Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. – Samuel Johnson
I hope to share in this blog, specifically this page, my future travels this year and next year of my work through Global Health Leadership in oral healthcare. I will be giving updates soon.
Anyone who ever comes into contact with me, through conversation knows I love to travel. I mean going to a new place in an exotic location different from where you came from is exciting, miraculous and beautiful all at the same time. I have been traveling you might say my whole life, from the time I was in the womb, I have to laugh at that and give a warm applause to my parents for giving me the love for experiencing new cultures from an early age.
- Honolulu, Hawaii
The first destination I visited outside of Florida where I grew up, was Hawaii at 8 years old. We stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort in Honolulu. I mean talk about enjoyment, crisp blue-green water, coral reefs, and the sunshine, just all in one, it was excitement personified. I know I am from Florida, where the water is surrounding us and the palm trees are plentiful, but Hawaii was just spectacular to a little girl seeing all this wonder for the first time.
The food was so good, I distinctly remember having the best coconut pancakes in my life and telling my mother and father they had to make them for my little brother and I, when we returned to Florida. I learned to hula dance and that it represented a story being told through the movements of the hands, feet and hips. I also visited some of my family that lived on the island, too.
The assortment of beautiful, tropical flowers was indescribable, such an array. My grandmother taught me about the beautiful hibiscus flowers. She loved them so much that she actually bought some hibiscus seeds from a farmer’s market in Hawaii and brought them home to Florida, and planted them.Today, after 25 years those large red and pink hibiscus plants are in her yard, at her home. Wow, memories are coming back so vividly as I write.
The volcanoes, were a site I will always remember and stays vivid in my mind till this day. I mean I recall telling my mother, “Mom is the lava from the volcano going to boil over and take us and the island,” she laughed at my words, I was so full of imagination and wonder at that age. The experience with my family left me wanting more in the future, so I began my journey to experience life every chance I received.
Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white. – Mark Jenkins
- England and France
In 1995, my next adventure was when I was 15 years old, when I went to Europe with my family. We visited London, Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of Shakespeare-my favorite of the trip), Harrods, Oxford University, Warwick Castle, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the English countryside. I enjoyed the tea, the scones and of course fish and chips for the first time. Going to England was definitely a dream experience for me, especially being the birthplace of my favorite English writers and poets like Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare; T.S. Eliot, Lord Byron, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
We traveled by train on the Eurostar, to Paris, France, which was exciting and fun! The whole trip was planned by my mother, through Insight Vacation Tours and stayed at the Hotel Sofitel in Paris. Europe was the best trip of my life. I saw beauty at its finest, in the place of amour, The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Joan of Arc statue, the Arc de Triomphe, I gained so much knowledge from that experience about culture, food and architecture. The language was beautiful to the ears, J’aime Paris! The people were so warm and insightful about enjoying life. They truly eat, drink their wine, have their cafe’, love family and seem to not let the stress of jobs take over their world, like we do here in America. Passports to Life.
One memory I have, was my first taste of Escargot (cooked snails) at a french cafe’ in Paris and I have loved it ever since! I guess, you can say my tastes changed and deepened. I can’t wait to return. Europe was a complete joy, but when I return I want to stay a whole month and see more. After 17 years, it will be a blessing to return with my own family. : )
America is my country, Paris is my hometown. -Gertrude Stein
In 1997 and 1998, I went to Aruba, “One Happy Island,” with the family, it was only 33-km long (20 miles) stretch of island and 17 miles north of Venezuela, known for its divi divi trees, but a great vacation nonetheless. The weather was so great breezy and sunny and I had fun with the family as we stayed in a time share right on the beach. I went to the casino, took a tour of the caves which was quite fascinating and shopped for souvenirs.
One vivid memory I have from this trip, was when I ate shark for the very first time since, my brother at the time dared me to, after he ate the octopus, which was served. It was quite good surprisingly, a little salty and sweet at the same time. I also had the best key lime pie ever in my life, I mean it was in a pudding form and I think I might have eaten 4 helpings in one siting. The people were so nice and spoke multiple languages. I remember the tour guide telling us by the time children in school reach the 5th grade, they know 5 different languages including Dutch (official language), Spanish, French, English and the Native Papiamento. For this reason, I was happy that I took 5 years of Spanish in high school and hope in the future to teach my children different languages, starting at a young age. The trip was memorable.
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
In 2009, I went for Spring Break with friends, before our dental school graduation, it was a fabulous and fun trip! We stayed at the all-inclusive Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa. I will definitely return soon for our 5 year reunion. We had so much fun on that island from eating seafood, drinking many pina coladas & frozen magaritas, swimming with the dolphins, seeing sharks, parasailing, horseback riding, going to the casino and shopping in Higuey, while experiencing the native culture. I even saw a dental practice while over there. Here are some photos:
- Ocho Rios, Jamaica
I recently returned from my trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for my friend’s wedding, which was simply beautiful, warm and a fun reunion of friends. The trip was great and I took plenty of pictures from start to finish.
- Positano, Italy (Italy, in general, the whole country I would love to see)
- The Amalfi Coast, Southern Italy
- Cinque Terre, Italy, on the Italian Riviera
- Monte Carlo, the French Riviera
- The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
- St. Barts
- St. Lucia
- Bora Bora
- Ireland and Scotland
- Australia and New Zealand
Those are a few destinations, I would love to visit in the future. Through Public and Global Health, I hope to make a difference and will post my travels on this page. Details soon. 🙂