Will it be Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, or the Dominican Republic?!?

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Will it be Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, or the Dominican Republic?!?

imageI’m more excited than ever about this endeavor!  I LOVED Austria, Belize, and the Czech Republic. I never would’ve visited the Czech Republic unless I needed a “C” country–and I think it’s my favorite.

BUT IT’S A NEW YEAR. And I’m looking at my “D” choices. Surprisingly, there are only four. Let’s start with Denmark

Eighteen months ago I was grumpy because I wasn’t divorced yet. My daughter, Chanel, said “you need to go on a trip.”  So I booked a cruise that left from Denmark (Chanel is bossy and I always do what she says. We’re all afraid of her). I relished the thought of exploring unknown territory–I’d never been to Europe. I decided to spend several days in Denmark before the cruise.

I entered the “Happiest Country in the World” with much anticipation. I decided to take the train–I’d read it was cheaper and easy because it’s connected to the airport.

Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport

Unfortunately, the handle on my bag would not pull up. What do they do with our luggage behind closed doors?! It seems like you have to buy a new bag every other trip because they are hammered. So pushing the bag was unwieldy, though not impossible because the rollers were working. I entered the moving escalator to the train station. It was not level, but sloped down to glass doors at the bottom. I lost my bag, and watched helplessly as it gathered speed on the downward descent and crashed into the glass door, shattering it!!!!! I looked around to report my mishap, but couldn’t find anyone official. An English fellow standing nearby said “what’re you to do, then?” I screamed–in my head, also with an English accent –“YES!  What’m I to do?!”  I tried to regain composure, since quite a crowd had witnessed my arrival.  And when the train arrived I stepped on and never looked back.

Evidence of my Dramatic Entry into Denmark

Evidence of my Dramatic Entry into Denmark

I love Denmark, but I feel it would violate the integrity of my challenge if I return. I should travel someplace I haven’t been. So, Djibouti?  I didn’t even know there was a Djibouti and I love saying it. But here’s what the State Department says about it:  “The U.S. government remains concerned about possible attacks on U.S. citizens, whether visiting or residing in Djibouti.”  I guess that’s a no for Djibouti.

Next is Dominica. Again, I didn’t know there was an island other than the Dominican Republic (I’m beginning to feel ashamed about my limited knowledge of geography).  This island is called the Nature Island of the Caribbean and compared to Hawaii. They have recently completed a national hiking trail which connects all the natural wonders of the island. I was favoring Dominica as my choice until I discovered they’d been hit by Hurricane Erika last August and suffered, among other disasters, $40 million damage to the airport.

I GUESS IT’S THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!  If any of you have been there I would appreciate recommendations. I’m thrilled to have company. My daughter, Chanel, will be with me the first week. And my dear friends Debbie and Peggy will be joining me midway. I’m ready for my next adventure!

Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!


  • Cindy

    I never get tired of the arriving to Denmark with a smash story.

    January 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm
    • Jill

      I love the Denmark story!

      January 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm
      • Rhonda Sarantis
        Rhonda Sarantis

        It’s almost as good–or perhaps better–than my laundry fiasco in Prague. I hope I have equally embarrassing moments in every country I visit because they’re SO MUCH FUN to share!

        January 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm
    • Rhonda Sarantis
      Rhonda Sarantis

      I KNOW, RIGHT? I love retelling it.

      January 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Nancy Behrens

    Been there! Fun beaches. Sick Coral was milky and dissapointing for Scuba diving or snorkeling. Needed some environmental cleanup. Beautiful water falls. Impressive bus system which we rode with the darling friendly school children in there crisp uniforms. I vote for Denmark!

    January 14, 2016 at 4:53 am
  • Jeff Hutchinson

    You will love it! Katelyn went there on a service/adventure trip and loved it!

    January 14, 2016 at 6:02 am