When you were a kid, did you ever think you would be sitting one day chatting with people from around the world like we are here?
I would never have thought this possible, but i sure love it.
No, never thought of it until I got friend abroad via the radio.
But I find it funnier I meet people from a village I once lived in, at the othar side of the globe. I guy lived 3 blocks from my house and I met him in Paragauy. On my last trip I met a guy at Victoria BC and he was born only a block from my house.
BTW Do I have to bring beer for you Claus?
Claus I would not have thought it was possible a little more than ten years ago. That was when, as a senior, I bought my first computer. It's pretty awesome, isn't it?
there was a time - and it only seems like yesterday - when an electric typewriter seemed to me about the pinnacle of human achievement
but of course there were no people from all round the world chatting away on it
i got a big fright the first time someone "spoke" to me via a typing machine
I still find talking to folks all over the globe to be an awesome concept. What is even more special, I think, is when you really get to know some of the people and get to meet them.
I love chatting with people around the world. So enlightening. And the bonus is when you get to meet them. Just recently I went to Key West where I met spacemanspiff (Chris) who had never heard from me before I emailed him and told him I was taking a vacation "in his backyard". He was most gracious to Barb and me. Instant friends.....the VT way. :-) Also finally got to meet Homer in the Miami area. Both pics can be seen at my travel pages, Key West.
I've never met anyone in person who was not friendly and geniune. Love this place.
Nice to hear SONG.
Chris joined vt after he went cycling with me and vt member travmad from Washington DC to Cumberland a few years ago :)
Yes indeed. Christ mentioned you immediately when we met him for lunch the first day. In fact, he has now left KW and is on an adventure on the East Coast sailing for a while and then heading for Seattle to bike for 2-3 months.
AHHHHH.....easy life!!! He is super nice.
You had a divine meeting?
Never in a million years, my universe growing up in San Francisco area was limited to my school, outside friends and relatives. As a kid I was amazed when transistor radios first came out :) My how things have changed and so much for the better with things like VT!
As a kid our family was spread over three continents, but we sent old type spool tapes to each other chatting about this and that. It did take some time for the tapes to arrive via snail mail, but we got to hear the voices. I rember then the old science fiction stories about how they had their gadgets and other wonderfull stuff they could communicate with, but I never imagined what we have today. Ok, we don't have flying cars yet, but the rest of the stuff we have is way more awsom than they imagined 50 years ago
I am a bit surprised at the responses. I remember as a teen thinking, I hope I am around when everyone has a phone in their pocket. I did not think of my further contemplations/concept as a "home computer", but thought of having a handheld device with the sum of human knowledge at a press of a button, as being just a matter of time.
Not really anything special, as I was a big scifi fan as a kid. So the ideas in my head were already thought of by scifi writers. I was always contemplating the time/space between science fiction and possible scifi becoming science fact in my lifetime.
I did however think that I would be talking to y'all from my inevitable flying car.......d:o)
Claus being a active tour manager though, has brought up feelings of envy, as I have often thought, - since joining VT, - how my tour managing years could have been so much more vivid and special due to talking to VT friends, while on the job. I litterally want to get back on the road as a TM, just to be able to whip out the laptop, and yell, - "hey peeps, I am now in Viet Nam, and next week I will be in the Azores....."
Crikey, - I would so friggin' love that!
So, yeah Claus, I do get it, - ya cheeky likka rasta.......d:o)
The first time i logged oon to vt, a little over ten years ago, i first did so to answer a question in the travel forum, but then i realised that u could sit in rural Denmark and cheat with people from around the world and that was when i got stuck on this site.
Then 6 months later i met the first vt member in real life (a charming little mexican girl) and then i was really stuck here because i saw that this was a really good place to build friendships with people around the world who had the same interests as me.
And today i can´t stop thinking what a pain in the arse it would be not having the internet as a tour leader.
This has really made our job so much easier.
Just had my work papers for the next trip to the Azores mailed to me yesterday so i can sit here in a nice little cafe in Nepal preparing myself for the trip instead of having to spend time in Danmark doing it.
By the way:
I have a few photos of me and Chris cycling on this link:
"CYCLING MARYLAND." - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park by cachaseiro
I never considered it at all and I do wonder what any of my late grandparents, all born before the aeroplane was invented, would make of it all.
Where will we be in 30 years from now, I wonder?
This is so hard to predict Fergy.
I remember seeing this article from the 1950's a few years ago where scientists tried to predict what the world would be like in the yar 2000.
They got some things right, but they also predicted that we would all have private helicopters by 2000.
And the really funny thing was that when you looked at the illustrations, then all the women were busy cleaning and cooking in the home in 200.
the scientists did not have the imagination to think of a modern career woman.
I remember that some years ago, when somebody went abroad, it was like being abducted, we lost track of a person, and all of a sudden, we received a postcard............
Thanks for the memory Claus. When I was about 13yrs. I got an old halicrafters shortwave from a neighbor bought the tubes to get it going and listened to BBC, radio free America and so many foreign broadcasts that I couldn't understand it made my head swim. I had traveled since then all around the states and Canada but when I joined VT it was like getting the two way I always wanted. Since then I've met up with members in North Carolina, Minnesota, Ottawa, and my besties numerous times in Sonoma. Best trip together with v'ters was picking up Betska from Australia in Dallas and driving to NOLA for my birthday with Rixie and her wonderful family. It truly is a small world here.:-)
>>then i realised that u could sit in rural Denmark and cheat with people from around the world
hahaha, Claus! You go right ahead. I'll stay with chatting.
The true master of typos :).
Life is more fun without speeling control :)
I just wished that we had Skype when my parents saw 3 of their kids emigrate from Holland to Canada and the USA in a two year time .
That would have been great Claus .
It was because of the internet that I and few friends were able to organize a reunion with a Sea Cadet school I attended from 1961 -1963 .
That was really cool .
Also another reunion with grade school kids .
Now I did not think 50 years ago that I would communicate with my friend 50 years later
It is indeed great Claus .
Yeah I like this post as I remember at school sitting in class one summers day thinking I would like to have a friend from every country but how would this be possible unless I travelled around the world...? Great to think that its come true with the help of technology via the internet. As I've met so many wonderful people from around the globe and I sure love it.....!
Nice to see you here Fen.
I'll just have to pop over to London soon for another pint with you.