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Why Travel, Sole Sister Lois?
While I was living in Switzerland over a year ago as I shared here, a neighbor I met through couchsurfing invited me to go on a day trip with other couchsurfers. Little did I know that 'day trip' for Europeans meant climbing a mountain: 6,240 feet of steep ridges and rocky trails. I had never climbed a mountain before. And I would be doing it with people I had met for the first time!
So there I was, with Thomas from Austria, Jason from California and Emil from Germany. We drove south from Zurich to Grosser Mythen which was a range of mountains that served as a hiking trail in the summertime. I lagged behind and huffed and puffed my way to the summit. But the 6 hour climb was absolutely worth it. We were rewarded by a fantastic view of the mountains and lakes of Switzerland.Upon reaching the top, we just sat there for a few minutes, speechless. The feeling of awe was pretty much universal.
That experience reminds me why I travel. Because I want to keep on experiencing awe. I want to be perpetually amazed. And the bonus is being able to share that with other, equally awe-seeking individuals.
Until the next trip,
Sole Sister Lois
Why do YOU travel?
Why Travel Wednesdays is a weekly series we're running. We're featuring fellow travelers and asking them the question: Why do you travel? Perhaps it will encourage more of us to walk the road less traveled and wrap our arms around the world one trip at a time! On the next Why Travel Wednesday, Sole Sister Chichi will answer this question and share the joys of travel with us.