What I did last summer.

From `science camp' on a Maine island to immersion in Hong Kong's innovative architecture, these travelers make the most of their time away from home.

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 2:18 p.m.

As a year-round resident of Gainesville, you've come to be familiar with that certain stillness that settles over the city come late spring-early summer, when the streets suddenly seem to clear, movie lines shorten and a bit of quiet descends.

Just call it the sound of students heading home.

But among the legions who annually take their leave are long-term Gainesvillians - permanent "I love it here" residents - who, nevertheless, depart every year for a summer life somewhere else. Perhaps you wonder, with a bit of envy, what it would be like to lock up and head off for parts unknown, not just for a two-week vacation, but for a healthy portion of Gainesville's most sweltering season.

Whether it be for work or avocation or to fulfill a dream, those who summer elsewhere come back renewed, with tales to tell, adventures to relate.

So read on, as we - in spirit at least - go along for the ride.

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