I’m going to have to move in June. Whether it’s locally or possibly to another part of the country will depend upon whether or not I can find a job in another part of the country. Since I’m currently a Federal employee, I do have the ability to transfer to a job anywhere in the country, or the world for that matter.
I am starting to get bored with where I’m living now. I’ve lived here a long time and as places to live go, it’s not that bad. But I’m starting to feel restless and I want to see other parts of this world too.
In preparation for the move I’m getting rid of a lot of books. A LOT. I’m a bibliophile or a bibliomaniac or whatever is the word for describing someone who amasses too many books. I’ve been lugging these books around for a long time. I don’t want to lug them around anymore.
Oh, trust me, I’ll still have a lot of books remaining even after I get rid of the ones I’m planning to slough off. My books on tarot, for example. Nope, not getting rid of those. Or my books on mythology. Nope, keeping those. And there’s my keeper shelf. Books of fiction that I love too much to ever part from.
But I’m going to be rather ruthless this time because this time I’m downsizing my life. I’m getting rid of stuff. Stuff weighs you down. Stuff needs to be taken care of. Stuff is stuff.
I’m even contemplating getting rid of my car. It’s paid off and so far (knock on wood) it’s running good, but you know how it is. Cars start to get old and then you’re putting more money in them then they’re worth. And I honestly don’t want another car payment hanging over my head for however many years car loans are these days. Pooh on that.
So I’m going through my bookshelves and deciding which books I’ll keep and which I’ll get rid of. And one of the books I came across was 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List by Patricia Schultz.
I’m not sure why I picked this book up. I’m not much of a traveler. I’m the only person in my family, other than my mother, who hasn’t been out of the United States. I’d like to travel. Very much so. Maybe after I’m done slimming down my life (and myself) I will travel.
I believe I picked it up at some book sale so that I could brainstorm possible settings for my books. Yeah, I think that’s why. I’m going to hang onto it for that reason.
So, I’m paging through the book and I randomly selected five places out of the book.
And randomly chosen, as I mentioned before, and last but not least, The Eternal City:
If you’ve already been to any of these places, I’d love to hear about it!