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 2, 2013


"Look at them," the troll mother said. "You won't find more beautiful trolls on this side of the moon." Illustration by John Bauer for the 1915 story The Boy and the Trolls.

Naturally, all of Scandinavia is infested with trolls, although not necessarily hiding under bridges.  They can either be big and slow-witted, or not that much different from humans, but they aren't Christian and they do turn to stone when exposed to the sun.  Lots of odd rock formations in Norway are really stone trolls.  There are also many areas that are troll-free, that is because there are too many church bells in those places.

Aug 1, 2013


I imagine that much of this month's travel to Norway will involve hiking to fantastically gorgeous places.  Look at this!!!  I don't know where it is--I found it on google images, but people are standing on it and that means I can too.