Tag Archives: Inspiration

Motivational Travel Thoughts

dsc02310In this episode, we answer some of the emails we receive. As we claim to learn a lot about ourselves in the opening and closing of each of our podcasts, many of our listeners want to know what we learn from our travels. We share a little of ourselves and the things we learn, like listening to others, accepting others beliefs and not trying to make others believe the same as we believe. We also share a story of how we learn gratefulness. So join us and share your own thoughts with us!


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World Travel Stories

Sharing Rokia with the Man on the Mountain
Sharing Rakia with the Man on the Mountain

In this episode of Stories Faces Places, we share travel stories from others. Two travel professionals share their personal travel adventures and one high energy travel pro shares a little history on the drink called the Singapore Sling.


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Summer Fun in Vienna without Breaking the Bank

Wachau Valley
Wachau Valley

In this episode, we answer your questions and take an opposing view to the belief that Vienna is an expensive city to visit.   We meet Al Cook, a blues music legend in Austria.

AL Cook, "The White King of Black Blues"
AL Cook, “The White King of Black Blues”

Get some tips on summertime fun in Vienna, along with a great day trip idea.

That and more fun on this episode of Stories Faces Places.

The Perfect Trip

Unfortunately,  there is no such thing as the one single perfect trip. They all are perfect, in their own little imperfect way, aren’t they?

So there you have it, the answer to that question we are asked most often. What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?

Don’t get discouraged so soon, read on and at the end you will know what it takes to find that perfect trip.

Maybe an answer like, “Oh”, said with lots of emotional seduction, when we stayed at the ultra-mega luxurious palace of the King on the little Island of always sunny, or when we swam naked with the humpback whales or was that swam with the humpback whales naked, as in without a protective cage, would be a more fascinating response, instead of that boring answer with which I lead this story.

The answer to the perfect trip is coming. Stay with me a second longer while I revisit my high school days at the all boy school run by religious brothers. I had just finished physics class with Brother Sullivan, and questioning my existence, I asked him what and why? What am I here for and why me?

I know, it sounds heavy, but it’s really not. It’s an inspiring  story that may give you that little bit of  “go for it”, putting any fears aside and opening up an enjoyable time. It is, as I see it, a road map on how to find that perfect trip.  Wait, I thought I said in opening this article that the perfect trip didn’t exist.   Yes, I did. You are not crazy, it’s probably me who is the crazy one.  Regardless of judging me as the nutcase,  read on, the perfect trip answer will be revealed.

Now, back to the story in which I asked Brother the what and why question.

With that, Brother said, “follow me”.

I know it sounds religious, but it’s not. He simply meant walk this way.

Walk this way I did, back to the empty lab room. He proceeded to tell me that I am sitting under the apple tree looking up at all the apples. He left me there, not physically, just mindfully. He went about shuffling papers around on his desk as if he was getting ready to correct them, which he probably was.

Three or four moments might have passed as I pondered the apple tree scenario. Then, I asked, “Are they ripe red apples?”

“Maybe”, he responded, taking a moment to stop with the papers. He was now looking at me, eye to eye.

My mind was racing, seeking something more definitive. “Can I climb up the tree and pick one,” I asked?

“If you want,” he said.

“Should I just sit here and wait for one to fall on my head,” I said, becoming more anxious for definiteness?

“You could,” he answered.

“Well,” I said with my frustration reaching new heights.   “How will I know if it is the right apple, what if it has worms, how will I know?”

He smiled. Then, rising from his chair,  he grabbed my right hand and placed his other hand on my shoulder saying, “Now you are getting it.”

With that, our conversation had ended.

If, in reading this now, and you are like me, you are a bit dumbfounded, asking what’s the point in all this and how does it relate to the perfect trip?

Maybe you just had that light shine. Either way, just take the trip. To this day, I’ve not found a worm in any apple I’ve bitten. There have been a few times when the apple was just ok. Sometimes you must add your own ingredients, but that’s when we’ve experienced the best apple pie. Then there are the times we find sweet and juicy apples.

If you choose not to climb the tree and wait for that apple to hit you on the head, you have taken away your own ability to pick your trip. In order to know the perfect journey, one must have a journey to compare. It’s the not so good apples that make the sweet and juicy ones great. We need both.

There you have it, the steps required for the perfect trip. Enjoy.

Note: When I wrote this post it was a simple stand alone article. It has now become the idea behind our new podcast titled Spain: The Perfect Trip in Retrospect.  It’s a story of a string of miss-queues told in reverse, changing disaster into the perfect trip.  It will be posted Friday, October 23, 2015, in two days. I am always amazed at how things go, come, and are.




Podcast: Madrid, Spain: An Abdication Party and an Under $20 Tapas Crawl

Stories Faces Places LogoJoin us for a fun tapas crawl, not literally, but a figurative crawl. We actually walked all the way.  The people meeting, eating (none were harmed), and drinking all amounted to under $20 per person, full belly included.  We’ve all heard the cliché, “You can’t screw up a free lunch.”  Listen in and you’ll see just how gracefully Al accomplished it. That’s right, the free ham slider turned into potato chips, nice job. How’s your Spanish?

In addition, we share our experience with the abdication mob.  In clarification, we did not share our tapas crawl experience with the abdication mob. We unexpectedly found ourselves, not figuratively, but literally found ourselves in the middle of the abdication crowd. A mob it was not.

We finish off  this edition of Stories Faces Places with a few interesting places and things to do and see on a visit to Madrid.

The following Links and Pictures add to your enjoyment of our podcast.

 Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor


Three Eat and Drink Places when visiting Madrid

Three Leisure Time to-do’s in Madrid

Hats on Gran Via

Local Hangout




The podcast explains what we mean by hats on Gran Via.





Segovia Castle
Segovia Castle



Ice Cream Strolling and a Revolution

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