One fantastic benefits of my job is that I get to travel all over this great country. Unfortunately, I don't always take advantage of that fact. Most times I only see my hotel and the venue where I'm presenting. I don't take the opportunity to actually visit the place. Some examples of my travel faux pas are:
- Presenting in Buffalo and not seeing Niagara Falls.
- Presenting in Toronto and not seeing the CN Tower
- Presenting in New York and not seeing Central Park or the Empire State Building (this one's the worst as I go to New York ALL THE TIME)
- I'm sure there are many more that are escaping me right now...
Fortunately, I had to opportunity to rectify this situation slightly. Last week I went to Arizona for vacation and visited the Grand Canyon and this week while in Washington, DC for the launch event, I actually saw the White House. Now, I've been to DC many times (remember this one?), but this is the first time I've taken the time to see the White House. As many of you know, I didn't grow up in the U.S., I grew up in Guam and Australia (ok, Guam is technically a U.S. Territory, but whatever). And I have to say, my knowledge of U.S. landmarks really stinks. I really thought that the Grand Canyon was just a HUGE hole in the ground in the middle of a desert. It's NOT. It's altitude is between 7000 and 8000 feet, so you have to drive through mountains to get there! That blew my mind. Being so high also means it was COLD and SNOWY. I definitely didn't expect that. As for my misconceptions regarding the White House, it's a lot smaller than I thought! And a lot whiter. I mean, really bright white. I guess that's why it's the White House not the Eggshell Mansion. Anyway, I stand corrected. I feel better now that I've seen these two amazing symbols of what America stands for.