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Prompt: Places I’ve Been
Have you been somewhere interesting? Do you have a favorite vacation spot? Is there a local place you love to go? Are you a world traveler? A local traveler? A homebody that only dreams of places to go? (You can always make this about places you’d like to visit!)
One of the best things about having been in the Army myself and now married to it is that it has given me the opportunity to go a lot of places that I might never otherwise have gone to. I have been to Europe and Southeast Asia and seen things that I certainly would never see in my hometown of Potsdam, NY.
Stonehenge is probably one of my most powerful experiences. It was truly magical to see that ancient, magical place for myself. It was a powerful experience. I visited Glastonbury Abbey, too, another amazing experience. The history there is so amazing and I want to go back some day.
In the US itself, I have lived all over the place. I was born in raised in northern NY. When I was 17, I “lived” for 2 months at Fort Dix, NJ. I say “lived” because I was there for basic training, a whole new kind of living. I spent the next two semesters in Albany, NY for college and then spent the next summer at Fort Jackson, SC for another 2 months before going back to Albany for one last semester. Then I went active duty and the fun really began. I spent the next year at the Presidio of Monterey in California, learning Polish at the Defense Language Institute. From there, I moved to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX for 6 months of AIT. Then it was off to Fort Meade, MD to spend the next 2.5 years working at the NSA. After that I moved back to DLI to learn Vietnamese for a year before my favorite PCS… Schofield Barracks, HI. Hawaii was and is my soul home. I have never felt more connected, more at home than I did in this place. It is where my soul will always live.
But then my grandfather became ill and I had to end my Army time and go back to NY. I stayed there for the next 2.5 years until I went back in the Army and headed back to Fort Jackson, SC for nine months. Then I ended up at Fort Lee, VA, where I met my lovely husband. After a few years, it was back to NY for almost 8 years while the hubs was stationed at Fort Drum. Now we are here in the deserts of southern Arizona at Fort Huachuca, AZ.
And there ends the places I have been to date!!