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!

Jan 16, 2013


Ummmmmmm.....I'm looking up receipes for our upcoming Honduran dinner. Apparently a tripe and vegetable soup is popular not only in Honduras, but throughout Latin America. Ummmmmm......Look at this picture.
That is tripe. I realize that I'm being a narrow, ethno-centric American, but do I really want to eat that? Will I live if I do? The other "optional" meats let me down as well. Boil up a pig's foot! Right. The rest of the receipe sounds delicious. I think I'll see how brave we feel colectively as a family. Another frightening though---this soup is popular in Aruba. Have we already eaten tripe? eep!

Jan 14, 2013

Honduras Has it All

Virtually everyplace claims to have everything, but I think the travel guide might be right when it comes to Honduras. Everyone overlooks them and goes to Costa Rica for the rain forest and birdwatching, then they go to Mexico for the Mayan ruins and then to any number of places for snorkeling and beaches. Honduras has some of the best ruins, the best beaches, the best snorkeling and plenty of rainforest. We should go now before the rest of the tourists discover it.