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The Wanderlust List

Wanderlust

November 19, 2013…I am grateful for my passport.

In graduate school, my cohort traveled to Europe for two weeks. During that trip, we visited Amsterdam (and other parts of the Netherlands), Paris, Brussels, and parts of Germany. It was one of the coolest life experiences thus far. Somehow, I just knew that I would travel abroad. However, I didn’t have a clue as to how I would pay for it. I just knew that I was going to go. In walked God! (And the plot thickens…) My assistantship and very kind professional mentors made the magic happen! I was able to travel for free as a part of my graduate program.

Now, before you begin wondering what the big deal is, allow me to give you a little history. Traveling abroad has become the thing that “everybody does”. However, growing up I never really thought about it. I just knew that Paris was this supposedly cool place with a lot of fashion and architecture that I should check out. Most likely, I “discovered” Paris while watching a romantic comedy or something. Prior to this awesome opportunity, I had only flown twice (maybe three times). My point is that I never desired to travel to those places because I really didn’t know how accessible those places were. Now that I have been exposed and now that I am aware of what’s “out there”, I am working on my Wanderlust List. I am grateful for my passport and I hope that I am able to visit one of these 19 places soon! (home continent first, followed by alpha order)

North America

  • Canada – Montreal specifically…Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

Africa

  • Egypt – The Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Johannesburg – the limitless wildlife encounters (positive ones, not the ones where I’m running for my life)
  • Morocco – Chefchaouen and Camel Trekking
  • Zambia – Victoria Falls

Antarctica

  • South Shetland Islands or whatever the warmest location in the continent is…Lord knows, I can’t handle too much cold. Ha!

Asia

  • Maldives – It seems like the perfect location for a future honeymoon.
  • Thailand – Koh Phi Phi Island

Australia

  • Sydney – The Sydney Opera House
  • Tasmania – Horse-riding, followed by  Sailing and Yachting (even though I can’t swim)

Europe

  • Barcelona – The Font Mágica Fountain and the Picasso Museum Barcelona
  • Dublin – St. Patrick’s Cathedral followed by a tour of the Guinness Storehouse (maybe I could finally find a beer that I like)
  • Iceland – The Northern Lights are simply gorgeous on photographs. I can only imagine how beautiful they would be in person!
  • London – Madame Tussauds London and The British Museum
  • Prague – experience the Charles Bridge
  • Tuscany- I hear that they offer cooking classes for tourists. That would be cool!
  • Venice – a simple Gondola ride…that is all

South America

  • Brazil – Everyone becomes a soccer fan during The World Cup.
  • Falkland Islands – This would be a trip that takes me out of my element. The islands provide so much to do outdoors that I wouldn’t want to sit in a hotel room.  (And yes, I know that the islands are British owned territory. Geographically speaking, it is a location in South America.)

I am sure that there are other fantastic things to do in each of these cities. The items mentioned are simply based on things that I’ve read or heard about. I guess I’ll never know until I visit.

K. Jones ♥

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