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About Me

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)

dinsdag 29 november 2005

"Garage Sale" list, updated again:

American-European converter (large)
American-European converter (small)
Enrico Benetti backpack
red Speedo backpack Thanks, Eddy!
bedding set
textbook: Spanish 200 Thanks, nameless Malaysian girl!
textbook: Linguistics 300
textbook: Creative Writing Thanks, Hedwig!
Celine Dion body wash
American International Traveler Apology T-Shirt Thanks, Eddy!
large scrapbook (still in plastic) Thanks, Julia!
black Geisha jacket
New Balance sneakers (used) Thanks, Trung!
Teva flipflops (used)
other miscellaneous small items

Aside: Dia and I watched 40 Days and 40 Nights the other day, during which she got all excited because, apparently, I have Shannyn Sossamon's nose. Go figure.

Aside II: Hedwig just lent me her scale, and I weighed my carryon bag (10kg) and my checked bag (20kg). That seems a little too good to be true, that I nailed the weight on the first try - not to mention, more stuff still has to fit in there. But it's encouraging, anyway.

UPDATE: Apparently the scale was correct after all! With a lot of squishing, I got the carryon to 11kg and the big suitcase to 19kg. This is good; the problem is that I still have clothes to put in the suitcase, namely 3 pairs of pants and about 3 shirts. My new strategy may be to simply wear as many clothes as I possibly can on the day of travel, namely: a tight T-shirt, a tight long-sleeved shirt, a loose T-shirt, a sweatshirt, a zip-up jacket, and my big jacket. Six layers, then. I don't think I can really pull off more than one pair of pants at once, but maybe I can tie another sweatshirt around my waist or something. All of this is only until I hit the ground in London; there, I will have to collect my suitcase and recheck it, during which period I plan to slightly repack - to the extent that I check both my swim bag and my suitcase, but that the swim bag is no longer bursting at the seams, and that I am wearing a normal amount of clothing.

Sound good? I thought so. Of course, EasyJet may surprise me and answer my e-mail in the affirmative, that I have permission to exceed the weight limit... in which case this would all be unnecessary... but I guarantee you, were I not working on all this packing stuff now, the 'form letter' negative answer would have been in my mailbox today. But they said it could take up to 20 days, so cross your fingers.

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