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Kelly Olynyk dreams of sushi and its homeland

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The Boston Celtics may not have had a banner season, but rookie Kelly Olynyk, the 7-foot-tall center (pictured at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H.), with the signature long locks, had a respectable first year, averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The 23-year-old Canadian stepped it up to average 25.7 points in his last three games and earned a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team. We caught up with Olynyk, who lives in Waltham and is enjoying playing for the Celtics — “Good fans,” he said — to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation spot? I don’t really go on vacation, so I’d probably say home with my family [parents and two sisters, one older, one younger] in Kamloops, British Columbia.

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Favorite food or drink while vacationing? For food, I’d say sushi, and for drink it would be water with lemon.

Where would you like to travel but haven’t? Japan. I love the culture of the country and I think it would be cool to visit.

One item you can’t leave home without when
traveling?
My hat. I wear all different types of hats, but mostly baseball caps.

Aisle or window? If there is a lot of leg room, then window, but if not, then it has to be the aisle.

Favorite childhood travel memory? When I was 8 and my sister was 10, we flew across the country to visit our grandma and aunt and uncle. It was just us and our backpacks. My parents flew out a week later.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Drinking soda. [Ginger ale is his carbonated beverage of choice.]

Best travel tip? When you go somewhere, experience the land and culture as if you were a local.

Juliet Pennington can be reached at writeonjuliet@comcast.net.
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