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Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003


What three things would you take to a foreign country?

Like Survivor, but not set on a desert island — it's a vast sprawling metropolis with unfamiliar terrain, terminology and script. Armed only with compass and guidebook, knowing they must do battle with taxi drivers, ticket machines and shop attendants, Melanie Burton asked our intrepid travelers what three things they would take with them upon traveling to a foreign country. Keep your wits about you folks; it's a jungle out there.

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Jon Routh
Director, 53

1.) My dog
2.) My wife of (course I should say that first)
3.) I reckon I'd need to take my credit cards with me

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Jeff Watson
Musician, 47

1.) I'd definitely need a knowledge of the language
2.) Knowledge and respect of the culture
3.) An absolute desire to spend a long period of time in the place that I go to

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Tony Chiu
Filmmaker, 30

1.) A guitar for inspiration
2.) A computer to write on
3.) A digital video camera

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Anne-Marie Holck
Student, 54

1.) A language dictionary
2.) Patience
3.) My best walking shoes

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Hiroko Furuya
Student, 20

1.) Of course, passport
2.) My cell phone (it has an alarm)
3.) Japanese food -- umeboshi!

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Mika Takemora
Marketing, 31

1.) I would have to take some books with me
2.) Microwavable rice, because rice in other countries just isn't the same
3.) Photo album of friends and family

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Ozzie Wright
Professional surfer, 27

1.) I'd need some money over there, I reckon
2.) A good friend or lover
3.) I'd have to take my drawing book with me aswell, I think

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