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 14, 2013


I've mentioned before that the hiking in Norway is fantastic. It can be as rugged as you like and some of those mountain hikes by the fjords look amazing.  For myself--who am getting more rickety by the minute, I think I'll mess around in the Finnskogen that has beautiful and gentle forest trails.

I think I may never come home.

Edvard Grieg

This is Edvard Grieg, Norway's most famous composer. He's the one who wrote the gorgeous Peer Gynt Suite, but he also wrote the concerto in A minor, which is important because I learned to play the famous grand introduction to the piece.


This is kranselkake--the traditional Norwegian cake.  It sounds like it will take a couple of days to make and be very difficult--so, naturally I'm going to try it.  I've been looking at other Norwegian dishes and once again, I am confirmed in my belief that I am living the wrong life. Everything has a million calories and is loaded with nuts and cream and bacon grease --just like Omi used to make.  The difference, is that Omi got up early and worked very hard on the farm, whereas I get up a whole lot later and sit in an office. I don't know that I'd really enjoy farm work, but if after working for three hours I could sit down to a breakfast of waffles with cream and lingonberry sauce, and dumplings sliced and fried in bacon grease. My grandparents lived into their 90's--something to be learned here I think.