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August 08, 2003: Going places

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Another Friday Five, just for the heck of it.

1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
The last place I traveled was to Reno, which barely counts as out of state, since it's just over the border of California. Amusingly, as I was driving there on Friday I somehow never saw the sign that says 'Welcome to Nevada', and only figured out I was in a new state by the fact that the exit numbers started suddenly over again from one. I saw it on the way home only because I specifically looked for it.

2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?
I'm not entirely sure. Does the fact that I own a pocketknife that constantly defies airport security cameras count as unusual? Last time I flew (to Los Angeles and back for work), they caught the other pocketknife, but not the 'invisible' one. Fear me. Or at least my pocketknife.

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
I think I would go to Europe first. I'd take perhaps six months, or even an entire year, and travel all over Europe, with absolutely no set schedule at all. We'd just wander around each country until we were ready to move on to the next place. We'd stay in little bed & breakfasts wherever we went and we'd avoid the typical tourist traps and I would make a concerted effort to learn something in each language, even if it was only "Excuse me, where it the bathroom,", or perhaps "Pardon me, can I borrow your cat?"

If I have to narrow this down to just one country, it's a little more difficult. But for now, I'll just say Ireland, since I have not yet given up on our plan of going there for a month for our (extremely belated) honeymoon.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
This depends entirely on where I am going. If I had all the time in the world I would take the train. You can get up and walk around, you can see the countryside as you ride by, and best of all, you don't have to worry about finding somewhere to stop for gas or worry about how to read a map while you're careening down the freeway or try to figure out directions when you hit a detour. Also on a train you never have to cram yourself into a bathroom the size of your average shoebox, or deal with sudden stomach-wrenching turbulence.

However, if the trip means we are going overseas, planes have it all over trains or cars. There's that little matter of being able to go over the water, see.

5. What's the next place on your list to visit?
In state, my next destination appears to be Yosemite, since it's looking pretty likely that I'll be attending a three-day meeting for work. I'm actually looking forward to this and not because of the location (although that should be rather nice too), but because I think the meeting is going to be pretty interesting, plus I'll get to write a big huge report!

Shut up! I lthink writing reports is fun!

Out of state probably Seattle again, but not for work. Looks like we'll be doing Christmas with the younger sister and her family this year, so my entire clan will be piling into planes and heading up north for a few days in December.

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