Hey everyone I have a question for you: After having read many of your blogs, I am impressed about how well traveled so many of you are. So, my question is this: Where was your first time? The first country you ever visited outside of your home country. For those of us in the US, I’ll make it a bit trickier, Where was your first country outside of Mexico and Canada? I’ll answer in the next paragraph.
my first country technically was Mexico. I visited with my family when I was about 12. We only crossed the bridge from El Paso to Juarez for about a half a day. It was kind of what border towns unfortunately often are. My parents were nervous wrecks the whole time. The last vacation we ever took as a family was in 1985 to Canada. We went to Toronto and Montreal. I loved them both, especially Montreal. I found out sadly my two years of college French were woefully inadequate with the Quebecois. I have since been to British Columbia and the Yukon territory as well.
My first “real” country was Poland . it was back in 1988 when I was 24. I flew almost directly with only brief layovers in Germany and Czechia. I didn’t know a word of Polish and was all alone. i had set up a job in advance to work at a horse ranch near Katowice. It was a two week assignment but I ended up spending about a month traveling around the southern end of the country. I loved Krakow. The polish people i met were some of the kindest people I have ever met anywhere. No matter how many countries I visit, Poland will always have a place in my heart.
So how about you? Which country was your first? Tell me all about it, I would love to have a conversation with you.