I decided to start a blog three days ago after a four-hour food tour of Prague. A little tipsy on Czech culinary history and wine, I was awed by the experience I'd just had. I wondered if I could quit my day job and give food tours myself in our current home in Stuttgart, Germany. My lack of German language proficiency and native cultural knowledge quickly squashed that idea. But still, I thought, I tend to eat a lot of good food, and my husband and I make a real effort to find great food whenever we travel. A blog is a happy solution (especially since I won't be quitting my job any time soon).
I also travel a lot. I'm a teacher and work roughly 60 hours a week, so when breaks come, I'm ready to hit the road. Of course, being young and in Europe where there's a great public transportation system definitely helps. Right now there's a lot I want to see and eat, so I've decided that a blog will be a great way to share those experiences with my friends, family, and anyone who's looking for a similar experience. Plus, blogging about my experiences appeals to my creative side, and a blog makes sense given that reading and writing are a big part of my profession.
I know it seems like just about everyone blogs these days. (As a side note, I've blogged before professionally on consumer electronics and teaching.) I've already decided that I'm not going to try anything different with mine. I'm not concerned with being funny or witty (though I'll try), and I don't particularly care about making money and amassing readers. I want this blog because I want to record what I've done for myself and share what I know with others who might be looking for good tips on food and travel.
I've also decided that I won't be reviewing everything that I eat. I frankly don't have the time, and I'm not fortunate enough to always choose a winner when it comes to dining out. I will, however, share places that I feel others should also try and share experiences with traditional foods. Since I'm really focusing on food and travel, I also want to read up on my travel literature, and so I'll be adding recommendations to my books page as I go.
Please add your comments and especially your recommendations along the way. I'm excited to get started, and I hope you'll join me for the journey!