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img_1683Today, January 8th, exactly one year ago Jessi and I left for our wild and fun adventure in Egypt.  I have to say that I know for me, and probably for Jessi too, we never expected a two week trip to change our lives quite  so much.  Not only did Jessi and I become much better friends we also made three new, awesome friends.  Personally I never expected to meet anyone I wanted to be friends with there let alone maintain that friendship once we were State side.   But isn’t that what traveling is all about?  Opening yourself up to change, meeting new people and having new experiences.  

I also know for me that I never expected to return with a new energy toward life and a want to change it.  Since the trip, well we for one started this blog.  Jessi deciced she’d had enough of LA and moved back ton184903387_31715638_3573 Minneapolis.  I quit my job, got laid off and finally left the TV network which had made me miserable for 5 years.  We both started looking at completely new career choices.  I opened myself up to making many great and wonderful friends as well as traveling more and rediscovering the wonderful world of the Indie music scene. Plus we both had some interesting personal events which we’re both keeping to ourselves.

n1280970224_30092667_93851But to be honest if it hadn’t been for our  new friends and they know who they are I probably wouldn’t have decided to make all these changes.  I love that.  Most of it wasn’t easy but I’m very happy with the direction of my life now. Let’s see what 2009 brings for Jessi and for me!  This post is dedicated to our trip to Egypt and the three women who changed our lives.

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Another great magazine my dad has subscribed for me is “Smithsonian” and naturally is published by the Smithsonian Institute.  To be honest, I get it every month and most of the time do not get to reading the entire thing. i.e The issue on Egypt I saved to read before my trip…well I’ve been back for 9 months and it’s still sitting there.  In a recent purge I found the January, 2008 issue which lists 28 places you should see before you die.  I found the list interesting and the fact that each place was written about by a person who had been there.  Enjoy the list!

 

1.  Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

2.  Pompeii,  near modern Naples and Caserta in the Italian region of Campania

3.  Tikal, Guatemala

4.  Petra, Western Jordan

5.  Pyramids of Giza, Egypt – Hey I’ve been there

Me petting the Sphinx

Me petting the Sphinx

6.  Taj Mahal, Agra, India

7.  Easter Island, Chile – southeastern Pacific Ocean

8.  The Great Wall, China

9.  Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – Alaska, the Yukon or anywhere else above about 60 degrees latitude.                   -AKA: Another reason to go to Canada

10.  Serengeti – Span across Northern Tanzania then west toward Lake Victoria, east to the Ngorongoro                                highlands and North into Kenya.

11.  Iguazu Falls – are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of Brazilian state of Paraná and   the Argentine province ofMisiones.     

12.  Machu Picchu – Urubamba Valley, Peru

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

13.  The Louvre – Paris, France

14.  Zen Garden of Kyoto – Temple of the Peaceful Dragon, Kyoto, Japan

15.  Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy

16. Fallingwater – Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania – www.fallingwater.org

17.  Yangtze River – China

18.  Antarctica

19.  Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania, East Africa

20.  Grand Canyon – Nevada

21.  Pagan, Myanmar (formally Burma)

22.  Parthenon – Athens, Greece

23.  Angkor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple

24.  Ephesus, Turkey

25.  Venice, Italy

26.  Amazon Rain Forest – South America

27.  Great Barrier Reef – Australia’s northeast coast

28.  Galapagos Islands – West of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean

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