Grand reading room in Wilson Library at Western Washington University, here in Bellingham. Just an easy walk from my home.
Seems to invite one to slow down.
The only countries I have been to are USA and Canada.
Still, I see many different things than "main stream society" because of the unusual way I travel. Most people go by car and jet.
I bicycle, walk and use public transit. It's almost like seeing a different world.
In 2003, one of my bicycle tours took me through Los Angeles. I described that trip as "leisurely." Others are surprised by that adjective for getting through Los Angeles. Remember, they are going by car, or changing planes at the airport. I go on the bike paths and back roads.
They gripe when it takes several hours.
I have a different perspective and don't mind that it took me two days, from one end of the metropolitan area to the other.
Glad I had enough money for the expensive motels, however.
In USA, it costs more to "stay put" than it does to keep moving. No wonder we have a "rat race" society.
Still, expensive motels are just in the cities. On most of the rural California Coast, state park camping was only $3 per night for bicyclists.
An advantage of being a bicyclist.
I don't seem to feel any need for going overseas. Not that I hate jet planes, or anything. I just feel that most people don't really take the time to be in their local environment.
Here in USA, we will need to pay more attention to our local environment so we can figure out how to make it run with less oil. That might mean actually learning the local bus schedule.
Some folks know more about overseas resort towns than they do about how to cross their own home town with out getting on the freeway.
Travel to a different perspective.