Roadtrip is the ultimate travel genre, pretty much a keystone of travel. You constantly move forward, exploring the unknown. And some places offer more than others for roadtrippers-to-be. Europe and North America, to begin with!
Even when I was purchasing those cheap tickets to the summer New York I barely believed I would make it. For some reason I felt like something would pop up and interrupt my new adventure. Nevertheless, I’m here!
While writing my thesis, which is ultimately devoted to travel journalism, I found myself lacking expert opinions. Well, thought I, who could give me better answers than Rolf Potts, the famous backpacking guru and the author of “Vagabonding“?
We woke up to the cloudy Budapest sky, but it wasn’t cold, and no rain at all. The plan was to move our stuff to our next host’s place and start our great reward aka post-exercise day – go to the thermal baths with our new American friends. We first thought about Gellert, but I…
Spring mornings in Budapest are gloriously beautiful; not quite so when my friend Siranush is left without her cup of coffee. To eliminate the danger of unleashing the beast within her, we had to go… to a bookshop.
Not that I planned to finish my evening balancing on the tip of a shabby wooden chair interviewing a famous documentary filmmaker. I only came to my university to see my thesis coordinator and discuss my progress. As soon as we were done, she handed me a folder, a CD, and an address.
A few days ago… What to begin with? People, don’t be stupid. Don’t be like me. Don’t book tickets to Budapest while your passport is at the US Embassy and the flight is in less than two weeks…
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
I’ve recently been talking a lot about the importance of traveling in a non-touristy way, diving into the life of the place I’m visiting, mixing with the locals and trying to look at the surroundings with their eyes. And from now on, I’m starting a rubric “If I were …”, based on my travel experiences….
In these few days I really fell in love with Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful historic city with great culture and infrastructure, friendly people, and awesome food. I’m glad the destiny shoved me here for more than just a few days. And as becoming a local is my favorite pastime – putting myrself into people’s shoes…