Vickroy: Wherever you may go, the old adage is best: there’s no place like household

High in the rolling hillsides of Mijas Pueblo, Spain, you’ll get a hillside island replete with native Andalusian history and yet a roundhouse. ( Donna Vickroy/Naperville Sun ) By Donna VickroyMay 20, 2024 at 1: 02 p. m. It’s easy to romanticize travel but wandering the world is not without its challenges. Citizens are being priced out of their own enclosure industry by the exploitation of Airbnb services. Conflicts between car and Uber vehicles — looking at you, London— are heated. Does anyone give a reason to stay put if planes are sagging in midair? And visiting a foreign country can be heartbreaking, especially when you realize you know so little about its citizens despite their apparent knowledge of yours. But, for many, the return on the investment of time and money and hassles is invaluable. Traveling not only helps us learn about new things, but it also helps us learn about the already-knowable. I want to share one thing I’ve learned about people all over the world as a new year of experience rolls around. Simply put, there’s no place like house. My house, your home, their house. My husband and I are lucky to have experienced this firsthand. We’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, most of Western Europe and most of the Caribbean. We just returned from a trip to Costa del Sol, Spain, that included a visit to Morocco, at the northwestern tip of Africa. In the lovely city of Frigiliana, Spain, visitors you admire the special method locals decorate their doorsteps. ( Donna Vickroy/Naperville Sun ) All along, we’ve noticed this common theme: From Switzerland to Barbados, the people we’ve met have expressed how very much they love their country, and want us to love it too. They express their frustrations, rejoice over their victories, and dance about their meal. And they want us to comprehend and love that passion. Granted, visit guides, valets and yet restaurant owners are ministers for their country. They are in the kindness company, after all. A way to advance their subsistence is through the promotion of their lifestyle. However, it appears that the loyalty extends beyond the settlement craze. ” Enjoy, enjoy”, said the host at Restaurant Vandalucia in Tangier, as he explained each of the 20 or so dishes spread before us. We could n’t come close to finishing the feast, and he seemed hurt. But when we told him we had tasted everything and had questions about certain ingredients and cooking techniques, he proudly responded. Beautiful ceiling tiles tell the story of individuals who’ve traveled to Ronda, Spain. ( Donna Vickroy/Naperville Sun ) Once, at a soap shop in Marseilles, France, the owner asked if I loved his country. I said,” Oui”. Finally he inquired as to whether I was familiar with the national anthem. My love for the movie” Casablanca” kicked in and I began,” Ba bomp ba bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp, ba bomp”. He beamed and sang together. On the push off to Ronda, Spain, our drivers told us how little he missed his country of Romania. We immediately asked how much his household was from Dracula’s tower. ” About an hour”, he said, chuckling at the common fascination with the savage matter. ” Transylvania is beautiful”, he said. Tour guides “you really visit” not just want you to be impressed, but they also want you to learn and retain information with the same enthusiasm as they keep up with what’s happening in the US. Our link at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, presented us with details and then quickly tested our engagement. She said,” Look at this place and show me the effects that are Muslim and those that are Christian.” When we answered accurately, she radiated. When we did n’t, she repeated the lesson. ” Spanish record is essential”, she said. And she is best. So is the story of each other nation on earth. As we sat in the room where Christopher Columbus sought revenue from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela to search for a new planet, I realized how little the majority of Americans knew about different cultures and how tragic that is. We are all connected. Our histories merge, and as the past has demonstrated, the hierarchy of importance is delicate and can change at any time. Our manual in Gibraltar was extremely enthusiastic. ” We refuel boats from all over the globe”, he said. Despite having one of the smallest countries in the world, Giraltarians are enthralled by global significance. He said,” You’re so lucky to be here when a plane is taking off,” and then delayed our departure so we could watch the jet descend down the single runway next to the enormous” Rock” that juts out into the Mediterranean. The desire to market one’s birthplace is carried out by another travelers, too. Visitors to Mijas Pueblo, Spain, will be greeted by a sign that welcomes them. The area is known for its hillside island, which is full of local Andalusian background. ( Donna Vickroy/Naperville Sun ) High in the rolling hills of Mijas Pueblo, Spain, a terraced outpost rife with local Andalusian history and even a bullring, we encountered a couple from Germany. Along the beautiful landscape, we took turns photographing one another. They inquired if we had ever been to Hamburg in English. We said no. And so they continued to advise us on the best time to visit and all about the beautiful sites we may find it. Additionally, they expressed concern about the upcoming U.S. presidential election and how the results will affect the conflict in Ukraine. All countries are essential, they reminded, and all places are impacted by what the most powerful countries do. Years ago in Nice, France, we shared a desk with a pair from Belgium. ” Have you been to Bruges”? they asked. We said,” No, sorry”. ” Oh, it is beautiful. You may go”. And, we did, a few years after. Outside we’ve been, there has been this recurring topic of deep passion for one’s state. We know it also. We are overcome with excitement each time we panel our return journey because we’re heading to Home, the most amazing place in our world. Donna Vickroy, a journalist, writer, and columnist for the Daily Southtown, has won numerous awards. She can be reached at [email protected].

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