As some of you may have guessed, I love to travel. There is just nothing more exciting to me than getting out in the world- experiencing new things, trying different food, going on adventures, and meeting people along the way. Over the years, certain people have taken me under their wing to show me their history, heritage, life as they know it. Some of these people work as actual tour guides, some just friends met along the way. But they were the ones that were icing on the cake of some unforgettable experiences.
2014: Tom @ Bigfoot Hostel & Volcano Boarding- Leon, Nicaragua
I just got back from Nicaragua, where randomly on my birthday we decided to go sledding down a big volcano. The experts at this sport live at Bigfoot Hostel, where they fulfill the needs of adrenaline junkies. Tom was very entertaining, explaining safety aspects and history of the volcano in great detail before cutting you loose down the volcano and clocking your speed. Afterwards, after Tom runs down the volcano and together everyone enjoys a beer and a cookie. It was an extra treat that Tom borrowed a camera and took photos of all of us, which can be found here.
2013: Yazmany Pachay SaVal- Isla Isabela, Galapagos
Yazmany was one of our tour guides on the Galapagos who traveled with us from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island. He took us to Tintorenas Island where we saw dozens of iguanas on the rocks, white-tipped sharks playing with sea lions in a small pool, and we did a bit of snorkeling. That evening, we drank tequila and salsa danced at the Iguana Bar off the pier, and met fellow locals of Isabela, who shared their rum with us on the beach.
2014: Steve @ the Underground Tour, Seattle, WA
I had one day in Seattle and wanted to see it all. I started my morning at Pike Place, then visited the Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens, had crab at Miner’s Landing, then did the Underground Tour in Seattle. There were over 100 people in our tour, and Steve gave a widely engaging and entertaining history of Seattle before going underground. This city that I always wanted to visit just became more endearing to me, and after I read Bill Speidel’s Sons of Profits, I’ll probably go back and do it again.
2012: Jon W., friend of a friend, Sydney, Australia
I took a snowboard trip down to AUS/NZ back in 2012 and spent a week hanging out in Sydney while my friend was at work. Luckily his roommate Jon, a DJ, had a couple of days off, and took me to the Darling Harbour Aquarium one day, and introduced me to music trivia night and books like Life by Keith Richards and Paul Carter. We all went snowboarding at Thredbo and partied in the village. I love how those Aussies are warm, carefree and genuine.
2012: Chris A., lift operator at Coronet Peak, New Zealand
I actually can’t remember how I met Chris…I think I started talking to him at the ski resort. We probably took a few runs together and he gave me a ride back to Queenstown, where we enjoyed Speight’s Ale and rode The Remarkables the next day. The house that he grew up at has an incredible view of the Remarks from the backyard, something I’ll never forget.