Where to next?

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Does wintertime stir up your wanderlust?  This time of year, when the gray and gloom drive everyone inside and the holidays are settling into memory, I always start to feel an itch to go somewhere.  Anywhere but here, as they say.


For the first time in a long time we don’t have any weddings scheduled for this year and someone is nearly done with his graduate studies, so we are excited to be able to use our vacation time however we’d like.  Some of the travel ideas we are considering include:

  • One more California stay for graduation that will hopefully include another visit to a national park
  • A celebratory trip to London
  • A short visit to Massachusetts for a family celebration
  • A short visit to Texas to see a new baby
  • A getaway with friends somewhere on the East Coast, maybe Vermont
  • Summer fun with family in New Hampshire
  • A longer trip to Asia sometime in the fall.  Top contenders are Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan.
  • Spending a whole week in Texas for Christmas.  I haven’t been home for the holidays in years.  I am so excited about this one!

Even with all these adventures on the horizon, part of me wants to go somewhere right now.  Anywhere.  Our next scheduled trip is a short weekend visit to NYC in February and it can’t come soon enough.

Where are you going next?

Ten years of adventure

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I’m working on renewing my passport at the moment, and the process has had me thinking a lot about the old one.  It’s such a small thing, a passport, mostly paper and plastic, but it lead to so many important moments in my life over the last ten years.

When I was a college student, I worked with two fantastic older men at a public library and we talked a lot about travel.  At the time I had terrible wanderlust and not much money or know-how to pull it off.  One day, they both brought in the passports they had used as young men to travel the world.  While it was fun to see the old photos of them in the 60s and 70s with long hair and longer beards, it was all the passport stamps and visas that I found most fascinating to page through.

Flipping through a well-worn passport is like seeing little snapshots of a decade.  Among the pages in mine are stamps from Great Britain, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Italy, France, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic.  So many adventures, so much food, so many friends, stories, and loves.  The only connecting threads between them all are me and my passport, so I’m a little sad to start over with a new one.  Hopefully the new blank pages will be filled with just as many adventures over the coming ten years.

Great Britain, South Africa, France, Argentina

Argentina, Canada, Amsterdam, France, US re-entry

Peru, France, US re-entry

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