Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Living Vicariously through Rick Steves

Travel excites me.

These are my top 3 dream destinations, not in any particular order.

Greece. Watching the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1 & 2) gets me fired up for a trip to Greece. Today, flights from MCO near $500 per person for a week trip in September.

Australia. Awesome accents, sweet hats, great actors. Australia has a lot to offer. Exotic, adventurous, the location for many exciting films. I've wanted to travel here since I first saw Rescuers Down Under. I even researched exchange programs when I was in college. Alas, the expense deterred me. $1500 flight per person. Yikes.

Ireland. This trip might include the entire UK if I have the time. Ireland seems so romantic, so full of history and adventure. Ireland charms my heart with its stone castles and cottages. It's also the most affordable flight fare: $349 per person.

Since I vow to only post my own photography, here are some photos of what the US has to offer travelers: gorgeous beaches, breath-taking farmlands, and chic cities, to name a few.









New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Somewhere in Wisconsin
Chicago, Illinois

Friday, May 22, 2009

Rainstorms

Every human being on the earth can relate to rain.

From the tribes of Papua New Guinea to the residents of Long Island's Hamptons, all people know rain. It is experience with rain that differs.

This weekend, Zane and I drove back from North Carolina in the rain. Heavy rain. Deluge rain. Scary-to-drive-in rain. The same rainstorm has been hovering over central Florida every day this week. While I sit warm and dry in my living room, I have one thing to say about rain:

It is glorious.

It also brings back some great memories. I'll share some with you.



England, June 2005. This rain was not like Florida rain. It was cold, windy rain. The kind that pops your umbrella inside-out while wisping away your body heat.





Nicaragua, June 2006. So, not the best drainage system, but this rain was essential to life. It kept us cool, day and night, in a country practically on the equator.






Hawaii, June 2007. If it were not for rain, we'd never get to see these amazing prisms.





Three parts of the world. Three great experiences with rain. In my book: summer = rain.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Post-Grad Syndrome

I just saw a trailer for a movie called "Post Grad." I see it as a smart idea. I don't know if I'll see the movie, but I do sympathize with my generation in our post grad crisis. Like Alexis Bledel's character, we ask ourselves, "What is next?"

In this 2009 year I have been to 5 weddings. That does not include the 3 more weddings I've been invited to (sorry I couldn't make it) and 1 more wedding this summer in which my husband will be best man.

Graduate, get married, then what?

Start a blog.

Actually, I have been advised to start a blog in the past. What inspired me today was the blog of an old high school chum. That, and many facebook links to blogs. I like to follow my inspirations.

Blog goal 1: site with interesting stories that keep readers coming back.
Blog goal 2: get my name out there. "It's not who you know, but who knows you."
Blog goal 3: be real.

Let the blogging commence.