Early Dreams of Travel

travel-1As far back as my memory goes I have dreamed of traveling the world.  And I am glad to say that I have truly been blessed to have been able to achieve many of my travel goals.  But I am not done traveling yet, in fact, I am just beginning a new phase of travel that I will be sharing with you in future posts.

But I’d like to start with a little background.

I grew up in a rural area of the United States during the early 1960′s.  A much different time in every way than it is today.  The Korean war had ended, and Vietnam Was just beginning..

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My father was an immigrant, and my mother was 1 generation removed from immigrant grandparents.  Traveling was not something that was common to them.  They came from a very working class background.  All they knew was work, and save.  From sun up, to sun down, it was work, work, work.  Money was not the driving force, it was all they knew.

And it’s not that my my parents were poor, traveling was just a “foreign” concept to our family… Remember, this is over 50 years ago so things were much different than they are today.

For me, my desire for travel was spawned from a gift I received as a child.  It seemed like everything changed when I was a young boy and I received a little AM Transistor radio for my birthday.  Now, for those of you who don’t know what a transistor radio is let me try and explain.  It is basically a plastic box a little larger than a pack of cigarettes.  There is a small dial on the front (tuner) and a small speaker.  The item is powered by 1 or 2 batteries, in my case a square 9volt battery that would last just about forever.  These little radios were amazing at picking up signals from long distances away, especially at night.  We didn’t have ipods, cd players or walkman – they had not even been invented yet.  We did have an old style record player, however, the only records were Christmas carols and a few dean martin albums.  This little radio exposed me to so many things and also did this – it made me realize there was a huge world out there waiting for me to see.  And I wanted to experience it.  I wanted to experience what the singers in the songs were experiencing.

That little radio was the motivation.  It started a burning desire in me to do everything I could to find a way to make my dreams a reality.  To see what was out there.  To taste it.  To feel it.  To experience it.

Every chance I had to go into town I would head over to the dime store and to the magazine rack.  I would look at the pictures and read a few of the stories.  These images gave me another motivation, and I would keep the images in my mind and picture myself in them as part of the scenery.

It opened up the world to me.  Back then, we were isolated from the rest of the world.  We didn’t have 100+ channels of tv to chose from.  No one did.  Our only connection to the outside world was either by radio or the newspaper (which I only had access too when I traveled to down which was infrequent as a child).

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Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t an unhappy childhood by any means.  In fact, it was quite the opposite.  My brother, sister and I thought we had it made, and looking back, we did, only in a way that people really dream of.

As I grew the desire to travel became stronger.  And as a family, our position was improving as well.

During my early years we worked as a family and virtually everything we earned we re-invested back into buying more land.  At the same time our area was becoming more popular and land values were steadily increasing.  By the time I was in my early teens our family was actually in an enviable financial position.  Developers were buying land from us and we were selling small parcels and re-investing in larger ones.  This success had finally given our family the luxury of being able to take some time off and vacation as a family.

It started mainly as one or two weeks to Florida in the winter, and eventually grew, and grew each year.  My Father still had many family members in Italy where he was from, and we used that as an excuse to take a month long trip to Europe which I will remember forever.  We would spend most of the early part of the year planning for the next years trip.  My mom would arrange all of the details and at night we would discuss the options around the dinner table.  Later in the year after we had gone on vacation we would spend looking at slides, photo’s and home made movies.  It was truly wonderful.  I still look back on those days with fond memories.

As I grew older, the desire to travel remained strong, and dreams of more exotic adventures filled my head, fueled by those early transistor radio days.

These are my stories, I hope you like the adventure.

 

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Must see places in Mexico

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As I have stated many times before in my blog, I tend to like to visit warm weather places.  Having grown up in the mid west I have seen my share of snow and cold weather.  Therefore, one of the countries I absolutely love traveling too, and find myself going more and more often is Mexico.

I absolutely love everything about Mexico.  I find the people and their culture to be very welcoming and interesting and am happy to say that many of them have become good friends, almost like family.  Although I am not yet fluent in Spanish, I am picking up more and more words and phrases with each journey and am able to communicate well.

In addition to the people, I also love the Cuisine.  I have a liking for chile’s and spicy food, so the diet suits me well.  I am constantly amazed by the various foods and dishes.  The ingredients vary from the coastal regions to the inland, but the overall flavors are somewhat consistent.  And one thing I virtually always find, is freshness.  Fresh ingredients are hard to mess up.

Mexico is a wonderful location that deserves to be visited by everyone who craves a sense of adventure. There are many things to see and explore and the culture is extremely rich and diverse. In this article we will take a look at some of the most enjoyable locations that are based in and around the heart of Mexico.  If you have the time I highly recommend you check one or more of them out.

Visit the City of Mexico

Mexico city is known for having a unique blend of ancient and modern architecture and style. The city has developed through out the years and is now one of the friendliest and most welcoming locations in the world. the city has a wide selection of things to do, such as museums and restaurants that are dotted around the city. Aztec architecture also lies within the city and is great to explore.

Explore the museum Of anthropology

The National Museum of Anthropology is based within Mexico city and is famous for holding a wide selection of ancient art works that are both fascinating and inspiring. The museum also holds a lot of information concerning the indigenous tribes that live in the surrounding areas. There is also a section that is completely dedicated to the different areas of cultural prominence within the Mesoamerican region. This is a great exhibit that will entertain the whole family on a day out.

Visit the area of Chiapas

Another location that is popular with visitors to the area is the land of Chiapas. This beautiful area contains a selection of wonderful lakes and waterfalls that feel somewhat disconnected from the dry and urban feel of the city of Mexico. The area is full of Aztec designs and architecture, featuring carvings and frescoes among the ruins that can be found there. This is one of the few locations that has taught archeologists about the Mayan way of life that happened so many years ago. The beautiful setting that these ruins are based makes this location definitely worthy of a visit alone.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief article and that I may have inspired you to visit and explore one of these amazing places.

I look forward to sharing another interesting adventure with you soon.

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