“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” –Peter Bieri
With 2017 now imminent, it is important not to forget the life-breathing travel memories of 2016. At the outset of this month, I mentioned how we should all value the lives of the local citizens when we travel. Furthermore, it is also important to embrace moments. Moments that become memories. Memories that we breathe into our souls for all of eternity.
“Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are, and move toward where you are going.” –Penelope Trunk
As a kid, I can vividly remember the Cheetos commercials featuring Chester Cheetah. The slick, Cheetos-loving feline would always end the commercials with his famous line: “It ain’t easy being cheesy.” Those commercials, plus the fact that I loved green, ultimately influenced my decision to become a Green Bay Packers fan—the greatest American football team of the NFL.
Maybe I didn’t quite leap into the bowl…but you better believe I got my hands dirty!
Walking through the courtyard of the castle ruins in Gondar, Ethiopia was, by itself, a harrowing experience. This effect; however, was heightened by the haunting chants of a funeral procession just outside the castle’s main gate. The energy of those voices bouncing off the vacant castle walls still echoes in my head today.
The contrast presented by attending my first Oktoberfest, followed by a trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial was a truly sobering experience. To go from halls of cheering individuals to walking through the silent screams of souls sacrificed during their stay at Dachau was a heart-rending divergence.
Being able to walk through the Lost city of Petra in Jordan was one thing, but the true icing on the cake was walking through the remains of its lesser-known, comparative sister-city, Mada’in Saleh, in Saudi Arabia.
What was your best travel memory this year? Let me know in the comments below.