Postcards tagged: Traveler's Tales
ROME – Pack up and move to Rome, start a business show people around on a Vespa, fall in love. Sounds like a solid life plan. Scooteroma´s Annie Ojile takes us on a zippy tour.
Philosophically speaking, when do you really visit a country? When you get a passport stamp? When you spend the night at an airport hotel and get back on a plane pointed toward Ethiopia?
We sat there, feeling slightly awkward by her story of S&M gone wrong. But when she told us that leaving the US was the best thing she'd done, we were inspired to find more like her.
ULM, Germany – What happens when you go to a remote village to search for you ancestors with nothing but a rental car, a family tree, and limited language skills?
BARU, Colombia – At 5 a.m., we find every abandoned beach dog in town cowering in our living room, along with our caretaker, desperately trying to catch airborne patio furniture.
MAINCY, France – Forget Versailles. There's a better, more intimate château just as close to Paris. Same designers, same scandalous history. It's the ultimate antidote to Fashion Week.
BEIJING, China – As we traveled through Central Asia, we sampled sturgeon roe, honey cake, quark fritters, cherry cordial, chicken heart, fried bees, milk tea, and horse meat soup.
MARCHE, Italy – It's a Willy Wonka fantasy, and Nudo Olive Oil founder Jason Gibb wants to make it come true. Get out the strawberries.
I noticed a dusty pay phone and realized I have no idea how much a coin call costs anymore. For me there was a freedom in being unreachable for a few days. For some others it was torture.
"Why should I spend time and money on things and places I'm not interested in when so many overlooked experiences beckon?" An excerpt from Matt Gross's The Turk Who Loved Apples.