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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.


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
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.

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