Question of the week: What's the most far away place from home that you've ever visited? Tell me about your experience in that place here in the comments.
Playlist for Dave's Lounge #238:
- KSOZE, "Wobble Jazz" Buy from: iTunes
- Kings, "Trap Musik 1" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Astro Raph, "Don't Stop, Get It" Buy from: iTunes
- PNFA, "Cotton Candy" Buy from: iTunes
- Mud Waffles, "Nairobi Road" Buy from: iTunes
- August Rush, "Olds Cool" Buy from: iTunes
- Galimatias, "Crestfallen" Buy from: iTunes
- Stape Mega, "Diamond" Buy from: iTunes
- Outerattik, "Nineties Man" Buy from: iTunes
- Sonnymoon, "Kali" Buy from: iTunes
- Euphonic Traveler, "Half Moon Bay" Buy from: iTunes
- Second Sky, "Art of Influence (Omegaman Remix)" Buy from: iTunes
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Ah and: KSOZE, "Wobble Jazz"
Awesome… Second 🙂
Most far away place? Um… either Cancun in Mexico on a family holiday, or Colorado on a skiing holiday.
I'm in the UK, so both are a fairly long trip. Mexico was good — terrifying bus drivers and seriously bad sun burn.
Skiing was very good, I think the park I was at was used for the X Games a while ago, so it had some left over kit, like a huge super pipe that I went on. Not to mention the breath-taking scenery and the way the sky changes shades of blue at 12,000 ft. Oh, and the stoner-huts left over from the summer 😀
The Black Sea, Sinop Turkey and that was no visit but an assignment and so it was home for a long while. Winters are cool and wet and surprising snowfall not unlikely. Summers warm and slightly humid but extremely tolerable. The sea region is a steep, rocky coast with rivers that cascade through the gorges of the coastal ranges. Early morning rumble of jets with different opinions would shake the land while the sounds of bells, hymns and prayers were a reminder of 24-7 calls to heights unknown.
I've been on the other side of the world, all the way to Manila in the Philippines. (From Boston, MA. You literally can't get any further away, once you pass Manila you start getting closer again.) We did an international adoption, so my wife and I went overseas to bring home a baby. 26 hours in an aluminum tube with a 7 month old – not for the faint-of-heart. I'm Filipino myself, so it was certainly interesting being the first in the family to return to our ancestral homeland since my grandfather came to the US in the 1920s.
The farthest I've ever been from home was Central America, I took a few months off for a bike trip. The farthest point as far as distance, was Palmar Norte, Costa Rica, a dusty little town with a tiny bus station where I returned to San Jose to head home. The farthest away I've ever felt, though, was in Nicaragua. I got extremely sick, I couldn't walk from my room to the bathroom without passing out. I didn't have phone service or internet, and most of the other tourists in the hostel were German kids on a party trip who didn't speak Spanish or English. But luck came through for me, and I met a really nice girl from Spain who bought me gallons of Gatorade, swapped life stories with me to keep me awake and drinking fluids, and checked on me for the next two nights until I was healthy enough to leave.
Now I want to get out and travel some more, thanks Dave! 😀
So far I have traveled to every continent except Antarctica, but the place that I have been to that "felt" farthest from home was Iwo Jima, now known as Iwo To. Physically I have been farther away, but going to such a historicaly significant place was surreal. It is nothing like any of the photos you see from the Pacific War. The whole of the island is now completely overgrown with tall grasses and plants, but there is a path that US Servicemen and Japanese Self Defense Force members alike use to make a "pilgrimage" to the summit of Mt Suribachi. For US Marines the place obviously holds a special significance.
I remember this day specifically because I was offered the chance to go there quite literally at the last minute. The ride on military aircraft is very loud, and I had purchased noise cancelling headphones a week earlier. The whole way out I listened to the 2009 yearbook which you had posted about 30 mintutes before I had to be at the flightline to board the aircraft. I almost missed the flight, but I had music that nearly carried me from liftoff to landing.
Fact of the matter is Dave; I have carried this podcast all over the place. I've listened to it in the middle of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, on small islands, in helicopters and in the subways of Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Thanks much for your time, efforts and love of this music.
For me, it would have to be the island of Nauru in middle of the central-western pacific between Guam and New Caledonia. The runway starts at one end of the island and finishes at the other. I went scuba diving outside of the lagoon with some French locals (operating a ground based satellite station there). The water was so clear you could see miniscule fish three hundred yards away, until you realized that as they got closer, they turned into six to ten foot long sharks. There were literally hundreds of them that cruised by curiously, and then paid no more attention. I came back with some flame coral, one of the few that retains it's color and structure out of the ocean. I was never told about the number of sharks until we were leaving the boat, and I would never have gone if I had known. It was truly an awesome experience though…!
Well really – being ninth is not how I expected to be first but “Wobble Jazz” by KSOZE doesn’t appear to have beaten me to it.
Well Dave, regardless you have been really good value as a source of musical inspiration and I’ll be back.
Ps. the preview is very pleasant – thx.