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  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    August 12, 2013

    I miss the calls to prayer in Jordan. The sounded touched a deep part of my soul and reminded me to be grateful for my life 5 times a day.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 12, 2013

      I really enjoyed those in Morocco. Except when we were in Essaouira because we were too close to the minaret.

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  2. Micki
    August 9, 2013

    I can definitely relate to missing something a bit out of context. One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever eaten at was in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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  3. Daniel McBane
    August 7, 2013

    Of all the things I miss from my 9 years in Asia, food is number one on the list. And I don’t just miss the flavors, I miss being able to get healthy, delicious meals for very little money, without having to cook them myself. That last part is the key for me. Even in Japan, a country known for being expensive, I did not cook a single meal for the entire three years I spent there, because eating out is far cheaper than in the west. Unless, of course, you eat western food. Or things resembling food, like McDonald’s.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      So very true about food in Asia. We’ll be in Japan in Dec, so I’m glad to hear that eating out isn’t too painful.

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  4. Nalia
    August 7, 2013

    I would be very careful about travel of Malaysia right now, especially with a child. This part of the world is not stable, especially for Americans. Just a word of caution and advice.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Malaysia is extremely safe for almost all of the country. We have been there twice so far, and I absolutely have no hesitation about going again.

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  5. Terry at Overnight New York
    August 7, 2013

    Seems like instead of having best-hits lists travelers should have miss lists. I think I’d miss the Arabic lessons from the bread vendor, too.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      I think the miss ones come from the heart. That’s kind of how I gauge a country. If I feel nothing when I leave it, I know I probably don’t need to come back. Then there are ones like Morocco that pluck my heart strings months later.

      He was a great guy. Barely spoke any French so at first we used only our hands and pantomiming. I still remember how his face lit up the first time I placed our order in Arabic. Such a simple thing, but it brought him so much joy. And me, too, really.

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  6. wanderingeducators
    August 7, 2013

    love this! besides the food, i really miss a hot japanese bath. sigh.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Did you do the public baths? I told Tigger about them, and he is, shall we say reticent. I’ll probably have to go by myself. LOL

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  7. Hogga
    August 7, 2013

    the food is what i miss the most!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      YES! Most definitely! I’ll be back in Malaysia in 2 weeks, and my mouth is already watering at the prospect.

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  8. Travelogged
    August 7, 2013

    Sounds like you need to return to Morocco!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      I most definitely do. My heart pines for it. Perhaps when we’re done with Paris this spring, we’ll go back and spend more time there.

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  9. Ross
    August 7, 2013

    Great post Talon and I couldn’t agree more with your part about having other languages being spoken around you and the feeling of raw emotion you get from travelling in other countries. We are planning on travelling to Morocco sometime in the spring and based on what we’ve heard, you included, it should be awesome! Cheers, Ross.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Great time to go there! Morocco is an absolutely amazing country. I miss it so badly.

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  10. Gregory
    August 6, 2013

    Totally agree, the main thing about travel that i miss too is the street food experience ! and the fruit discovery ! puffff let’s travel again !

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Man, I love all the fresh fruit! And how you can be walking around and just grab a plastic baggie or 2, or 3, of your favorite fruit all cut up and ready for a snack. Nothing beats street food!

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  11. Tracey – Life Changing Year
    August 6, 2013

    If only our poor ears could have blocked out Anabelle and her adventures!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      I really wish I had grabbed video of all that. Still shake my head about it.

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  12. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    August 6, 2013

    “Simplicity” indeed, Talon. I’ve lived here in Vietnam now for nearly 2 years and it is precisely the sheer SIMPLICITY of day-to-day life here that I marvel at. Well that, and the incredible friendliness and honesty of the Vietnamese people.

    And yes, I too found Australia a bit too similar to my native land (USA) and I now doubt that I could EVER live in a “Western”, “developed” country again.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      I think I could handle Europe just because while it is developed, it has so many other interesting parts about it. But US, Canada, Australia, or NZ. . . I just don’t see myself enjoying that long term. I need my places like Vietnam, Cuba, Morocco, and so on.

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  13. Tracy
    August 6, 2013

    It’s funny, when we were in Canada and the US I felt like it was lacking in diversity and the food … meh! Of course we only explored one section but I do love visiting countries that are culturally similar to where I was born and yet they’re really so different. It’s interesting to see you have the opposite feeling. Kiwis are laid back aren’t they. Aussies are too … unless you step out of a queue and then all $#@$ breaks loose! I was travelling recently with a very ‘unlaid back’ American and the week she spent in Oz and NZ almost made her head implode, especially with all incredibly polite but incredibly strict transits through customs and immigration in each county. By that point there was a lot of tension between us after having travelled together for a few weeks so it was a beautiful thing to watch from my point of view.

    Being stopped in New Zealand for a while I definitely miss the variety and diversity of food, culture and yes how simple life is in other countries. I really wish NZ was somewhere in the Mediterranean so I could catch a ferry every other weekend to all those diverse locations.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      I wish NZ was cheaper so we could explore it more. In spite of its lack of cultural diversity, it is a gorgeous country with many worthwhile things to see. But I can’t afford to spend double my daily budget on just lodging for a long period of time. Really stinks.

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  14. Patti
    August 6, 2013

    I miss the baguettes, sandwiches and pastries of Paris – oh and the thick hot chocolate. When I’m home again I miss the freedom traveling affords us. It may not seem like freedom to everyone because travel can be overwhelming at times – catching trains, not speaking the language, etc., but to me if represents freedom to just be in the moment.

    When I come home from traveling I’m always thrilled to sleep in my own bed and hug my pillow.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      To me it’s absolute freedom. Just being able to wake up and move one day is so powerful for me. I love being able to say next week why don’t we go to another country!

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  15. Christine
    August 6, 2013

    I so need to travel. Completely missing out. Plus I things my children would be all the better for it getting life lessons from around the world. 😉

    Cracks me up, “I could really go for a New York-style bagel. We should go back to Bangkok.”

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Children get so much out of travel! It’s amazing. Even when they don’t seem to be paying attention or noticing things.

      We had some REALLY good bagels in Bangkok, and it had been a LONG time without them. So we both miss Bangkok for the bagels. Definitely not something you’d ever expect to hear or say. LOL

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  16. Laurel
    August 6, 2013

    So many beautiful experiences to choose what you miss most in each one!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Yes! One of the absolute joys of this type of lifestyle.

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  17. Franca
    August 6, 2013

    It’s weird how we get to miss so very simple and small things while traveling, I like it though because it make me appreciate more what I no longer have.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 7, 2013

      Most definitely! Even though I’m not looking forward to the heat, I am so excited to be back in Malaysia in a couple of weeks.

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