Twipper of the Week: Sora from A New Yorker’s Point of View.

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Current city:  I live in New York City.

Total number of countries visited: I surprised myself when I added up the number and it came to 30.

What was the most magical place on earth that you visited: I don’t know that I can think of a magical place that I’ve visited but rather I can think of two places where I had very magical experiences.  That would be when I traveled to Kenya and to Kruger Park (in South Africa) to go on safari.  Getting up early, getting on the jeep and roaming the parks and seeing lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes and many more wild animals in their own habitat is just magical.  It’s really an experience that everyone should give themselves at some point in their lives!

What makes you interesting: My gosh, this question took me by surprise because I don’t get up in the morning and think to myself, Sora, “You’re an interesting person!” So all I can say about me and the word interesting is that having visited 30 countries and having met people from all of those cultures, I’m sure that it has spread some pixie dust on parts of me, which travel adventure will do to anyone which will automatically make them more “pixie dusted” as well!

What is your most favorite travel memory: My most favorite travel memory is when I was in Johannesburg on the last day of my trip in South Africa. I had a late evening flight and so I booked a morning and early afternoon tour called Walking with the Lions.  So when we arrived at this amazing African farm (www.horsebackafrica.com), we were greeted by Colin and his lovely wife Theony who immediately took our lunch order before our walk with the lions…  Then Colin briefed on how to let the lions (who were 6 months old) know that we were in charge and not them! Then we walked with the lions and it was an incredible experience.  Of course I was a bit anxious but I knew that we were in good hands.  Then we actually got to feed the baby lions who were not more than two or three months old and that was also so amazing!  When they’re that little you just think that they’re a cat-not a cat that’s going to become a big lion! So if you find yourself in Johannesburg, definitely check out Horse Back Africa. It’s an amazing experience!

Where did you go on your first travel experience: My first travel experience was over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday and I went to Cancun, Mexico.

What is the most interesting food that you have ever tried and where: Well, that’s a toughie because I’ve tried so many different foods in so many different countries.  But I’d have to say that what makes a food interesting to me when I have it in another country and I love it, I ask myself, “will I be able to find it in New York or online?” So having said that, I’d have to say that the most interesting food that I discovered which I can find in New York is the samosa. Now I found the samosa in New Dehli, India and fell in love with it! A samosa is a fried or baked pastry which can be filled with spiced potatoes, onions, peas and lentils as well as as lamb, beef or chicken. But in the case of the Indian samosa, it’s usually vegetarian and it’s a very popular Indian entrée, appetizer or snack. So, I continue to enjoy having samosas to this day and that’s a great thing!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: I think that the biggest lesson that I have learned from traveling is to stay patient when things are frustrating and not as you’d like them to be.  That you need to remain flexible and open minded to the new possibilities that don’t look like the ones you had planned. So I guess traveling has developed in many ways a very Laissez-Faire attitude and an acceptance of what is “is” and to roll with the very important “is” part!!

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Well, the first thing that comes to mind is a trip to Australia and New Zealand.  I’ve been on 5 continents and after my recent to Patagonia and Iceland-I’m kind of putting Antartica on hold. So I’d love to go to Australia and New Zealand  because I’ve never been that way. But I definitely wouldn’t say no to a trip to Hawaii as well!

Next travel destination: Well, I just booked a fun Memorial Day weekend to Newport, Rhode Island and Block Island. It should be great!