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 7, 2010


Balkantravellers.com posted these three pictures of monasteries in central Serbia. The names are Zica, Studenica and Sopocani.  They all have beautiful frescos especially the last. 

What I like though is that the names of the monasteries are so magical--straight from a fantasy novel.  Listen to this description, "After having attracted some of the most skilful artists of Byzantium and the best builders of Zeta...they financed several masterpieces of medieval architecture."  

Love it.  If I were ever transported to a real life medieval fantasy, I'm sure I would have to go to Zeta to recover the stolen treasures hidden in the monasteries of Zica, Studenica and Sopocani.