Monday, November 22, 2010

I love travel...

I really get a lot out of taking trips.  Going to new places seems to recharge my batteries and get me in a more optimistic frame of mind.  When spouse and I lived abroad, we traveled a lot... but not as much as we would have liked to.  Now that we're back in America, traveling is getting to be more difficult, both from a practical and financial standpoint.

When we lived in Europe, the government gave us money to pay for our utilities.  We never needed as much money as they paid us, so that surplus cash was used for our trips.  Europe also happens to be chock full of places to see that are close enough to drive to.  In America, you often have to fly to get somewhere different.  America is such a big country comparatively speaking... it's big, but not that culturally different, really.  In fact, it seems like things that used to be regional, like stores, television channels, restaurants, and music, have become nationalized.  America is getting to the point at which a lot of places seem to be the same.

That being said... we did have a wonderful time last week when we went to Asheville, NC.  I bought some new art; we visited the Biltmore Estate; we tasted wine and spouse ate elk.  And Asheville is really pretty... I could see us moving there if we ever have the chance to decide for ourselves where we want to live.  It's a very nice area with a thriving beer culture.


This is one of the many pictures I took last week...  wish I were still there right now, even if it's to look at gingerbread houses...



Or dirty stickers stuck on storefronts...


Or irreverent art...



Travel is so good for the heart, soul, and mind, don't you think?

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