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I live in Green Bay, WI, and I'm a 1/2 time entrepreneur and a 1/2 time stay-at-home dad for our two-year-old son and newborn daughter.

Although my absolute top priority in life is my family, all of my daydreaming time is taken up with dreams of sailing and world travel. That said, I'm also constantly thinking about friends, staying fit, the environment, and being "of use" to the world.




Bare it all at a nude beach
I keep seeing this one appear on other lists, so why not me?
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updated: Feb 22, 2011
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Be fluent in French
I took French all through High School, and I keep from losing it completely by traveling to French-speaking places. I speak much more fluently after drinking. In fact, my best French was spoken to a....
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updated: May 7, 2008
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B_Rye wrote: Jul 15, 2008
hello?





Be on TV
I REALLY want to get the word out about ReaperList.com!!

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Update: 1/19/09: The interview footage is no longer on the WFRV website. So I've had to remove the link. Looks like I'll just have to get interviewed again...

I was interviewed on WFRV Channel....
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updated: Jan 24, 2009
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lindar wrote: Sep 10, 2008
Well, I can't imagine I'll ever be on television to spread the word but I'm already bullying my friends to make their own list. :D

You need a facebook application now! :)





Become a member of the TCC
Check out http://www.travelerscenturyclub.org.

Current count is 17 so I have a ways to go...
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updated: Nov 2, 2010
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Build a Habitat for Humanity Home
...but if they see some of my do-it-yourself projects they may not let me volunteer!!
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updated: Oct 24, 2010
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Yazned wrote: Oct 24, 2010
Hey I did this for my school!(:





Buy a house


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The first (and only) house we bought was 80-years-old. It was NOT an appropriate "starter home."

We bought the house in Green Bay in 2000. It had a 20-year old furnace, 20-year-old kitchen appliances,....
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updated: Jun 8, 2010
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Buy a stand-up paddleboard
If I reach my goal of 200 lb, then I'm going to get a stand-up paddleboard. Then a Matthew McConaughey body is just around the corner!! Or maybe not...

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I just can't get below 207!

But last week we went on a week vacation in Door County. My choice was either get one for the trip or wait until next year. So I broke my promise to myself and got....
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updated: Dec 15, 2008
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Compete in a run


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I've done many Crazylegs runs in Madison, WI (5 mile), the Meriter Nurse's Run in Madison (10k), the Bellin Run in Green Bay (10k), the Noodlini Run in Green Bay (15k), and the Seroogy's Valentine's Day....
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updated: Nov 2, 2010
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Complete a Triathlon (not Ironman)


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I've....
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updated: Apr 14, 2011
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Eat At The French Laundry


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"Is that on your Bucket List?" asked the woman at the art gallery a short walk down the road. I had just told her we were waiting for our reservation at The....
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updated: Apr 28, 2011
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sherriwilson wrote: Apr 28, 2011
Haha! This was how I felt about eating that cheesesteak in Philly! It was a great experience, but when all is said and done, it was just a giant steakum.





Get a captain's license


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I got my US Coast Guard license "Master of steam, motor, or auxiliary sail vessels of not more than 100 gross tons upon Great Lakes and Inland Waters also, authorized to engage in commercial assistance....
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updated: Jun 8, 2010
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Get an MBA


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After 10 years as an engineer, I received my MBA from UW Oshkosh in December of 2006. Read on for my opinion on online courses...

http://www.mba.uwosh.edu/

I....
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updated: Feb 5, 2008
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Get married


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After 10 years of dating, several years of living together, and two "breaks," I proposed to Kim on the evening of the turn of the millennium. We bought a house in Green Bay, and we were married almost....
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updated: Jan 19, 2009
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B_Rye wrote: Jul 23, 2008
She was pretty much double-fisted from the moment I proposed to her 'til the wedding day. How else would she go through with it!?


mandiki wrote: Jul 23, 2008
I love to see Kim double-fisted :-)





Have Children


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Our son, Finn, was born in January of 2007. He came a month early, and he surprised all of us when Kim's water broke in Barnes and Noble.

Kim's List: read full text »
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updated: Nov 2, 2010
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Learn to Ballroom Dance


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I'm not sure how common this is, but I had a ballroom dancing unit in high school phy. ed. (do schools even have phy.ed. any more?). That gave me a great foundation for polishing it with a friend of....
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updated: May 17, 2008
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Learn to Kiteboard

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updated: Oct 27, 2008
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Learn to roll a kayak
I have already done a lot of kayaking, but I can't do an "Eskimo Roll."

I'm planning to learn this and do it on World Do It Day! (June 26, 2010).
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updated: Jun 8, 2010
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Live carbon neutral
I own a Prius, I bike a lot, and I kick in extra money for "green" electricity, but there is a LOT more I can do!

The thing about biking is you can decide to do some of your driving errands by....
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updated: Jan 19, 2009
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Organize a bicycle tailgate party
At Lambeau Field!


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I'd call this partially done, because we had a bicycle tailgate party, but everyone except Kim and me DROVE CARS!

The grill lit up easily, providing much-needed warmth on this late November day.


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updated: Apr 27, 2011
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reaperjon wrote: Apr 27, 2011
This is best when it's 8 degrees and the wimpy bears are in town


packerbabe wrote: Dec 20, 2008
Yes, we drove and enjoyed seeing the bikes and tailgating affair. The game sucked tho. Thanks for the invite.





Patent an invention
I have a new invention idea every week, but most of them are too silly to be worth continuing. Every once in a while, though, I think of something that may be big.

Oh, and I won't be sharing....

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updated: May 17, 2011
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Read the top 100 novels of the 20th Century
As defined by the New York Times, of course...
http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html

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updated: Jan 18, 2010
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B_Rye wrote: Jan 18, 2010
But I am just a lowly engineer, so if the New York Times says a book is culturally significant then I just take them at their word. I think the board's list is only 20th century books.

I'd love it if you'd make your own list, then I could work my way through that one, too!


tracinolan wrote: Jan 18, 2010
I always have a problem with lists that have multiples of any one author. There are so many great authors out there, that I really thing you have to pick one from an author and leave it at that.

I've got 12 on the Board's List and and 26 on the reader's list. Both lists have multiples from several authors and leave out entire genres. What about Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Thomas Mann, Kafka, etc....
And THREE books by L. Ron Hubbard? Really???

I have yet to see a list that I really like. Maybe I'll make up my own.





Ride a hot air balloon

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updated: Sep 18, 2011
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JDaniels79 wrote: Sep 18, 2011
I was in Vermont in October during peak leaf season and saw tons of balloons up. I would've loved to see the view up there. Highly recommend!


B_Rye wrote: Apr 15, 2010
I'll probably do it some time up here in Wisconsin. But our next-door neighbors (username Packerbabe) are from Arizona and they say it's amazing!


Amberd wrote: Apr 15, 2010
hey I have a good Idea for you on this!!! I live in New Mexico and we have a balloon fiesta in october and they sometimes let people ride in them if you take classes I have its fun!!!





Ride in a Zeppelin
http://www.airshipventures.com/
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updated: Jan 21, 2009
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Ride the Empire Builder to Seattle or Portland
My wife and I took the train from Milwaukee to LA. It was cool, but we took the southern route with much less scenery. It was a great experience, but I have to admit it got a little long.

The....
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updated: May 17, 2011
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Sail a tall ship


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In the fall of 1998 I served for three months as a deckhand aboard the "HMS" Rose, the largest active wooden sailing ship in the world.



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updated: Dec 6, 2010
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Sail in Belize


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In Belize the rainy season stops on Christmas Day. When I discovered this I thought, "How quaint. Mother Nature gives a wonderful Christmas present to Belize." Well...apparently we were naughty that....
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updated: Jan 15, 2009
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B_Rye wrote: Jul 25, 2008
This comment from Brian Whelan: "It rained."





Sail in Croatia
Check out my journal. Croatia is the best place in the Mediterranean to sail.




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Wednesday, June 1, 2005
The Air, Amsterdam

It was an uneventful but extremely tiring flight. We actually had a four leg trip from Green Bay to Detroit to Amsterdam to Zagreb to Split. As....
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updated: Mar 30, 2009
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B_Rye wrote: Jul 24, 2008
Let me add this comment from Brian Whelan:

"It rained."





Sail in Italy
We plan to charter a boat (again) in Naples and sail up and down the coast for a week. I'm just putting the trip together now.

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Sail in Tonga

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In the Spring of 2004 we chartered a 38’ catamaran from Sunsail and sailed throughout the Vava’u island group of the Kingdom of Tonga. Here's my trip journal:

TUESDAY, APRIL 13
“THE AIR”
Kim....
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updated: Dec 6, 2010
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CaptCCT wrote: Jun 24, 2010
How fabulous! Live the life you love.

I have sailed most of the world, sail and mega motor-yacht over the years. I captained a 125' Tri-deck motor yacht until mid 2005 based out of Fort Lauderdale. I spent a lot of time in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands (where I also had my own 52' ketch doing charter work in the 1980's.) I have not sailed that area where your article is written although been there by air. Give me the ocean anytime! I am not a fan of TSA or the like! or daft trolley dollies today.

"Whether you utilize the stars, like the shepherds of days long ago, or a sextant like the ancient mariners, or the incredibly superb technologically advanced GPS system of today, or just taking one big step after another towards your intended destination, you are - in effect - navigating a course that will become an adventure. That’s why The World is Your Oyster."©

This what I posted earlier on reaperlist.com

I am not sure I want to comment on such at this peculiar time in my life, but the following is a list of things accomplished and done so far... what the future holds I wait in anticipation especially in this now rather warped world: http://web.me.com/captcct/Site/Blog.html

http://web.me.com/captcct/Navigating_The_World/The_World_in_Review.html

http://web.me.com/captcct/Navigating_The_World/Welcome.html

http://web.me.com/captcct/Navigating_The_World/The_Video_Locker.html

Nevertheless, I hope everyone has a bucket list. I will particularly recommend watching the movie "Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The outstanding cinematography all around the world, the excellent close-ups and dialogue, and just the fun of it is highly entertaining and a wonder to watch if you cannot or have not done it already. I have, but still want more if my pancreas will hold out.

Thanks, captcct (captcct@me.com)
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Sail the Mediterranean
I've talked with my wife about taking 6 months off and sailing around the Mediterranean. We've sailed here and there through Sunsail charters (French Riviera, Corsica, Croatia), but we've only just scratched....
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updated: Mar 15, 2008
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Sail the North Channel
The North Channel of Lake Huron is among the best sailboat cruising grounds in the world. This would come as a surprise to many people, which is one of the reasons it stays so unspoiled and keeps the....

Completed!
I wrote an article about the experience for Northern Breezes Magazine. You can link to the article here: read full text »
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updated: Mar 10, 2009
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See the Northern Lights


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Every few years I get a chance to see them, either from Sun Prairie, Madison, Green Bay, or out on Lake Michigan. But the coolest display I ever saw was while camping with my family in the Bond Falls....
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updated: Dec 19, 2008
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See the Packers win another Super Bowl
'nuff said. Aaron Rodgers rules!

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Ok, did NOT see that coming!! The Pack was really beat up, so you could say our second and third string team is the best in the league!

It's 11:40 pm and just got back from fireworks in downtown....
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updated: Feb 7, 2011
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Snowboard


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I learned on the painful, icy slopes of Wisconsin, and since then I've been to Breckenridge, Whistler, Jackson Hole, Telluride, and Crested Butte.

In 2008 I got a 3rd degree shoulder separation....
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Start my own business
Send me a message and we'll discuss the real driver of our economy, SMALL businesses.

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I started Weather Gauge LLC, a professional captain service specializing in over-water yacht delivery. I delivered both sailing and power yachts anywhere between 30’ and 65’, and I ultimately began subcontracting....
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updated: Jul 7, 2008
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Stay in an underwater hotel
Check it out!
http://www.poseidonresorts.com/poseidon_main.html
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updated: Feb 25, 2009
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Stop biting my nails
I've been doing it for 25 years, so it's REALLY difficult to stop. I stopped for about 6 months several years ago, but then the company I worked for started a long slide into bankruptcy and I started....
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updated: Mar 4, 2008
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Surf
I've taken a few lessons, but I'd like to get to the point where it's actually FUN!
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updated: Dec 15, 2008
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Take mini retirements throughout life
Instead of opting for the "deferred life plan," I would like to space several 3 to 6 month mini retirements throughout my life. I would like to alternate between working on career-related projects, traveling....
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Gary wrote: Apr 18, 2010
B,
Really like this one. Something to be said for the occasional sabbatical. Not a big fan of leaving the workforce entirely, would miss it. Taking breaks on the other hand is very attractive. Allows for travel, personal reflection, etc...





Take the Polar Bear Plunge in Jacksonport, WI


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UPDATE: 1/1/09 I did it again! And this time I dunked completely under!

As we made our way to Jacksonport the day before, we looked out at the fog over the lake and we knew: Mother Nature was....
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updated: Mar 10, 2009
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Taste wine in the Napa Valley
This wasn't originally on my list, but it's on several other people's lists so I figured, what the heck!

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My wife and I toured Napa Valley in early November, 2008.

I'm not at all a wine snob, but I do like tasting it. The good ones give you several different flavors in rapid succession, and that's....
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updated: Mar 10, 2009
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packerbabe wrote: Dec 20, 2008
Thats great. We did not even know you did this. Good for you. We would like to do that some day but stay at some of the places too. That picture is great of you and vines. Stay warm.





Teach sailing and windsurfing


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I learned how to sail at the Hoofers Sailing Club, and I eventually became an instructor. Learning, and then teaching, was definitely a life-defining....
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updated: Mar 15, 2008
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Visit Alaska
Never been there. But it's so huge that a two-week binge trip isn't going to cut it. In a month I could just scratch the surface.
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Gary wrote: Apr 18, 2010
I've done this one. So worth it. If you're constricted on time, a 7-14 day cruise is a good start. Been back several times and couldn't recommend it more highly.





Visit Antarctica

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Visit Copenhagen
My wife and I (and our toddler) want to spend a week in Northern Europe, but we're not sure yet if we should go to The Netherlands, Denmark, or Sweden. It's down to those, but we're not sure yet.

We're....

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We decided on Copenhagen, Denmark. We brought our niece along to help us keep Finn under control.

Unfortunately, Finn never adjusted to the time change. So we slept very little, and I was miserable....
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ammg wrote: Jul 16, 2012
As a dane, who grew up in Copenhagen, its an eyeopening experience to find this on someones list.
It just proves how wonderful relative and personal it all is.


ammg wrote: Jul 16, 2012
As a dane, who grew up in Copenhagen, its an eyeopening experience to find this on someones list.
It just proves how wonderful relative and personal it all is.


Gary wrote: Apr 18, 2010
I like the Netherlands. While you're considering Northern Europe, I'd highly recommend Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Bloc. I've always found it more interesting than the more modern cities. Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Kiev, Odessa...all just awesome. A bit more challenging, but awesome.


Msingers wrote: Feb 15, 2009
I would recommend going to Denmark. Aarhus and Copenhagen are both very bike-friendly cities. And both can be done in a week - takes no time.





Visit Cuba
I've wanted to visit Cuba ever since high school. True, part of the allure is that our so-called "free" country won't allow us to go there, but based on photos and books it looks like such a beautiful....
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updated: May 28, 2008
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Visit Martinique


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This would be Kim's and my first vacation alone since Finn was born 15 months before. We couldn't quite swing a trip to Europe, and I was REALLY in need of a break from the long winter, so we settled....
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updated: Jan 15, 2009
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Visit Paris
Send me a message and we'll talk Paris.




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When I plan and daydream about trips I always plan and anticipate the idle times. I dream of sleeping in, sitting in cafes, reading, and writing in this journal. But who has time!?! There is so much....
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updated: Feb 9, 2012
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kaylaluvshim2011 wrote: Feb 9, 2012
that's beautiful and your list has inspired me to do more on mine and add photos and ik nothing is impossible your list has to be my favorite