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#010; a change of view

May 13, 2009
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve made a decision, and it feels good.

I’m going to get away. For my birthday in July. I’m going to leave DC the night of the 17th (Friday) and not come back until the night of the 26th (Sunday). [Well, I’ll do exactly this if all works out with schedules/expenses/etc.] I’m going to take a full week off of work without feeling guilty. I’m going to pick a city, get a room at a hostel and cheap round-trip flight. I’m going to go.

I’m thinking Rome. I could do Rome for about $800 between a room and a flight, for 8 days. I want it to be somewhere familiar, but not somewhere I’m actually ‘home’ (not where I grew up, not crashing with family)… Somewhere I can feel comfortable but still be entirely away.

Some audience polling… Suggestions for destinations? I prefer cities, Europe/Latin America/West Coast USA, and someplace I can basically have a backpack and a passport and be good. Have you ever just taken off on your own? I once decided to move to an island, and so I did. I once decided to leave for six months without a care in the world, and so I did. Any travel stories that just have to be told? Am I just trying to run away again? I don’t think I am, I know I’ll come back, but temptation to just be gone for a little while, like napping with your eyes open, it’s too great.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. atlimbo permalink
    May 13, 2009 4:50 PM

    Short End Critique said…

    preaching to the choir! maybe try northern italy, since you speak italian (or enough) and since you already lived in rome for a while. i really enjoy milan. or go near the swiss border! call me i miss you!

  2. atlimbo permalink
    May 13, 2009 4:50 PM

    resident of limbo said…

    Yeah I didn’t get North very much (with the exception on one completely hilarious road trip), so I might check it out! As long as I don’t try to speak Roman in Naples – ever again – I should be good 🙂

    I’ll call soon! Things have been insane (thus the considering a huge expensive trip, lol!)

  3. August 12, 2009 2:16 AM

    Dublin & the rest of Ireland
    Baltimore (yeah, I said it)
    LA, if you know what you’re looking for
    Charleston, SC
    Downtown Chicago
    Nashville, if you like country and you know where to go
    Disneyworld, if it’s been a long time
    Boston in the summer or fall (but you know that)
    Anywhere that good friends will show you what’s good (e.g., Greenville, IL)

    Joy is everywhere.

    • atlimbo permalink
      August 12, 2009 3:10 PM

      I ended up doing Iolanthe instead! A wonderful trade if there had to be one, to be honest.

      Though some of these places are all ready checked off my list and I’m doing Chicago this winter!

  4. August 12, 2009 9:53 PM

    I’m glad you did Iolanthe, too.

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