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Last updated February 07, 2016. 

Travel Tales

Alan Gamboa Traveled Europe July 1999-Sept. 1999

July 5, 1999 August 1, 1999 September 5, 1999
July 14, 1999 August 9, 1999 September 19, 1999
July 21, 1999 August 18-19, 1999 September 25, 1999
August 28, 1999


September 25, 1999 And Now for My Final Thought...

When one person travels around Western Europe for 11 weeks he can't help but come back a changed man.  Meeting new people from new cultures and finding out the world isn't quite so big as he thought...

OK, Jerry Springer impersonations aside, I really did have an incredible trip, easily the best time of my life.  But it has been good to get back to real life and to some of the things I had missed: friends and family, my car, In-N-Out, Mexican food, and Roscoe's to name a few.

Since I've been back, people have often asked me what my favorite country is, but that is just such a hard question because I liked different countries and areas for different reasons.  Some of my favorite places were: the Greek Isles, the Swiss Alps, Scandinavia, and Spain.  My 3 favorite cities were Berlin, Paris, and Barcelona.  I didn't really go any place that I hated or anything, but some of the places I liked less were Athens, Naples, and Vienna.

As for the future adventures (or lack thereof) of Traveling Alan... I don't know.  I've seen enough churches and museums for now.  So if I do return to Europe, I would stay in one place longer to really get to know it.  I'd love to even live in Barcelona, Paris, or Stockholm for a time, perhaps teaching or tutoring English or just doing odd jobs.  As far as the rest of the world, I have a few ideas.  One trip involves extended time in the Greek islands, then off to Israel, Egypt, and Turkey.  Another trip might be Australia and New Zealand with a detour to someplace in Asia (Thailand or Bali perhaps).  Then of course, there's the great American road trip: I'd still like to see New Orleans, New York, D.C., and a few other places.  I'd also be interested in returning to Costa Rica (I was only 6 last time) and perhaps exploring a little of Central and/or South America and/or the Carribean.   But I'm going to put off any big trips until I graduate in 2-3 years.

It's actually been weird readjusting to life in the States.   I was at Walmart and I had to resist the urge to ask someone if they spoke English before I started talking to them.  And I was eating my double-double at In-N-Out and I kept turning my head when I heard people speaking English because I had developed that reflex... oh, there must be Americans here, where are they?  That kind of thing.   And it's strange that I don't have to use division to figure out how much something costs (the worst was Spain where I had to divide by 150).

Anyhow, the web page is now finished.  I didn't expect to complete it so quickly, but my friend Brandon has a scanner now and not only scanned all my pictures for me, but also did some amazing touch up jobs on some of them that hadn't turned out so well (thanks mang).  I myself touched up the letters a bit: fixed typos, revised a little, added some more anecdotes (about 10-20% more per email), and scanned about 40 pictures and 3 of my drawings.  So if you get a chance, check it out at:

and don't forget to sign the Guestbook at the bottom of the "Main" page!

By the way, remember Nadine went home early for a job interview with a bank?  She got the job!

Well, I've enjoyed writing these little e-mails and I hope you've enjoyed reading them.

So take care of yourselves, and each other.


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