I would love to do more traveling!
As a kid, growing up, we would camp by the Rio Grande in Big Bend Park, Texas. Occasionally, we'd go into Mexico for a traditional Mexican lunch or dinner. Makes my mouth water to think about it.
I've been to Lisbon, Portugal (passing through the airport).
I've been to Spain: a beautiful country with beautiful, friendly people. Madrid was clean, ancient mixed with modern and a delightful experience. Malaga had charm, Mediterranean warmth and polished, red granite sidewalks. My Spanish wasn't that great, but I felt genuine warmth from the people with whom I talked.
I visited Spanish Morocco for several days, too. Not much to do, but lots of sun and beach. Dined on fried mariscos and cerveza. Yum. In the morning, I wanted leche sin cafe with my pastry; they looked at me like I was nuts.
England was beautiful for scenic beauty and Old World charm, even in a London train station, but the people in public places seemed a bit stuffy and distant, unlike Spain. But leaving the metropolitan stuffiness for Sussex, people seemed more open. Stayed in an old manor house with a 300-year-old dungeon. How cool is that!
Years later, stayed two months in Thailand. Hot and sweltering in the capital, but Pattaya was much nicer -- cool sea breezes. Love the spicy food (some a bit too spicy). Kao min gai, tom yum soup and rad nha were my favorites.
And now, for the past four years, I've lived in the Philippines. My favorite dish is kinilaw tangigue -- a raw fish, vegetables, spices and rice dish. Lovely beaches, some modern cities and a lot of poverty. But the people are friendly, for the most part.