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A friend recently commented that I seemed less than satisfied with my recent trip to Spain, and I have to agree with her. Some of my dissatisfaction was caused by circumstances beyond my control, such as the closure of the archeological museum in Madrid, which I'd been looking forward to visiting. The other disappointment was being unable to hear Escalonia, the boys' choir at Montserrat.

I wouldn't have visited either Madrid or Barcelona again were it not for my desire to visit the museum and hear the boys' choir. I've visited both cities a couple of times and would have chosen other places.

My 2009 trip involved a lot of jumping around--landing in London, then to Bath, back to London and a day trip to Bletchley Park, then to Berlin and by car to Lubbenau, Quedlinburg, Dürnstein, Melk Abbey, and finally Vienna. When I look at that list, I'm impressed with how much hopping around I did, but it was a great trip.

Perhaps that's what I need to remember. I tend to think of myself as lazy traveler because I am not interested in being on the go from morning to night, but I guess I like to see a lot of places, even if it means a good deal of travel between them.

I'm also reminding myself to stay away from cities I've visited in the past, unless there's something specific that I want to see, and then to stay the minimum amount of time, since otherwise I seem to get bored.

How about you? What have you learned about your travel preferences?

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