14 February 2008

Get Thee to a World Heritage Site

I was chatting with my boss yesterday. We were discussing the economic stimulus package and our plans for the money we'd be receiving (assuming we actually send our money back into the market like good patriots and don't horde it in the bank or something). I said that I would be happy to put my money toward the MBC World Travel Fund. And then my boss said, right out loud without even considering that it would make me cry and that I'd feel obliged to start praying for her immortal soul, that she has NO desire to travel. Wha? What? How is this possible? I wake up every morning and have a little talk with myself about how it's not yet time to quit my job and spend a year in Europe. If Gollum and I were ever to hang out, he would crouch in one corner crooning to the Ring of Power and I would crouch in another corner whispering sweet nothings to my world atlas. Doesn't everyone want to see all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites before they die? And if they don't, what's wrong with them?! Don't they know that everywhere else in the world has better bread than we do?

By the way, this is a Valentine's Day post, because visiting the Bedouin marriage fair in Morocco is on my short list for travel destinations. That's romantic, yeah? So, Happy Valentine's Day. Go kiss someone who likes to travel.

8 comments:

emily said...

I think I'm going to start traveling vicariously through you.

Can I give you a list of places I'd like to go and you can be my official representative? You don't have to buy me souvenirs or anything (but you can if you want).

emily said...

Just me again.
In case you don't make it to Morocco today . . .
All Songs Considered on npr.org has a great collection of songs appropriate for February 14. Whether you're bitter, blissful, or completely indifferent to all things Valentinesy, the music provides a good soundtrack for the day.

http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=37&agg=1

Yankee Girl said...

I cannot even fathom the though of someone not wanting to travel. That is like not wanting to breath or eat! I didn't know about the UNESCO World Heritage sites so now I have a new list to follow as I travel--very pleased that I have already visted several of them!

MBC said...

Emily--Yes, please, give me your list and I will be happy to travel for you. And thanks for the All Songs Considered suggestion. I'm listening to it right now.

Yankee Girl--I know, right?

Kirsten said...

MBC, I would just like to point out how many of those sites are actually in the UK or on the European continent. Something to consider doing together perhaps in the next year or so? ;)

Nemesis said...

Wait, what is wrong with your boss?

chou said...

You know, there's a boyfriend in my past who got broken up with partly because he thought traveling entailed sitting at home watching a National Geographic special. I think you might remember him . . . (think early freshman year)

MBC said...

Kirsten--AB.SO.LUTELY.

Nemesis--I was so shocked. I mean, she's a librarian and my BBC miniseries supplier. I never suspected she had a dark side.

Chou--It took me a minute, but, yes, I remember. It made a good trade.

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