In my hours of procrastination over the past few weeks, I came up with a great time-consuming plan! (I always come up with the funnest, most time consuming ideas when I'm procrastinating) I decided to mount my world map on a foam board so that I could put pins in it to chronicle all of my adventures!
Well I finished it today, and it actually looks really good. Except for the fact that I want it to be in a frame instead of being held up with fishing wire, but that can't be helped right now since I don't have money to buy a frame.
Here it is (arrows pointing to places in the world that I've been):
Sitting at my desk and looking at it makes me realize 3 things:
1. I haven't really been that many places. Now, I know that most people would say something along the lines of, "What!? Well, I haven't been able to go to all of the places that you've been..." or, "Stop complaining, you're so lucky!" And to both of these comments, I simply have to agree. Yeah, I've gotten to visit some amazing places and seen lots of awe-inspiring things and had incredible experiences. But when you think about it, when you think about allllll of the places that exist in the world, I haven't been to that many.
2. I really want to go somewhere new. I have that travel itch again. 2009 was kind of amazing: January (Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC), March (New York), Summer (Spain, Florence, London), September (road trip to Hamilton across the midwest), November (Houston). I felt pretty settled for a while... kind of like, "Yeah, it would be cool to go somewhere, but I'm fine to chill here for a bit." Because, you know what?, it is a ton of work to plan trips. It's hours of online searches for hotels, hostels, places to go, flights, everything. Not to mention all the money it costs. Actually, most of the work is done because you're trying to save money - gotta find the cheapest flight, or hotel or whatever because it blows when you get there and don't have any money to spend! But I want to travel, so I'm going to have to figure something out for 2010. Maybe something small for the summer, but I really want to go somewhere cool in the fall or winter (I'm hoping to convince my mom that we should take a mom/kid trip to Ireland sometime in the next 2 years).
3. Greenland is freaking HUGE! What is happening there? People live there, but why don't we ever hear about them? I'm putting some pictures of Greenland after the jump just so that you can see how gorgeous it is! Seriously, they need to up their travel advertising because it doesn't seem like that hard of a sell.
Greenland: It's beautiful, they have the Northern Lights, and I'm sure there's lots of outdoorsy stuff to do - why doesn't anyone ever talk about going there??