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I’m Infected.

…by the travel bug. I decided to customize a Google Map to indicate my travels. It shows where I’ve lived, where I’ve visited, and where I want to go in the future. Fun stuff…but probably not something that will excite the masses. However, seeing as I’m a giver, I’ve posted a link to my map on the right side of this screen (under blogroll…it’s called “Karl’s Travels”).

It’s rather depressing that the majority of blue push-pins are gathered around the New England area – showing that most of my travels haven’t been all that far (or exotic). Most continents haven’t even been touched (hello Australia, hello South America, hello Africa). Hopefully that will change.

Already, Randy and I are considering a trip to Seattle in the fall. Our friend, Mark, is going there on business for much of the fall (two weeks at a time) and suggested we pay a visit while he’s there. We normally only get to see him in Paris (or during his one visit to boston back in April). But this will be a great way to see him in person…without infringing upon his home space for once!

Hmmm – and if I’m going to be in Seattle…isn’t Vancouver just a few hours drive north? Vancouver is actually on my list of places I want to see, so that could work out really well if we could finagle 2-3 days there, too.

Oh, great – my mind is wandering.


  1. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on August 2, 2007 11:48 am

    Vancouver rocks!! Stanley Park is beauteous — take the ferry (or the fairy?) out to Vancouver Island — Victoria, Butchart Gardens, or mid-island for more serious wilderness hiking. GO.

  2. Comment by Randy on August 2, 2007 12:42 pm

    Hon your mind always wanders. But I don’t know if its worse than mine actually. You definitely have the travel bug and you also totally get “obsessed” with doing things like you blogged about the other day in your survey. Started the Google site where you have visited and had to do it all then. Oh i wish I had the time to do it too. It looks cool.

  3. Comment by Randy on August 2, 2007 12:44 pm

    Oh yea I think if you just want to do Vancouver for a weekend out there and have mark come up thats ok too. doing both for a weekend is out of the question.
    or we do two visits or stay longer..;)

  4. Comment by Fred on August 2, 2007 12:57 pm

    Heya Karl –
    I never made it to Vancouver in my whole time in the Pacific NW and I still kick myself over that – so do go if you get the chance. Seattle I was kinda underwhelmed by, but there’s some fun neon (the Pink Elephant Car Wash sign, which I hope still exists – not all that far from the Space Needle), and I had the best sushi I’ve ever had in this cool litlte Asian restaurant that was halfway down the cascading outdoor stairs at what I think was the south end of the whole Pike’s Place Market complex – but that was eleven years ago, so god only knows if it’s still there (and I have no idea what the name was, alas!) – but given the ocean and a big Asian population, if y’all like sushi, it’s MUCH better there, on average, than anywhere here (i’ve never had better than merely ok sushi in Boston….). Tacoma’s a cool little gritty city an hour or so south of Seattle – I have good friends there, and it’s where I would want to live if I were in that part of the world (well, Portland, OR is even better, but that’s a LONG way away) – it’s kinda Providence to Seattle’s Boston or something…

    Oh, and, whatever you do: DO NOT JAYWALK IN SEATTLE!! You WILL get a ticket – I was warned against my Boston ways by a native, and she was right – I didn’t get one, but it was mighty difficult to resist the Bostonian’s urge to cross against the light with nobody coming…

  5. Comment by mindy on August 3, 2007 9:24 am

    I agree w/ Dave: Vancouver RULES. I went there as a teenager w/ my parents, and still had a good time. (Plus, masses of tv shows film there, so lots of Ridiculously Good-Looking People)

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