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10/18/08 3:49 P

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Welcome back--to both of you!! Come on in and get restarted. emoticon

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I too have been MIA but have been checking in once in awhile. I am still working on hitting the 10 pound mark. I am like a yoyo.
I was born in Montgomery, Minnesota, then moved at 14 to Erie, Pennsylvania, then at 18 to Rowland Heights, California. Then after I met my DH we checked out Washington state(where we moved back to, Whidbey Island), Memphis Tennessee and Pensacola Florida. We are content to stay put for awhile. My hubby is retired military.


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Hi Folks, I have been MIA so here is the introduction to share a little about me.

I was born and raised in Central Connecticut. I am the oldest of 4 in a large Italian Family. I have traveled lots, to Mass to visit my mothers parents when they were alive when I was young. I have been to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Penn, Maryland, DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Lousianna, Texas, Canada. My son played ice hockey so we travelled thought new england on many weekends. We cruise every year and I have been to the carribean ten different times, Barbados, St Maartin, St Thomas, St Kitts, St Lucia, St John, Puerta Rico, Bermuda, Antigua, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Martinigue, Virgin Gorda, Aruba, Curacao & Riveria Maya-Mexico. As you can see I love to travel where it is warm. I just love to cruise and it is the best vacation ever. I am looking forward to traveling to Europe to Italy and Greece in the future. I want to get to Hawaii too. I love to learn about other cultures and when I cruise I unpack once and they do the driving!!!!

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I was born and raised in Ont. Canada but moved to the U.S. and lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nebraska and New Jersey. I'm back in Canada again. I've travelled to Greece, Portugal, Italy, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Christmas Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea

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I was born in PEI Canada, but now live in Ontario Canada because my hubby is in the air force and they move us around a lot. When I was 18 I moved away from home to New Brunswick Canada, and thats where we met. No kids yet, but someday! I've been to Australia, dominican republic, the entire east coast of the states, and many other states in the middle and west. i've been to every province of canada except BC and Manitoba. I want to go to Russia!

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5/22/08 12:02 A

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Hi Bev!

Wow, I just realized that I forgot to mention Germany, which is where I was stationed for three years and from which I visited the other European countries!

I only visited Austria once or twice. We took a trip to Salzburg and toured the salt mines. The areas we traveled through on the way were beautiful. As for foods, my favorite was Jaegerschnitzel...mit pommes frites bitte!

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Hey Mike,

What experiences did you have in Austria? My father
told our family he was from England but it may be possible that he was Polish but from Austria area.
Any foods in particular that you remember?

Bonny Bev. emoticon

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Hi all!

I was born and raised in south central Michigan and visited/traveled through Canada once or twice, but did a fair amount of traveling when I joined the Air Force. I have been to or through 35-40 of the 48 contiguous states (missing several in the west and north central US) and have been to DC. I also spent three years in Germany during which I took trips to Austria and Switzerland. I also flew through London a couple of times but didn't leave Heathrow.

After settling back down in Michigan following my Air Force career I joined the Army National Guard, which took me to Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. Not much sight-seeing there either!

Mike

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Good morning all.

There is one thing about travel. It helps broaden your horizons. You can see new things, learn about other people and cultures. In 1975, the wife and I went to Brazil. Parts of the trip into the interior reminded me of the American west. Not that there were cowboys with guns, but the way the people lived and the towns as you drove through them.

Anyway, so much for that. Now go and enjoy your day.

Larry


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Hi Guys,

I was born in Saskatchewan Canada but we moved when I was less than a year old, to Trenton Ontario Canada then off to North Bay Ontario until I was 7 when we settled in Kingston Ontario ( my dad retired from the military so we could stop all the moving! )

I stayed in Kingston until I was 19 when I moved to Montreal for University. In my first year I met 2 amazing people that prompted me to hop on a plane for the first time to go visit them! Bethany from South Carolina and Swann from Marseille France. I went to see Bethany at the end of 1st year ( 2003 ) and then to see Swann at the end of 2nd ( 2004 ) while in France I saw Paris, Marseille, Aix en Provence, San Tropez, Cannes, and Cassis ( stayed for 3 weeks ) and in SC we saw Charleston, Columbia, St. Georges and Walterboro along with Folly and Edisto Beaches. I definetely plan to go back to both places with my husband who has never really traveled.

Other than that I have had many small trips to nearby places, Ottawa, Toronto, Syracuse & Watertown NY, and a day trip to Boston. It was beautiful and I would definetly like to go back to the New England area its so close by and very lovely.

Hubby and I have yet to make it on our honeymoon but hope to go either to Europe or down south in the next year or so.

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Count me in too! I'll bring a nice bottle of Cabernet

This thread prompted me to get my butt into gear for the Egypt trip, I've talked to my travelling buddies and it's decided for October, so next week going to look for flights. My husband left today for Brunei and Thailand, not sure if he's going to like it out there...

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Good afternoon. I am always ready to travel, as long as someone else pays. just like Whimpy of Popeye fame. So be it. Enjoy, Larry

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As long as someone gets the wine, I'm ok!! emoticon

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Hey Deb,

My bags are packed, let go!

Oh...you'll have to put the good food in your backpack.
Mine's already full of junk food!

Bonny Bev. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Ti, I think I'm gonna be jealous for days! And Neil, I--along with half the world--would love to go to New Zealand! (Which I can;t spell, it seems...)

When I was a kid, and anyone asked me where I was from, I always said "the Navy". My dad was in the service. My earliest memories are from the Philippine Islands, and I think that time is why I think Christmas should happen at the beach!

I've been around most of the US, though not the far northeast, and just made jaunts into Canada--I'd like to do more there. Spent several summers in Japan--what a cool place, even the trees look Japanese!

Loved England and Scotland--wonderful memories, and I want to go back for more. I went to Spain to visit my daughter when she was in college there--my goodness, I loved it. Especially Granada. I really want to go back there, too.

Yet mostly, when we go somewhere, we always end up going back to Mexico! We love to go down south of Cancun, near Tulum. I just love the whole blue sky/white sand/clear water/get grubby thing.

Loved the Virgin Islands too, and the Bahamas, but we just got hooked on Mexico. (I actively didn't like Hawaii, but my DH says we need to give it another try...)

Yet we've never been to the Florida Keys, so that may be next! We can use "miles" for that, easy!!

But you know, we also had fun just going down to a tree house on the river an hour away from here! The world is full of wonderful places!!

Thanks for the great thread, Bev!!


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What travel videos. We were lucky to take still photos if we took any at all. Larry

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Hi Larry,

I would say the next best thing would be to get some
travel video's from the library or travel magazines to enjoy. Or you might want to run some of your
own travel videos and relive the joy and fun.

Bonny Bev.

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Good afternoon all. I sounds like those who stop by here like to travel. Well, guess what, so do I. Because my wife is bedridden these days, travel is out of the question. But I have been in at least 30 of the United States and the District of Columbia, 6 foreign countries. There is more I would like to see, but time and money are in short supply at the moment. So enjoy your day. Larry

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Yeah the castle's not much to look at, but it was a job. We contantly had German and English people complaining about the size of the "castle"

We had on brit taking photos inside and the owner caught him and said "you can't take photos inside the castle". He turned around and replied "I won't, but this is just the groundskeepers cottage isn't it?"

LOL cheeky bugger

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the penguin colony was cool, standing under the bridge and hearing their lil feet walk over emoticon I have a running gag with my husband from our time in Dunedin, every time I see a big seagull I yell out "albatross! take a picture!" he was obsessed with them when we were over, somehow he doesn't think it's funny anymore, 5 years later.

Larnach "castle" isn't much of a "castle"... emoticon

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LOL

My father works at the penguin colony and I used to work at Larnach Castle (near the penguins).

It wasn't too bad this summer though, had average temperatures of about 25 celcius. Unfortunately we're getting winter at the other end. Already had our first snow for the year, and with my father in law from Fiji currently staying with us he's really feeling the cold.

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G'day, I was born, raised and currently living in Sydney, Australia. I lived in Vigo, Spain for about 8 years before coming back to Sydney 10 years ago. My parents still live in Spain so I make that trip as often as possible.

I'm addicted to travelling and I've always got another trip I'm planning. The next trip, hopefully around Nov 08 is to Egypt for a week, then maybe the US and Canada mid next year for 6 weeks, and then South America the year after for carnaval.

So far my travels have taken me around some of western Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, England) part of Eastern Europe (Poland, Slovakia), the US (3 week trip - too short NY, Chicago, Quincy IL, Seattle, LA) Canada (only Vancouver), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and a fair chunk of Australia.

Hey Neil, we're almost neighbours! I loved Dunedin, but damn it's cold! I guess that's why the penguins like it there

Ti

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Hi I'm Neil, 29 from Dunedin, New Zealand. I've lived in Dunedin for 10 years and before that I was in Palmerston, a small town just north of Dunedin. I have travelled extensively round New Zealand (I feel you should get to know your own country extensively before getting to know others) I have been to Australia a few times and to Fiji where my wife is from.

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I am 18 years old and have lived in Norway all my life, except from September 2006 to June 2007 when I was an exchange student in Michigan. Now I live with my parents, who are 51 & 52, and my brother who is 15. I graduate high school in one month and will move out this year or next year, it depends if I take a year off (and go to Africa to volunteer for three months) or straight to university.

I have been to Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Spain, Lanzarote, Egypt, USA and Canada.

Of the US states: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennesee, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi. (Oh and Washington D.C.)

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I live in Green Bay, WI. I was born here moved to Minneapolis for 10 years came back here and got divorced. I have been back for 13 years. I have been remarried for 8 years next week. We have placement of all of our children. I have 2 DD 16 & 13 & a DS 12. My SS is 12 also. The boys get along like real brothers. My husband & I have been together since the boys were 2 years old.

When I was 12 I became a lifetime member at Weight Watchers. When I was 36 I hit my goal again. Since then I have gained 120 lbs. I am down 15. I have a long way to go but really want to do this with out beating myself up and make this a permanent loss!

Good luck to all & wonderful meeting you all!

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I was born in Boston, MA and lived in that area for 46 years. I have 3 sons ages 25-22-21 who still live in the Boston area. I was divorced a few years ago then my boyfriend and I moved to SC and remarried 2.5 years ago. We then put everything that would fit in his SUV and drove to IL without a job or home. We lived in a hotel for 3 weeks and he started working the day after we got here (union boy)! We first lived in Wheaton now in Carol Stream, IL! In the next few years I would like to move to Seattle for a few years, then buy a house in New England before my boys have grandchildren I can spoil.

I've been to 33 of the 50 states, Bermuda twice Canada, and Dominican Republic!

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I Love Meeting New People and Making New Friends!
Here is something about me and I would love to get to know you all better.

I live in Macomb Twp, Michigan. Mother of a 30 yr old son who is a Producer/Editor in Ann Arbor, Mi and a 26 yr old son still lives at home. He has an Assoc Degree in Web Design and looking for a job.
Hubby and I are 60 yrs young. I love to travel and he does not. I have a cousin that lives in Phoenix, Az and I've been to Bermuda, Florida and Nashville, Tenn. where I bought a very special guitar.

The secret to a great thread is when it's made from the heart! The secret to a great song is when it's sung from the heart!

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