David N. Townsend
These pages catalogue my many travels over the years. They
include some background on my international interests,
chronological lists of my major trips, and descriptions of some
of the most memorable journeys. As my technology improves, I'll
add photos, and I'll keep elaborating on the voyages themselves.
I'm not sure why anyone outside of a handful of family,
friends, and colleagues (that's the third "gue" word on
this page) might be interested in any of this, but with the
Internet, you never know. Maybe I met you on one of these trips,
and you've been trying to track me down ever since. If you're the
one who stole my camera in Barcelona in 1980, or my other camera
in Frankfurt in 1992, you can keep them, but please just send me
the un-developed film; I lost some great photos. If you're a
woman who sat next to me on a plane and has been searching for me
ever since, sorry, I'm happily married now.
Maybe you just want to know more about some of these exotic
locations. If so, I'll be happy to provide more insight, if you'd
like to email me at DNT@DNTownsend.com
- Background: Brief
background information on my travel interests and
experiences. Pure bio.
- Before 1991:
Major personal trips, including Dartmouth
Foreign Study in Toulouse and my first Honeymoon to
France. A lot of domestic travel around the U.S.,
with Texas and Washington, D.C. the leading locales. Some
descriptive, journal entries.
- 1991: My
most intense travel year, as I initiated my international
consulting practice. Some 15 different
international trips, many to Mexico, but also Indonesia,
Finland, other parts of Europe. The first Finland
trip, including travel above the arctic circle to
Lapland, remains my favorite experience, although there's
been a lot of competition.
- 1992: Down to 10
major trips, but to even more fascinating places: Moscow,
Budapest, and Prague, just after the fall of Communism,
plus Beijing and the newly opened Forbidden City. I
also spent time in the Cayman Islands and Acapulco, and
returned to Helsinki. I also went back to Mexico on an
official state of Massachusetts Mission, with Gov.
- 1993: The pace of
travel slowed, but included my first trip to the
Philippines, which was the impetus for meeting my (2nd)
wife, Jen. Also a very special return to Mexico,
with a magical visit to a country home in Malinalco. I
also got back to London for the first time since 1980,
and saw Vancouver, too.
- 1994: Another
intense year, including much major family travel as well.
The most incredible trip was to Turkmenistan,
almost a journey to another century. I went to
Cairo, my first to an Arab country, plus 3 more visits to
London and a return to Beijing. With the family, we spent
10 days in the Philippines, seeing Jen's old home and
friends, as well as conducting business. We also went to
both Disney World and Disney Land in the same year, and
Jen and I hit the Virgin Islands.
- 1995-96: As
my international business ventures slowed, so did my
travel. In 1995, I spent a lot of time in Canada,
and had only one project overseas, which allowed me to
bring Jen to Paris in October. In 1996, my only major
project before leaving to form my own company was in
Costa Rica, which I visited three times. One of my
first major independent projects concluded with a
conference in Geneva, to which I again brought Jen.
- 1997: This year saw
my first travels into sub-Saharan Africa. First was
a business trip to Tanzania in March, followed by another
most fascinating experience, a trip to post-Apartheid
South Africa. A quick visit again to Geneva in
October, then an even more magnificent return to South
Africa in November. December included a business trip to
the Bahamas, with Jen accompanying me again, naturally.
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