Saturday, May 31, 2008

I Dig the Traveling Thing

I actually just used that phrase in an email to a customer: I dig the traveling thing.

Call me a Culture Junkie. It's true.

Here are some fun numbers we came up with as we reviewed the past 3 months:

The Tally

Countries and the number of times we’ve visited them (colonies and enclaves listed separately):

  • England 2x

  • France 2x

  • Austria 2x

  • Slovakia 2x

  • Hungary 1x

  • Spain 3x

  • Gibraltar (Britain) 1x

  • Ceuta (Spain) 2x

  • Morocco 1x

Languages Used:

  • American English

  • British English

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Slovakian

  • Hungarian

  • Arabic

  • Italian

Modes of Transport:

  • Planes

  • Trains

  • Automobiles

  • Bus

  • Underground

  • Trolley

  • Ferry

  • Canalboat

  • Bicycle

  • Foot


  • England: Hiking the Yorkshire Dales

  • Paris: Hanging out until 2am over dinner with Parisian friends; Musee d’Orsay

  • Western France: Mt St Michel

  • Torremolinos, Spain: Sunshine and Birdsong in the Garden of Casa Nesca

  • Slovakia: Barbecue and Home Winery Tour

  • Hungary: Budapest’s Schezenyi Spa

  • Languedoc, South France: Hiking the countryside, Hill Towns, Wine and Pinochle, and the All Night Bird/Frog Serenade

  • Provence, South France: Hill Towns, Bories

  • Algeciras, Spain: The First Communion Parade

  • Morocco: Riff Mountains to Chefchaouen

Overall Favorite:
Getting to know people from all over the world (English, Welsh, Irish, Zimbabwean, Filipino, German, Dutch, Finnish, Singaporean, Chinese, French, Slovak, Hungarian, Moroccan, Nigerian, American, Canadian)
Things we missed most about America:
Plentiful public drinking fountains and free wifi

Thing that surprised us the most:Squatty-potties in France
Thing that most annoyed us in Europe:
The exchange rate on the weak US Dollar
One thing we wish America would adopt from European culture:
The leisurely, multi-course meal, with more cheese.

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