Where We’d Go and What We’d Do, in 6 Words

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Passport awareness to me means knowing where the dreaded thing is.

GAD GRAPHICIt’s a viable fear, losing my passport in another country. Not that I jet-set. Were it not for Red Ventures’ annual company trip, the extent of my worldly travel could be summed up in a drive down Charlotte’s Central Avenue, with its Mexican bakeries and Mediterranean restaurants.

I compile a monthly post called “6 Words.”

Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt. September was National Passport Awareness Month.

In six words, tell us where you’d go, and what you’d do. Think “To Croatia, to get a tan” or “England, to change Pippa Middleton’s mind.”

What say you? Where would you go? What would you do? Here’s what my strange blogger friends say:

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1. To Italy and eat Italian food.

Lisa, of Blondie’s BEARista

2. Italy to shop, eat, drink wine.

Hilary G., of Feeling Beachie

3. India, to MODIfy the rape laws.

Patricia C., of New Bloggy Cat

4. Ireland, to find my soul’s roots.

Rhea M., of Life is Messy, Life is Marvelous

5. Paul, Jenn and Poutine in Montreal.

Jenn L., of The Pilgrimage

6. Italy, eating pasta and drinking wine!

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

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7. For the love of Pho, Vietnam.

Michelle D., of The Complete Savorist

8. To Ireland, to see the view.

Charlene A., of Thinking Outside the Pot

9. To England, to blackmail Prince Harry.

Deb R., of Deb Was Here

10. To Thailand, to taste life more!

Trina T., of Anything, Everything, All Things That Make Life

11. Banff. Kids should experience white Christmas.

Sandra, of A Momma’s View

12. To the Bahamas, to escape winter.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

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13. Win lottery, move to Hawaii forever.

Teri B., of Snarkfest

14. To Rome, to run a marathon.

Lauren B., of Lauren Boldizar

15. Giraffe Manor in Kenya, bucket list.

Michelle N., of A Dish of Daily Life

16. An African safari, to honor Joey.

Kathy G., of Kissing the Frog

17. Machu Picchu, to enrich my soul!

Julie M.

18. Sail the world to teach kids.

Josie L., of A Family Afloat

Photo courtesy of Annelise Rowe

19. Overseas to battle, fighting for freedom!

Second Lieutenant Aunie R., of Aunie Sauce

20. Everywhere! Just to experience different cultures.

Rox, of Unintentionally Brilliant

21. To Sweden, to celebrate our 25th!

Susan D., of Color Me Writing

22. Bonjour Mickey! Disneyland Paris with grandkids.

Mo L., of Mocadeau

23. Bath, England, to find Nicholas Cage.

Ellen, of 15 and Meowing

24. Around the world to beat Verne.

Diana T., of Creating Herstory

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25. To Italy, to drink the wine.

Susan, of A Woman’s View of Hunting … with Men

26. Forgot passport, can’t board the flight.

Clay W., of Making the Days Count

27. Oh, Paris! Bonjour, ma belle baguette!

Lulu, of The Real Adventures of Becoming (Whatever This Thing is That I Am Presuming is the Authentic and Genuine) Me

28. Peru, Uganda, Tanzania: Visit my children.

Casey A., of Hypervigilant.org

29. To Germany, I’d visit loved ones.

Lisa A., of Life of an El Paso Woman

30. Anywhere, barefoot, with my sweet girls.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy



  1. Ann Koplow says:

    Anywhere in the world, to love.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I love that one, Ann.

      1. Ann Koplow says:

        Love to you, Eli. ❤

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        A well-timed smile you’ve given me, Ann.

  2. ksbeth says:

    #28 is my favorite )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I had to go back and see whose that was, Beth. Thank you!

  3. stomperdad says:

    Not all who wander are lost. (HA! It’s 6 words!) This has been my motto pretty much for forever. Usually I am lost, though, I just don’t mind so I keep wandering. The only country I’ve been to (beside the US and Canada where I’ve lived) is Costa Rica. It was amazing!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Perfect, Eric. I’m so glad it’s true, because I wander. Lots. I don’t feel lost. Costa Rica would be cool. I’m going to want to check out the soccer in any nation to which I travel.

      1. stomperdad says:

        I’d love to see a game in Barcelona. Or Ireland. Or change it up and see the All Blacks play in New Zealand!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        That would be a scene, Eric. I’d pack a backpack and ride the train across Europe to see as much football as I could. I’d wear an All Blacks jersey proudly, too.

      3. stomperdad says:

        What are we waiting for? Lets go!

  4. Lulu says:

    Love it! Thanks for including me again! Everyone has such great ideas. It seems like Italy is a pretty popular choice. Maybe I should bump that up my list. Of course, your quote at the end sums it all up beautifully. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope it’s wonderful and wholehearted!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Lu. And I’m glad you were with us. I get to see the sentences come together all month …

      Italy and wine came up the most. We wound up in Roanoke for the weekend, for a tournament they canceled, because we were on the hook for the hotel. we made the best and had a decent getaway! Hope your weekend was great, too.

      1. Lulu says:

        Making the best of it… I like it. Sorry the tournament was cancelled, though! I did have a good weekend. It was delightfully long, because my office got Monday off for Columbus Day, and I wasn’t expecting a three-day weekend, so it was nice!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It’s a way of life, really, Lu. I would have loved to see my daughters play, of course. One got hurt playing anyway that weekend.

        I don’t think they know about Christopher Columbus here in the south, Lu. I could have used the three-day weekend!

      3. Lulu says:

        Hope everyone is healthy this weekend and there is good weather for some soccer matches, even if it is only a short two days. They are still the best two days of the week!

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        It was a good weekend for it all, Lu.

        I’ll take any day of the week with these girls (I got to spend some time just playing around on the field with the younger two today – and it was just a Tuesday!)

  5. Right about now, the Bahamas doesn’t sound too good to me with the recent hurricane, but sure once that dies down I will be back on that kick again as winter is surely on its way and truly not happy even thinking about it. Thanks for the inclusion once again this month 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      This hurricane still wreaks havoc on our region, and caused the cancellation of a great trip to Florida for Elise’s soccer team, Janine.

      So glad you could join us again.

  6. cricketmuse says:

    Go to Scotland, discover my roots.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I like that, C. Hope you someday make that trip.

      1. cricketmuse says:

        I look at the passport info sign going into the post office and dream.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Where do the dreams take you?

      3. cricketmuse says:

        Scotland’s Isle of Skye to find my kinsfolk. Dreaming but not schemin cuz there’s no place like home. I do be a homebody. Dreams are fun though.

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        Dreams are the cheese on the cheeseburger of life.

      5. cricketmuse says:

        Yes, and deciding on pepper jack or cheddar is one of the tougher decisions.

  7. Thanks for having me, Eli! ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Always a pleasure, Patricia.

  8. Nix says:

    Where my heart leads, I follow.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      … and that’s how I wound up on the cheese aisle again. Your sentiment carries more beauty, Nix.

  9. Kisma says:

    Sounds like we need a convention in Italy! I love this – as always thank you Eli for the invite!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Or at least in an Italian restaurant. I’ll drive. Thanks for playing along, as always, Tiff.

  10. claywatkins says:

    thanks Eli, I hope you and your family are safe and sound and Matthew is just a mat. peace.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Clay – Matthew washed out a soccer tournament for us, but that was about it for us, close to home (and not even, really – the tournament was in Roanoke, Va.)

      Thanks friend!

      1. claywatkins says:

        Good to hear.. glad you and family are okay. Stay well.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Thanks, brother.

  11. Stacey says:

    Ahhhhh good things happen on the Red Ventures Annual trip though my friend 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Yes.they.do, Stacey. Yes they do.

  12. AunieSauce says:

    Honored to be one of your “strange blog friends!” This is one of my favorite 6 words so far… the responses say so much about each person! Thanks again for including me… Aim High! Fly, Fight, Win!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, you’re one of the strangest, Aunie. It’s cool when we can answer these with the sky as the limit.

      I really appreciate your response, too. I had this photo from a prior six-words response of yours. Hope you don’t mind me pulling it out again!

  13. pilch92 says:

    Aww….yours is very sweet. It looks like Italy is a place many want to go. Thanks for letting me join in the fun.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Ellen. Italy definitely wins out. I’m glad you were in on the act.

  14. Hilary says:

    So much fun,,,, I so want to hop on a plane after reading this post!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Where the hell’s my passport?

  15. amommasview says:

    Oh I loved everything share there! Especially the move to Hawaii for good! Hey, I’m with you!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was a good little bit wasn’t it, Sandra? I’ve always wondered why the University of Hawaii doesn’t win the national championship in every sport.

      1. amommasview says:

        Ha! Good question… If I every manage to move there I will investigate…

  16. amommasview says:

    Reblogged this on A Momma's View and commented:
    You might as well want to hop on a plane after reading this post. Great take on the 6 word challenge. It sort of opened up the world to us 🙂

  17. Miriam says:

    Anywhere, anytime, just need more $$$ 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I could wear a T-shirt with that on it, Miriam. Thanks for visiting!

      1. Miriam says:

        Hey, no worries Eli. I’d buy one! 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’ll write it also on the blank pages of my passport!

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        Look forward to checking out your blog soon, Miriam.

      4. Miriam says:

        Anytime Eli, you’re very welcome there!

  18. Japan, for the photo-taking opportunities!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Perfect, Karen – and what an awesome post that would make, too.

  19. Rorybore says:

    Australia is my dream trip… but lately every time I see photos of Ireland or Scotland; something stirs deep within and I can hear Celtic music in the background. But I love your barefoot idea most of all.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There’s room for more than one dream, Rore. And you could go barefoot either place.

  20. mocadeaux says:

    It looks like Europe for the win. I can definitely get on board with all of the folks interested in going to Italy, especially for the food and wine. I will add that on after my time in Euro-Disney with the little guys. A special shout out to #19. Thanks, Aunie, for your service.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      No one said Zambia, Hong Kong or Guinea, did they Mo? Is Italian food and wine really better in Italy than it is in Aurora, Colo.; Newark, N.J.; or Long Beach, Calif.?

      Makes me wonder what Zambia-Disney might be like.

      This nation is in protected, strong and capable hands with the likes of Aunie, Mo. She’s an American hero.

  21. Battlefields in Europe, pay my respect.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Beautiful sentiment, Jenn.

      1. Hoping to use my recent inheritance and take just Big Guy (Hubby hasn’t caught on that just Big Guy means Just. Big. Guy.) Someday.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        You should make that someday soon, Jenn.

  22. TheJackB says:

    Always a good way to find new blogs to read.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s like a jumbo bag of jelly beans without the flavor or two you can’t stand, Jack.

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