewed by Neil from Backpacks and Bunkbeds about my trip around the world and my general obsession with travel. He finds awesome travel bloggers in order to pick their brain and I’m thrilled to be this week’s interview. Here is a bit from our conversation:
Neil: Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.
Me: My husband and I have been making our way around the world in the last 4 months. We’ve been to Iceland, Scotland, England, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Greece and India this far. We are currently traveling through India, which was a bit of a culture shock after the Greek Isles. After getting over it, we are having a great time exploring the cuisine, culture and currently beautiful backwaters of Kerala. It is such a unique country, like none I’ve seen before in my years of travel. Though it might take some getting used to, it is worth visiting, exploring and eating you way through, I know I am! Best food of the trip so far.
Neil: First travel experience?
Me: When USSR finally fell and Russians were able to travel, my family took a long weekend trip to Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. I was blown away by the experience. I was 13. The next year, I crossed the Atlantic with my family and moved to the U.S. – that’s when the travel bug was truly planted. I get a high from adjusting to new cultures – it was a tough transition blending in with American teenagers in a high school located in the middle of a corn field, Ohio.
Neil: Future travel plans?
Me: On this trip we are planning to explore South East Asia after India. Right now the plan is Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong. From there, we are headed to South America. Argentina, Brazil and Peru are musts but we haven’t planned that far in advance yet…
For the full interview please go here
I was really looking forward to having a great kebab. So much so, I actually tried to have one every day that we were in Turkey – over three weeks. (Un?)Fortunately, I couldn’t keep up for more than a week… mostly because it turns out that they have other great food too.
In the US, people love Mexican food, with burritos being a tasty favorite. The parallel in Europe is the famous Turkish kebab. There are a few distinctions present in Turkey that a lot of people seem to be unaware of. If you just stroll into a restaurant and order a kebab you will get a plate, often with a salad and the kebab meat served with a little flatbread and a tomato sauce. While very good, it’s a sit-down version of what you probably have in mind:
We were planning to go directly to India from Istanbul. However, a slight change in plans had us going to the Greek Islands instead. We would be island-hopping and there would be no time to obtain a visa in Greece. We had three weeks in Istanbul, which would be plenty of time to obtain the visa and we were staying within walking distance of the Consulate General of India in Istanbul.