four months

Four months from today I’ll be on a plane. That’s not atypical in a life filled with frequent travel, but this will be a special trip. Originally slated to coincide with my 40th birthday, but delayed due to life’s unplanned events (take that cancer), I’m heading to two countries I’ve never visited – England and Spain – for three weeks in the fall.

Though I typically start documenting a trip the day it starts, that doesn’t really tell the whole story, nor does it capture all the fun that goes into traveling. Mapping out the journey; reading about the places you will visit; making decisions about going east or west, north or south; determining what you’ll leave to chance and what you’ll plan ahead is one of my FAVORITE parts of traveling. It’s where the dreaming comes in, and who doesn’t LOVE to dream.

Plus I’m interested in your advice. I  have some “can’t miss” places on my list, but there are still many holes. Perhaps you can help me fill in the gaps. Where would you go? What would you do if you had three weeks in two amazing countries.

Indian Wells 2012: the players field – part one

Feliciano Lopez

Janko Tipsarevic

Juan Martin DelPotro

David Ferrer

Fernando Verdasco

Juan Monaco

Alexander Dolgopolov

Richard Gasquet

Indian Wells 2012: Andy Murray

Andy Murray didn’t stay long at Indian Wells, but I really enjoyed watching his practice session with his hitting partner, Daniel Valverde, and Darren Cahill. Though his new coach, Ivan Lendl, didn’t travel with him to Indian Wells, his mom and former coach, Brad Gilbert, were staying at my hotel. Even though he didn’t make it far in this tournament I believe Murray is going to have a great season.

UPDATE on 5 August 2012: Andy Murray is indeed having a great season! In addition to being a finalist at Wimbledon, he just won the gold medal at Wimbldeon during the London 2012 Olympics beating Roger Federer in three decisive sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Maybe the familiar refrain “Come on Andy” can now be replaced with “Way to Go Andy” or “Aces Andy”!

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