Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Lovely large snowflakes are gently falling outside my window. It is peaceful and beautiful. . . wherever you are, I hope your day has also been filled with peace and beauty.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

Where To Go?

The other week the New York Times published an interactive list of 53 Places to Go In 2008.

The first two places listed are Laos and Lisbon, both of which have been on my own list for several years now. (Unfortunately, I probably won’t get to either of them this year.)

Tunisa, another place I’ve been contemplating, is next on the list .

Death Valley is also on the list, for the same reason I’m considering it for a spring get-away this year – it might be a good year for flowers.

Prague was on my list for June as the end point of a trip through southern Germany, but I think that is off because we just can’t afford to squeeze Europe in between other expensive destinations like Hawaii and Alaska.

Malawi is a place I hadn’t known much about until recently, but seeing images from there at the African architecture show in DC has made me really interested in traveling there. However, Nambia has been on my list for a really long time and will likely be the next place we go in Africa – unless, of course, I decide I can’t resist the allure of Mozambique and Mt Kilimanjaro, which could be arranged to allow a stop in Zanzibar (not included on the Times’ list, but certainly high on mine).

The Northwest Passage, is almost, but not quite a possibility for this year – we ARE still planning to do some sort of an Alaskan trip, I just don’t think we can make the timing or finances work to do a Northwest Passage trip. Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage seem more likely.

Actually, I’d like to visit almost every place listed – the exceptions being spots like Miami Beach (been there, done that, and didn’t find it interesting enough for a return trip), Courchevel (Up-scale skiing? No, I don’t think so.) Puetro Vallarta, Munich, Play Blanca in Panama (although I’d like to go to lots of other places in Panama), Detroit, Vegas, and a couple others that just don’t seem like a good use of my precious vacation time. There are actually nine places listed that I’d chuck off the list entirely (along with a few others I’d visit for reasons other than those highlighted), so no one can accuse me of being COMPLETELY indiscriminant in my travel choices!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Next Year?

My sister-in-law is in Santa Fe for Christmas this year. That is something I have always wanted to do myself, but lately I have been thinking more about Puerto Rico as a Christmas get-away – we could go before Christmas, spend some time enjoying nature and then celebrate Christmas itself in Old San Juan.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The World is Actually a Very Small Place

Last night I sent an email to Dr. Assaad in Cairo. This morning I turned on my computer to find a response from him, written at the airport in Paris, directing me to another individual in Cairo - who also responded within hours. While not as mind-boggling as the occasional exchanges with Warren in Fiji that actually shoot back from the future, I still find the ability to communicate with anyone, anywhere, almost instantaneously, just short of miraculous.

In a short span of time, the world has become a much smaller and far more intimate place.