“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Travelling again!

I am off again on my annual summer pilgrimage to rack up the miles and check off the places from my most-want-to-see list. This summer, I’m off to Alaska, via Vancouver. So many people seem amazed that I’m going to Alaska, which surprises me. It’s supposed to be beautiful and spectacular, and is that not enough? I have yet to discover if it really is off the beaten path.

The irony is that I wasn’t really going to see the scenery. I decided earlier on this year that I wanted my summer to be an active one, and was dreaming of doing some dance classes. I eliminated the flamenco in Spain and decided I wanted to do some art courses at the same time. A search of the internet yielded only one option (that wasn’t for kids or for professionals): the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. It’s really quite bizarre that I’m going all the way around the world to do courses that I could theoretically do anywhere, but this was where the options were.

My lineup of courses (and the irony continues!): Highland Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Swing, Tai Chi, Ballroom,  and the art course, Surface Design. I’m not even doing the Alaskan drumming class because it clashed with some others I wanted to do. I am doing nothing Alaskan! But I am excited.

Considering that I was visiting Alaska I figured I’d better actually see something of Alaska as well, so I’m also going to ferry hop up the Inside Passage and take the train past Denali. Thanks to Greg for his fabulous advice.

Enjoy these lovely pictures of Frankfurt’s airport – interesting lines!