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Rachel has lived in 8 different countries on 4 different continents. Growing up in the US, she often dreamed of traveling and pursued a career in international business, specifically emerging markets. After extensive traveling around the world and moving to many major US cities while working in the US, she moved back to South America. Rachel loves trying new foods and wines, studying languages, sailing, water skiing, photography, running, and horseback riding. Her goals are to be trilingual or a millionaire. Having achieved the latter (in Colombian pesos), she is now actively pursuing the former.
Lima, Peru – gastronomy capital of South America, jumping off point to Machu Picchu, and where I lived for most of August. Unlike the typical tourist which arrives in Lima, stays a day and quickly departs to Machu Picchu, I was the odd person who actually lived in Lima, watching others come and go discussing the wonder. While others awed over breathtaking views of ruins, I spent my time searching for a job, price comparing coffee makers, negotiating phone contracts, and normal day-to-day boring stuff. I admit, I indulged in a 12-step, 3-hour tasting menu at Astrid y Gastón as well as consuming massive amounts of choripan, camote frito, churros, and pisco in the name of experiencing culture through food.
Besides memorable eating experiences, what I’ll take away most from living in Lima is the amazing memories of hanging out with my friends Kelly & Christian. The one thing I wanted but didn’t take though was 5 soles, the rough equivalent of $1.81.
Viator introduce their website by stating that their goal is wanting each customer to “have an unforgettable experience” every time they travel. This certainly applied to me!
Viator is a company that generously agreed to sponsor the Ultimate Triptrotting adventures, meaning that I was able to choose a Viator tour in each city that I traveled where they were available. The toughest part was narrowing it down to one tour in each city. After that all I had to do was enjoy! (In fact, sometimes they even picked me up and dropped me off after the tours!)
It’s hard to choose highlights from my Viator tours. All of them taught me something new and showed me ways to have fun in the cities I visited. I started out by segwaying in Budapest (a bit silly but actually heaps of fun!). In Prague when torrential rain forced the cancellation of my bike tour, the tour guide came with me to an art exhibit and picnic instead. My Belgrade tour was meant to last just four hours, but turned into a 16 hour extravaganza wherein we crisscrossed the important historical and cultural parts of the city and delved deep into the underground café and bar scene. Through Jelena (my guide aboce), I discovered some of my favourite spaces to date! Sofia, in Belgrade, was an entirely different sort of tour. A lot of focus was put on the Eastern Orthodox religion—we visited numerous iconic churches as well as a 13th century chapel with some of the world’s best-preserved frescoes! Finally, my tours in Istanbul and Athens were a bit more light-hearted—in Istanbul I was treated to a five course meal and a display of typical Turkish dancing, and in Athens I went on a cruise of three islands. They even let me wear the captain’s hat and steer the ship on the way back! (Pity the other passengers when I was in control).
All in all, I had an absolutely fabulous time with Viator! Definitely a great addition to my Triptrotting adventures.
By: Zsuzsa Bakonyi
This was an incredible and fun event! Apart from inviting locals and expats, and travelers from all over the world, we have had some interesting guests, including travel show host Leon Logothetis and their very own Ultimate Triptrotter (sponsored by Air Berlin), Yolanda. Local friends showed up as well, like Attila Höfle, the editor of ruinpubs.com, Hársas Péter, the only expert on responsible travel in Hungary and Ryan James, Frommer’s editor and Bed&Breakfast owner in Budapest.
It was a nice evening with beers and fröccs (typical Hungarian drink: white wine mixed with soda) where we chatted about travel communitites, responsible travel, the nightlife of Budapest and where to continue the night 🙂
Next day, BudapestUnderguide took Yolanda on Responsible Shopping walking tour. She was so enthusiastic, that it went on till the afternoon, a lot longer then planned 🙂 Budapestunderguide will soon release a video shot by Kreativ.hu (they are making a documentary on alternative tours and included Yolanda’s experience in it).
Triptrotting is hosting TRIPups all over the world with one that happened in NYC, one in Jakarta and a few more coming up. To see if TRIPup is coming to your town and to experience the TRUE LOCAL LIFE, when traveling
By Janice Au
Just looking at the little things I collected on the trip – an album of a busker band, an Irish whistle, and a nice photo of two buskers and me – I seem to hear music playing in my head. The trip to Dublin gave me a new impression of the city, something I never knew before: Dublin is a city of music.
The strong busking culture has made street musicians one of Dublin’s popular live attractions. Grafton Street, in particular, is a must-visit place where buskers compete to catch your attention. Buskers! Something prohibited altogether in the city I come from (as it is seen by law-makers as a form of begging, which is not legally allowed). I could hardly wait; I wandered through the Street on the first day. It did not disappoint me, but filled me with joy and lots of music. I had seen street artists before, but never as impressive as the ones in Dublin. All I can say is, a lot of them are real musicians. It was only after the trip that I learned Bono the lead singer of Irish band U2 and Damien Rice were once buskers too. I wonder if the ones I saw that afternoon had the same secret wish of rising to fame?