Hello and welcome to week 3 of the of guest authors. As I mentioned here, the authors are friends of mine, people I know and like. I asked them to sum up in their own words and style what travel means to them and a favourite place (or two).
Today’s guest author is Jean Lehmann. Jean is another friend I have made through Vancouver’s Couchsurfing community. I met her and her husband Richard at a weekly event several years ago. They had returned to Canada after living for several years in Chengdu, China. Jean has a sense of adventure and a wonderful outgoing spirit.
Travel means ADVENTURE. Nothing beats going to a place and the unexpected occurs.
My first trip was to the Mayan Rivera. I did the 5 star resort and it was beautiful. I paid $100 per mini excursion that always ended In a gift shop. On the second last day we were out of money, bored, sitting on the plastic lounge chairs watching a group of people do water aerobics. As the drink server walked by we asked him if we can get to Tulum cheaper than $75.00. He stated we just go to the end of the road then catch a 20 peso bus ride directly to Tulum. Since then I have never stayed at a 5 star resort and am always looking for adventure.
I went back to Mexico this past year, rented a car and drove to the mountains. Tasted great tequila. Met an employee of the tequila tasting who needed a ride into the city to play a soccer game. He makes 500 peso a game. I gave him a ride. I was so nervous and don’t recommend it unless you have great judge of character. However, he was great. He taught me about Mexico’s politics and his relationship with the mob.
I don’t have a favourite country – I have adventures and great memories that will be with me forever.
Photos taken and owned by Jean and Richard Lehmann. Used with permission.