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Mbcoudal's Traveler Profile

I have traveled to 4 countries, posted 10 pictures and written 6 entries in 7 travel blogs
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Member Since
Oct 20, 2009

About Mbcoudal

Favourite music
U2, Dixie Chicks, Dave Mathews
Favourite movie
Room at the Top
nearly fluent in French, can understand be understood - a bit - in Spanish
Interests and hobbies
reading, writing, theater, photography
Favourite book
"Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann
My friends describe me as
funny, smart, curious
I have never been on a trip where I didn't feel an irresistible urge to plan another trip. Travel begets travel. Travel makes me happy. I see the world anew. The place or the thing that I expect will excite me most on a trip is never the thing that leaves the biggest impression. Travel is a reminder that I don't have to plan every meaningful experience in life. I just have to let experiences unfold. I love traveling to places where I do not speak the language - although I will always consult a small phrase book to learn Please, Thank You, and Hello.   I am a word person, so not speaking a language makes me feel ignorant. It's hard for me to be ignorant, but it's good for me. It's a good life lesson. I like having what they call in Zen Buddhism, a Beginner's Mind. I remember being at a big dinner party with my cousin and her friends in Ravenna, Italy. For all the Italians knew, I was just a big, dumb American. They didn't know I was clever with a pun or a real wordsmith. I just smiled and nodded at everything they said.

Everywhere I go, I do try to share with a stranger a big smile and some eye contact - as if to say, "I like you." And, travel, I like you. Gratzi. Prego. Bon Giorno.

Recent Entries by Mbcoudal

  • Round the World in a Day - Feb 27, 2010

    At the New York Times travel show at the Jacob Javits Center, we went to Indonesia -- the woman at the booth was super nice. She gave the girls several magnets of a rice field. We met Susan Orle...

  • This town is so durn cute. Because I live in New York City, I love small towns and for a vacation, I much prefer a small town to a big city. Hoover Dam is located in Boulder City, Nevada which ...

  • This time the book we picked was "A Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth, and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma." It told us about the local flavor and play of money in the wine biz. Tho...

Travel Blogs by Mbcoudal

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