The places Ive been
Posted: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lately, I've had a lot of questions about the places I've lived. I wasn't an army child, but my dad has always worked with military branches. As such, we moved a lot. To date, I've lived in four countries and travelled to at least six more.I feel extremely blessed for all the cultural experiences I've had so early on in life. The toughest part was leaving so many good friends. When I came to America, I was ready to grow some roots for a while. It's a good thing I did as that's how I met hubby! Originally I'm from Northampton, England, but I've lived in Germany and Japan too. Each place I've lived has had special significance to me, particularly my home country. No matter how much my life in America means to me, England will always be in my heart. However, of all the places I've lived, I remember the culture in Japan the most. The scenery was gorgeous, like the view of Mt. Fuji on my way to school and the majesty of the serene temples. The cultural celebrations were fun, too. I remember enjoying traditional Japanese festivals and experiencing Bon Odori in person. Once, my dad became a part of a parade walking down our street carrying a gigantic shrine. I dont know what the festival was called, but it was unique to see.As for the places I've visited, I'd have to say New Zealand was my favourite. I loved the Maori villages and the nightly celebrations. We'd feast on national foods and I'd get to participate in the festivities by dancing with the Maoris (when it comes to audience participation, I always seem to get picked, and that's no matter where I live). Alongside the culture, we enjoyed several whale watching trips and took in the gorgeous surroundings. I liked the sulfur pits and the geysers too. The scenery surrounding those landmarks was breathtaking. It's so beautiful in New Zealand and the history is really interesting. If you haven't been, it's one of the places I recommend adding to your bucket list. I've included a few of my mum's pictures from our travels. Which also means a few pictures of little ol' me for your amusement. Look how blonde I was too! Where did that go? Also, if youre planning a trip to any of these locales, feel free to email me for recommendations. I love talking travel and would be glad to suggest a few must-see hotspots.
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