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, 2012

Dave from London

Dave made it back from his week in London. It was an encouraging trip--he seems to have been able to see and do everything. Most importantly, he brought me back good souvenirs--an Olympic sweatshirt, a Sherlock Holmes desk minatures, shortbread from Wimbledon and chocolate from Harrods. For the whole family he brough a beautiful little china container from Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from his trip

The full English breakfast--which I have to confess doesn't sound all that appealing--especially since the English don't have proper bacon.
This is Dave's friend sitting in a simulated bobsled ride machine. I like this because it exemplifies London's quirkiness.
I simply EXPECT to see this everywhere I go and will be very disappointed if there aren't tea shops around every corner.
Somewhere in an old album there is a picture of me at about 3 years old standing exactly here and with exactly this same guard.
Last and best! Platform 9 3/4.