Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Six Places

Happy Tuesday! I hope you have enjoyed a great one. Mine started off on an excellent note when I walked out to my car feeling a cooler temperature - I almost felt chilly - and it continued on at work when I was able to give many future residents a look at their future home. I love it when excited and enthusiastic freshmen come by to look at SRD, but it also makes me nostalgic because I absolutely remember coming to look at my room when I was at UT for orientation. I love sharing stores about my time at SRD, as it is certainly a great place to be.

Anyway, I certainly could have blogged while I was at work, as I only had a couple of small projects to complete, but I chose to waste away my time on the Internet, doing who knows what. You need a day like that every once in a while, though, right? I came across a few cute articles that I will be sure to share soon!

After I got off work, I headed over to Gregory to take advantage of the sunshine and partake in a little afternoon swim. I got a surprise visit from Dylan, so in return I watched him play a little basketball before coming back to my house to cook a delicious dinner of chicken sausage, zucchini squash, and brussels sprouts. I was pretty bummed last week when I took out my brussels sprouts and found a little bit of mold on them, so I made sure to cook these in a more timely manner this week.

With a full stomach I headed over to Half Price Books to find a copy of The Hunger Games so that I can get a jump start on my summer reading. While there, I also picked up a few other books so that I can slowly but surely build up a classroom collection of some of the Classics. However, I will also be sure to have copies of the more popular Young Adult novels - hey, I like reading them, too! 

Half Price Books is truly a bargain - books that have been well-read and love, all at a low price. I just don't know how you can beat that!

Six Places

Like the Seven Wants, day five of the Ten Day You Challenge is pretty open-ended. There are so many places that I have visited and absolutely loved, but the direction I am going to take is talking about six places I would most like to go. I am going to preface this list by saying there are probably about six hundred places I would like to visit, but I'll limit this list to the number it asks for.

Seattle, Washington
One of my favorite uncles recently moved from Houston to Seattle, and I am dying to go and visit him. I have heard nothing but great things about the city, and though I am not a coffee drinker, I would love to visit the original Starbucks.

Interlaken, Switzerland
When Sarah and I were in Europe, one of the places we really wanted to visit, but just couldn't fit into our schedule, was Switzerland. Specifically, Interlaken. I think it's the thrill-seeker in me, but I am just dying to go canyon jumping, and Interlaken is one of the two places in the world where that can happen. 

Machu Picchu, Peru
I recently had a few YoungLife friends travel to Peru, and after seeing Instagram post after Instagram post, I decided that it is a must-do on my travel list. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu would be the ultimate accomplishment, because it combines exercise with absolutely stunning views. I love vacations, but I think I prefer to be active and exploring new places.

Santorini, Greece
After seeing Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, I don't see how anyone couldn't want to travel to Santorini. With views like this, you must feel as though you are waking up on a postcard, and I hear this volcanic island is known for its sunsets, which you guys know are one of my very favorite things!

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
I have a little bit of Irish in me, so naturally Ireland is at the top of my to-travel list. One of my roommates studied abroad a couple of semesters ago and posted a breathtaking picture from the Cliffs of Moher, and I just have to get there (and the rest of Ireland - Dublin is a literary dream).

Cinque Terre, Italy
While there are many cities I want to visit in Italy, I think Cinque Terre tops that list. The rest of the country is full of museums, Cinque Terre offers a break from the norm and allows you the opportunity to stretch your legs and take in the beauty of this happy and colorful town.

And one of the perks of becoming a teacher is the fact that I will still have Christmas, spring, and summer break, so it's no question that some of my salary will be set aside for traveling!

*Disclaimer: I originally typed this post up last night, and never actually posted it! Whoops!

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