Travel Inspiration - Get There Get LostBy Niamh Duffy -
In 2015, Bianca co-founded travel blog Get There | Get Lost with her sister, Carol, as an outlet to share travel photos and stories - to share with the world and to house memories. True to their family focus on daily lives, Carol shares her travels with her husband, Ken and children, Marcus and Eleani, while Bianca blogs about her travel experiences with her husband of 7 years, Jesus. In 2013, Jesus suffered a massive stroke which greatly changed their lives and travel styles. Since then, Bianca has been an advocate of accessible travel and continually strives to make their travel experiences efficient and fruitful.
If you were a country what country would you be and why?
I would say I’d be Denmark because I focus a lot on efficiency and intelligent design, but comfort is high priority still. Jesus would be Italy because of his fun-loving, spontaneous nature.
What is your favourite bar/restaurant?
Oooh, this is tough, it’s so absolute! I can’t say we have a favorite bar/restaurant but celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s restaurant in Yountville, California called Bottega is one we always go back to because of a winner polenta and grilled octopus appetisers.
Where did you eat your fave sandwich?
Jesus’ favourite sandwich is tuna sandwich and he has raved about the one served at A. W. Shucks in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. My favourite sandwich is the turkey panini I make at home with arugula from my garden, creamy brie, and some fig jam.
Where have you been that genuinely took your breath away?
Vernazza is our heaven on earth. The simplicity, the food, the majestic seas on challenging hikes. Absolutely breathtaking.
Where have you been where you felt most at home, away from home?
We felt at home at Aarhus in Denmark. The small town feel made us comfortable walking around everywhere and got to know the map pretty well, it seemed familiar. I’m sure it was also because we enjoyed our stay at Scandic Aarhus City. The hearty breakfast buffet is just about how we eat breakfast at home on the weekends.
What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you on the road?
We had planned to take a 12-hour road trip from California to Seattle. We were so excited that we decided to leave as soon as my then-boyfriend got off work. Of course, around 2 o’clock in the morning, we were so tired that we were desperate to find a hotel, at the very least, a restroom. We found ourselves in Weed, California, in a dilapidated gas station that felt like one from those scary movies where a killer is suddenly in the back seat. I urged Jesus for us to not get out of the car. Thankfully, after about 3 more miles of driving, we found a hotel with a vacant room. It was one of those strange moments I truly was fearful, and it was all because we were too excited to begin our trip.
Where have you visited that you could see yourself living?
The English countryside. We dream of living in a cottage, tending to our vegetable and flower gardens, walking around town, getting to know everybody.
What have you enjoyed the most about updating your blog/site?
Find my voice, and finding my voice as the wife of my husband - the wife, the caregiver, the friend, the travel planner, the travel partner. My husband suffers from aphasia and speech apraxia as a result of his stroke, so I find it my duty to share his stories as well. So my style of writing on our blog is a similar tone of me telling a story, with my husband next to me showing his reactions.
Where does the road look to be leading for yourself?
Other than the usual more travel goal, we also are hoping to open up our shop. I love to sew and do all sorts of crafts. We’re hoping to collaborate with bloggers and making connections we’ve started to build through our social media accounts. It’s amazing how far one can reach now and it’s definitely made the world smaller.
What advice would you have given yourself five years ago? Where do you hope to be in five years time?
Hmmm, we were in an entirely different situation five years ago. We had more physical capacity to travel. We travelled a lot then already but we were also focusing on planting our roots. In hindsight, I’m glad we focused on planting our roots early on, otherwise, we would be in a harder situation today post my husband’s stroke. So despite all the advice out there of following your dreams and be who you want to be, my advice to myself would be always prepare for a rainy day. In five years time, I wish for us to reap some benefits of that preparation.
If you were to travel to any event in the world eg. sports, music, or the arts, what would it be?
Art Basel is one I’ve been hearing about and would love to check out one day. Big crowds intimidate me quite a bit since I’m very petite. In the old days, my husband will be all over big events since he’s very outgoing, and I’d be less intimidated if that were the case. Alas, we are on the the more mellow side these days, and we are fine with that.
Which book would you recommend to take travelling?
My go to author is Paulo Coelho for travelling. When you travel, you have the best experience when you have an open heart and mind. Paulo Coelho books open your heart and mind already.
Would you rather go into space or explore the depths of the ocean?
I have a fear of depths of anything and both scenarios require a breathing apparatus. I’d say space because wherever I may float around, it would be exciting to encounter anything extraterrestrial.