In Celebration of Budget Travelers Sandbox 3rd Birthday…My Personal Travel Trivia

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Korea, Myanmar, Uncategorized | 12 comments

Yes, BTS was launched on December 9th, 2009, and in celebration I wanted to share some of my personal travel trivia…

Daecheon Beach, Korea...November 2012(A Korean sunset.)

Did you know?…..

1. I was bitten by the travel bug in 1967 when I visited Expo 67 in Montreal. Our school trip traveled from Halifax to Montreal by train. I fell in love with trains and Montreal on that trip.

2. I traveled to Europe 3 times before I turned 20.

3. I met my first boyfriend in Venice.  No, he was not Italian. He was on the same school trip.

4. I’ve been to Venice 3 times, and would go back again in a moment.

5. I have a picture of myself and two friends taken in a storage room in the Doges Palace in Venice. We are wearing ancient helmets and brandishing swords. The next time I get back to Halifax I’ll find the photo and post it. How did we get into the storage room?? I’m not telling 🙂

Sunset on the Danube, Budapest

(Sunset on the Danube, Budapest)

6. I have traveled to every province in Canada except Saskatchewan.

7. I was held in a locked room at the railway station in East Berlin because we did not have the correct tickets. That was a bit stressful for a 19 year old.

8. I hit a deer one time when I was traveling between Bathurst, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thankfully, I was on Main Street in some small town, so I wasn’t going very fast. Just the same, I think my heart stopped.

9. I have sat under Hypocrites Tree on the Isle of Kos.

10.  I have slept under the stars in the Sinai Desert.

Halifax's Wave

(Halifax’s Wave)

11. I rode both a camel (twice) when I was in Egypt and a goat. Enough said!!

12. I have visited 36 countries, and quite a few of them more than once.

13. I have snorkeled at Sipidin Island off the coast of Semporna (Borneo). (Highly recommended!!)

14. I have seen an orangutan in the wild. (Also in Borneo, and an awesome experience.)

15. I was almost arrested at the Suez Canal for taking a photo. Apparently, that is a big NO NO.

16. I have taken the train to the top of Jung Frau.

Suez-Canal(The Suez Canal)

17. Back in 70’s I took the train from Banff, Alberta to Halifax. I didn’t have a sleeper, so I set in the observation car for the entire trip. Very LONG trip… The incredible scenery made it worthwhile!

18. I have experienced the magic of feeding, bathing and walking with elephants, in Northern Thailand.

19. I’ve cruised China’s Yangtze River.

20. I’ve walked on the Great Wall of China. However, I need to go back and get a photo. I lost the memory card (:

21. I took a photo of the Chinese farmer who discovered the Terracotta Warriors. As you can see he was not amused!! 🙂

Yangtze River Sunset, China
(Yangtze River, China)
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Xian Farmer Who Discovered the Terracotta Warriors
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Xian Farmer who discovered the Terracotta Warriors, Xian China

(Farmer who discovered the Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China)

22. I became a cross dresser all in the name of travel. Here I am dressed as the “Korean Bride Groom.”

23. I once traveled back from the Quebec Eastern Townships with two butter pecan pies in my hand baggage. It was the best butter pecan pie I have ever eaten!

24. I stayed in a room one time at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City that was so small it could only fit a single bed and the TV was built into the wall. The next day I was upgraded to a huge room with a river view.

25. My first solo trip was to Scotland in 1979,  a beautiful country, with too much rain. When I got back home I had to throw out my jeans and runners. They were moldy!

26. My second solo trip was to Australia/New Zealand in 1980 (or maybe 1981). I traveled by bus, including Alice Springs/Ayers Rock. My clothes were orange when I arrived home!

Korean Traditional Wedding Outfit

(Dressed as a Korean bride groom!)

27. I flew over Ayers Rock in a 4-seater. Awesome way to see it!

28. Fast forward to 2010 for another above the ground adventure; a hot air balloon ride over Myanmar’s Ancient Bagan. I loved this even more than the airplane ride at Ayers.

29. I have played a round of golf in Bermuda.

30. I kissed a cod in Newfoundland 🙂

Balloons over Bagan...close to the river

(Balloon’s Over Bagan, Mayanmar)

 

Which of these destinations have you been to, and which was your favorite?

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12 Comments

  1. Awesome list of adventures – and I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Clearly I have a lot more places to go and things to se to even get close. But I did notice one small world tidbit – I too was at Expo 67 – my parents took me and somewhere around here I likely still have my “passport” with all the stamps from different exhibits. Happy blogiversary – your site is a great asset to the internet.

    • Thanks so much, Em! It’s a small world. Maybe we were there at the same time. I remember the passport, but have the feeling that mine is long gone. Although, I still have some photographs stored at my Dad’s.

  2. Well, I guess the destination would be Venice. . .it was a delightful post Nancie and congrats on a very successful three years!

    • Yes, Vencie! I still remember it clearly after all these years 🙂

  3. Congratulations and here’s to many more adventures and explorations!

  4. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary!! I haven’t been to Saskatchewan yet either (or Manitoba for that matter) – have to figure out how to fit those in!

    • Thanks, Lisa. Something tells me I might not get to Saskatchewan, but I never say never. I would also love to visit the territories.

  5. Congrats on 3 amazing years and a brilliant list of travel adventures! It is like the post bucketlist list! So, naturally, with such a great list of things done….what does the next bucket list look like?

    • Thanks, Anita. I don’t usually plan too far ahead. More European travel, hopefully and a move to a new country within the next couple of years. That should keep me busy!

      • I know what you mean…my bucket list expands faster than I can cross things off! I do hope to be back in Europe also in 2013-I seem to have developed a crush on the region!
        Happy travels where ever you go!

  6. Congratulations, Nancie, for the blog anniversary, and for aIl your travel accomplishments! We have the Central Australia Ayers Rock/UIuru experience in common, and unfortunately, I can match your deer hitting experience with one with a kangaroo…

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