I have been learning Russian off and on since 2007. I always had an interest in the language and the Russian culture but shortly after meeting Lena and her family, I was hooked.
The Samosir island serves as a cultural center of the Batak people carefully preserving the traditions, architecture and arts. It has been wonderful learning about the heritage of Lake Toba at the source.
I am an experienced Organizational Development Consultant who studied psychology my entire life (well before I left my career and my dissertation to take this around the world trip). Given my background, I know that the personality you are born with doesn’t change much throughout your life. However, your life experiences and your career can have a slight effect on your personality as you adjust to fit your role. For example, if you’re an introvert and your job is sales you can certainly excel at your job but once you’re home you need that alone time to get your energy back after you exhausted it interacting with people all day.
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
We were nominated to take part in Travel Supermarket‘s Capture the Colors Contest by Caroline and Josh at Traveling 9 to 5. Since we’ve been on our Round the World trip starting in early May 2012, we’ve taken over 7500 pictures, many of which are on Flickr. It took some time to go through and select the best of the best, but it was great going back to relive our memories. Enjoy!
The Greek Islands are a photographer’s dream. The mountains, the Agean Sea, and the traditional white buildings are a recipe for great shots. The most photographed village in Santorini is Oia, which, coincidently, also has the most beautiful sunsets.