My name is Orsi and I am a Hungarian living in the United States with my husband and one year old puppy, Echo. Thanks for stopping by!
First of all, where did the name come from?
Well, do you remember the famous line and magic spell from The Wizard of Oz: “Click your heels together three times and say ‘There’s no place like home’ and you’ll be there.”?
I know…this needs a little more explanation: I love travel. I absolutely love being on the road. Travel gives me peace, helps me clear my head, makes me relaxed, makes me happy, makes me a whole. But there is another thing that does the same to me. And that is called home. Home and family are also something that I need to have in my life. I love knowing that after a trip I get to return to home. Or in a very cheesy way I guess I can say: After a trip I can click my heels together three times and say there is no place like home and I will be there. Now, that is just a coincidence that one of my favorite pair of shoes that I took on every trip with me turned out to be a pair of red shoes. So I guess long story short, the meaning behind My Red Travel Shoe is that: 1. I will travel. 2. I will always return home. 3. I will always have my red shoes with me.
Now, this is not a full-time travel blog where I can say: I quit my job, sold all my belongings to travel the world and I have been on the road since then. I would lie if I said I never thought about doing that but I just wasn’t willing to make all the sacrifice that this kind of a lifestyle comes with. I certainly respect the people who do but I am not one of them.
I started this blog because I believe that there are other people like me who want to see more, who desire to travel but can’t or won’t be able to quit their job, pack everything up and get on the road. But this doesn’t mean that those people can’t see the world one bit at a time; that those people should only go on one vacation a year. There are plenty of ways to get outside and discover what is around us and my purpose is to show you how to do that. I would be a completely different person without my travel experiences and I believe everyone deserves the same chance to go and see what is out there!
But there are other important moments this blog will show you: how we deal with the (sometimes rough) every days, how I keep in touch with family and friends even though I live 9000 miles away, how I struggled with cultural differences and how I got over them, how I handle homesickness, how I dealt with moving to a new country, how I survived living in a new country where I barely spoke the language, and how I made new friends and new connections. So if you are in some similar situation, I hope my experience will be helpful to you!
I have been there. I moved away and lived through all the tough days of being a foreigner in a strange country, I lived through not understanding a word people say to me, I lived through missing my best friends’ weddings, I lived through not being able to go home for christmas, I lived through not being able to talk to anyone at some point, I lived through losing friendships over the distance. I lived through all these and I understand. It sucks. But I lived through them. And if you feel like you are in the same shoe, you will live through them as well.
Second of all, where did I come from?
Well, as I said, I am from Hungary. A tiny but incredibly beautiful country in central-east Europe. Almost 10 years ago I got an opportunity to come to the United States and play tennis here. Growing up, thanks to this wonderful sport , I had the chance to travel around my home and other European countries as well. Every time we went to a new city my parents and grandparents made sure we took some time to look around and learn about that certain place. Traveling to tournaments with my family and friends helped me establish strong relationships with them and helped me get to know other people from different countries as well.
This did not change during college either, except for the fact that it got more…hmmm…intense. It wasn’t just other Hungarians or Europeans I got to meet. I got to meet people from Asia, Australia, Africa, South and North America. I got to see and hear about others’ background, culture, and life from different areas in the world. With each and every conversation I had, I learned something new, with each and every new place I went to, I became more and more. I fell in love with this feeling. During college I met my wonderful (now) husband and we decided to continue our lives together in the States…after getting married in Hungary.
Third of all, who is Echo?
Echo is our puppy. He was born in Los Angeles. Our paths have crossed in 2015 and I can safely say, it was love at first sight. Well, at least on my part. We have been best friends and travel buds since then. Echo is the happiest, sweetest, kindest, smartest little pup I have ever met in my entire life and he is crazy enough to fit perfectly into our family. You will hear a lot about him or actually from him in The Echo Chronicles section. He loves sharing his stories.
I came from a very humble family. My parents are the hardest workers I have ever known and they did the best they could to help me come to the United States and play tennis. I saw them win and lose, be celebrated and knocked down, lose everything and get up again. They are my motivation and biggest role models in life to never give up.
I love my family and friends and I would do anything for them. I believe in loyalty and can’t stand lies. I love to laugh! I enjoy making new friends and getting to know people from all over the world.
I am always open to hear/read exciting and fun travel stories. Send me your favorite to myredtravelshoe[at]gmail.com and I will share it in the guest post section!