Like any traveler, there are many historical sites that take my breath away. The feeling of being enchanted with a new city or town is all part of what separates a traveler from a tourist. We aim to experience life as the locals do and allow ourselves to get caught up in the moment and let the experience shape us into better individuals.
However, there are few places that resonate with me on a deeper and more personal level. I’m sure we’ve all had experiences where we’ve visited a new town and for whatever reason felt intrinsically connected with every element hitting our senses.
The square in the small Mexican town of Valladolid is a perfect example of a place where I felt instantly connected to my surroundings. It was by far the most beautiful square I have been in and yet there was nothing visually fascinating about it. It isn’t big, you haven’t seen a thousand images of it, and few people know it exists. The trick is to suspend all expectations, sit at a bench, and take it all in.
If you can actually spend sometime at dusk there, get ready to unleash your senses to be able to hear, breath, and see something magical. And if you can go with a significant other you’ll be able to sit on one of the cutest benches, just for two, which are scattered throughout the plaza. My video doesn’t do it justice but hopefully it will inspire you to go.
Bio: Sonia Gil hosts a weekly original web travel series called Sonia’s Travels with episodes shot in Mexico, Italy, Berlin and Paris. Each trip turns into a series of shows in which Sonia offers a small idea or tip about a place and the people who live there. New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday at 12 noon (9:00 am Pacific).