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Traveler Tuesday – Peter of Where Is Your Toothbrush?

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Traveler-Tuesday
Are you tired of traveling couples? Not me! I think it is amazing when two people share a passion for something and can do it together. That’s what Peter (and Lindsay) of Where Is Your Toothbrush? did for an entire year and when they settled down into the Portland area (I love Portland!) they still get out and travel as much as possible believing that home is where you put your toothbrush!

Let’s meet Peter!

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[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

I was in my diapers, in the 1980’s, in the Slovak part of what was then the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. On weekends my parents would take me and later my sister to Hungary on day trips to an outdoor swimming pool in one of the nearby towns. There were strict rules as to how much currency one could take over the border. Because Hungarian stores were better stocked than the ones in Slovakia, my parents always carried more than was allowed. They made sure I fell asleep at the back of the car before we reached the border, and hid the extra money in my diapers.

One time I woke up when the border guards were inspecting the car. One of the uniformed men asked me if my parents put anything in my clothes, money maybe, in my diapers maybe? I said no. He kept asking and asking and I kept saying no, until I stomped my feet and yelled, “If I told you there is no money in my diapers, then that’s that!” He let us through without further trouble. After the border, I fell asleep again, and my parents removed the cash out of my diaper.

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I don’t recall any of this, but it’s one of my parents’ favorite stories from my childhood. The point is, I was a traveler before I can even remember.

[2] What is travel to you in 10 words or less?

Freedom to be who I am anywhere in the world.

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[3] What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

I love to walk. Whether I’m in a city or out in nature, walking is the best way to get to know a place. For long distances I love the train. My father worked for the railway, so I grew up riding the train, first to my grandparents’, later to college, and then around Europe. I have yet to take the train in the U.S., even though I’ve lived here for 11 years.

[4] What do you typically do while traveling by plane?

One of the first things that happens: I fall asleep (like an old man, my wife says). After I come to, I watch a movie or two, read, have a glass of wine, snooze again… Flying is a bit of a drag.

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[5] What is your favorite travel memory involving food?

On Santorini, Greece, my wife Lindsay and I stayed for a month at Caveland Hostel, in the middle of the island. On one of our first days there I jogged down to Karterados and Monolithos Beaches, on the caldera’s eastern shore, and popped in to Armenistis Restaurant to ask if they’d be open for dinner, since Panos Taverna just down the hill was closing for the season that day. A woman sweeping the floor, who turned out to be the proprietor, said yes and that they would also have live music beginning at 10 p.m.

Armenistis Restaurant

Not accustomed to late dining, we walked armed with flashlights 45 minutes down a dark valley and along a star-lit beach to have, at 10 pm, the best meat dinner we’d have on the island, to the tune of otherworldly rebetiko music (‘Greek blues’) played by a 5-piece bouzouki band, whose male players alternated with a woman chanteuse to sing their heart out while local men took turns on the dance floor in between meals and cigarettes. This was our moment, the there and then that would feel spoiled had we pulled our cameras out. As we were leaving, after 1 am, the restaurant owner gave us a hug.

[6] What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?

It’s your blog. Create a blog you want to create, not necessarily one that others want you to. In other words, forget about pageviews and sponsoring and all that, just make something you can be proud of.

 

Thanks Peter!

You can keep up with Peter on Twitter, Facebook and of course on their blog. Wherever you catch them, I am sure you will enjoy their adventures!

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Nelly B

Saturday 21st of March 2015

This is so neat! I would like to travel one day! My husband not so much! I think it's so great they are traveling together- what an experience!

Patricia Salyers

Thursday 12th of March 2015

I would love to be able to do this someday :D

Peter Korchnak @ Where Is Your Toothbrush?

Thursday 12th of March 2015

You can, Patricia. Let us know if we can help in any way.

krystel

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

i love to travel traveling sounds like so much fun sounds like fun great post

Peter Korchnak @ Where Is Your Toothbrush?

Thursday 12th of March 2015

Thanks, Krystel. Traveling can be fun, that's for sure.

jen

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

Santorini sounds wonderful.

Peter Korchnak @ Where Is Your Toothbrush?

Thursday 12th of March 2015

It is, Jen, it is.

Brianna

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I love that diaper story and the meal in Santorini makes me want to head back to Greece stat.

Peter Korchnak @ Where Is Your Toothbrush?

Thursday 12th of March 2015

See you there, Brianna.