I can never forget my first independent (adult) trip overseas. I was sent to India and Nepal on a business trip, and I was captivated from “hello”. The culture, the people I met, the historic places, and (yes) the ingredients all inspired me. At that time, there was no such thing as a blog. (Yes, I am that much of a dinosaur!)
However, my extended family were all very early e-mail adopters, and we used to “chat” regularly via e-mail. I remember writing the lengthiest e-mails to everyone (grandparents, cousins, siblings, and even great aunts and uncles) describing each day of my trip in vivid technicolor. The fact that it took (literally) five minutes to load each message in no way deterred me from feeling compelled to share my colorful and unique experiences with those I loved.
Without knowing it, I was already blogging and what we are doing now as a family — sharing experiences, recipes, restaurants and other travel tips with the rest of you — is really a continuation and extension of that tradition.