Akaka Falls

See the World for Free

The idea here is to TRAVEL THE WORLD regardless of time or budget. It dawned on me one day that even if I had unlimited time and money (which I definitley do not), I still couldn't see everything in the world that I'd like to see--I'm simply not going to live long enough to do it.

But I had a bit of brain wave and soon after the travel envelope was born. This is an actual physical envelope. I typed the name of every country in the world, plus every state in the US on little slips of paper which I then put into the envelope. In the beginning we (myself, my husband, Dave and daugher Catherine) would draw out a slip at random at the beginning of the month and that's where we would go---at least in our minds. We grab some books about the country from the library and put them in our bathroom to look at. We also check out some videos about the country if any. We check it out on googleearth, listen to the music, try the food, maybe even attempt to learn a dance or celebrate a festival.

After the first two years we discovered that even virtual traveling can be tiring, so we travel now whenever I happen to be in the mood.

It's great fun. I especially love it when people I meet have been to the place I'm "visiting" in real life, or get excited and have some virtual adventures of their own. I hope that anyone who comes across this blog will feel welcome to come with us on the trip!

You have a standing reservation to see it all!

Sep 4, 2010


I take it back.  I DO remember Serbia---or at least Kosovo and war and misery and all the rest.  I found one childrens book at the library which looks like it's going to gloss over the latest calamities, but everything else is heavy on the war theme.  Traveling around like this brings home just how much war and waste there is in the world.  So stupid.  And Serbia looks simply gorgeous.  In at least one area people who are born there tend to stay as they inherit family farms and businesses that have been going for 300 years.

Sep 2, 2010

Belgrade--The White City

Welcome to Serbia!  I'm back more or less refreshed from taking the month of August off from my travels and am excited to be in Serbia.  This is the kind of place that I like best---that is, I know NOTHING about it!  Sounds gorgeous though.  The capital, Belgrade, is called "The White City" and all roads supposedly lead to it.  The city sits on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers.  This is the center of Bohemia--whatever that means--perhaps a wild and gypsyish lifestyle? All I can think of is the Holmes story, "A Scandal in Bohemia."  Today calls for a trip to the library and a peek at the Holmes story--though I suspect it has nothing to do with modern day Serbia.