Monday, October 02, 2006

What's goin on?

I haven't written in two weeks. I recognize that. Other than all the working, I haven't been up to much. I did get to visit MOSI in Pittsburgh, at last, which was wonderful. But this isn't going to be a place that I recount my daily rituals, nor will I air my relationship with MOSI. He is ridiculously important to me, and the rest is between us.

For a hot minute, I thought I was going to blog about things to do in life. I was in Georgetown last week for the first time in a while, and found a cute book on 101 things to do before you die at Urban Outfitters. It reminded me of
Ms. Write Again Soon's 50 things, which jealously reminded me that I started a list during the blizzard of 1996 (God, am I dead yet?) which I never finished compiling and have long since misplaced (have you seen my closet?). But I left the book in my friend's purse, and now all I can remember is "Milk a Cow." Oh, and I have always wanted to "Learn to Sail." I guess that's a start.

But the other progress lately is the reduction of my credit card debt. I'm doing so well, that I'm ready to start planning some international travel--I haven't been out of the country since 2002! I fly out of National for work, so I'm often on American; Hilton and Marriott credit me with American miles; and i just signed up for an American miles credit card. So I'm racking those miles up.

Here's the interactive part: WHERE SHOULD I GO? I'm down for non-Europe. Ideally I'd like to spend some time outside of an urban area (that is, driving through some ancient countryside sounds nice). I'd also like to have some relaxation (perhaps living in a hut on a southeast Asian beach or in the mountains of Tibet). I really have no idea what's out there, so what do you suggest? I never hear about big terrorism in Latin America--is that just because they don't tell us? Well, chime in!

Afterthought: I'm also curious where I should go in the states that I haven't been. Work keeps sending me around the country, and I just sit in my hotel room. Where should I take a few days and explore?

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Don't waste frequent flyer miles on the continental US.

I vote Vietnam! (Since of course this will not be replacing a trip to Sweden for you this coming year)

A quick glance through "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" (Clearly a book you should own) recommends
-the French Quarter of Hanoi and Hanoi's Old Quarter
-The Rex Bar and the Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
-the Mekong Delta ("In addition to viewing a countryside little changed by the centuries, and riverside villages accessible only by boat, you can experience the warmth and friendliness of the local people, who are forever offering fresh fruit, a glass of potent rice wine, coconut milk, and a smile.."

I am not even kidding about the name of the bar. It's a sign.
You could always VISIT ME IN NEW YORK. Not that I'm saying anything.

Or go to Belize.
In my mind, you should always use miles to go to places that you have never been or places that you love so much you cannot wait to return. I have grouped these desired locations into some demarcation of continent as much as possible. Naturally, I envision us going there together.

Europe: Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice); Ireland or Scotland

Asia: Thailand (the coupe is over and its cheap!); China--Tibet and Beijing. Maybe Shanghai

South America: Peru (I want to see Machu Pichu!); Brazil--we all love Rio, I think we'll be very popular there too ;-)
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