Dhani Jones Q&A

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All right, so my first trip abroad was probably when I was two years old and you know, my parents were both in the military and my father got transferred over to Japan so we moved and we were in San Diego when we moved over to Japan and probably my most vivid memory was The Japanese people are so kind and so amazing. One time even while I was in the grocery store, my mother was pushing me, or I can't remember where I was walking, I like to walk a lot. And I wanted this toy but my mother wouldn't give me the toy. And so of course, moments later a young lady walks up to me and she gives me the toy. And it was just, one of my earliest childhood memories was about travelling. So I think that as that relates to my childhood, never wanting to grow up always translated into travelling, so I just can't stop. The best Travel experience in what place when I was probably younger. I think it was the sixth grade. And I remember this destination because my mother and I were sitting there in the living room and we were watching TV. And all of a sudden this ad came on and it said, discounted rates to Bermuda And my mom looked at me and she was like Donny, let's go to Bermuda. So we packed our bags and we left the next day. Went to Bermuda and I got to ride a moped. She was on the back she was all scared. I actually got a belt that I had for a long time. I still have it, I dont wear it all the time cause it's kind of a keepsake. So Bermuda has always been In my memory banks as a incredible place to go cuz I'm with my mother on some of our first solo trip and then of course during the high tax globe, my most, well the country developed the most is New Zealand. When you land there, they meet the people, they experience the culture, the food is fantastic As the oceans of Hawaii, and the planes and the grasslands of Ireland, and the mountains and highlands of Scotland. And it's just beautiful, and I love sailing. So what better complimentary feature than to be able to do everything outside and be of an outdoor society and culture? And New Zealand And besides, there's nothing poisonous. The city I most felt out of place, like a foreigner, maybe not as welcomed as I thought, was Switzerland. And it wasn't Zurich, or it wasn't Bern, it was more in the mountains. Has the burglar may ringing. And I don't think, well, let's put it this way. I was the only black person. Or maybe it's like one or two, but maybe they are hiding somewhere. But I didn't see them and now that anybody act like that or seen anybody that look like me. So, I think it was a little bit of a awkward moment that was my time there in Switzerland. But the sport that I learned, schwinging, not swinging, but schwinging, S-C-H, so for all of you. Schwinging was a great sport to get to know the people and the culture. And, of course, that was the That's if [INAUDIBLE] tackles the globe and as I progressed throughout the sport and as I played and as I competed better, people respected me more and instead of looking at my skin color or what maybe I thought was the reason we, in turn, came to a balance through sport. And as I won more competitions. And at the end I actually got a standing ovation. And people were actually more welcoming of me. So I think it was more of a hazing thing or initiation into the Swiss culture. And now I can go back in town, and they're like, there's that swinger. There's that other guy. So a destination that you might not think about going when you're just putting together travel plans is Lebanon. Lebanon let me tell you something, Lebanon is nothing short of an incredible place. And they root Well, there's no more battles going on so let's just get that out of the way and let me tell you something, there's not a battle going on but there is a party going on in Lebanon. I'm talking about, it's the best clubs ever and granted, that might not be the reason why you're going to go to the place but it definitely, night life is an important part of the culture. In Lebanon, and besides that, the food is incredible, the people are incredible, I mean, it's beautiful people. I mean, it's a mix of Arabic and French culture, infused with sort of just the Middle Eastern way, but a la more liberal, kinda San Francisco, New York style. I would definitely go to Lebanon, but Don't necessarily get your passport stamped, because right on or close by is another incredible destination in Israel. But still a little bit of bad air, just saying. All right, so this is my bag. And I guess you guys are wondering what's in it. Well, as traveller essentials. So these are couple of things you need, you know what I mean, you know, not unless I use a razor but I do use her, works quite well. Yes, and then I always have my camera, I take good pictures. Of course, you never leave home without Your Moleskin. That's very nice. That I take notes, ideas, thoughts. Inspiring moments. And let's see what else I got in here. Some cards. You never know who you might meet. A good way to strike up a conversation, if you know some magic tricks. Tricks, it would help. No, that's not it here. Book, you always gotta have a book. See, gotta have a book like this. Ooh, what's this, oh, oh, oh, Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey by Dhani Jones. This It will keep you occupied. Okay and what else do I have? And you know hand lotion, you know you have to have headphones, might bring a flipcam, you know some, you know there's a lot of things that you should always travel with but just make sure that it fits. And only a carry on bag cause nobody wants to wait at the baggage claim. Ok
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