Growing up, my Dad was an elementary school teacher and also in the US Naval Reserves ... so, every summer, he'd take as many active duty assignments as would fit into our school vacation and off we'd go! We'd either stay in our tiny 19-foot travel trailer or in base housing. Either way, I got to visit lots of the US at an early age! And later, as a school psychologist myself, I had summers off (as well as other school holidays) to travel ... and travel I did! Back in 1986, I spent all but two days of our summer vacation in Europe including 6 weeks in a Duke University-sponsored study program focusing on the neuropsychology of learning disabilities.
My Favorite Places:
My favorite city in the world is Stockholm ... and my favorite country is Sweden. I've always had an affinity for all things Swedish dating back to high school. I was lucky enough to spend 7 weeks in Stockholm back in 1977 (I was a sophomore in college) participating in an overseas study program (sponsored by Michigan State University) and have returned to Sweden three times since. My Swedish connection became apparent recently when I participated in an DNA study which confirmed that my haplogroup was almost certainly of Swedish origin! One of my other favorite places in Oaxaca, Mexico. I've visited this beautiful city and region four times with three of those visits occurring during the Day of the Dead festivities. Oaxaca City itself is a fascinating place but it's an interesting experience to explore the surrounding villages and archeological sites ... Monte Alban is truly spectacular!