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Saturday, June 4, 2011

You Are Free To Move About The Planet

 Travel by Chris Guillebeau
If we live truly, we shall see truly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?

     I have traveled to many places over the years and every single one of them has held something true and lasting for me.  I had dreamed of seeing the city of Edinburgh since I was 12 years old.  As I stood to get off the train when it pulled into that city, I glanced up and my very first view of the city thrilled me.  It was everything I had hoped it would be and more.
     They put flowers on old buildings! Just have to love a city with a wee cottage and big garden right in the middle of it all.  Well, in addition to New York City, that is.
     Walking along the road from the Taj Mahal on a dusty evening with a huge yellow moon blooming in the sky is a sweet memory I return to when I see the Autumn moon from my upstairs window.  
     The island of Santorini is still a delicious play of the blue Mediterranean sea and stark white domes every time it crosses my mind.
     Some crazy t-shirt in Dublin said there are 41 shades of green in Ireland.  I am here to tell you that it is absolutely true.  I enjoyed every one of them as I drank up the scenery from the train window.
     The south of France?  Oh my.  Fresh fish.  Beautiful beaches.  Beautiful people.  Croissants and coffee?  Quiches sold on street corners?  Oh my.
     There are so many more examples of colors and memories and smells from my travels but I'm supposed to write about where I want to go next, aren't I?
     Truthfully?  I don't know.  Africa holds the promise of a beautiful giraffe lifting its head languidly and batting its huge eyelashes.  Or a gerenuk flicking its tiny tail and dashing gracefully off into the landscape.  China would most likely offer me smells and colors I can only imagine in my wildest dreams.   New Zealand seems worth the many hours in a plane that would surely leave me exhausted but excited nonetheless.  Canada is where my mother was born and I would dearly love to visit her birthplace.  Friends tell me that Hawaii isn't too hard to take.  Costa Rica has amazing flowers.  And butterflies.  And frogs.  Maybe I should go there.  It's obvious that I have too many places I'd like to see.  Can I get back to you on this one?


  1. We all have smells, sounds, snapshots in our minds of places we've visited and fallen in love with. Each time I decide to brush off the passport, I find myself battling between seeking a new destination and returning to a much-loved locale. I know there are so many more experiences to be had, pieces of heaven here on Earth I long to see, but I also know I must see Switzerland at least once more before I stop breathing. It's a struggle!

  2. Hi Susie--I think you live in NH? When the hubster and I visited our friend there last winter, we found it stunningly beautiful. My kids live in Pepperell MA just below Nashua. I visited in April and driving through farmland and on back roads listening to Eva Cassidy is such a great memory. Won't talk about the singalong part. Switzerland-Zurich-shall be yours one day. It is all that the photos promise. It will take your breath away--but not for good :)

  3. As I think about places I would love to see, it tends to be all about the nature - the islands in Greece, the Grand Canyon, the West Coast ocean coastline, Costa Rica for the rain forest, the Rocky Mountains. The man-made stuff is beautiful too, but holds a lot less appeal for me.
    I think if someone said that I had to remain landlocked forever, I would have a hard time. The coastal waves breathe something into me...
    Love to read your thoughts every day as you fulfill this challenge, Lovely Terry !