Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

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Re: Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

Unread postby Buster » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:04 pm

What I still want to do is get in the car and end up in California, not planned just sit of the pants go.

I actually did this - got in my old Volvo, asked my daughter. "Left or right?" and left our driveway in Vermont. We cruised the back roads to New Mexico, meandered to California, where it was too hot, so we looped around through the Rockies, back down to the Delta Blues region, up the east coast through North Carolina's Outer Banks and home again. No plans, just seeing what was there, eating locally and sleeping in the car or on the ground. Sweet trip.
(We listened to Sweeney Todd roughly a million times - great cruising music...)

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Unread postby fansmom » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:08 pm

fireflydances wrote:He has found a parking garage with cars parked on the roof. I remember having to explain what it was, and how the cars got up there. NOTHING else was this fascinating to him. Like you say, we don't see well until we see also from another's eyes. :angel:

And Nebraska. Wow! You capture that beautifully. I see that soybean field and the purpley thistles bursting with white seeds. Here we sit in winter and you've brought back the end of summer again.
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Nebraska, that was indeed a lovely description, but I'm not quite ready to trade Morocco for a visit to your state. ;-)

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Unread postby fansmom » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:11 pm

Buster wrote:
What I still want to do is get in the car and end up in California, not planned just sit of the pants go.

I actually did this - got in my old Volvo, asked my daughter. "Left or right?" and left our driveway in Vermont. We cruised the back roads to New Mexico, meandered to California, where it was too hot, so we looped around through the Rockies, back down to the Delta Blues region, up the east coast through North Carolina's Outer Banks and home again. No plans, just seeing what was there, eating locally and sleeping in the car or on the ground. Sweet trip.
(We listened to Sweeney Todd roughly a million times - great cruising music...)
It's a good thing you went west from Vermont. Going east you'd only go for about a day before you'd need a boat, right?

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Re: Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

Unread postby Liz » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:40 pm

fireflydances wrote:
DITHOT wrote: Sounds like we need to fire up the ONBCmobile for a trip to Africa!

Oooh I could second that!! Some wonderful book that would plunge us into Africa: east, west, north or south -- anywhere but the feel of the place would have to be central. Oh, just the thought! Is there anything that would fit I wonder? I mean is the rule that the books need to be ones that JD's expressed interest in?

And I know what you mean about seeing a place the first time when you show someone around who's never been there before. Many years ago there was a fellow who stayed with us with we lived in Brooklyn NYC. He was from Chad in West Africa, never seen a big city before. So of course I was thrilled to escort him around. One day I took him to the World Trade, which always used to remind me of Oz, but in any case we were up on the observation deck and we were looking out at the vast horizon and he gets very excited. What, what? I ask. There, there!! I look. He has found a parking garage with cars parked on the roof. I remember having to explain what it was, and how the cars got up there. NOTHING else was this fascinating to him. Like you say, we don't see well until we see also from another's eyes. :angel:

And Nebraska. Wow! You capture that beautifully. I see that soybean field and the purpley thistles bursting with white seeds. Here we sit in winter and you've brought back the end of summer again.

I thought that too. I could so see your neck of the woods while reading your description, nebraska.

Firefly, I know what you mean about looking at your own surroundings through someone else's eyes. It is good for us to get that feedback sometimes so that we appreciate where we live more.

On the road trip....I have always wanted to travel through all 50 states by road. I thought that would be the coolest. Unfortunately, it takes a heck of a lot of time; and for another, I can't get anybody in my family interested in the idea. :-/
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

Unread postby Theresa » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:46 pm

Wow, everyone's experiences sound so wonderful!

I've been one place I really wanted to go...when I was 24, a friend and I flew to Mexico City and spent a week exploring the city. We went to museums and markets, the Ballet Folklorico and all the restaurants listed in the guidebook. It was a lot of fun.

One place I really want to go before I die isn't in another country but it's a long way from Texas! I want to go see the giant sequoias in northern California. I just want to sit on a bench and stare up at those giant trees. Not very exciting, but I just can't imagine anything as awe-inspiring as that.

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Re: Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

Unread postby fireflydances » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:02 am

Buster wrote: I actually did this - got in my old Volvo, asked my daughter. "Left or right?" and left our driveway in Vermont. We cruised the back roads to New Mexico, meandered to California, where it was too hot, so we looped around through the Rockies, back down to the Delta Blues region, up the east coast through North Carolina's Outer Banks and home again. No plans, just seeing what was there, eating locally and sleeping in the car or on the ground. Sweet trip. (We listened to Sweeney Todd roughly a million times - great cruising music...)


Oh my! This is definitely my trip. Yes, left or right :lol: I mean I am reading this and I am wondering again, could my car do it, could it? You did right. I am quite envious. And your choice in music, oh yeah. My younger one loves to sing to Sweeney Todd, the young boy parts. Many fond memories of the two of us singing as we drove through the corn or soybean.*


*Note to Nebraska: My corn field is not your corn field, trust me on that. We are talking hundreds of feet. Still tall corn is tall corn when it's a hot summer night and you got the music cranked up. :biggrin:
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Re: Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

Unread postby nebraska » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:57 am

fireflydances wrote:
Buster wrote: I actually did this - got in my old Volvo, asked my daughter. "Left or right?" and left our driveway in Vermont. We cruised the back roads to New Mexico, meandered to California, where it was too hot, so we looped around through the Rockies, back down to the Delta Blues region, up the east coast through North Carolina's Outer Banks and home again. No plans, just seeing what was there, eating locally and sleeping in the car or on the ground. Sweet trip. (We listened to Sweeney Todd roughly a million times - great cruising music...)


Oh my! This is definitely my trip. Yes, left or right :lol: I mean I am reading this and I am wondering again, could my car do it, could it? You did right. I am quite envious. And your choice in music, oh yeah. My younger one loves to sing to Sweeney Todd, the young boy parts. Many fond memories of the two of us singing as we drove through the corn or soybean.*


*Note to Nebraska: My corn field is not your corn field, trust me on that. We are talking hundreds of feet. Still tall corn is tall corn when it's a hot summer night and you got the music cranked up. :biggrin:


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Re: Babylon Nights Question #13 ~ Foreign Cultures

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:41 pm

theresa wrote:

One place I really want to go before I die isn't in another country but it's a long way from Texas! I want to go see the giant sequoias in northern California. I just want to sit on a bench and stare up at those giant trees. Not very exciting, but I just can't imagine anything as awe-inspiring as that
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Do it!! You will not be disappointed. I have been a few times and each time is as you say, awe inspiring! :-O
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