:: 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)

zaterdag 22 oktober 2005

Well, yesterday was a full day. I saw Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and a few other touristy things... and then I went to Stonehenge, which was amazing. After seeing it in so many pictures (and Windows XP backgrounds) it's absolutely incredible to be standing there in front of it.

Then in the evening I took a Jack the Ripper walking tour, which was really interesting; the guide was Donald Rumbelow, who's apparently the leading international authority on the Ripper. He made it seem like a story; it was like walking through a movie set. At one point, we were standing in front of a parking garage and Donald was describing the apartment building that used to be there, where Mary Kelly (the last victim) was murdered. Suddenly, a young man climbed over the second-story garage railing, shinnied down to the ground, and ran down the alley. It was eerie, like seeing a reenactment of what it must have been like to a passerby, even though the building was different.

Anyway, now I'm sitting in an internet cafe in Oxford Street. I shopped and hit Starbucks (the slowest Starbucks in the entire world!), and I'm about to go to the London Dungeon, of which I know very little except that it's supposed to be (a) entertaining, and (b) creepy. We'll see.

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