Monday, February 02, 2009
This week's Weekly Geek is from Chris:
#1. What are you passionate about besides reading and blogging? For example, are you crafty (knitting, woodworking, scrapbooking, model building)? Do you cook? Into gaming (computer or board)? Sports (player or spectator)? Photography? Maybe you like geocaching, rock climbing? Or love attending events like renaissance fairs, concerts? Music? Dancing? You get the idea.
Tell us why you're passionate about it. Post photos of what you've made or of yourself doing whatever it is you love doing.
#2. Get us involved. Link to tutorials, recipes, Youtube videos, websites, fan sites, etc, anything that will help us learn more about your interest or how to do your hobby. Maybe you'd like to link to another hobbyist whose work you admire or tell us about a book or magazine related to your interest.
#3. Visit other Weekly Geeks. Link in your post to other Geeks who've peaked your interest in their passion. Or maybe you might find a fellow aficionado among us, link to them.
Let's talk about travel.
I love to go places, preferably places I've never been. Unfortunately, I like to go places far away, and I love to go for long periods of time. Since this can get expensive, and I have to work to finance these trips (not to mention books), the travel doesn't happen as much as I would like. But I have been able to take some marvelous trips in the past 5 years.
In 2005 I spent 3 weeks in London. This was my first overseas trip since I spent 3 months in London as a college student, followed by the summer backpacking across Europe with a Eurail pass.
In 2006 I went to Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia. I even wrote about my trip, in the form of a trip report for Slow Travel. This was my first solo trip, and I have to say, travelling alone is a blast.
In 2007 it was Italy for 4 weeks. I wrote a trip report for this one, too, so you can read all about my adventures here.
There was also a quick and cold trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin. I do believe I have a Green Bay tag, so you can click on it to read why Hamburger and I decided to risk frostbite for a trip to the frozen tundra.
There were also some Hawaii trips and reunions at Sunriver, Oregon mixed in there, as well.
Currently, I have no trips planned, which is a bit unusual. I might go to Croatia, but that wouldn't be until next year. And the economy needs to perk up a bit, otherwise my overseas travel buddies (my mom and the pseudo-in-laws (aka Hamburger's mom and her husband)) won't be able to go. My feet are getting a little itchy...today I went to the bookstore and stared at the books in the travel section.
My favorite travel site/resource is Slow Travel, a fantastic community of travellers who also like to meet up in person for great parties. In fact, I spent most of this past weekend with some of the group, at the third annual Slow Bowl, a weekend filled with great food, wine tasting and fun people. Slow Travel is all about slowing down...spending time in a vacation rental and soaking in the local culture, as opposed to the rushing around to see as much as you can during a short trip.
I also love buying guidebooks prior to a trip. My favorites are the Eyewitness Guides, because they have gorgeous color photographs of the places and sites. However, they weigh a frickin' ton, so I never take them with me on a trip. I do like to take the Access guides with me, though. I like how they focus on the individual neighborhoods of cities.
As for other Geeks, Nymeth talked about how difficult it is to juggle hobbies. I agree. Something always seems to suffer. Tasses is a scrapbooker, and one of the pages she features in her post just happens to have a pile of Eyewitness Guides. As far as travelling goes, I think I found a kindred spirit in Lou.