:: 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

Can I just say that as much as I love being back, that the food is driving me insane? M and his brother are both perfectly thin and their parents are both perfectly round, so none of them pay much attention to what they eat. Bread with Nutella or hagelslag (sprinkles) in the morning, no real lunch (just grabbing snacks while you're out, like French fries), and then a huge dinner with (usually) no dessert, and then later in the evening another snack, like chips or bread with flavored cream cheese. It's all GOOD, don't get me wrong, but I DON'T EAT LIKE THAT! I want my fiber cereal in the morning, and I want orange juice, and I want Lean Pockets and protein bars and SKIM milk and salad! All this sugar and carbs is getting to me. I don't suppose I've really gained that much weight in six days, but it feels like I have because I can't CONTROL what I'm eating; I'm at the mercy of M's mother and what she chooses to make.

We finally went swimming yesterday and the first few laps felt awful. It got better as I went on - I think I swam a total of about 2500 meters, with breaks in between for the hot tub and slide, and I did eventually start to get 'in the zone' - but I really hate this. I'm thrilled to be back in this country - because I still love it here despite everything, and the language is actually easier than ever - but I want my normal schedule back, with twice-a-day swimming and normal, healthy food.

12 days till I come home.

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