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May 8, 2008
I still have the two Berlitz Pocket Guides for Europe and the Greek Islands, bought at age 19 when working retail and dreaming I didn't. I would sit on a wooden bench in the mall during lunch breaks, enraptured by the sturdy little volumes full of promise - pictures and facts and vacation tips - believing that some day they would go with me on the vacation of my dreams.

That was back in 1986. The now sadly out of date guides have moved with me seven times within the same city.

Unfortunately, we still havenít made it to Europe.