During the great snow in, Craig and I did a really good job of watching TV. We watched all of season 3 of Friday Night Lights, caught up on Greek, and have been obsessively watching the Olympics. Tonight, we of course tuned into the inthralling world of ice dancing, and also took advantage of the “past Oscar winners” category on my On Demand to see how much our eyeballs could endure.
For our viewing pleasure, we chose “Out of Africa.” Craig had never seen it and I am obsessed with it. One, I love Karen Blixen. We kind of share the same name, which makes us kindred spirits, and I also have a tiny little obsession with Robert Redford. And Meryl Streep. And anything filmed in Africa. So really it’s a win win.
Watching “Out of Africa” inspired me to flip through one of my favorite books, “The Earth from Above” by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. On a UNESCO grant, Bertrand photographed some of the most beautiful landscape on earth in helicopters and balloons. I first saw an exhibit of his photos in the Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris. They were displayed outside and all I wanted to do after gazing at them was sell my wears and see as much of the world as I could.
Nine years later, I still want to. One of my lifelong goals is to go to every country on earth. Yes, this sounds a tad ridiculous, but why not? I’ve been to 41 countries and there are 195 total. So that’s 154 left to visit. If I do 4 or 5 a year, I will be done by the time I’m 65. Sounds so doable when you put it that way!! War torn nations may be rough. Can’t say I’m dying to vacation in sunny Somalia right now, but if I could meet a person, take a picture, and experience something in every corner of the earth, I would be a very very fulfilled human being.