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Wednesday conversation: Getting away from it all

Posted by Robin Abrahams  July 13, 2011 09:26 AM

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Mr. Improbable and I are taking a long weekend in North Adams, to see Mass MoCA and generally enjoy the Berkshires. What's your favorite getaway, one that really renews your mind and nerves and soul? 

For me, most of the time, it's urban. Urban urban urban. I find New York City strangely relaxing, and that's usually my first bid for a getaway. I don't like to plan lots of activities on a vacation, although I'll try to hit every museum I can. I love walking, and sitting in sidewalk cafes watching people. 

What gets you away from it all? What are the components of a good vacation (of any length) for you? Do you look primarily for relaxation, or for renewal? Comfort or novelty? 
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