Passport to Poconos – Travel Journey

Dear Emma,

Thank you for sharing your adventures in a ‘jail’ in Switzerland that is now a hotel. I panicked when I saw your Facebook comment about how you spent ‘a night in jail. Your curiosity is inspiring!


 I like travelling too. I’ve done it all my life: First with my parents, then with my friends, later for work and now with my husband. My father used to work for an airline so we could travel free as long as there were seats available. My parents came from different countries, so we needed to travel to create and keep a relationship with my mother’s relatives. My father had to work many weekends, so sometimes he would take us to the airport with him. We would sit in the waiting area watching the passengers; and imagining that we were the ones going to unknown destinations.

Discovering new cultures has always been fascinating to me. I grew up in Europe where countries are so close to each other it makes it easier to travel. We could hop in the car and be in France in two hours.

When I got older I would go with my friends, wherever our budget would allow us, and we would stay in hostels where we would meet other travelers from all over the world. I remember many young college students from the US who were taking a few months or a year off, traveling around. They would get an eurail pass train pass that would allow them unlimited train travel all over Europe for a month. Some of them told me they would take the train at night so they could sleep aboard and save money on hotels. I imagined how it was for them, going from one country to the next, changing currencies, languages, food, etc. It must have been fascinating. And they were traveling so cheaply!

I think the most important thing is to have the will to discover a new place; whether it’s somewhere close to home or the other side of the world. Now that I’m a Poconovian, I can go to Lancaster and visit the Amish world; I had a vague idea about them through the movies before moving to the Poconos. I’ve also been in Niagara Falls, a six hours destination by car from the Poconos. People come from all over the world to see it. One day I´ll get to Pittsburg!

Recently, on one of my trips I met a local man who told me that one day he wanted to take the plane from one city to the next, stay on the airport and fly back because he wanted to experience flying. That is his travel dream.

I’ll always be a restless spirit at heart, so when I have a choice to travel, I will. However if I can’t go far away I can get to corners of the world. I can visit some within a few hours of the Poconos. For example, if I want the best Chinese food I don’t have to go to China, I can go to Flushing, NY. And here in the Poconos I´m discovering people from Chile, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and even a “far off” country called Montana. I want to know them all.


Christina´s radio show with a Latin flavor is every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM on Pocono 96.7. Tu Voz con Christina. Email:

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