“Life is about the adventures you take and the memories you make. So travel often and live life with open eyes and an open heart.”

The last few days have been gifts. The days are warm and lovely while the nights are cool for sleeping. Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time on the deck. Gracie was on the lounge all stretched out and napping. She does know how to enjoy herself. On the sports front yesterday was also a good day. The US tied Portugal at the World Cup though I really thought they’d be able to hold on to their lead, but I’ll take the tie. It was a great game. The Sox won it in the top of the tenth against Oakland when Ortiz hit a home run. He hadn’t had a hit the whole game so his timing was impeccable.

I went to the dump yesterday and wondered if they were giving something away. I hadn’t ever seen such traffic before. I even had to wait in line just to get in. Usually I go on Thursday or Friday, but I didn’t this week, a mistake I won’t make again.

When I was a teacher and didn’t work summers, I went traveling, mostly to Europe. I was gone a month or more and once, for my South American trip, I was gone the whole summer. Those were the days of backpacking and staying in hostels, university housing and even in the woods a couple of times. I traveled by bus or train and slept many times in my seat on the train and slept all night on the bus all the way to Edinburgh. Seldom did I eat in a restaurant. My travel companion and I would buy peanut butter and jelly or cheeses and cold cuts and loaves of wonderful bread and every meal was a picnic, but we’d sometimes treat ourselves and buy roasted chicken and some tomatoes for an elegant on the road meal. If we did stay in a B&B, breakfast would hold us until dinner time. We had to make sure our money lasted. I’d buy a couple of souvenirs and always sent a postcard to my parents from every country. I did that any time I traveled including through South American and when I was in the Peace Corps. The African stamps were the best, bright and colorful.

My backpacking days ended when I became an administrator and had to work summers. I’d only go to Europe for spring or winter vacation: one week and one country. I’d pack a suitcase and travel by rental car. It was like saying good-bye to the free-wheeling, go anywhere me and hello to an adult traveler.

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27 Comments on ““Life is about the adventures you take and the memories you make. So travel often and live life with open eyes and an open heart.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Kat, seems that folks like the World Cup. the Bobby Dazzler between the US and Portugal drew a 9.1 rating on ESPN. As a point of comparison the NBA Finals on ABC pulled a 6. This was the highest rated football match ever shown on ESPN

    Please not venture down the path of Iggy Pop tunes or say anything nice to the Bochum Belle until the Thursday lunchtime showdown is complete. I am attempting to build up a head of steam about German beer and BMW cars so that I am ready to take on Birgit.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The country has gone World Cup crazy. That was one fine soccer game filled with excitement. ESPN must be thrilled!

      I will be pleasant to Birgit, she is, after all, part of the Coffee family, but I won’t go overboard.

      • Hedley Says:

        Maybe you could dedicate some particularly upbeat Lennie tune to Birgit, or drag out a couple of Joan Baez clunkers.

      • Birgit Says:

        Noooo, not Lennie! Baez: The Night They Brought Old Dempsey down?

      • katry Says:

        Cute, Birgit, cute!

      • flyboybob Says:

        I’m not sure that crazy is the right word. A better one would be awareness. This awareness is due in large part to our becoming a more diverse country. Hispanics, people from the Caribbean and Asians make up more than one percent of the population and in large cities they make up a large part of the soccer fan base. The real question is how did it play in Peoria?

      • katry Says:

        For ESPN to have its highest rating ever, people who don’t usually watch soccer, like me, watch when the US plays. I don’t agree with Asians giving the ratings a huge boost. They are not soccer fanatics. For me it was rooting for my country and had nothing to do with diversity or awareness.

    • Birgit Says:

      Not even Iggy songs with loosely soccer related titles like Wild America, Winners and losers, We will fall, Funtime, Real cool time, Rubber Legs, Gimme Danger, Loser, Baby It Can’t Fall, Beat that guy,…? Just kidding.
      Awaiting Thursday and Hedley’s comments 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, I am also going to be really unpleasant by Gelsenkirchen (except the Veltins Arena, which is really not horrible at all)

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, Gelsenkirchen IS one of the ugliest cities around. Try something else.

      • katry Says:

        I’m assuming those are Iggy songs as I haven’t a single idea of Iggy’s song repertoire.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I am one of the ones not watching soccer. I used to but haven’t for several decades now.

    Backpacking is something only done in the woods. I used to backpack a lot in the White Mountains. I often went alone and stayed out for several days. The thought of traveling around Europe or some other country and living rough does not appeal. When I travel in settled places, I like hotels with room service. 🙂

    It’s a little warmer up here today but not too bad. Piki Dog has his wellness visit to the vet this afternoon. This should be interesting.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I didn’t really live rough, just cheaply. Hostels were clean and great for when I was younger when everyone was backpacking through Europe in those days. I usually spent 5 weeks, and I had to make my money last. Let’s Go Europe was the best guide for cheap traveling.

      When I got older, it was B&B’s then when I had money, hotels, and no more backpacks.

      I hope all goes well for Piki Dog, and he doesn’t mind the vets.

      Have a great afternoon.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Here it’s cool during the days and cold during nights. They say the warmer weather won’t come back until after the first week in July, perfect since that’s when my vacation starts 🙂

    I always slept in a bed and I always ate at least one meal every day in a restaurant. The best McDonalds I’ve ever been in was in Paris, they had a guard by the door and didn’t let a new customer in until another left 🙂

    It was mucgh the same at a Pizza Hut in Portugal. They showed us the wine list when we got a table, We said no because we were going to drive and the waiter then wondered what the problem was with wine before driving 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I didn’t think Portugal would be good enough to get even against the USA but I guess they were desperat enough, they don’t want to go the same way England did I guess 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Hedley Says:

      Of course Sweden and the famous “plastic Swede” couldn’t get past Portugal in their World Cup playoff to even make Brazil 🙂

      I will not be watching England and Costa Rica tomorrow. The Italy v Uruguay game should be a cracker

      Why doesn’t Kat ever post Abba on KTCC ?

      • olof1 Says:

        Well, when they build an entire football team around one man it’s bound to be a failiur isn’t it 🙂 Zlatan only stands there waiting for the ball and when he isn’t there the entire team runs around like lost ducks 🙂 🙂 🙂

        I’ll watch what game is shown before I need to go to bed 🙂

        Kat, this woman with impeccable music taste never gotr thr greatnbes with Abba 🙂

      • Hedley Says:


        Excellent point, why hasn’t Kat recognized the extraordinary talents of the Fab Four ?

      • katry Says:

        I have never been an Abba fan. I wouldn’t even recognize one of their songs. If there were a groundswell, I’d give them a go I guess.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, look at all the cool things that Sweden has brought us

        Zlatan Ibrahimovic
        Volvo and Saab
        Kosta Boda
        The Swedish Chef

        Surely it is worth sampling the musical charms of Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid, the Fab four ?

      • katry Says:

        I’ll sit and drink Absolut, eat meatballs and listen to Sweden’s contributions to the music world.

    • katry Says:

      Today is a cool day. I may go up and get a sweatshirt and socks. I think it is going to be like this for a bit.

      Only a couple of times I slept in a wooded area as I couldn’t get into the hostel. The rest of the time there was always a bed. I never eat at McDonalds though I might try one in India or Japan. They are supposed to be really different.

      Wow, I didn’t know any McDonalds served alcohol. They don’t around here.

      Portugal, I thought, was supposed to be pretty goo and the US not so good.

      Have a great evening.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    The advent of the B747 in 1970 opened up world travel to the masses. Until then travel by ship or even by air was too expensive for the average person. Tour operators could fill the jumbo jets and make a profit sending people around the world. Even if people didn’t take tours the big jets lowered airfares from the stratosphere.

    This morning I awoke to thunderstorms and rain. But the drive home was clear skies and warm temperatures. We will take any rain we can get.

    • katry Says:

      In the early to mid 70’s when I traveled, the back of the plane was always empty so I could put the seat arms up and have almost a bed. Plane travel was a delight back then. Now every seat is taken, the seats are smaller and flying isn’t enjoyable the way it was.

      I’m glad you had rain and nothing is better than a summer thunderstorm.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Who would have ever thought in the 1970s that Pan Am, TWA, Eastern, Braniff and several other airlines would be out of business by the turn of the 21st century. It’s the miracle of deregulation combined with a governmental disregard for anti-trust legislation.

      • katry Says:

        I loved Pan Am and TWA, and most of my trips started with Pan Am. They were the only airline which flew to the US from Accra. I’m sorry they are gone.

  5. Hi Kat,
    Appropriate post (for me, anyway) today. Hope you and the Coffee gang are all well. I’m in Edinburgh now and heading to the Lake District on Friday – then hopefully home on July 2.
    All the best,

    • katry Says:

      Hi Marie,
      You are heading to a favorite city of mine and the lake district loved by my literary side. I hope you are having the most wonderful time.

      Safe traveling!

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