And we are a rather privileged bunch right here, on the whole, although not odious sorts at all. Travel-wise, at least, I mean, many of us, like myself, having already booked, or in the early stages of planning, upcoming trips to a number of different spots -- Germany, Budapest, Prague, Belgium, Normandy. I wonder if this might be a peak age or stage for travel -- the resources are finally available, for some of us (budget, freedom from work and childcare), and we realise that fitness and the company of our favourite traveling partners don't come with a lifetime guarantee. . . We're making travel hay, so to speak, while the sun shines.
Dottoressa (whom many of you justifiably hope I might be going to meet -- and want to come along for the trip if that's my destination) reminds us of the tension between our privilege and the plight of many who are unable to travel (or who do so involuntarily, under difficult circumstances) because of personal responsibilities, because of physical limitations, or because of political constraints or, even, because of cataclysmic events. But although she's had years when travel possibilities were very limited, she's managed a long life list of places visited, quite inspiring. (I'm also inspired by the three sections of Eleonore's Travel Notebook, which I suspect is virtual/imaginary, but which makes a splendid model for categorising itineraries.)
As always, in reading through the comments, I'm delighted to see smaller conversations being struck amidst the larger one, tentative cyber-bonds being formed, travelling companions pairing up, if only for imaginary journeys. I'd love to see the conversation continue, either in the comments of this post or back on Sunday's. I almost closed this post off (I have to wake someone up soon, or she'll be late for school) without drawing attention to Leslie in Oregon's comment about traveling through books and conversation -- I suspect many of us do this. What else have I forgotten to highlight in those comments?
I think I should also mention the many different social approaches to travel: some of you travel on your own, some with husbands, but others travel with friends or sisters or even join groups in hopes of sharing a trip with like-minded adventurers.
Finally (I really need to open her door now, begin making some sounds, turn on a light or two), I should answer Leslie in Oregon's question, so that your guesses between now and Friday's reveal can be better informed. I hadn't known the difference between a Direct Flight and a Non-Stop one, but our flight to a European City from the city of our departure (and that's not hard to guess at, is it?) is non-stop.
Okay, time to run. Today's a bit goofy -- after we drop Granddaughter at school, we have an hour with our new personal trainer, and then we zip out to our French lesson, a half-hour drive away. It's too busy a morning for me, and the schedule will be more manageable next week, but let's just say Nana's planning a big nap this afternoon. Meanwhile, though, at least I've caught up with our travel conversation. . . now it's over to you to keep it going. Have a good day!