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September 29th, 2004
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Vacation
So I'm considering taking a vacation around Thanksgiving. Either take the 3 days before Thanksgiving off, giving me the weekend before and the weekend after, or take the 5 days off after Thanksgiving weekend.

In any case, I need to figure out where to go. I think either Alaska or Iceland might be fun, since they would give me a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis. Maybe not the best time to visit them, though, especially Alaska. I've also thought it might be nice to spend some time in Colorado (I've only ever driven through). Somewhere in the Southwest might be nice, too. And then there's Europe. UK/Ireland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Iceland (mentioned above). And maybe Japan. I'll actually know someone in Japan. Also, my aunt's relatives live there, although I've never met them, and I don't think they speak English. I really don't think I can afford airfare to Japan, though. The U.S. and Europe are affordable, though. I need to go somewhere by plane, because if I drive anywhere I'll just want to come back soon. I may still want to come back soon if I fly somewhere, but I'll be forced to stay until my plane goes back.

Anyone want to suggest a vacation destination for me? I'm interested in taking pictures, and maybe just soaking up local culture. I'm not at all interested in hanging out on a beach or vigorous outdoor activity.

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From:hrafn
Date:September 29th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
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Somewhere in the Southwest? It would be pretty, and too far to drive, and not as cold as Alaska. Oooh - or Italy, maybe southern Italy (might be a touch cold in the northern parts).
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From:queue
Date:September 29th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
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I really preferred northern Italy to southern Italy, although, granted, we only spent a little time in southern Italy (Rome counts as southern Italy, right?). And I really like the northern food, too. And northern Italy will likely be warmer than Boston.

Vague thoughts of flying to the Southwest, renting a car, and driving around taking pictures. Not sure where exactly I'd go. Maybe start in Phoenix and do a loop through Four Corners or something.
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From:magid
Date:September 29th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
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I drove from Phoenix to Sedona, which is very pretty, and wished I'd had time to go all the way to the Grand Canyon. It's a fascinating area.

Also recommended: the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
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From:theora
Date:September 29th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Tucson is very nice, as well. Saguaro National Park is very close outside the city. There's also the desert museum, which is sort of a zoo/natural history thingy for the desert.
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From:hrafn
Date:September 29th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Dunno about the Rome question, but my hunch is no, it isn't considered southern Italy.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:September 29th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC)
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You know where I would recommend! There are plenty of opportunities for photography in Panamá. There's the eco-touristic places. There are the Old Panamá ruins (from when Captain Morgan burned the city down). There's the Canal, of course. There are mountains, valleys, rivers, oceans, jungles, savannah.... Of course, November is rainy season, so that might not be ideal, unless you don't mind mid-afternoon rainstorms. (They last anywhere from a minute to an hour, usually, and can be quite heavy.)

The cost of living is quite low. I can get you connected with people to help lower the travel and housing expenses. And most people speak at least some English, just in case your Spanish isn't too good.

I know you probably won't seriously consider this, but if you do, let me know.
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