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swissmoon has written 14 entries about this goal

Costa Rica

I went here not too long ago on my honeymoon! What a beautiful country! The best part was flying in an itsy bitsy plane from San Jose to Tamarindo and back and then getting a car and driving ourselves from San Jose to Jacó. I don’t have the words to describe how beautiful this country is. The only thing that I could have done without were the bugs. I have a slight horror of insects and they were there in abundance. I knew this before going and I braved it anyway. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t freaked out much of the time!



Mexico

When I was fourteen my family received a trip to Puerto Vallarta in exchange for payment for a job that my uncle did. We got to stay in a villa in town for two weeks. It was beautiful and a lot of fun since we had our own pool and a gate that walked out onto the beach. It was a long time ago so I don’t remember it too well, but I know I’d love to return. I’ve also been to Tijuana and Ensenada.



Vienna & Salzburg, Austria

On our way home from our Eastern European drive we passed through Austria by way of Vienna and staying in Salzburg for a night. It wasn’t a long stay but enough to make me want to go back and explore some more. Great food as well!



Budapest, Hungary

Another part of my drive through Eastern Europe took us to Budapest for a few days. Another place where I loved just listening to the people speak. Hungarian is such an interesting language to hear and see written. Budapest was a really interesting city. The one thing that sticks out in my mind is walking along the steets in a sort of market area and buying all my Christmas presents for people at home in this great market that has so many wonderfully different things!



Prague, The Czech Republic

I did a driving trip my sophomore year of college through Eastern Europe. I’d have to go look at my pictures and journal to remember the places we went and things that we did. I do know we stayed for a bit in Prague which is an amazing city and so beautiful. I remember loving the Czech language and sitting around just listening to people talk. I also remember going to “The Yellow Submarine Show” which was basically a very strange puppet show all to Beatles music.



Russia

Russia in March was the coldest place I have ever experienced in my life. I am from Central California where we don’t really have seasons, so that might not be saying much, but man, it was cold and more snow than I’ve ever seen in one place! But beautiful at the same time! Unfortunately, I was so cold that I don’t remember a lot of what I saw. I know we went to the Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum, The Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Afterwards we took an overnight train to St. Petersburg. There I remember doing a tour of the city and going to see the Hermitage. I would like to return during the spring or summer and reaquaint myself with the many things to see.



Hong Kong

I went to Hong Kong after visiting China. Hong Kong is an amazing place. It felt so jam packed! There were people everywhere, every kind of culture you could imagine and enormous skyscrapers. I’m not sure if it was their size or the sheer number of them, but it was a sight! I remember it being incredibly hot as well and whenever you walked into one of the hotels freezing cold air conditioning would flood out at you.



China

I am half Chinese but don’t look at all like I have any Asian in me. Even though, I am fascinated by anything from China and was so excited at the opportunity to go there. My trip was about ten days which isn’t much time considering how large a country is it and how much there is to see! Most of the attractions I saw were in or near Beijing including, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. I had the opportunity though to see a bit of Shanghai and Shenzhen as well.



Spain

In March 1999 I traveled to Spain for two weeks. I flew into Bilbao and went to the Museo Guggenheim. It was interesting to learn about the Basque and their language. From there I spendt somet ime in Madrid and saw a bull fight, wandered around Toledo for a day and finished off in Barcelona. Madrid and Barcelona were both very fun cities. I didn’t much like the food in Spain until I returned for a later visit to the very southeastern tip to visit a friend for the summer. It was with her that I had real Spanish food and got to stay with a family in Spain and have them laugh at my attempts at Spanish. It was so much fun!



Greece

When I was 18 I had the opportunity to go to Greece. We stayed in Athens, drove around and went to Crete and Santorini. Did a lot of touring of the main land and saw many ruins and much history. Having read the New Testament in highschool it was really interesting to stand in places where the apostle Paul stood. The food was amazing and I remember staying out late most nights at the night clubs Greek dancing.



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