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 8, 2011

Fall Leaves and Lobster


   It will be fun to virtually explore Maine. Like most places, all I have in my mind are stereotypes---fall leaves and lobster. Since fall leaves are more attractive than lobsters that's the picture here.  Actually, Dave looked at a job opening in Maine once.  I don't know how serious he was, but I was tempted. In the end we didn't try for it because it was in a rural area--Dave would have taught high school and I would have....? Worked in a gas station maybe? Still, it was with regret that we didn't follow up on it.  The only other thing--and unfortunatley it is the FIRST thing that pops into mind are the lyrics from a song by P.D.Q. Bach--the great classical humorist.  He sings about living in New York:

A babysitter here if she has half a brain,
Can make more money than the governor of Maine!

Ok--things can only go up from here.  Obviously we'll be eating at Red Lobster at some point this month. I realize that this is probably sacriledge, but it's the best we can do.