This is an old one I grabbed since today's were uninspiring. It's all travel related questions.
1. Have you ever stayed in a hostel? If so, where? Did you like it? If you haven't stayed in a hostel, would you?
Yes, many many times. Um, all over Europe and in Australia to start. And other places too, I'm sure, but I'm bored to list it. I like to stay in hostels whenever possible. They are almost always cheaper and are usually clean and friendly. It's really no big deal.
2. What is your favo(u)rite airport that you've been to? Why?
I have a certain fondness for DFW, don't ask me why. I think part of it is because it was where my bro and I would usually meet up when we were flying home from university for Christmas or summer break. I would be coming in from SA and he from Denver and we would try to book the same flight to London. Then we would meet in the DFW airport at a pre-arranged gate. If we could swing it, we would meet at the Hagen-Daz stand that's near gate C17 and get a Dulce de leche milkshake. It was just our thing.
3. What is the best museum you have visited on vacation?
I think one of the most fascinating was the Cairo museum, mostly for the sheer volume of things it in. But you really kind of felt like it wasn't living up to its full potential. They had so many things that weren't sorted or labeled properly, and it was just room after room of stuff. It gave you a great idea of the amount of artifacts there are in Egypt though, especially when you realise that what they have is just a small percentage of what exists. And you would just be walking around looking at small things, and come upon some brilliant looking thing just tucked away in a corner. So it felt treasure-huntish. Also, the Louve is incredible, and in highschool I was obsessed with Musee D'Orsay because of (of course) impressionism and the waterlilies and all that. There's a Picasso museum in Barcelona that's very cool. And one of the most touching places I went to was this home-made landmine museum in Cambodia. It was just in some guy's backyard, and everyone in the area had been affected. So you were torn between "wow, this is so targeting, am I falling for this as a tourist?" and "who cares - this stuff really did happen, and these people need the tourists, so for once I should get over it". As for London (not a vacation, I know), I can't say enough about the awesomeness of the British museum, there's a design museum that is great and I love the changing exhibits in the British Library, but my absolute favorite museum here is the Tate Modern. I always try to take people there.
Wow. Can you tell that I love museums? I feel like I cheated a bit on that question!
4. Have you ever made friends while traveling whom you keep in touch with on a regular basis?
A few. Hostels are a great place to meet people, and particularly when I was backpacking Asia we seemed to be meeting people and exchanging emails a lot. Some people I met abroad have visited me here. It's just so easy to do that, with email now.
5. Have you ever had a conversation with a seatmate on a plane?
Again, yes, many times. It totally depends how I'm feeling on a plane though. Sometimes I'm really friendly, and other times I just want to sleep or read and enjoy the time to myself. I really love plane rides - it's like this free time given to you when you have no obligations and it's totally okay if you sleep or just watch the movie or whatever. You don't have to feel like you should be working instead. So sometimes I don't want someone to interrupt that feeling. That said, I have sat next to some fascinating people. I've even exchanged emails a few times when we have really hit it off - with transatlantic flights sometimes that's possible. I've never sat next to anyone famous, but I suppose that's cause I fly coach!
I was actually thinking about plane rides today because of that Heathrow crash that happened yesterday. Both my mom and my boss said kind of the same thing to me about it (which I guess is the natural reaction?) - they both were kind of worried by it, like "I always do think, when I'm on plane...". It's just funny because I didn't think anything like that. I'm actually very rarely scared on planes, and I'm a very scared person generally. But a plane crash seems so random and unlikely. And yet I worry about being murdered. Right. There's the Jenn logic. Anyhow, car crash, plane crash, blah blah blah more likely, blah blah blah, die on highways. Mostly I worry about the idiots that overtake on the forest lanes near my parents house and how they could do it and crash head-on into you, minding your own business. One time my dad and I (seriously) saw an idiot pass near a turning and this woman was turning right and he went right into her and HIS CAR FLIPPED OVER INTO A TREE. We actually saw it in real life, like when does that ever happen? Scene of accident after the fact, yes. But this was like, he passed us first, and then he passed the car in front of us, and then he went for the third and we were just marveling at the stupidity, and then BOOM, car flying in the air. Very surreal.
ANYHOW. This got pretty wordy for a Friday Five didn't it? Sorry! I might as well have written a real post I guess. Oh well.