Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: David Lee
Title/bio: Travel blogger and digital entrepreneur
Twitter/website: @rtwdave | GoBackpacking.com
Born in: New
York, New York
Currently living in: Medellin,
1. Where would you rather be right
Rio de Janeiro. Everyone I talk to about Brazil says it’s amazing.
2. Famous person (dead or alive,
real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Indiana Jones. His travels are pure adventure, and we share a common
fear of snakes.
3. Tourist must-see you think is
actually a “must skip”:
The Louvre in Paris. It’s so overwhelmingly big, if you try to see
it all, you’ll wear yourself out. During my visit, a swarm of tourists
enveloped the Mona Lisa, and I didn’t have the patience to get within 5m of it.
I prefer the Musee d’Orsay, which is housed in an old railway station and focused
4. Strangest meal abroad:
On my trip around the world, I had readers dare me to
do weird things. When I headed for South Africa, one reader dared me $20 to eat
Skop, or sheep’s head. I learned it was an inexpensive, and popular food in the
townships, and upon my tour of Soweto, I had the guide stop and pick us up a
head (literally) for a few dollars. I tasted the brain and tongue, but passed
on the eyeball.
5. If someone was visiting your
town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
In Medellin, I always suggest people visit Botero
Plaza in the city centre. Fernando Botero, known for his unique style of
painting and sculpting fat people, is Colombia’s most famous artist. He’s
originally from Medellin and therefore donated a large number of sculptures to
6. Most unusual item you have
On a trek to see the endangered mountain gorillas of
Rwanda, I used a wooden walking stick with an engraved mountain gorilla. I had to check it as baggage and was beyond
surprised (and pleased) to see that it actually arrived in Washington, DC,
along with my backpack.
7. Coolest mode of transport
The Shinkansen, or bullet train, in Japan is by far
the coolest transportation I’ve ever ridden. They look futuristic, plus they’re
incredibly fast, quiet, safe and comfortable. Travelling Japan’s rail system
8. The place you don’t want anyone
to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Thong Nai Pan
Noi, a small, quiet beach on the northern edge of Koh Phangan, Thailand. It’s the perfect place to recover from the
island’s infamous Full Moon Parties.