Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The In-Between

When it comes to travel, I'm a huge sightseer. I admit it. I need to say I've been there done that. But what I have noticed is that when you are buzzing around trying to get to those destinations, you're missing out on all the moments that could happen in-between. It's the in-between that keeps me traveling and loving it. It's the in-between that is the ultimate souvenir. 

My Top 10 In-Between Moments:

1. In-between biking the streets of Belize and snorkeling the depths of Shark Rey Alley, it was the canon ball jumping contest w/ the local kids that was most memorable.

2.  In-between a full day of airports & a welcome party, it was the engagement ring that was slipped onto my finger on the heights of Christo Rey mountain Gto, Mx.

3. In-between this ¡Ole! and that ¡Ole! at my first bull fight in Mx, it was the local sitting behind me asking if I was the reporter that he'd seen at other arenas in Spain & Mexico covering the Matadors. Why yes! ;-)

4. In-between dodging chicken buses in Guate & sleeping in a strange house, it was sitting with them on their couch sipping coffee, waiting for the electricity to turn back on.

5. In-between cramming 9 people into a small truck for hours and climbing Tikal, it was the 360° spin out on wet roads & just barely missing a cliff that was the most nail biting moment.

6. In-between a city tour of Arequipa, Peru and eating that nights llama, it was taking part in the crowded Corpus Christi celebrations. Brightly colored flower carpets and all.

7. In-between swaying in a hammock & talking to parrots, it was hanging out at the bar next door playing pool & drinking beer in the sweltering heat of Zacapa, Guate that can't be beat.

8.  In-between Chichen Itza & tacos in Merida, it was the running out of gas in the middle of no where at night with only the stars for company.

9. In-between the chicken bone filled tamales & a Guate masked dance, it was shooting off New Years Eve fireworks from a rooftop under a volcano while sipping Chilean wine w/ my sister.

10. In-between meeting my sponsored child & playing a game of soccer in Guate, it was his father handing me his hand crafted sculpture & shyly saying "I don't know how to thank you."

This post has been entered into the Grantourismo HomeAway Holiday-Rentals travel blogging competition.


Kyle said...

I looooove this post!!!

Especially number 10. I actually teared up reading about that moment.

Christy said...

Thanks Kyle, I think #10 is my favorite as well.

Anonymous said...

Amazing photo, and great list. Good luck!

laradunston said...

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