Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My Dream Place

I've heard about Andorra over the years, and the more I hear about it, the more I want to go. The principal of my school in Florida, Mr. Pritz, used to live there when he was younger. His parents were missionaries, and to hear him describe the place made you just want to see it: cobblestone streets, the city nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, centuries old architecture, history at every curve....marvelous. It doesn't help that my friend, Sabrina, is enjoying Scotland with castles on every corner! It's given me the European travel bug. But I digress.

A few years ago, I found myself on a long bus ride with a young lady from Portugal. She was describing Portugal, (which by the way sounds wonderful as well) and talking about her job there (she works for the chinese cultural center...who knew???) when I asked her about Andorra. You should have seen her eyes light up. She talked about the river that runs through the city, about how you feel like you've stepped back in time, how isolated but quaint it was, cafes all around, and I was hooked. SO, take a good look. I'll be there some day, and I'll just walk the streets in a dream-like state.... OK. I'm sure there are down sides to being there, but don't burst my bubble. I'm sure they probably have dandelions, though. :)


Craver Vii said...

Would you believe that until this post of yours, I have never heard of Andorra? Yes, I live under a rock. Anyway, I looked it up, and wow! When they say, "Long live Andorra," they aren't kidding. They have the longest life expectancy on earth!

(Dandelions... hisss!)

Stacy said...

When I was teaching middle school in Florida, one of my students went all the way to the National Geography Bee (HE taught ME a lot about Geography!!!). Anywho, he made to six final contestants, when Alex Trebek asked him a question and the answer was Andorra. I could tell by the look on his face that he didn't know the answer (which is astonishing, really!). You should have seen me. On my hands and knees in front of the TV yelling "ANDORRA!!!!!" ha!

I didn't know about the life expectancy thing, though. Pretty cool. Must be the mountain air.