I pinned a map of the United States in my bathroom. I’ve never been there, and I have no money to go. But I’m not the tourist type, after all. I could go to New York, see the Rocky Mountains, the fluttering streets of San Francisco and ride the Route 66. Naaahhh. I just watch my map, and I wonder…
How is Cleveland? How are the houses near the border between North Dakota and Canada? Do people have an accent in Bothell, Washington, or Topeka, Kansas? Etc…
I would love to rent a car and explore this country randomly – personally I immediately want to try the Route 65, not the 66, which goes Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. Or the 70. Not the 66. No way.
I can wander on Google Maps (I’m currently visiting Bowbells, North Dakota – from there I’d take the 8th to see Four Bears Village; should I go to Bismark?).
I can choose to stay in a state this way : finding movies or documentaries filmed in Minneapolis, for example, on IMDB (there are 1148 movies) and watch the most movies possible during a month.
I could explore Flickr (1179 photos for Bowbells). YouTube? Facebook? What else?
So, well, choosing Route 70 and imagining I ride along on a bike. Slowly. I can imagine picking a little town and “staying” there for a month. Trying to “meet” people, trying to make friends, talking, Skyping with them… Then move North. Or West.
Traveling without moving.
Or Japan? Italy? Estonia? Nope. Topeka. I wanna see Topeka.
I laughed when you asked about accents in various parts of the United States. I was born and raised in Michigan and my cousins in Pennsylvania thought my sister and I had accents but we KNEW they were the ones with the accents! And not all Southern accents are the same! Folks from Tennessee sound very different than those from Louisiana and those folks sound different than the people from Texas!
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