Outside of work and a lot of those other very important personal things which have been keeping me busy, I've taken some time to think about the things in my life which I don't want to take for granted. This all comes about due to my grandmother recently passing away.
[From various visits to Germany.]
My grandmother was always and will remain always very special to me, and although her memory was fading as she grew older, the last time I spoke with her she suggested clearly that I should do whatever I could to enjoy life. One thing I'd like to focus on is how I'd love to see as much of the world as possible, and there are so many wonderful places just within reach in Europe.
[From various visits back to San Francisco.]
My grandmother saw a lot of the world when she was younger. While I was growing up, I'd visit often with her on the weekends, and she would share with me the stories from her many photo scrapbooks, which she had carefully put together over the years. She'd tell me all about where she had lived and visited, and with family spread throughout the entire United States, she traveled often to see them. Above all, my grandpa needed to travel for his occupation as well, so she and he lived and brought up their children abroad in foreign lands for a majority of the 1950s and 1960s, until finally they all settled down in California in the late 1960s. Therefore she could understood my travel bug. My need and love to live and travel abroad.
[From various visits to the Los Angeles-area.]
Of course it is not always affordable to travel about as much as I wish to, but I ought to be finding ways so that I can do it more. Even if it means hopping on a train and traveling 2-3 hours away, which I did recently to Köln [Cologne] in Germany.
[From my recent trip to Ireland.]
I wanted to share about some of those locations briefly here today in photos, as a special tribute to my grandmother. Within America, I've been to many states, but it would take me a long time to cover about them all. So far, I've yet to visit Alaska or Hawaii, and I'd love to visit more of the northeast and south, as well as into the provinces of Canada such as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Of those states where I've been, a few of my most favorite are New York, Arizona and Louisiana.
[From a trip in 2007 to Grand Canyon West in Arizona.]
In Europe, I have also seen many airport terminals, but I can't yet count those as places where I've been. I would love soon to see so much more, to step outside of those terminals and train stations.
All photo collages in this blog entry were designed in memory of my grandmother.
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