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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Longing


"I've always longed for adventure
To do the things I've never dared"

These lyrics from the Sound of Music have been on my mind a lot today. I'm struggling with the fact that we are poor college students and can't afford adventure. 

There are plenty of "Idaho" adventures that we could easily do, but I am ready for a big real-world adventure. Ever since I can remember, I've been obsessed with Europe. I find the ancient castles and buildings so fascinating. I long to spend hours perusing all of the details and soaking in the history. I want to sit on the grass in front of the Eiffel Tower and eat French bread. I want to take cliché pictures at Stonehenge. I want to spend hours, even days exploring Westminster Abbey and all that London has to offer. I want to hike in the Alps. I want to visit the ruins of Pompeii. I want a picture of my husband and I in front of Neuschwanstein. I want to go Euro Camping in Austria. I want to ride a bike by the tulip fields in the Denmark. I want to eat fresh Greek yogurt in Greece and explore the ancient Greek ruins. I want to take pictures of cows in the English countryside. I want to slowly eat pieces of European chocolate and savor the smoothness and perfect flavor. I want to taste dishes specific to each country and come back on a mission to recreate them in my own kitchen. 

When I was four, my dad had the opportunity to work in England for 6 months. We moved to a rental home there for the time being. I went to preschool there, drank squash, played the tourist part, and came back with memories that I still have today. I can only hope that we will one day get an opportunity such as this, or at least the opportunity to spend time in Europe. 

When that day comes, I'll probably be so excited, I won't be able to sleep on the 9-10 hour flight. I know though, that because I've wanted it for so long, I'll be able to fully appreciate the beauty of a culture so different from my own. 

These are cute pictures, but I need some updated ones!






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