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When I was living in Norway I saw some really amazing things.  It’s a gorgeous country and because I knew I was only there for a little while I really pushed myself to get out and see everything, be it distant locations or just to a part of the city I’d never seen.  When I would talk to many of my Norwegian friends about where I was going I was always surprised that they had never been to many of the famous landmarks and fjords I was visiting, despite the fact that they hardly had to go further than their own backyard.  I realized though, that there were many places near my own home that I had never been.  Places I have no excuse for not visiting.  I resolved that I would treat wherever I was living as a tourist would, so that I would get out and see the wonders around me instead of putting it off till later.

I wish I could say that I have been a success at this, but I haven’t.  It’s not as easy to do as it sounds, the mountains and coast are close but it’s still hard to keep up the momentum in a place you are so settled into.  I’m going to try to challenge myself to live a bit more like a tourist and take in the cool things that are closer to home, and I want to challenge everyone else to do this too.

My start came this weekend.  I took a trip to Florence (the one on the coast of Oregon, not the one in Italy) to go camping.  I had a lot of fun wandering around on a rainy beach and watching some very brave/foolhardy surfers.  Check out the pictures:

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I was looking through a travel photography book the other day at a used bookstore and I found a great quote by Maya Angelou that says exactly what I tried to say recently in my first post.  It’s typical of me to find a quote that says perfectly what I wanted to say several days after I spent quite a bit of time struggling to express the idea on my own.  I’ve always believed that the mark of a truly great writer is the ability to say something big with very few words.  I used 697 words trying to express this idea and I was never as satisfied with my result, and Maya says it infinitely better with a mere 35 words:

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

-Maya Angelou (American Poet, b.1928)

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