Editor’s Note: “Travel” is usually an uncountable noun and refers to a concept: that of moving around the globe, discovering new places, people and cultures. The individual act of moving from A to B, or Z, is called either a “journey” or a “trip”, especially a round trip there and back, often over a relatively short distance. A common mistake is to misuse the word “travel”, as in, “I went on a superb travel to Florence last weekend.”
Where have you been? What have been your best, or worst, journeys and holidays? Share them with us. Here are some of our experiences:
Chiara has been to Lampedusa. Read her story:
Who doesn’t love travelling around the world to meet people from other countries, to get to know their ways of thinking, eating, living..? In my life I have visited various countries like Australia, Central America and Europe, although I was born and live in Italy where there are wonderful places to visit: historic cities such as Rome, Venice, Naples.. and enchanting natural areas with lakes, mountains, rivers, beaches and islands.
So, I decided to visit all the Italian islands during short holidays in the year. Last April, I went to Lampedusa, a part of the Pelagic Islands further from Sicily – on which it depends, than Africa!
It wasn’t the best time to go there, because the wind was blowing hard above all from the South-East. It was impossible go out of the harbour perhaps in a little rented boat to look at Lampedusa from other points of view or to visit Vulcano island, near Lampedusa. You couldn’t even go by bicycle along the long and difficult routes because in the strong wind you would fall. Indeed, it even reached forty knots during the day..
I looked at the coast going around from North to South on foot until I could stop to swim where the wind gave the opportunity for this. I went to the Bay of the Rabbits’ Island so called because the word ‘rabit‘ in the Arabic language, means ‘connect’: the isthmus that connects the little Rabbits’ Island to Lampedusa. It was a charming place and I dived in very clear and clean water, but cold too! The bay also is famous for a kind of giant sea-turtles called ‘Caretta Caretta’ which lay their eggs on this beach. A very few other places in the Mediterranean have the right conditions for the reproduction of ‘Caretta Caretta’!
On this island, the food was delicious.. although many varieties of fish are very good, but a typical food is cous cous, which is hand-made by the women of the island. I was amazed to see how it is made and dished: it isn’t mixed with vegetables or fish or meat, but everything is well divided into the plate.. to taste as you like without any seasoning – I think!, and only a special soup to pour onto it.
Thinking of going back again at the end of next September…only one hour by plane!
Paolo has been to Mexico. His journey involved some risks. See him in the picture below:
Manlio travelled between Greece and Turkey in a sailing boat.
Enrico has been to Formentera.
Gabriele Cotino went swimming from Manly Beach, Sydney, to nearby Shelly Beach, and met some sharks.
Michela went on holiday to France, where her dream was to see the Eiffel Tower.
Carola went to the Maldives with her boyfriend to celebrate getting her degree.
Marco has been to Finnish Lapland and South Africa.
Margarita went on honeymoon to Dubai.
Angelica had a wonderful experience in the Galapagos Islands. The name in Spanish means the “turtle islands”.
Anna has been to Santiago de Compostela.
Valentina and her husband went to Mexico and Guatemala recently.
Debora has been to Croatia.
Marina Coica has been to Les Saises in France.
Esmeralda has been to Cabbia di Montereale.
Melania has been to Northern India, including Varanasi.
Clotilde has been to Kenya.
Maria Alejandra has been to South Africa. Here is her story, in its corrected form:
My favourite holiday was in South Africa.
Last February I went to Cape Town for two weeks with my friends, Rosana and Tanolie. we rented an apartment and a car.
Cape Town was wonderful and the weather was perfect – sunny. Indeed, we went swimming with the penguins in Simon’s Town.
We went on safari where we saw a lot of animals such as lions, giraffes etcetera. During the day we often went sightseeing or to the beach, or shopping.
In the evenings we always went to dinner in typical local restaurants, where they eat a lot of lamb and fish.
I’d love to go back to South Africa.