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I'm under deadline with the clock ticking and just didn't have the brain-space left to craft a 13 today. Fortunately, I didn't have to, I pulled in the lovely Kimberley Troutte instead. I know you're in capable hands.



Xakara has graciously allowed me to play the Thursday Thirteen with you. I thought it would be easy.
I was wrong. It’s amazingly difficult to think of thirteen things that go together (unless we are talking
about doughnuts or cookies!). I stewed about this for a couple of days, wondering what in the world I
could share.

Then I thought about Sara, the main character in my book SOUL STEALER, who comes face-to-face with
Death and negotiates for more time. Sara clearly understands the value of her last few days on earth
and uses those precious minutes wisely.

So that got me thinking. Am I using my time wisely?

On a whole, I’d say yes. I love my life, my family, community and home. But I’m going to let you in on a
secret—there is one teensy little thing that is missing. Travel.

I love to travel, but after having kids and a day-job and bills and more day-jobs and more bills, it became
harder to pick up and go. Still, I want to go. Sometimes desperately. I crave the adventure of seeing new
places, meeting new faces, being awed by the world around me.

And suddenly I know which thirteen things I want to share…
Thirteen Places I Long to Visit

1) Greece. OMG, I’ve always wanted to see Athens. Who doesn’t? Those white buildings
overlooking the deep blue sea. Ancient history all around. The food!

2) Rome. Okay, a trip to both Greece and Rome would be amazing. A lifetime adventure. Dang, I
might be drooling a little over here.

3) France. Especially during the Tour de France. My hubby and I are big cycling fans, so I would
LOVE to follow the Tour cycling route.

4) Switzerland. Those gorgeous mountains and fresh air.
5) Ireland. Come on, can any place really be that green? I want to see for myself.

6) Australia. I have been to Sydney and would go back in a heartbeat. Great people, beaches,
amazing Barrier Reef.

7) New Zealand. I went when I was a girl. Such a beautiful place. Friendly, friendly people.

8) Hawaii. Snorkeling, surfing, exploring, volcanoes, coffee, warm gentle breezes scented arm air
scented by amazing flowers…What’s not to love?

9) Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. Always wanted to go there. The mountains,
the beauty, the wildness of it, the freedom. Just not in the Winter, or when it’s too hot.

10) Caribbean Islands. I’ve been to a few of them and would love to see more. Swimming,
snorkeling, warm water, great food….Wow, this list is really stirring up the travel lust.

11) New York. Always, wanted to see the Big Apple. Always. The city, food, Broadway? Where’s my

12) Canada. So close, but so far. I’ve seen pictures and know a few amazing Canadians. Would love
to go there. Maybe by train. Or ship!

13) Florida. The kids would love Disney World and the beaches. And those Florida Keys!
One day, hopefully soon, I want to see all thirteen places and more.

Kimberley Troutte has two books published by Samhain Publishing, SOUL STEALER and CATCH ME
IN CASTILE. She is a Southern California girl. She lives with her husband, two sons, one dog, and
three very large snakes. She’s been an accountant, substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a
major defense contractor, real-estate broker, aerobics instructor, freelance writer and caregiver to
creatures the kids/hubby/dog drag in.

Visit her at: www.kimberleytroutte.com

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Apr. 14th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
You have a great wish list. I love to travel too. Am I allowed to say that I've visited 11/13? Hubby and I don't have kids to worry about. That makes all the difference ;)

Apr. 14th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
good to see you here.
It's wonderful that you have gotten to travel with your hubby. My parents were able to work it out with kids. Now I realize what a true blessing that was. It's expensive! And hard with everyone's schedules. And challenging. I do want to take them places, though.
I'm working on Hawaii for next year.
Apr. 14th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Ah, yes....
How lovely it would be to travel - and if you time it right you could come to Italy during the Giro, and I could hang with you and you could keep me from molesting innocent (or not-so-innocent) cyclists.

Which brings me to your #4: "Switzerland. Those gorgeous mountains and fresh air."

Don't forget the boys in lycra... ;) (I've got a one-track mind - but I like where it's going!)
Apr. 14th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Ah, yes....
Oh man, KMenozzi, Italy during the Giro would be amazing. Could we pass ourselves off as massage therapists for those lycra boys?
And what about Swiss-Italians? I've met a few and they are not bad to look at either.

My house is on the Amgen Tour of California route this year. I'll be thinking of you as the cyclists speed by my front yard.
Re: Ah, yes.... - (Anonymous) - Apr. 14th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 14th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
NYC is wonderful--I go to work there every day and I still love it.
Apr. 14th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
New York
You are one lucky woman!
Adelle Laudan
Apr. 14th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
This reminds me of this commercial on right now about parents taking their kids to Disneyland, and the kids reactions. Every time I see it I feel guilty I could never afford to take my kids.
Australia is at the top of my list of places to see. Another is British Columbia, just to sit in the hot springs of the Rocky Mountains.

Happy T13!
Apr. 14th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
I know, that commercial kills me.

I do have a funny story, though. Last year, we took little man to Disneyland. Unfortunately, it was one of those rare rainy days in Southern California (except for this year, we've had a ton of rain). Anyway, we waited in line in the rain for two hours for the very first ride. When we got to the front, the ride stopped and the attendants told us it was broken!

My son looked at me and said, "I thought this was supposed to be the happiest place on earth. This sucks!"

British Columbia would be another awesome place to go. You sold me at "hot springs". Where'd I put my list?

Thanks, Adelle.


Apr. 14th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
5. it is that green, but not as green as your imagination. I was underwhelmed and it's more miserably damp than you can imagine.
2. Rome was fabulous. the gelato there is the best in the world. walking tours of where Roman emperors worshipped ancient gods is humbling ground of history. there is ancient casually sitting beside neon. marvelous.
Apr. 14th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: travelling
whoops that was Pearl
Re: travelling - (Anonymous) - Apr. 14th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 14th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'm having a serious case of travel lust now, too.
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: travel
Sighhhhh. Me too.

Apr. 14th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Peaking in to say that I'll happily go with you anywhere on the list! Preferrably everywhere--although Switzerland is a new consideration for me.
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
To Xakara
Whooo-ya! Wouldn't that be awesome?

We could start with gelato in Rome, meet KMenozzi to watch the Giro and her boys is lycra, skip on over to Switzerland and do the whole European tour.

Deep sigh.

Apr. 14th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Alice Audrey
I spent eight hours in a Miami airport once. Does that count as visiting Florida? Well, I like to count it, but I intend to go back sometime.
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Alice Audrey
Eight hours in any airport is more like a visit to Purgatory.
Sorry you had to suffer that, Alice! You'll have to go back for real.
I went to Orlando last year for the annual Romance Writer's of America Conference. It was totally awesome, but the conference took up most of my time and I didn't get to sight-see too much. I want to go back too. What I saw was beautiful.

Apr. 14th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and get this.

My son and my parents are leaving tomorrow for Alaska! I know! I didn't get invited. Can you believe that?

I am thrilled for my boy. This will be a great adventure for him and it is wonderful that he gets to spend time with the grandparents.

A couple of years ago they took him to the Galapagos Islands!!! I forgot to add that to my list. I HAVE to go there one day.
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Alaska
Oops, that was me again. The Alaska/Galapagos ranter.
I haven't figured out how to post under my own name, so I keep showing up anonymous. No biggee.

Kimberley Troutte
Re: Alaska - xakara - Apr. 14th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Sigh...I wish I could afford to travel to just one of the places on your list, but-alas-I can't even afford to travel within my own state.
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Heather
Oh man, Heather, that's tough. How about train, or bus? Carpooling with some friends to travel within your state at least? I hope you get that opportunity somehow. I'll be routing for your finances to improve so that you can get out and go on a wonderful dream vacation. Meeting new people, trying new foods, seeing the world a different way, getting out of your same-oh-same-oh routine are all great things to do. I learn so much from others and one of the things that always strikes me is that we are so much alike. No matter where we live or the languages we speak, we are more alike than we are different. We are not alone. That's a cool thing.

Apr. 14th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
great places to visit
Awesome list! Would love to travel to any of those places too. Rome and New Zealand are definitely my top choices. Thanks for sharing. :)
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: great places to visit
Two great ones, for sure.

Thanks for stopping by, Lorien.

Apr. 14th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Great list. I really want to visit Ireland and Scotland, lands of my heritage.
Apr. 14th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Lands of heritage
You have to go find those roots!
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
You have a great list of places here! A trip to Greece would be absolutely amazing and I'd love to see the greens of Ireland. Happy Thursday!


Apr. 14th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Thursday, Holly.

You know the more we talk, the more places I want to add:
The Tahitian Islands. Bora Bora in one of those little huts sitting out in the blue water.

Apr. 14th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Fabulous Thursday 13!
Great list, and inspiring too. I might just borrow that idea for a list down the road!

My list would include the Mediterranean, and Great Britain, and Africa for a safari... and I will ponder others...

Happy Thursday!
Sherilee @ Sweet Tea and Sunshine
Virginia Cavanaugh
Apr. 14th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
I want to go to a number of those places as well. :D
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