Here is the thing - I often get a tad long winded when I'm trying to explain something. I mean, look at this right here. Even explaining that I am long winded is a decently long winded thing to do. Moving forward, I promise to do my best to reel myself in....
Well, gather round, folks. Welcome to what will (hopefully) become a long and fun series entitled "That Time...". However, before I get ahead of myself, I need to put out a disclaimer about this "series": the more that I promise something will be consistent, the more likely I am to abandon ship. *cough* VEDA
So moving forward, everyone involved needs to have zero expectations. That means you, and that means me. Here is how it goes...
That Time... is basically glorified story time. It will narrate the little moments in travel that stick out for one reason or another. The adventures and/or the people that you never see coming, but stay with you after.
The travel memories that produce the biggest smiles are often the small details of a trip. Things like tiny encounters, subtle patterns, dynamic comrades - all of the experiences that are impossible to imagine before they happen.
Going on a trip is all about planning - planning what you will see, planning what you will eat, planning what you will do. A big picture for what the experience will be like is created.
And all of that stuff is great. However, what we actually want are the unplanned moments- the adventures, situations, and people that are unforeseeable. From the big picture, these moments fill in the details.
Additionally, I have found that these situations are often outrageous and unexpected. For example:
That time... we were verbally harassed by an elderly Croatian women in a laundromat in Zagreb.
That time... we met that guy in Mostar who told us he lived in a cave and made us watch videos of seals being clubbed.
That time... I spent my entire night talking to a toothless man at a bar in Amsterdam about how to cross a border without a passport.
That time... we forgot to make seat reservations and slept on the floor of a train to Budapest for 8 hours.
These moments are that we really travel for. They show that the world can still surprise you, even in 2016. They display the beauty of other cultures and parts of the world that is forgotten too often in current times.
We continue to seek them because amazingly, the world continues to provide them, as long as you are looking. These things can happen anywhere, but humans in 2016 usually ain't lookin.
Perhaps travel is exciting because it gives us the excuse to appreciate the little things. This "series" is my quest to appreciate the little things more - in the current garbage state of the world, it is sometimes the only thing we can do.
Alright, now that this has gotten hella preachy, we need to RUSH to a conclusion. Bottom line - these stories often end up being hilarious and writing them down is the best way to not forget them.
Why do you care? I am not sure, maybe you don't. Don't read in that case. However, I can promise self-deprecating humor and stories of my lapsing judgement that will make you feel like you have your life really put together.
Also please comment with a story you have - I would LOVE to read it.