The nearly three years I lived in Spain across the bay from Cadiz. I was able to experience the people and cultures of my host country as well as Greece, Italy, France and Bavaria. My time in Europe opened my eyes and mind to a global perspective.
In Feb 2003, I played in the first and only pool tournament that Donald Trump ever sponsored. It was held in the Trump Marina, in the Grand Cayman Ballroom. My friend and I had comped rooms and food for a week in the middle of a blizzard. It was wild.
For seeing nature, Deception Pass on the very northern edge of Washington State, just below Canada. Mountainous cliffs rise directly out of ocean, and waves that have crossed 6,000 miles are pounding against the continent, trying to push it out of the way.
For culture and history, a pilgrimage to India, 3 weeks visiting where the Buddha was conceived, born, raised, Awakened, taught, and passed away.
For climate and relaxation, visits to the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, when my dad used to live there.