September 28, 2009

Writers Workshop

I finally get to Mama Kats Writers Workshop. I'm a bit late this week, but I really wanted to do this one.

1) If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

This is such a no brainer for me and I am so excited to write about it. I want to go to America. AGAIN. You see, I had one of the best times of my life, when I toured the USA 13 years ago. Besides the birth of my kids and my wedding day, this holiday is up there with the best.

I had always been fascinated with America. You see, here in Australia we see alot of movies and tv shows from there and I thought to myself "I wonder if America is really like this". Is there really a Melrose Place, does crime really happen in the suburbs? But that's not the only thing I was interested in. I wanted to see the cities, the towns, meet the people, see the big things and ride Route 66. I wanted it all.




I booked my trip 12 months in advance. And I was going alone. The Hubbster didn't want to go and I was not missing this opportunity as we were not yet married with kids. I saved, I worked two jobs, and studied the holiday brochures for a year. The time came and I nearly didn't go. The Hubbster drove me to the airport and I had a choice to turn around and go home again, or walk through the door alone on a big adventure, not knowing what was in store for me, and as an unseasoned traveller, I was terrified. The bravado I had showed when I booked the trip was no where to be seen.

I did walk through the door and I can still to this day remember how nervous but amazingly excited I felt. I immediately met a girl who I was to room in with on the tour we were doing, and when we arrived in LA we met 4 guys from Sydney who were also doing the tour. So I was not going to be alone.

I had the best time of my life. I loved it all. I did a bus tour seeing the touristy things crossing the country from west to east. I then met a friend who I had been writing to for the past 12 months and she took me in and showed me the "real America". She lived in Missouri. We drove to Tennessee and I met her sister and I still write to them.

I am so glad I saw two sides of this country. The touristy must sees and the real people. Who were, might I say, quite fascinated with me as my accent was surprising to some.

America did not disapoint. I want to visit again. It will be later rather than sooner, but that's okay. I have to go back and see more and probably visit the places I saw before, with kids in tow perhaps. I don't care, the USA is calling me.

And I did get to ride Route 66, something my 6 year old son is shocked about, because apparently route 66 only appears in the movie Cars...






10 comments:

Jen at Semantically driven said...

I went to the States in 1991. It was my first overseas trip and the beginning of a two year backpacking holiday/working trip. I spent two months in the States from the west to the east coast and a bit inbetween. I really enjoyed it.

Foursons said...

Glad you had such a good time that you want to come back! If you do try a trip through TX. S. Central TX to be specific. We've got some great sight seeing things where I live!

helloally said...

WOW!!! i totally could not do that by myself...my sister did europe by herself when i was just about to have michelle...amazing!

Erin said...

It looks like you had a great time! Come back anytime, you have a place to stay in So. Cal!!

i am the diva said...

next time come to Canada!!

blueviolet said...

Maybe some day you'll go to a blog conference and I'll meet you there!

Anonymous said...

We will wave the flag and roll out the red carpet just for you! Come back and visit ANY time!! Visit some of your bloggers!! I live by the Great Lakes, this is a place not to be missed! We get people from all over the world visiting here! And thank you for your kind words about my country, I think it's pretty special myself!

Farmers Wife said...

See, this is why I love America so much...because it's filled with awesome Americans like all of you.....

Laurie said...

I would love to go to Australia. If you do come to the states I would go to Hawii.. warm beaches there! Of course if you come to the New England area at all, look me up!

Kimmy said...

Looks like you had a blast!! Looks like you visited Graceland too. I live here in the states and have never been. :o( One day.