We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I may make one international trip this year, depends on finding a bargain to a great place. But mostly I have been on a discover America tour for the last 5 or 6 years. There is so much to see, so many places to visit. My advice: when you retire, buy a motor home and travel. See the USA in your Chevrolet. I could recommend some places but everything is already getting too crowded. Besides discovering it all for yourselves is half the adventure.
Our daughter studied in Kosice which is in eastern Slovakia and is an interesting and relatively small city. During our daughter's time there, I was able to visit several times (someone had to bring over the extra supplies such as peanut butter, soy sauce, marshmellows, Oh Henry Bars, etc., etc, and it was cheaper to fly over with a couple of suitcases than try to ship anything), and thoroughly enjoyed this city. The zoo itself is great (take the bus by the dorms for the vet school, although you can also catch the right one by the main terminal) and the city was a delight for our family; we do live in a part of Canada where not-that-distant relatives were pioneers. There are also interesting cities to visit - Bardejof and Levoca come to mind - which we enjoyed.
What I enjoyed most, however, was the good fortune to "see" who people lived in Kosice, albeit through the lens of a foreign student who probably lived a more privileged life there. But it was a chance not often granted, and one for which our family will always be grateful.
Should have been "to see how" people lived in Kosice. Not that touristy, so still shopped and ate with locals; husband got a really good belt from the leather worker whose shop was next to our pension.
Returned a few years ago with daughter on the occasion of her Uni's 25th (start of English program). We thoroughly enjoyed our return to Kosice and were glad to see the city is prospering.