8 May 2012
The greatest journey meme – The Mum Blog gets me thinking
It should be an easy question – what’s my most memorable, incredible journey so far. But I’ve been pondering for days after I was challenged to answer it on The Mum Blog. I’ve been to some fabulous places, with China, Madagascar, Laos, Lebanon and the South Pacific springing to mind as a few that really opened my eyes to the amazing places around the world.
But for somewhere I remember for the emotional experience as well as the destination? Well, there was my wonderful honeymoon in Brazil, where I explored the Amazon, saw one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls and the incomparable Rio de Janeiro, all with a huge smile on my face and my brand new husband beside me.
All contenders without a doubt (and that’s barely scratching the surface). But the surprise winner is one of the earliest trips I took aged 21, to Egypt.
I’d travelled before – family holidays to France, an Interrail trip with my then boyfriend around Europe, I’d even explored a lot of Germany during the year I lived there (though that wasn’t so much of a holiday). But as I finished my post-grad diploma and prepared to start my first ever grown-up job, I wanted to do something a bit more adventurous.
Egypt had always fascinated me, and when I couldn’t find anyone else who wanted to come along, I bit the bullet and decided to go alone. Which surprised even myself! Not completely solo, but given how shy I still was and my tendency to overthink everything, even a group trip with Explore was daring.
Needless to say, it was amazing. I saw the pyramids, no less breathtaking for their familiarity, and the fabulous temple of Abu Simbel. I sailed on a felucca up the Nile, relaxing under an awning in between stops at riverside temples, loved riding a camel and hated being in the saddle of a maniac donkey, tried my hand at haggling, plus my first scuba dive in the Red Sea – with an extremely dodgy instructor who nearly let me run out of air.
So it wasn’t all perfect – I ate dodgy food and discovered the wonders of Immodium, as well as learning to make do with holes dug in the river bank instead of toilets and encountering more than a few tourist scams. But I survived, I loved it and I’ve never looked back since.
What’s your most memorable and incredible journey so far – and why? I’m tagging Room For A Small One, Far From Home Mama and On The Luce but hope it inspires a few other people to join in. Don’t forget to link back to this blog and The Mum Blog and tag a few other bloggers of your own.