Tag: travel

Highclere Castle: An Iconic Gateway to the Past Embraces its Future / Un Portal Icónico al Pasado se Adapta al Futuro

Highclere Castle: An Iconic Gateway to the Past Embraces its Future / Un Portal Icónico al Pasado se Adapta al Futuro

  “Life is a game where the player must appear ridiculous.”                                             — Violet, Dowager Countess, “Downton Abbey”    “La vida es un juego en el que el jugador debe de verse ridículo.”                                          — Violet,    I must say, I’ve been pretty fortunate and blessed to 

The Street Song of Barcelona / La Canción de las Calles en Barcelona

The Street Song of Barcelona / La Canción de las Calles en Barcelona

    “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill   “Una jornada se mide mejor en amigos que en millas.” — Tim Cahill    It all started in Elche. When my parents and I, during a seven-week visit to 

Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

As cliché as it sounds, it’s true that travel can be your greatest teacher. It will open you up to experiences and people that you can’t come to know any other way.

It is also one of the most unbelievably taxing and exhausting conduits of learning known to humankind.

Today is Day 50 of our epic journey abroad this year.

The longer I’ve been on this journey, the more my life has been enriched– that much is true.

But it is equally true that the longer I travel, the more untethered I feel, and that is a very strange, unfamiliar feeling for someone who has always had a reliable place to call “home.”

What’s more, as many fascinating people as we’ve met on our travels, I’ve now reached a point on our trip in which I feel isolated. As bizarre as it may seem, besides our usual breakfast and tapas outings, our social interactions with other people besides each other has been very minimal– practically nonexistent.

It’s a far cry from how I felt in London and Paris, where we had a few good friends to catch up with.

Yes, as enviable as a two-month sojourn might seem to almost anyone else, there is indeed a price to pay for this nomadic experience; a penance for living out of a suitcase. During each stop, I am afraid to get too comfortable, to feel “too much at home,” because I know in just a few days, my heart will be ripped out of my chest when we take off once again.

Why does my heart break each time? Because I am a sentimental sap, a romantic at heart. I subscribe to the “Cheers” mentality, desperate each time to find a place “where everybody knows my name.” I yearn for that, I live for that.

And yet, for years I haven’t had that in my hometown of Orlando, either. With a few exceptions of places I like to hang out with some regularity, I often find myself wallowing in anonymity– secretly crying out for a true sense of belonging and acceptance. I tell myself each time, each place will be different. I will meet people. I will befriend people. I will become known to people and allow myself the opportunity to know others.

Then, I hear the fateful zipping of the suitcases, the click of the light switches, the shutting of the door as we take off one more time, in search of another place in which I will continue my search for belonging.

Sleepless in the Pacific Northwest: Favorite Coffee Spots in Seattle & Vancouver / Mis Lugares Favoritos de Café en Seattle y Vancouver

Sleepless in the Pacific Northwest: Favorite Coffee Spots in Seattle & Vancouver / Mis Lugares Favoritos de Café en Seattle y Vancouver

  Disclosure: I was given a VIP Pass for select attractions in Vancouver, British Columbia by Tourism Vancouver. No additional compensation was given for writing this post. All ideas and opinions are my own. Divulgación: Tourism Vancouver me regaló un pase VIP para atracciones selectas en Vancouver, 

El Camino a la Fama en Hispanicize 2018 / The Road to Fame at Hispanicize 2018 | #ToyotaRockstar #VayamosJuntos

El Camino a la Fama en Hispanicize 2018 / The Road to Fame at Hispanicize 2018 | #ToyotaRockstar #VayamosJuntos

No es una profesión, si no una sensación. Cuando uno se siente como una estrella de rock, uno puede canalizar esa sensación para lograr sus sueños. Para mí, de eso se trata la nueva campaña de Toyota, en que inspiran a los consumidores a ser “Toyota Rockstars.”