You might have seen plenty of articles about “best of 2016” or “2017, wishlist” on many travel bloggers webs. Stephanie Fox created this idea of rounding up 2016 after 10 questions and looking forward to what comes next, also created a Facebook group that you can join and take part on this challenge.
The idea is to answer 10 questions with honesty and to leave the link to the previous article posted, so it is another way of meeting other travel bloggers and to think about those questions yourself, why not?! You can also find them (now us) across Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #TravelWhispers. So here come the questions…
1.If you had to move to a country that you’ve NEVER been to, and live there for ten years, where would you go?
OK, committing to an unknown country for 10 years is a lot!! We’ve lived in different countries and we’ve established that we are warm-country people. At the top of my mind, I would say Zimbabwe, why? Well I know they are different countries but Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe are these similar-close-by bunch that we are madly in love with (and yet we haven’t been to Zimbabwe!). The weather, nature, Harare has to be fun, I don’t think we would go wrong with this choice.However, we have been toying with the idea of New Zealand for a while.
2.If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
We tend not to spend much in hotels so our home wouldn’t be luxurious. Two places came to mind immediately. We stayed at Ujung Ubud in Bali last November, the place was quiet and charming with a balcony overseeing some private rice terrace (not the huge one that everyone visits). This was a “luxurious” place for us and we’d love to stay there for a longer period. And yet it is still a hotel there is some sort of isolation implied.
And yet it is still a hotel there is some sort of isolation implied. To avoid this there is only one place we’ve felt (’cause it actually was) home for a longer period of time: Mayoka Village Beach Lodge in Nkhata Bay (Malawi). The view of the lake and the foliage on the back of the huts, being close to the beach for “crazy” Sundays, having friends around… I can’t think of it as a lodge but as a comfort home.
3.If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
How to choose!!! I’ve read so many travel whispers challenge already and they all sound exotic but, it might be because we’re expats, I wouldn’t mind eating Spanish food for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, Thai, Chinese, Turkish, Italian, Persian… we aren’t foodies (we can’t wait to take the photo before eating) but we love eating and all these cuisines are just incredible but give me morcilla, jamón serrano, cheese (from any region: manchego, majorero, de Valsequillo, cabrales…), Spanish tortilla, fabada, ropa vieja, “black rice”, Santiago’s cake for desert and the list could go on and on and I don’t think we’d get tired of it!
4.Who has given you “holiday envy” this year, and how?
Last year we wanted to go to The Philippines but things didn’t work out as planned (we got to go to Indonesia tho), so every photo we’ve seen or article we’ve read it gave us that feeling “are we making a mistake not going?” We are not planning to go to the islands during 2017 but we have them in mind nonetheless.
5.If you had to look at the same sunrise or the same sunset every day, where in the world would you never get bored of seeing it? Please don’t say sitting outside Cafe Mambo in Ibiza
This year we had a beautiful sunrise and sunset experience in Bafq desert in Iran, just four friends watching the sun rise from behind the dunes, it was peaceful and amazing.
But there is nothing like an African sunset/sunrise, and we would never get bored of watching it at South Luangwa National Park in Zambia (no filters in the photos) it is just like magic.
6.If you were taking a “staycation” in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?
Sara – I’m from Gran Canaria, a small island in the Atlantic Ocean closer to the African coast but part of Spain. I would walk around Vegueta, the historical part of the capital city, stopping at the cathedral and at Columbus museum. The colonial streets are great for a morning in the city followed by a visit to Las Canteras beach (our pride and joy), you can never get bored of snorkelling or sun bathing on this beach with the city just behind you. I wouldn’t allow anyone to miss a trip to Maspalomas beach, a protected sand dunes area that would take your breath away (try out the sunset here!) or a day trip to Tejeda one of the most beautiful villages in Spain (awarded in 2016) with the best view of Teide volcano (in the island of Tenerife) and Roque Nublo, the island’s iconic symbol that you can also hike (and it only takes 1 hour with all the stops). I could go on and on about it but there needs to be a stop, just another recommendation, try the cheese, the papas arrugadas (potatoes) with mojo and the fish.
7.Describe your perfect travel day of the year
We were so excited to go back to diving, Sara had some problems before so she hadn’t dive for a while but Komodo National Park was a great opportunity to get back into the water. We woke up early and went to the port where the boat would pick up the group. First impressions of the group were great! A bit of briefing on how things were going to go, and we get our wetsuits on. We started our decent and Sara was a bit anxious but she managed, the first dive was beautiful with so many fish to see. Left the water, had some lunch and back to the water again, this time to Batu Balong (big smile) and it was even better than before!! And indeed, we got out of the water with the biggest of smiles, head back to Labuan Bajo watching an incredible sunset, relaxed, had a great dinner at the fish market to end a wonderful day.
8.What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
We don’t really have a bucket list per se but we finally visited Iran and were even more amazed than we expected, we floated on hot air balloons in Cappadocia, we kept on diving and got even more in love with it and we remained sane after a crazy 2016 in Turkey (not bad now that we do a recap!)
9.What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
As we said in our wishlist page, we are moving continents and there is everything to explore! We’ll be based in Panama with is absolutely unknown to us, we have written down a few places that we can’t miss (Cuba or Colombia for instance) but we know that there’ll be lots of things that will come up along the year and will be great.
10.Share your favorite Instagram photo of 2016
This picture is from our trip to Indonesia, Sara hates motorbikes and yet it was our means of transport for the holiday. Riding around the villages and the rice terraces was an incredible experience full of beauty.
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