So, I’m more than a month late on this one. (I’ve been kind of busy since I got home, OK?) Again by popular demand, here’s a round-up of the common things you all seem to want to know about my travels, covering my three-month journey through Italy, Albania and Greece (with a few nights in England).
Most expensive country: England, but I was only there for a few nights, so let’s go with Italy.
Least expensive country: Albania
Favorite country: Italy (Italy also nudges out Turkey from the top spot overall.)
Least-favorite country: Albania
Most challenging country: Albania
Coolest travel experience: Unlike my first long-term trip, which had a clear stand-out experience, none from this adventure were completely above the rest; rather, I have a few experiences worth mentioning, such as coharing a hash for the Rome Hash House Harriers, sleeping in the hallway on a ferry from Italy to Albania, working in a bakery in Greece, and attending Slow Food International’s Terra Madre.
Number of castles visited: 5
Best sunset: On my first night in Greece, the entire sky over Northwest Greece was glowing.
Best kiss: Sirio, my 18-month-old suitor in Sardinia, Italy
Worst hostel: Koine’ Hostel in Salerno, Italy. I ended up not even staying there that night.
Favorite beach: The secluded, rocky beach near the farm where I volunteered on the island of Sardinia, Italy
Favorite language: Italian
Hardest language to learn: Albanian
Best volunteer experience: I loved all of the places where I volunteered on this trip: the family farm in Italy, the bakery in Greece and the horse farm in Greece.
Hardest volunteer job: Not eating everything in sight at the bakery
Favorite volunteer jobs: Riding horses on the Greek island of Kefalonia
Country with the best food: Italy (You saw this coming.)
Country with the best beer: None impressed me all that much, but Greece had some surprisingly good beers.
Favorite beer: Fix Dark in Greece
Favorite new food: Fresh pappardelle con cinghiale
Volunteer experience with the best food: The bakery in Greece. Not only did I have amazing baked deliciousness at every turn, but my hosts and the baker’s mother were great cooks, plus they were happy to let me experiment with food.
Worst thing I ate: I had a negative baked-lamb experience in Greece.
Worst thing I drank: Tsiporo in Albania
Food I missed the most while I traveled: Avocado
Recapping all of this makes me realize how much more I have to write about from this trip. So much to blog … so little time.