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!

Aug 29, 2011


Wisconsin wins Best State in the Union award from me. They have four gorgeous seasons, wonderful festivals devoted to things like mustard, beautiful lakes, perfect hiking, and they are a state known for cheese---officially the best food in the universe.

When we lived in Iowa, right next door to Wisconsin, we hopped over the border to try out the cheese. We stopped at the Piggly Wiggly and got a great selection. I regret that we didn't go more often. This month, while we've been in virtual Wisconsin, we've had some great picture books to browse in the bathroom. Also, we had a "traditional" Wisconsin dinner of brats and side of cheese naturally.