To celebrate my 200th post, wohoo(!) I’ve looked back on some of my most magical travel moments.
‘Jaw Dropping’ is used to describe those stunning places you can only dream of; the type of place with water clearer than you knew existed, colours so vibrant you feel like you’ve stepped inside a painting or views that take your breath away.
I’ve had a few of those moments which really stand out in my mind because I believe that my jaw literally did drop open. They were…
2008: Seeing The Taj Mahal, India.
We arrived in Agra in darkness the night before and decided to go to see the Taj the following afternoon. I knew it’d be good, I mean it’s famous for a reason. But I kind of thought, well I’ve seen so many photographs of it… can it really be that amazing? It was. I walked through the arch and there it was. Something so grand and so very beautiful. I find it hard to describe just why it is so beautiful, but it felt magical in every way.
2008: A View of The Himalayas, Nepal.
We got home from the school where I was volunteering in Chitwan, Nepal. We were staying with a local family and one of my co-volunteers shouted “Quickly! Come upstairs, come now!” So, I sprinted up to the rooftop, and these beautiful views were waiting for us. We hadn’t seen them for the first week we were staying there and we only saw them so vividly this time in our total of five weeks. This can be pinpointed as the moment I fell in love with mountains!
2010: Experiencing Carnival, Rio, Brazil.
I had dreamt about Carnival since 2001/2002, when I was in school we had some Geography lessons on Brazil and I knew there and then that I wanted to go. I was 14 at the time so there was no way I was going then… but that didn’t stop me from reading about it, dreaming of it and eventually starting my 5-month backpacking trip there. Experiencing Carnival in Rio, and staying with local Couchsurfers was everything I imagined, and more. A dream come true. Scenes like this were all I had dreamt of for so long.
Which moments have made your jaw drop open?