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day 20 – your mission, should you choose to accept it

November 20, 2008


What’s up y’all?  It’s quiet in Internet land these days.  Am I boring you to tears or is everyone on the nablopomo boat with me… rocking along, somewhat begrudgingly stumbling towards your computer minutes before midnight to write your post for the day, which leaves little time to read others’ entries?  I hear ya!  Only 11 posts to go, my friends.

In the meantime, I thought I would shake things up a bit by giving you a mission.  Who can resist a mission?  Anyone who is struggling through nablopomo understands the lure of a personal challenge.  So, I’m throwing one your way.  It’s not an impossible mission, it will not self-destruct in 5 seconds, but it is a mission of high importance  nonetheless.

It all started this morning, as I ran towards the bus with my coffee mug in one hand and lunch bag in the other, fingers freezing and little cloud puffs trailing behind me.  It was c-c-c-cold.  We’ve officially entered “below zero” territory and for me, that means instant visions of beaches and sunbrellas and limes and Coronas.  As I hopped on the bus, smelling of the coffee that spilled down my pants, I came to the conclusion that it’s time for me to move a certain item to the top of my to do list, and that item is travel.

I can deal with winter and snowflakes and back-aching chills.  In fact, I welcome it leading up to the holidays (Christmas and palm trees don’t really work for me, in fact, the thought makes my brain short circuit).  But come February, the white stuff gets old and layers aren’t so much a fashion statement as a requirement for survival and minus 30 is like the teenager of the seasons; it bites and talks back and is a rebellious pain in the ass.

But this year, for the first time in ages, I get to escape it.  As of February 16th, almost exactly 1 year after my separation, I’m taking 5 weeks off and I have not yet decided where in the world I want to go.  That is not a metaphorical sentence, it is very literal.  Where, on this planet, do I want to step foot for 5 weeks?  Bearing in mind that I am a single woman, traveling alone and I would like to take one of those weeks on a photography tour… where should I go?

Do I want to eat massive amounts of pasta and cheese and drink molto vino in Italy? Or go to a Full Moon party in Thailand?  Do I spend a week in even colder climate to see northern lights for the first time (one of my dreams) or should I witness the architectural wonders of Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids or St. Basil’s Cathedral?  Do I saunter through a Marrakesh Market and dip my hands in baskets of Moroccan spices or feast on Paella in Valencia?  Perhaps scuba dive the great coral reef of Australia or go on an African safari?  Maybe I just need to chill out on Bora Bora or Bali or meet the lovely people of New Zealand?

My God, where do I go?  I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve had a little bit of money and time, together, coexisting.  This is very new to me and I don’t know if I’ll ever have an opportunity like this again, which is why I’m having a tough time deciding.  And so, I beg for your help.  In return, I promise to post many photos and stories from abroad in the bleak winter months.  Where have you been in this world that you would recommend to anybody?  Where would you go if you could go anywhere?  Sure my budget is limited, sure I’m flying solo but if money was no object, if there were no constraints, where would your heart fly you?

11:45pm – over and out

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2008 1:06 am

    Me, I would go toIndia to auroville

    Also have a look at this wonderful blog from Marrakesh

    How I wish I could join you.

  2. November 21, 2008 1:56 am

    I went to Italy one winter and absolutely loved it. First, there are some great deals there in the winter as there aren’t so many tourists. There’s so much to see and photos are fabulous with the delicate winter sunshine. I would do it again in a heartbeat. But then again, so many places to go and things to see. I look forward to hearing what you decide on.

  3. Alison permalink
    November 21, 2008 6:05 am

    I’d love to accept this mission but as I’ve never been away from North America nor scoured any travel books I would not be good for advice except to say BON VOYAGE! I can’t wait to see what all of your faithful readers who have been out and about in the world will have to say though.

  4. Elizabeth permalink
    November 21, 2008 8:23 am

    well, me– I’m always bound to Paris and with 5 weeks– boy howdy– could be base to take the train all over the place– but, seeing as it will be February– I am thinking Italy or places WARM and beachy– ahhh, warm and beachy– have been reading LOADS of good things about some fab spots in Mexico– travel around Mexico could be smashing– but don’t know if that’s cool for woman traveling alone– am wimp that way— but yeah, sad truth if it were me– it would be Paris based and trips to Amsterdam and London and provence from Paris for 5 weeks– sigh, am so boring.

  5. November 21, 2008 8:40 am

    I would go to a yoga ashram, any yoga ashram in rishikesh india. well you know, if job, $$, home, husband, dog weren’t an issue 🙂

  6. November 22, 2008 1:08 am

    this is rather funny, but do you know where i would want to go?
    Montreal! i’ve never been there, but desperately want to.
    *or* portland Oregon, i have a crush on oregon.
    neither of those will get ya outta this cold, tho–good luck deciding!

  7. Christina permalink
    November 22, 2008 11:48 am

    Well, if money was no issue, it would be Italie. I’d probably want to make my way down to Greece too. But I can tell you that a girlfriend of mine travelled around Thailand and the surrounding areas by herself for 3 months and loved it and felt safe. Also, its a cheaper alternative with lots of places to visit and you get the sandy beaches and exotic food.

  8. November 23, 2008 12:12 pm

    Anywhere? Paris, Tuscany, Tibet. But i don’t want to be there in freezing weather so this time of year prolly be southern hemisphere. Australia maybe. Went to Costa Rica one winter. Great weather, friendly people, beautiful beaches, CHEAP!

  9. November 23, 2008 4:10 pm

    iceland, iceland, iceland! it’s the most beautiful place. and there are hot springs and swimming pools, and fun times to be had at night. go go go!

  10. November 25, 2008 2:00 pm

    well. in february, i am going to vancouver for a week, oooohhhh ahhhhh so exciting 😉 hahahaha

    okay, if it were me, i would probably go to turkey 🙂 its cheaper than greece but so beautiful and there are many beaches and the food is fantastic : )

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