The Never Expected Experience of a Reluctant Traveler – that was me…in Spain. I am, always, reluctant to travel anywhere. The idea of change, new, unpredictable, unknown…it scares me quite honestly…in all things in life. But it’s funny how the never expected experiences of a reluctant traveler are the ones that are the most valuable…and worthy to share….
Every time I stepped out of our apartment – I was surprised by the views. There’s nothing comparable to an ancient Colosseum at home. The markets, the beaches, the restaurants, and the streets all astonished my senses. I didn’t expect to be blown away…every.single.day.
The Never Expected Experience of a Reluctant Traveler has its ironies. I went in knowing we were going on a trip – but I didn’t expect an adventure (reluctant travelers never do). We’d wake up every morning with a “Where should we go today?” view on life. Very different from my at-home-weekly-planner life. In Spain, there was no plan. We went where the weather directed us. Hot days took us to the beach. Windy days carried us to the streets. Rainy days swept us to the museums and indoor sites. I eventually even surprised myself…with accepting this fluid and unplanned lifestyle.
Valencia fartons with horchata became my kids’ afternoon snack. Fartons are a sweet pastry covered with powdered sugar. Horchata is a cold, frothy, sweet drink (think ice cap). I didn’t think my picky eaters would enjoy these “different” foods but they surprised me by loving them.
I have learned that things never expected are something to be seen and experienced. The day we visited a castle which was older than all of Canada proved it.
Now, I admit…I didn’t want to go up that hill in Xàtiva, Spain. It was windy. And high. And we were all a little tired from a day of site seeing. “I’ll wait down here” I thought over and over. But I went.
And boy am I glad I went.
The views were incredible. My kids’ experience at a castle invaluable. The day memorable. Sometimes what you never expect is exactly what you need.
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