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!

Jun 10, 2016

Up through June 11th 2016

There's been a lot of classwork and general living over the last few weeks. One major adventure, involved her roommate, Jordan. Poor girl got a bug bite from who knows what kind of bug in Morocco. This bite became infected and Jordan needed to go to an instacare in Spain. Nobody at the hospital spoke English. Fine, but none of the leaders on the  study abroad--Shame on you teachers!!--spoke spanish (seriously?) OR were willing to find someone to speak it to help OR were willing to come and lend moral support themselves. Are you kidding? This is Madrid--not some village in nowhere. I'm sure English speakers are everywhere, just as Spanish speakers are not hard to find in the US!

Anyway---Catherine provided moral support and stayed with Jordan, eventually getting her to a place where they were able to lance and pack the bite.

After this ordeal, they got some chocolate waffles. A sound medical decision in my opinion!

A few days later, Jordan was able to get it checked again with language support. I asked Catherine about her last time I spoke with her, Poor Jordan now has an abcess under her skin. Doesn't hurt except when she's getting it treated.  Ow!

Next adventure---Bullfighting. Catherine had in mind to see a bullfight, just to have the experience of seeing one. She went to the museum and saw the bull-fighting ring.

After going through the museum and seeing the films, she decided that she'd seen enough. Judged bull-fighting as a horrible practice and passed on seeing the real thing. Good girl! I hope I make the same decision should I ever go to Spain. 

Onto the Hard Rock Cafe! Catherine won fame and fortune here (or at least a t-shirt and a beer--just what a BYU student needs), by singing Sweet Dreams are made of these.  Way to go superstar!!

Here's a group of the whole clan on this study abroad. I'm assuming the books are part of everyone's "book art" project. 

And now she's in Toledo where there are beautiful places. The ever present Cathedrals and Mosques of course. 

She also got to zipline over a river twice. I love my adventurous girl!

Possibly the most important place she visited in the whole trip was this shrine: Mary of the Pin.

If you put a pin in the shrine then you will find a husband who is handsome and rich.

Before leaving Madrid she was able to find a good sale at H and M and also get some fancy chocolate.

Then it's on to Paris where she found out that her bag was 3 kilograms overweight. Darn it. Throw out more stuff!