:: 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)

vrijdag 2 september 2005

Okay, so I woke up with a sore throat - not surprising, considering half the school is sick, including my own roommate - so I made an early supermarket run to get my Danactive (or Actimel, as it's called here). We'll see if it works. I have literally not been sick at all since I started drinking it, back in March or whatever it was - no colds, nothing - and I'd like to keep my perfect record, thank you very much... especially considering I won't be able to get a flu shot this year since I'll be here. Two years ago when I was here (again, without the shot) I got the flu for the first time, and I would like to NOT repeat that, thanks.

So I found a way to make it to swim practice on time on Sunday morning, but it's going to be really effing painful. See, the first 'normal' train in that direction would get me there at 8:35. Adding in 10 minutes of walking, I'd be half an hour late and have only an hour to swim (which, like last night, is way too short). If the other route were running (with a stopover in Gouda instead of Alphen a/d Rijn), it would take only 42 minutes instead of 58, and then I might be in business. But it's not, so here's what I figured out: that the trains to and from Schiphol run basically all night long. If I catch the 4:04 train out of Utrecht (yes, that's 4:04 AM! Just like work...) then it will make a two-hour-long loop through Schiphol and finally dump me off in Rotterdam at 6 AM, where I'll wait for another hour at the station and then catch a train to Gouda (which takes only 24 minutes, by the way). Once in Gouda, I'll take the bus to Waddinxveen. Like I said, really effing painful, but I'm reasonably used to getting up at that insane hour and my only class on Monday isn't until 16:00 ... so I'll give it a try this weekend and see what happens. If it's too awful, maybe I'll rethink it. But once classes get going, I can probably use the travel time to study or whatever. We all know I'm terrible at studying in my own room, so this might actually be a good thing.

Today: 11:00 Spanish, 13:45 Approaches in the Humanities, and 16:00 Creative Writing. Bring it on.


Anonymous Natalie said...

I like the new look! That green is really pretty.

And...4:04? Wow. Better you than me. =)

3/9/05 13:02  

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