Saturday, April 10, 2010

Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

My tendency to overplan is on overdrive.

Jer and I want to go on a vacation. We would like to go to a new country. Maybe two. We would like to spend a couple of weeks on this trip and are flexible on the timing. And that is about all I know for sure.

The problem is that the world is too big and there are too many interesting things to see.

I think we've finally narrowed it down to a continent. I think.

Another problem is that we each have different travel styles. I prefer frantic, constant stumbling into new experiences, spending little time in the hotel room. Jer prefers a... slower pace. Me = motion. He = viscous.

As I've mentioned here before, this month is our 10-year anniversary and we've never been on a vacation longer than a few days together. The closest was a trip to Hawaii in 2005 with Jer's very generous family.

Based on our previous trips our styles combine best when I have access to public transportation or when I'm within walking distance of the action. Tokyo was perfect. I took a day trip out to Kamakura and walked until I fell over. I only stopped to drink water, pay admission to temples and shrines, and to change the lens on my camera --my idea of a perfect travel day.

My husband is the most important person in my life. But. He would not have enjoyed that day trip. For example: you have a blister? Stick a Band-Aid on it and keep going. We are in JAPAN. You may never be back. You will see everything!

Lest you think, thanks for the warning we will never travel together (I'm afraid of scaring off Lily if she ever wants to do an Alaskan cruise), in my defense I am capable of restraining myself but I've learned it's best if we set up expectations up front. And at least let me run off every once in awhile. We will all be happier if you don't have to wait for me to take one billion pictures of the shrubbery. No matter how pretty the light.

One aspect of travel Jer and I both agree on is food. We like it. We would both like to eat more of it, thank you. Of course this has its limits too, like when I took the train out to a fish market at 6am to eat sushi for breakfast... Okay, so for the most part we agree on food.

Hm. So we've established I am crazy extreme travel lady and Jer is not. Now where in the world do we fit? As of this moment I lean towards Prague and Rome, but that is likely because the last two books I read featured elaborate scenes in those places and I am highly impressionable.

Hotel in city center plus food and drink plus photogenic environment, for the win.


Lily said...

You are more than free to run off by yourself. However, since my friend invited her parents and cousins and their kids, for Alaska, I'll be running with you.

Cruising is all about the food, apparently. As long as I can hit the chocolate buffet, I'll be happy.

Maya said...

Ahhh, travel. Where do I begin?? Janet and I are also on different speeds, but we usually find a happy medium. It helps that we are both photographers so get the need to shoot that bush from every angle because the light is so good! ;-)

You can visit us in Geneva if you want (though not in May) and are interested in spectacular mountains. Food, not so much.

When I read your post, my first thought was Italy. Good for running around, or staying put if necessary (but better for that in a smaller village). Great photo ops, great food!

Or Paris. Good food, good photos. Lots of hotels and good transportation system. He can sit at a cafe and relax while you run around! Good luck!

Christy said...

Thanks, Lily. You'll have to remind me of the dates again sometime...

Maya, thanks! I just booked the trip -- it'll take a few days for the confirmation to come through -- but it looks like we'll be visiting Paris, Prague, and Rome in October. I can't believe we might finally make it to Europe!