Travelogue (II)

Check out the blog’s ‘Travel’ page that I created today. I will update it whenever I have new places to add to the lists. This would help me keep a record of my whereabouts.

As you can see, other than China, I didn’t go anywhere outside the United States until 2006. This was largely due to my visa status – it was a hassle to re-apply. Additionally, once the Green Card application started, it was a risk to leave the country during the process, which took many years. Fortunately, there were many beautiful places in the US to keep me busy. 🙂

1997 – Visited Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York City for the first time. Shenandoah National Park was only an hour’s drive away so it became a regular place to explore over the years. From now on, I won’t count the dozens of trips to MD, WV, PA, NJ and NY.

1998 – Went to Guangzhou and Shenzhen in southern China during summer break; A road trip to Florida by way of VA, NC, SC and GA. I had a great time in Orlando, Miami and Key West.

1999 – Attended the Interface ’99 conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. This was my first ‘business trip’. It was also the first time that I gave a presentation and it went quite well. A friend drove me to Chicago afterwards. Unfortunately it was raining so hard that I wasn’t able to do much.

2000 – Attended Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Indianapolis. JSM is the largest gathering of statisticians in North America, usually held in early August. Several cities that I would visit in the years ahead were hosts of JSM. A road trip to Niagara Falls – its sight and sound took my breath away.

2001 – A 3000-mile road trip in western US – from Seattle to Portland to San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego to Las Vegas to Grand Canyon to Salt Lake City to Boise, crossing Cascade Range (no fun in winter) and back to Seattle. Visited three National Parks this year – Mount Rainier, Grand Canyon, Zion. They were all marvelous in their own way.

2002 – A trip to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon – again. A trip to Niagara Falls – again. You see, my parents came to visit me so I showed them around. The time we spent together and those precious memories will stay with me the rest of my life.

Okay, time to take a break. My mom just sent me a message so I will go talk to her on video. Till next time…

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