Twipper of the Week: Adam Groffman of Travels of Adam.
Current city: Berlin—the best city in the world!
Age: 30 — and loving it!
What makes you interesting: In 2010 I quit my job as a graphic designer in Boston and went on a 15+ month trip around the world. The journey took me to places like North Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Since 2011 I’ve been living in Berlin—Europe’s most hipster city. Now, I publish a series of hipster city guides to highlight the best things to see & do in some of the world’s most gay-friendly cities.
Total countries visited: Not enough
What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I’ve learned a lot during my travels—some good things, some bad. I’ve learned to live a little bit recklessly, to never stop asking questions and to always eat the local food. The most important thing I’ve learned is to just be open to new experiences and see where life will take you.
What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: I once ate balut (fertilized duck embryo) in Vietnam. That was pretty special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l5JWckgfJE
What item will you never leave home without: A pen. I have this constant desire to write things down and it’s hard to do so without a pen.
What is your favorite app to use during your travels: Twitter is definitely my favorite travel app – you can use it to share about the trip, but the Twitter search function is also great at finding nearby Twitter users and asking for tips.
Where and when were you the most culture shocked: India had a big impact on me during my round-the-world trip. It’s a tough place to describe—the culture is so different and the people so amazing and interesting. I spent three months there and I still can’t always find the words to describe it. The only one that works consistently is to say that India was “incredible.” And it really was.
Next travel destination: I’m going to Manchester, England for the first time next month. I’m excited to see somewhere in the UK other than London!