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Leavin' On a Jet Plane

Beach vacationLooking out the window at the grey, grey sky makes me long for a beach vacation. If the weather could settle on a season, I'd be happy. Freezing cold and sunny would be fine, as would blustery wind and snow. I'd even embrace cold and snowy! But this grey, noncommittal drizzle is getting me down; get it together, winter, and let me enjoy the season! To pass the time until the weather gets in line with my vision of winter, I'm fantasizing about vacations to places where I'm not just sitting around waiting for it to snow. I'm almost to the point of taking up a new hobby, just in case the weather never cooperates.


When I'm thinking of places I'd like to go, there are the obvious choices, like Paris and the Caribbean, but places I'd really like to visit include Egypt and Antarctica. Imagine seeing the pyramids and sphinx in person or watching icebergs tower above your head as you navigate through frozen waters; nothing sounds better than that. Egypt has the advantage of having camels, which is pretty appealing, but the disadvantage of the intense heat, which is miserable. Antarctica has cold weather, penguins and icebergs going for it, so that's hard to compete with in terms of luring me there. Antarctica's primary downside seems to be that it's serious business to get there, and you might die in the process. C'est la vie!


I'm not likely to make it to any of those destinations in the near future -- so instead I have my sights set on the (slightly) more achievable goal of visiting and staying in the Ice Palace! Constructed almost entirely of ice, it's an engineering marvel that exists only in the coldest months of the year -- the perfect time to take a vacation!


There are lots more places I'd like to visit, and I'm sure some I haven't even thought of yet. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?




Posted by Jessica Gezon

Jessica Gezon



Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I think Egypt would be AWESOME! But I would go to Borneo, Madagascar, or Malaysia.

Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Well, I'm up for the Ice Palace idea. I'm trying to learn how to knit cute stuff rather than just a straight scarf. All the knitted paraphernalia will come in handy when we go to the Ice Palace. If the Ice Palace is a no go then I want to go to Tintern Abbey with ALL my little heart. The pictures I've seen make it look so magical, like walking through one of the doorways would get me to Narnia.

Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I've always thought that Turkey and the Near East would make the vacation of a lifetime. And I really want to see China, but not in winter. Wouldn't winter be the perfect time to visit Egypt. Before you go, Jessica, read a couple of the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters: Archeology and danger. Lots of fun!

Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I'm always torn between returning to places I've been that I love, or going somewhere new. Places I would return to: Paris, Germany, Yellowstone, Boston, Mexico. New places I would go: Morocco, Croatia, Glacier National Park, Vancouver, Alaska.

Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM

I would love to take an entire tour of Europe. I realize it's a big continent, but Europe has such a rich history and so much incredible scenery. I'm also dying to go to Mexico with my husband and eat as many tortas and tacos el pastor as I can stand.

Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I hope to someday re-enact the train ride to Iwafune that Takaki took in the anime 5 Centimeters per Second. But I'll have to arrange to have the love of my life (from whom I will then drift apart) meet me at the last station with tea and some nigiri. And I'll need my train ride delayed by snow. I think it's gonna take some prep work. ><

Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Ah, travel. The very bestest thing ever. Of course, I would recommend Aruba to anyone, which is located in the very southern Caribbean. The beaches are unrivaled and in a couple of months, perfect beaches will sound like pizza to a starving college student. Of course, Aruba is a bit hotter than is ideal for a vacation, so I am hoping to go to Holland this year. I have begun the Rosetta Stone Dutch program and I find the language so intuitive. This could be because I spent my entire senior year with foreign exchange students from Holland, Germany, Australia and Finland. I am still great friends with a girl from Holland and I desperately want to visit her and the streets of Amsterdam.

Dec. 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Prague. Moscow. And Sweden, Spain, Australia, and Iceland. I'll go pretty much anywhere. There is nothing like the feeling of arriving in a city you've never been in before.

Dec. 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I've heard that the hot in Egypt is very dry, so not so unbearable. OR! you could just go to the ice bar at Mandelay Bay in Las Vegas but stay at the Luxor. I am all about faking a world vacation in Vegas. I've been to real Paris and Paris Las Vegas, and the similarities were astounding.

Dec. 21, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Australia! (though mexico was nice)

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