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"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights." - Maya Angelou

Ciao, Well this is me. I live in Madison--the capital of Wisconsin in the US. Nice town, big university here, surrounded by 5 lakes.

Born in Milwaukee, raised there, and in Brookfield, New Berlin & Waukesha. Moved to Madison for school and sorta stayed there.

Do a little work in the computer field now, at least that's what the card says. I like it ok, but 6 years minimum to retirement and then it's off to the warm Mexico, or Costa Rica or Myrtle Beach or Cinque Terre (grazie Stellina Bianca) or some little island off Scotland......

I love traveling, out of the way places or the big cities which I've done a lot lately. Want to maybe see more of the US, --Oregon, coastal CA, Utah, Idaho or Appalachia. And the Grand Canyon & Smokey Mountains & Mt Rushmore & the Black Hills one of these days.

My mother lives in Myrtle Beach, SC--so I get to go there a couple times a year, and it's really, really nice to go there in January when it's 60 degrees and sunny knowing it's maybe 2 degrees and snowing in Madison.

Immediate Wish List: Cinque Terra, Germany, Croatia, Nova Scotia, Moscow, Estonia/Lithuania/Estonia, Panama, South Dakota and spend more time somewhere in Italy. Two of my grandparents were from Sicily (Palermo & Bagheria), so even if I wasn't of Italian descent I'd still love to see more of that country. And some relatives in Germany.

Favorite places...so far: Paris, Venice, Machu Picchu, and seeing NYC at night from the airplane for the first time. Northern Wisconsin, when I want to get away from computers and city life and just feel the solitude, size and beauty of nature. Cycling down a skinny dirt trail in the Chequamegon & Nicolet forest in Northern Wisconsin with no other humans in sight is a nice way to get away. It shows you we're only visitors on this world for a short time.

Frank Lloyd Wright lived here, has his house (Taliesin) 30 miles from here and this is a building he designed for Madison about 70 years ago. We finally got around to building it in 1996.

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American Airlines
Northwest Airlines
United Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Jet Blue

Last Minute Travel
Farecast, when should I buy that ticket? (But haven't figured out how it works yet)
FareWatchDog - Includes SW Air and others

CheapTickets.com - Very good for mixing and matching different airlines on long flights

Europe flights:
Sky Scanner
Cheap Tix to EU
Fly Cheap Abroad
Finds which cheap airline flies between 2 cities

Where to sit?
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Motel 6

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Park 'n Fly hotels

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Magazines & Other sites:
MSN Travel Site for good articles (warning, this seems to be the slowest site on the internets)
Budget Travel Magazine & Website

US Consular Info Sheets

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