Monday, March 31, 2014

Reading up…

Since Bill and I don't have any big vacations planned right now, I've been reading a book written by a travel writer.  Having grown up in the 80s, of course I knew him better as an actor.  Andrew McCarthy was adorable in the early 80s, with his sensitive, pensive persona.  Now he writes travel articles for National Geographic.

I think I found out about his book, The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down,
 on CNN in 2012.  I've had it on my Kindle for ages and just started reading it last week.  He's a surprisingly good writer, the same way Rob Lowe is.  Actually, I think I like Andrew McCarthy's writing more.  He seems less Hollywood… plus, he reminds me of one of my best friends.

One thing Andrew McCarthy wrote about that kind of interests me is a cruise down the Amazon on a somewhat new luxury ship.  Or, at least I think that's the one he was on, based on his description of it.  I don't remember him expressly identifying it.  It could have been this ship, too...  The book is not so much about Andrew's travels as it is about how travel has changed him and his life.  

I had read about Aqua Expeditions a couple of months ago and it seemed like a once in a lifetime experience that I would love.  Granted, getting to Iquitos is a bit of a challenge, plus you have to worry about things like malaria and mosquitos.  It still looks very interesting, though, and you can do a week or just a few days.  I think I would enjoy seeing howler monkeys and pink dolphins.  I don't know when we'll be able to do another amazing trip.  I hope it will be sooner rather than later, but realistically, we have to find Bill a good job and settle somewhere.  And then he needs vacation time, which will take some time to build up.

A year ago, I was sure we would stay in San Antonio.  Now I'm not so sure.  At this point, none of the jobs Bill has applied for are in Texas.  It's very likely my next hotel stay will be on the way to yet another new city.


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