I’m trying not to get too excited just yet, but we’ve booked tickets for a trip to Guatemala and Belize for this coming February – and I’m just so so looking forward to it! There’s something about travel, and in particular travelling somewhere that will give you at least something of a culture shock, that can’t be put into words. There’s something so special about the feeling you get when you completely disconnect from your day to day life to immerse yourself in another world. When I know I’m getting on a plane tomorrow my brain kicks into little-kid-on-christmas-eve mode and my stomach starts flopping around like jello on a trampoline.
To me, nothing is more exciting than adventures. Maybe it’s a day trip out for a hike, or maybe it’s a couple weeks of backpacking – either way: I love that feeling you have when you’re just about to embark on something. When I was a kid we used to take the odd day trip to Kelowna (you’re probably not familiar!) and just being able to get out of my small hometown for the day and go to the ‘big city’ (ha! If I knew then what I know now…) was so satisfying. Getting in the car early in the morning knowing you’re about to go somewhere, and the whole day is still ahead of you is my favorite feeling.
I love going somewhere.
I’m a morning person. As I write these words out I realize that of course adventure is exhilerating, but I also just love waking up early in the morning and hitting the streets with a coffee. As much as we’d rather stay at home than go to work all week – the best part of the day is that early morning sun glistening across everything, and the thought that the whole day is still ahead of you. A sense of possibility and potential. Sunsets are pretty and all that, but there’s something slightly melancholy about a sunset in comparison to a sunrise, at least in my eyes.
When I think about my most memorable going somewhere moments I can’t quite get my brain around them all. From trips requiring far away flights, to day trips as a kid, camping, heading out of town in my very first car all alone (!), and one somewhat recent memory of packing up all my stuff to drive all the way across the US back up to Canada knowing I had over a month off of work between jobs. Having all of your belongings in one car and setting off on a cross country drive across Cities and States you’d never even planned on seeing – one of the best things you could ever do. Sometimes it’s the unplanned things that take you places you’d never imagined.
It’s been far too long since I had a good adventure, and this trip to Central America is just what I’ll be craving to get 2016 off to a good start.
What are your favourite going somewhere memories?
M&M Chocolate Mudslide Cookies yields 16 cookies
300 g 70% chocolate
60 g soft butter
100 g sugar
50 g brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
95 g all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
200 g M&Ms
-Preheat oven to 375F.
-Melt the chocolate, being sure not to make it too hot. Just warm enough to melt to a liquid state, about 20 seconds at a time in the microwave stirring at each interval.
-Cream together the butter, sugars, and salt, and whisk the baking powder with the flour in a separate bowl.
-Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed butter/sugar mixture, then slowly add the melted chocolate.
-Add the flour mixture last with the M&Ms, and paddle until well combined.
-Drop large spoonfuls of cookie batter (between 2-3 tablespoons each) onto a prepared baking sheet 1.5 to 2 inches apart, and bake for 10-12 minutes.
-Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before munching.