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Now I Can Visit the South of France. by tucsonmike on 13 January 2007 6:45am
 
I just got a shock. My youngest sisters best friend lives here in Tucson. Lizzie called me to inform me her parents are buying an 18th Century House 80 miles North of the Pyranees and are leaving Brooklyn for good in September.

So shucks, I can visit France and have a place to stay LOL!
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by kazzzz on 13 January 2007 8:41am
 

merde!
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by Louise on 13 January 2007 9:02am
 
Good Lord - the Americans have found out how to get a passport! (Sorry too-sun Mike, just a joke).
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by kazzzz on 13 January 2007 9:04am
 
yeah lou, fancy letting them out!!!!!LOL!!!
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by foreignrabbit on 13 January 2007 9:08am
 
you lucky bastard. what with all of mexico to explore you're looking at a lot choice.
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by Louise on 13 January 2007 10:00am
 
Kazzzz & Rabbit - I spent 3 months in the USA when I was a teenager (have family married over there now). One should not generalise, I appreciate that. Just wish more Americans took a broader look at the world!
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by fairygirl48 on 14 January 2007 4:31am
 
Louise, I wish more Americans would take a broader look at the world too...and I am one! Too many people over here these days are getting too caught up in their own lives to consider experiencing what it's like for others. Sad, really.
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by tucsonmike on 14 January 2007 6:33am
 
Don't worry Louise I laughed. It gets me about Americans and their lack of travel.
Travel does broaden you. Look @ our President!

Yes, I have all of Mexico at my doorstep plus I can practice my Spanish.
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by kazzzz on 14 January 2007 7:40am
 
I can relate to that Louise, a lot of Australians think that Australia is the only worthwhile place in the world and ridicule others who want to travel and broaden their outlook. How sad and narrow minded. And of course you get the "Bail" crew who go there and get drunk with a lot of other Australians and treat the Balinese like servants. This is their idea of travelling abroad and experiencing other cultures. Pathetic.
 
Re: Now I Can Visit the South of France. by peripatetically on 14 January 2007 2:18pm
 
I have to defend Americans to a certain extent for not traveling as much as other cultures. Let's face it, it has been studied and proven that Americans, on the whole, work harder, put in more time, but have less time and money for travel or themselves. We've mentioned in a thread or two, in past years, how other countries get much more time off for meals during thier work day and have more vacation and sick time in return. And we are less compensated for our work. When I travel anywhere, I often hear , "Oh, only two weeks here? You will hardly have a chance to see much!", Or something of that nature. Many Americans are lucky if they get away long enough to unwind from the daily stress for a weekend getaway. True, some could travel more but don't and othrs, the minority, of them are lucky enough to get away for longer and more often. And still others prefer to travel here in their own country. The USA is huge and the differences in each region are sometimes vast. I have always been asked if I've seen "this or that" here in the USA and when I say "No", I am questioned about why I haven't seen my own country first as it has a tremendous amount to offer. So it's a double edge sword no matter what you do.

I do agree, though--- travel is a great teacher of tolerance, lifestyles, etc. and llfts the spirits. But it's not as easy here to pick up and travel as one thinks. I, for one, am amazed at how other peoples travel so much and so far and for so long. Their country boundaries are closer and the countries are smaller, so going to different cultures is easier and quicker. That's just one reason it's possible for them. We need to catch planes and spend half our time in flight.

Many Americans would LOVE to have more opportunities to travel. Give them the time and money--- they'd be right there, first in line!
 
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