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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Reasons to travel
Shi has highlighted this weekend’s travel section of New York Times on his blog. A series of interesting articles about countries famous writers have visited and past or present urges to travel and the books that stimulate them.

I travel because I love it. I’ve always wanted to see new countries and meet new people. My passion for such adventures has been triggered by everything: magazines, books, movies, photographs, everything showing a new place of the world. I haven’t been to that many countries yet; my short list includes Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Italy (Rome and surrounding areas only) and Turkey (Istanbul only). But I still have plenty of time.

Which countries have you visited? Do you like traveling? And why exactly do you want to travel?
posted by Alina @ 2:35 PM  
8 Comments:
  • At 5/16/2006 10:58 PM, Blogger Ali la Loca said…

    What an exciting prompt!

    I travel because I love to reinvent myself. I like to go on short-term tourist trips, but my real passion is to live in other countries for extended periods of time. I like to drink in my surroundings, appreciate all the cultural nuances that only time can show you about a place. I travel to meet wanderers such as myself. I travel because I like a challenge. I travel because I feel like a more complete person the more I see and experience. I travel to find myself.

    Here is my list so far...

    Lived:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Austin, Texas
    Maringá, Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Storo, Italy
    Peci, Italy
    Chimoio, Mozambique
    Maputo, Mozambique

    Visited:
    Zimbabwe
    South Africa
    Mozambique
    Mexico
    Venezuela
    Brazil
    Paraguay
    Argentina
    Cuba
    Bahamas
    Tahiti
    Hawaii
    Switzerland
    Germany
    Austria
    Netherlands
    Italy
    Slovenia
    Croatia
    Greece
    and, of course, the US

    And I'm just getting started!

     
  • At 5/16/2006 11:08 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    OK Ali, you have all my envy :D Kidding, but I intend to sometime match your list :)

     
  • At 5/17/2006 1:39 AM, Blogger Safiya said…

    You big show-off, Ali! I am not at all jealous of you, no, not even slightly. ;-)

    If it makes you feel any better, I have been to even less places then you Alina.

     
  • At 5/17/2006 8:08 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Nevermind, Safiya, we will catch up with her! All we need to do is want it :D

     
  • At 5/17/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Well I love to travel cause I like being to new places and feel that I have never been here or done that before, I would love very much to be in Spain, Italy, and France.
    I never been abroad but I sure would like to wish me luck..
    Girls we seriously need to travel..

     
  • At 5/17/2006 10:34 AM, Blogger Ali la Loca said…

    Hehehehehe!

    Yes, I am blessed for having the opportunity to see so many parts of this world. It is truly a passion of mine.

    But there is a downside to living abroad and traveling so much: you lose your sense of "home". I am still searching for home, trying to understand what it is for me. Sometimes I am very envious of people that have lived their entire lives in the same place.

    Their home is clear, full of family and old friends. I haven't stayed in the same place for more than 1.5 years since I was 15!

    Tradeoffs, just like everything else in life...

     
  • At 5/17/2006 12:19 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Sarah, you are right, we seriously need to!

    Ali, each step we make usualy implies a tradeoff...And defining home by other parameters can be a hard thing to achieve. I lived in about 8 different places in the past 5 years. Same city, true, but still, I understand your feeling of not belonging to one place! Yet it makes you tresure people more, those that are close to you at a time make your home.

     
  • At 5/17/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Shirazi said…

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