Every journey begins with…

I was born to travel. My parents wasted no time hitting the road with me in tow – a July baby, I had a trip to Montreal under my belt by the end of that September. And I haven’t stopped wandering since. I want to see everything I possibly can…

However, I am also an average girl – family obligations, not a lot of money in the bank, and certainly not enough vacation time.

But everyday obstacles can’t stop me from thinking about seeing the world. Daydreams are free. And reading is pretty affordable too.

So with that in mind, I’ll begin this journey: Read a book from (or about) every country in the world. And to make it that much more interesting, and social, I’ll cook a meal to go along with the locale.

Some basics:

I’m using The Travel Book by Lonely Planet as the starting point. I’ve got the 2004 edition on my shelf, so that’s that – but since this will take a long time, I’ll add or subtract countries as the need arises. It’s a fluid world we live in. Things change.
I was going to work through the list alphabetically, but that felt really confining.

And some countries are just too far down the road. Seriously – poor Zimbabwe; why do they always have to be last? So, I got a cute little tin, made tags for each country, and will pick my next destination by luck of the draw.

For the cooking part : I’m just going to wing it. It’ll be fun to research, and suggestions and recipes are always welcome.

That’s about it.

I intend to travel lightly and without too many expectations.
I want to be open to what I find when I get there.

It’s a big world. The least I can do is read about it.
(Image by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Applied Physics Laboratory via Wikimedia Commons)
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2 thoughts on “Every journey begins with…

  1. Inger May 3, 2011 / 6:14 pm

    I’ll enjoy following you on this journey and most importantly perhaps, reap enjoyment from some of your cooking adventures 😉

  2. Andrea May 3, 2011 / 10:52 pm

    So awesome! I wish you good luck on your journeys and thanks for sharing!

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