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September 2, 2013 , ,

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius
Packing light is a good idea, but never leave your heart at home. To do justice to any travel experience an open mind and flexible attitude are both needed. You bring your culture with you, know it or not, and you either decide to break out of it and meet new ones, or not. It is now possible in the United States to stay in chain hotels, and eat in chain restaurants, shop in chain stores, and wear the exact same fashion to the point at all destinations can be reduced to a low and common denominator.

My trip to Pennsylvania was prompted by a reunion with old schoolmates. My curiosity was strong about the town where I grew up and went to school through 8th grade. I wanted to know how my old friends and classmates are now. The weekend was full of parties, visiting, and remembering our younger selves. I like the chance to be in different environments and see plants and architectural styles that are out of my normal range. Destination Oakmont, PA is almost the exact opposite of Tucson, AZ. Being present for leaves changing and the reunion parties has made this an exciting and fulfilling visit.

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How do you choose the places you will visit? Do you always go to places where you know people? AirBnB is a great way to be a guest in a community and be part of it. The agency facilitates on-line rentals of rooms, guest houses, apartments and more in private homes. I have stayed in a spacious clean home with kitchen privileges, coffee machine and private bathroom en suite. My host family is helpful and knowledgeable about the area. I was given some local history books to read upon arrival that were excellent. Staying in a neighborhood also gave me the perfect location. Our class reunion party was only a block from my place. I do like hotels for certain purposes, but the growth and popularity of airbnb shows the increasing interest in a new way of traveling. It offers a chance to take part in the life of the community more than a hotel can. Before your next trip, take a look at the available rental properties in the system. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. I have been more than happy both times I have rented with the company.

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Yes AirB&B sounds great- my son just went to Austin & it worked out nicely. Always best to take it on the local level with real people beyond the roles, yes? Anyway, it was so nice to experience you at the reunion Pam! You lived up to your rep. But it’s a little early for leaves changing- give it another 6 weeks for real color.

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James Walcroft

September 3, 2013

No..there is a bright red and orange tree right outside my window that gets more color each day..it seems wrong all wrong at 80 degrees,but they are falling.

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mermaidcamp

September 3, 2013

I usually travel to places where I know no one. I want the whole experience. Often times, the people you know are the best inhibitors of adventure.

Let the journey be the most fun part. The destination is simply the place you turn around to return home.

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Marc Zazeela

September 3, 2013

My style as well, Marc. My parents did a lot of travel visiting…it is not for me, with some exceptions like this reunion after 49 years. I generally want something new.

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mermaidcamp

September 4, 2013

I do get the impression you go everywhere with all your heart pamela

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London-Unattached.com

September 6, 2013

I saw all the photos.. I thought it was quite interesting.. and how you felt being there..l was it just about memories or did you make new ones? would you return there or happy where you are?

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

September 9, 2013

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