Spiritual Connections With A Country

Asia

Belgium

Central America

China

Cuba

Czech Republic

Europe

France

Germany

Hungary

Italy

Japan

North America

Poland

Portugal

South America

Spain

The Netherlands

UK

USA

We all have our favourite places to take a trip. It might be because it’s part of our ancestry, or because we used to go there as children. Or, sometimes, it’s just because we fell in love with the place itself for no reason in particular. This sort of spiritual connection is so unique, you can’t always put your finger on it.

Obviously, we here at Shut Up And Go have seen a fair amount of the world between us and, though we love all the places we’ve seen as though they were our own children, we are also terrible parents and very definitely have our favourites. Everyone has these inexplicable spiritual connections with a country or two, and these are ours.

Noran
I have the fondest memories of:

India, because I’m always with the best and most diverse group of people.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

NYC!

My soul is most at home in:

Can I say NYC again? I just love cities where there’s always a ton of stuff happening!

 

Germany
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Tyler
I have the fondest memories of:

Japan because, for the month I was there, I was in my own little world. I didn’t speak the language or know anyone, so I was able to experience every gorgeous moment with fresh eyes. I was also recovering from some personal things at the time, and I found it to be the perfect place to do so.

I have ALWAYS been drawn to:

Spain, but have never been! (Nasir’s Instagram has certainly been making me jealous lately.) When I was younger, I would say that I wanted to go to Spain to experience siesta culture firsthand… yeah, my reasoning is still the same.

My soul is most at home in:

GERMANY! The food is fresh, the architecture is out of this world, and the people say exactly what the hell they mean! Not to mention, listening to the German language is literally so soothing to me.

Japan
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Julia
I have the fondest memories of:

Budapest! it was the first place I really travelled alone, first time I couchsurfed. At first I struggled hard with loneliness, but then I got naked in a public bath and ate chimney cakes, which started off my recovery.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

London, although I’d love to go when I’m more, ah, financially secure. Honestly I think that’s just because I’ve been bingeing My Dad Wrote a Porno.

My soul is most at home in:

Memphis TN, my hometown. No matter how much I travel, I’ll never feel quite as comfortable as I do at home with the fam, eating barbecue.

Prague, Czech Republic
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Raphaella
I have the fondest memories of:

I will always hype up Prague no matter what. It was one of those places that just had an enchanting aura to it. I went to Prague with Wanderlust, a student travel agency. Even though I went by myself, I thoroughly enjoyed it because I met students from all over Europe on that trip, during those 3 days that felt like a week. We all had the same motive: to have fun! Also, Prague is the best place to party, hands down. My a$$ love to party so it was the place to beeee.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

To be quite honest, I’m so drawn to The Netherlands. From stroop waffels, to the people, the coffee shops (hehehehe), and the overall atmosphere there is so so so charming. Everyone’s so nonchalant there – a totally different dynamic to NYC. While studying abroad in Belgium, I took a train to the Netherlands almost twice a month because my friends lived there and to be honest, Dutch people are a lot nicer (oops).

My soul is most at home in:

Haiti – my parents’ home country. The culture, language, food, and traditions is what makes me feel whole. I’ve known it my whole life through my parents so whenever I visit, I feel unabridged and full of joy that is essentially, home. The minute I arrive there, my lil Haitian accent and mannerisms come out unexpectedly – it’s as if my country was waiting for me and welcomed me with open arms.

 

Haiti
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Raida
I have the fondest memories of:

My best memories are from this year, during my six months in Japan, I made a thousand things, visit a thousand places and meet people literally from all around the world. It was magic.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

I would say that I’m drawn to Paris. I hate this city as much as I love it, and that’s why it’s a special city to me. It’s like this ex you keeping to come back to because of your good memories together, but you know it’s unhealthy (haha).

My soul is most at home in:

Clearly, it’s Montpellier. I did all my studies there, and experienced so many things with my friends – I know this city by heart and it has everything my mind and my body needs.

Krakow colourful houses Poland
Harriet
I have the fondest memories of:

Italy. Anywhere and everywhere in Italy. Having been with my family and with my friends, I have nothing but happy memories of being in Italy, surrounded by my favourite food, favourite language, and favourite kind of weather. Nothing could stop me from going back again and again. And again.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

Poland, specifically Kraków because it’s the only place in Poland I’ve visited. Even though I’ve only been to Poland once, I felt strangely at home there, like there was some sort of weird cosmic relationship between us that I couldn’t quite figure out. It all feeds into my beliefs about who I was in a past life, but I won’t get into that now. I’d rather try and get back to Poland ASAP.

My soul is most at home in:

Ibiza. I plan to grow old and grey in Ibiza. It’s the most magical island, with vibes that I don’t have the capacity to articulate. All I know is that it literally has it all. If you want to party, if you want to chill, if you want to be active as hell or lazy as sin. If and when I get the dollar, I’m buying a property in Ibiza and if you need me, you’ll have to reach me there. I will not be resurfacing.

Dalt Villa Ibiza Town Spain
Nasir
I have the fondest memories of:

I had the absolute best time in Havana, Cuba. Havana was one the first trips with my girls that wasn’t Europe. Don’t get me wrong, Europe is fierce, but it’s super easy to become conditioned into thinking that European countries are the most accessible destinations… that’s not the case. There’s a whole a$$ world out there. That said, it was such an epic experience visiting Havana because everything I ever learned about Cuba was debunked. If you ain’t learning, are you actually traveling? For the reasons of intellectual growth and a non-Euro trip with my gals, Havana would have to take the cake.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

I love me some Montréal. It’s a beautiful mix of French culture and North American hospitality… the best of both worlds, baby.

My soul is most at home in:

As Jo Franco would say, “home is wherever I am at the moment.” That said, I see myself living, thriving, and be comfortable in Mexico – specifically Guadalajara. The art scene is cool, the pace of life is chill, the boys (hehehe) – I love everything about that city!

Porto Portugal
Photo creds: Victor
Victor
I have the fondest memories of:

Porto.  A cool, fun, beautiful and charismatic city. I visited it with my friends and it was one of the most fun trips I ever had.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

Dominica. (Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) As long as I can remember my mother told me stories about how my grandparents were visiting Martinique in the ’70s when a huge tropical storm hit Dominica. As my grandparents had a friend who lived there, they decided to visit her to look if she was ok. While visiting the island they saw the devastation first hand and decided that they would help as much as they could. They fell in love with the island and since then up until the ’90s, they visited the country every year. Once, they let my mother come with as a graduation gift. Their stories about the beautifulness of the island have captivated me so much that no matter what, one day I’ll visit the country.

My soul is most at home in:

Paris and Bruges: the coziness and history of Bruges, combined with the views and the heart of Paris (if you understand what I mean)…

Rome
Photo creds: Jori
Jori
I have the fondest memories of:

Pompeii! Pompeii is the first place I ever in lived for an extended period of time in a different country, and it was filled with other firsts too- like living in a tent. It was also my dream to study and work in the ruins, and both the modern city and ancient ones are filled with great memories. Eating spaghetti vongole by the sea, drinking a daily cappuccino at a local cafe, and playing cards at the campsite while dodging mosquitos- it really holds a special place for me.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

I’m really drawn to Southeast Asia- specially Malaysia and Singapore. I went with a US State Department sponsored trip, and it was the experience that really made me a “traveler”. Even now, I still crave nasi Lemak and follow Malaysian politics.

My soul is most at home in:

To quote Audrey Hepburn’s character: “Rome! By all means, Rome.” I am enamoured by it all: the always-late busses to my favorite coffee spots, the markets and trattoria and gelateria, the people and the way I live (and feel) when I’m here.

South East Asian Food
Photo creds: Jori
Hannah
I have the fondest memories of:

China or Italy. I am spending my semester abroad in Rome at the moment. Although I had a love-hate relationship with the city and it’s functional flaws, I became much more independent here and have so many fond memories. China makes the list because it was my first time abroad and I got to spend time with some family members.

I have an unexplainable spiritual connection with:

Spain. It was always my dream to visit Spain since I started learning Spanish when I was 11. This year, I had the opportunity to visit twice and it met all my expectations. I am planning to stay in Madrid this summer as an au pair.

My soul is most at home in:

Chicago, USA. There’s no place like home… Chicago is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I know it better than anywhere else

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