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?
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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?