:: eye of the storm ::

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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

donderdag 23 december 2004

And showers! I can understand how some people could see daily showers as a waste of time and water, especially in the winter when you barely sweat, but as an American I am used to a daily shower, and most Dutch people I've met are the same way - daily or every other day. M's family, however, seems to be able to go for indefinite periods without letting water touch their skin. As disgusting as this may sound, I honestly don't think M has taken a shower since I've been here. (He has, thankfully, gone swimming.) His parents have taken one, just one.

I wouldn't call myself obsessed with cleanliness. I will quite happily wear the same clothes two days in a row if they don't stink, and if I've just swum in the evening and know I have to swim again in the morning, I'll often forgo a shower as well - because what would be the point? However, I just can't deal with going for longer than every other day. Even though I only have three inches of hair, it starts to feel incredibly disgusting if it doesn't get cleaned every day or two.

I'm not talking about camping trips or other extenuating circumstances, by the way. On Semester at Sea, I know there will be times in Africa and India when I'll have to skip a shower for four or five days at a time, and it won't be a problem at all - because it's all part of the experience. But at the moment, I am living in a perfectly normal living situation - in a perfectly normal house equipped with a perfectly normal bathroom - and I want my effing shower!

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