Birthdays are for making resolutions (or are those just dreams?). Live each day to the fullest, be healthy, be happy. All the usual pap. I started making a list of some places I’ve never been, and also a few I’ve been to and want to go back.
Ever consider Paris? The train ride from where I live lasts just three hours. Ideal for the weekend. Let’s go!
Rome is on my list, but also Venice, all those canals. So romantic, I never tire of them. How do they hold the water back over there? What’s in that water anyway?
After France and Italy, I would be happy to go back and see old haunts and old friends in Chicago and California. What about some blues at the Kingston Mines? Is it even still there on North Halsted? OMG it is! … and Northern California, where my sister lives, Grass Valley, Nevada City, around there, it’s the best place I know to see shooting stars. Just lie down on the porch and watch the sky for about two minutes, and you’ll start seeing them. Satellites too.
Brazil has always been one of my dream destinations, after seeing the movie “Bye Bye Brazil.” Sao Paulo … Salvador … Rio … the Amazon … I wouldn’t know where to start. Maybe some Portuguese lessons would be advisable. I love the sound of that language, and don’t start me on the music …
Every once in a while I ask myself, when are you going to see Asia again? the only countries I’ve visited in Asia are India and Japan, both wonderful places. Hiking over a volcano in the rain for eight hours, then soaking in the outdoor hot tub that evening in the country inn with a light rain falling on my face … unforgettable. Thanks Nat for taking me on that adventure.
Returning to Turkey is high on my list. How can it be that I’ve been to Turkey four times and still not left Istanbul? (with the exception of a short trip up the Bosphorus to the Black Sea last fall) There is more to see there. Why have I spent 7 years learning the language if I don’t explore the rest of the country? Answer: slow learner. In ALL things.
Even if I don’t make it to all those places in the next 12 months, before my next birthday, I know I will visit some of them. It’s just a question of making up your mind, right?
For now, I’ll just keep working on my latest manuscript, going tomorrow to my wonderful beta readers. Stay tuned. This summer the new Annie Ogden mystery is coming. See you soon!
A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.
When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.