Why travel is cool:
|The Last Butter Tart|
(before 5 of us ate it)
In Toronto, my friends Mark and Joseph Climie-Elliott invited people to join them for the Taste of the Danforth. A small group of us got to experience this lively Greek street festival and five of us shared a single butter tart, the last one remaining of several hundred that were made by the bakery we visited. It was a really good, really teeny piece of pastry which is now a link amongst Mark, Andrew Watt and I at Association of Fundraising Professionals meetings!
|Carlos Madrid-Varela and Alice in Mexico City|
|My fellow birthday celebrants|
4. If you don't plan too much, you can end up on quite an adventure. I'm not saying, "don't plan." I'm saying, "don't over-plan." Most of my travel disasters have come from too rigid a plan rather than no plan at all. (I'm a total list person, so this is a tough one for me!) My new rule--plan enough to have a framework, but leave room for detours. For instance, a spontaneous stop at a produce stand on the side of the road leads to perfect locally grown strawberries and delicious and cheap pomegranates. Or asking the front desk about the best restaurants in Rochester, Minnesota leads to an evening "dine-around" of four different restaurants and way too much fried cheese.
5. You meet some really nice people. From Toronto to Mexico City, from New Jersey to Monterey Bay, we've encountered so many people who showed genuine hospitality to us. I look forward to returning the favor to some other traveler soon.
So, where to next?