Oh the joy we get from travelling… Whether you go for long or short periods of time, whether you go far away or close-by, and whether you’re a newby to it all, or a seasoned nomad; you all know the joy I’m referring to. As you might already know (or as you will find out before too long), that feeling is addictive. Let’s face it, by the time we’re thirty we’ll be as addicted to travelling as Frank Sinatra and Coco Chanel (and my parents) were to smoking. By that time a mere casual two-minute conversation with us will suffice to expose this adventurous addiction. And then we’ll all get together at an ‘AA-meeting’ (‘Adventure Addicts’) and share our best travel stories!!! Okay, I’m getting a little side tracked here…
But you get my point: travelling is to many of us an important virtue in life and so we (the Abroad committee who faithfully writes you blogs) decided to share some of our experiences with you through this blog. In other words, it is my pleasure to present to you a new serial; In addition to the ‘bicycle bloopers’ and the ‘Comfort zones are overrated’, we will from this day forward also regularly feature a post of ‘Writer on location’!
I was granted the honours to provide you with the first edition as I was recently surprised by a trip to California. That’s right, the trip surprised me. It was a typical case of ‘life is what happens while you are busy making other plans’, so to cut a long story short: before I knew it I was on my way to California, to accompany the family I used to be a nanny for. This trip once more confirmed that you can visit a place multiple times and have a very different experience each time you go. As the family planned, we visited Disneyland, Legoland, and Hollywood, but prior to that I had the ultimate getaway: one day for myself over at the West side of Los Angeles before the family had joined me.
So 35 hours after leaving home I was cycling on my rented cruiser bicycle on this path over the beach in my tanktop and flipflops, with this random fellow traveller. We went cruising over the Venice Beach beach walk and made it all the way up to the Santa Monica Pier where we had a burger for lunch. Not just your everyday burger, no! It was American cuisine at it’s finest: too big to possibly fit into your mouth, intensely juicy and rich in artificial ingredients that may have serious consequences for your health. Wait, whut? Yup! I really think my life insurance just went up, and I’m not even kidding, because guess what: they admit to it themselves as well!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Is this part of the ‘writer on location’-thing or did she get it mixed up with ‘comfort zones are overrated’?” Well, I guess it’s a good blend of both, just like my day was a good blend of both. I sure hope my healthy Dutch choice to ride 30 miles on a bicycle that day diminished the risks I took with eating that American burger. Dangerous? Yes, but you kow, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’!
By Erna Ruby