Almost every day I am asked interesting questions from all over the world and I thought I would start sharing my responses to them, along with travel related giveaways. I love questions, thus please feel free to ask me anything in the comments or send me a private message if you prefer.
Q6. Any negatives about Argentina?
A6. The thing I dislike the most about my adopted second home is the time in which most people eat dinner. I grew up eating dinner every night at 6:30PM. When I moved to New York City for Graduate School I begrudgingly began eating at 8PM to accommodate my friends. However, most Argentineans do not sit down to eat until 11PM and there have been many occasions where I have even eaten after midnight. This has been the hardest thing for my Argentinean husband to adapt to now that he is living in the United States. Other than that, how can you find anything negative about a country where it is normal to see people dancing tango in the streets? Okay, maybe the traffic there drives me a little crazy sometimes too!
Q7. What was your worst experience during your travels?
A7. Despite my undying love for travel, I have had some horrible moments on the road. Nonetheless, I strongly believe that in order to experience and appreciate the best of life you have to experience the worst as well. I think the worst was in Madrid, Spain. I had just come from the train station where I had purchased tickets to Toledo, when I realized that my wallet and brand new camera had been stolen from my purse while I was on the subway on New Year’s Eve. Inside my wallet, which I had bought the day before with my Christmas money at Prada, were the train tickets, my beloved passport, my money, my license, and my credit cards. I think I lost about $2,000 that day, plus all of my priceless photos. I definitely learned to be more aware of my surroundings after that.
Q8. If you could change three things about your wedding what would they be?
A8. I would have had my Grandparents there (they were not in good enough health to fly), I would have had pink peonies as my bouquet (they were impossible to find in Buenos Aires that time of the year), and I would not have stressed out as much I did on the Big Day (all that really matters at the end of the day is the marriage, not the wedding).
Q9. What country were you the most nervous about visiting? When you arrived how did you feel?
A9. Without a doubt Cuba, simply because I was sneaking into the country illegally and the penalty of getting caught can be either a hefty fine or jail time. Thankfully, I did not get caught, but I did experience some major nerves passing through customs going and coming.
Q10. If you have visitors coming to your hometown for the day, where do you take them?
A10. It really depends on what time of the year it is, but a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina would absolutely require a dinner at my Dad’s restaurant the Cajun Queen. It is the best food in the Queen City, plus there is live jazz! I would also take visitors for a stroll in our lovely Uptown with a stop at the Mint Museum and drinks at the Ritz Carlton.
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