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My Version of Eat Pray Love

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I read Eat Pray Love late. It had already been out for awhile. I liked the book but didn’t care too much for the “pray” chapters. I read them, they were okay, but the topic didn’t interest me.

And that is what I have been thinking about ever since. What would my version of the book have been?

Don’t get me wrong. Everything is peachy-keen with Mr. Misadventures, but if I HAD to put myself into Elizabeth Gilbert’s shoes. My version would be Eat Love. See, I very nicely erased the “pray” from my version.

So the Misadventures with Andi version would look like this:

– Two months in Japan. One month in Tokyo eating every type of sushi, udon, teriyaki and tempura item that I could get my hands on. Taking a million photos of all the incredible eye candy that is the city streets by day and by night. The second month I would take the train through the countryside and visit Osaka, Mt. Fuji, Nagasaki, etc. I would return to Tokyo for one last night of sushi before I headed off.

– Two weeks in Hong Kong gorging myself on dim sum and noodles. Visiting the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island and shopping in the night markets.

– Two weeks in Thailand. I would stay out of Bangkok, spending only a day or two there and would spend the rest of the time exploring less touristy parts and eating my way through many of the wonderful regional delicacies that Thailand has to offer.

– Two weeks in Vietnam. Repeat of Thailand. I would spend only a few days in Hanoi and then eat my way through the countryside.

– Two weeks in South Korea. I could stay the entire time in Seoul and eat in the night markets every night! I would visit one of my favorite museums, the Leeum (Samsung) Museum of Art. Then I would shop. I found the best fitting clothes while staying in Korea. I never have to worry about pants being too long!

That is four months in Asia and now I am ready to hit Europe!

I would start out in Portugal and move my way west and north.

– One month in Portugal to include a trip to the Azores. I would try to find very local restaurants so that I may have a chance to have some of the dishes that my grandparents used to cook. I would kayak through the wine country (at a very leisurely pace) and then eventually end up in the north of the country where I would pop over to Bilbao.

– One month in Spain. Starting in Bilbao where I would spend a week soaking in the amazing architecture and then move to Barcelona where I would spend the remaining three weeks indulging in tapas and paella to my heart’s content.

With my remaining six months I would spend three months in France and three months in Italy.

– Three months in Italy to include one month in Rome, one month in Florence/Tuscany, two weeks on the Amalfi Coast and two weeks in Venice.

– Three months in France. I would end my trip here. The country that has my heart. I would spend one month touring the highlights of France (Toulouse, Normandy, etc.) and the last two months in Paris eating my way through every arrondissement. I would wander the street without a real plan just soaking everything that is the city I love most in the world.

And that is how my journey would go. But what about the Love you ask? Well, have you ever seen a Barcelonian man? A Roman god? And Paris is the City of Love (and Lights). I am sure that my healthy lust for food would not fail to attract either a Spaniard, nor Italian, nor Frenchman. That is the easy part……

What would your version of Eat Pray Love be?

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Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Warmest Wishes from Florence!

Mekhola

Wednesday 27th of October 2010

For love I think u should India as well...you will not only fall in love with your dream person but with the rugged beauty of nature as well!!I would spend 2 months in Ladakh...2 months exploring Himachal Pradesh, 1 month Uttaranchal and rafting in the Ganges and another month exploring the backwaters of South..

Andi

Monday 19th of April 2010

I have been wanting to comment on this post for ages!!! I actually have been working on a similar post for quite some time...I think I'll post it after I'm done posting about India. Gotta tell ya, I'm pretty psyched to see this movie--mostly because of the travel aspect haha. ;-) I love your version btw! I visted Tian Tan Buddha and it definitely did not disappoint, wow!!!

Jake

Thursday 25th of March 2010

Eating--- I got that down! Not a problem. Loving-- I live in France. Praying-- I am progressive open UCC Christian... but think that everyone can find her/ his own meaning in the world with or without classic religion. Praying can also BE eating great food. It can also be in the act of loving others. I see it as integral.

Andi

Thursday 25th of March 2010

@Jake - you know you are absolutely RIGHT! I pray to many a round plate on a weekly basis!

Laura

Tuesday 23rd of March 2010

I read the book, as a divorcee myself and struggling to define myself as a single woman. I took her journey to be just that, a journey of self-exploration. It was meant to be about her, and how she got through a difficult period. The pray part worked for me as I watched her go through an examination, not unlike people going to therapy.

As for book to movie.. I'm just reading your post, having already finished my post for Wednesday which will be a question? What do you prefer, to read the book before the movie or after? Interesting coincidence! The transition is always hard to achieve and for people like me who have to read the book first there is constant comparison between the 2, the movie always suffers I think. Julie and Julia was a case where the movie simplified the story for the sake of 'view-ability'... it worked, but the book was better!

Andi

Tuesday 23rd of March 2010

@Laura, I definitely have an opinion on that and will stop by to share it!