Friday, May 22, 2009

$25,000 Question

In one of McMommy's recent posts she asks, "What would you do with $25,000?" (Not only does she have pool parties in like February, but I guess radio stations in Florida just give money away. Sigh.) As she points out it isn't a ridiculous amount of money but enough to have a lot of fun!

So, what would you do with $25,000?

Me? Simple. I'd take a long vacation (not sure how I'd get off work but I'd manage) and travel around the world. No offense, America, I love you, but most of the rest of the world just has so much history.

Here is a list of six of the places I want to see, but trust me there are many other places I dream of visiting! And now that I think of it, I'm not sure $25,000 would cover all of this.

Jellyfish Lake, Palau
Located 500 miles from the Philippines, the island is famous for Jellyfish Lake. Here, a special species of jellyfish has been trapped in the lake and, over time, they've lost their ability to sting. Come on! How cool would that be!

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece, is located in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. The villages are built on cliffs and overlook a submerged volcano. And apparently I should check out Oia, a town offering the most amazing sunsets.

Zambezi River Rafting, Zambia
I went white-water rafting in West Virginia last year-- so now I KNOW I'm ready for the Zambezi River. The river is classified as a high-volume, pool-drop river and floods between February and the end of June. At times, the volume is four times that of the Colorado River. Whoo!

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. It is UNESCO-protected and contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, including the Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple. I would feel like Indiana Jones:
Sienna, Italy
A few years ago I was lucky enough to go to Italy for about two weeks. We went to Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Pompeii and Sienna. It was unbelievable. I absolutely fell in love with Sienna and have always wanted to go back and see the horse race (Palio di Siena) they have every year. The town is diveded into neighborhoods- each having thier own history, mascot, colors, etc. You can't marry outside your neighborhood- so I'm sure life there is very Romeo-Juliet. Anyway each neighborhood has a horse in the race and I mean look at it:

Everywhere, France
I studied French and Art in college so naturally I want to be able to see every square foot of France. I know Paris is cliche but that's a definite as well as the quaint towns of Southern France and places like Marseille pictured here:

If you are feeling up to sponsoring any of the above trips because you are crazy or are so rich you just have money to give away, you can reach me: laurealism at gmail dot com. I think I could find some time :)

But, again-- what would you do with $25,000?

Live well,

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