Flight of Fancy

I keep thinking about vacation. A coworker just came back from a monthlong sojourn to Thailand, another one is in Vegas, still another is headed to San Francisco, my roommate just got back from Israel, my parents just returned from a Caribbean cruise, and I have so many relatives in Iceland. I am surrounded by people who travel, and I love it, but it makes me itch for a trip of my own.

Even if I weren’t the current resident of a persistent gloom-cloud, I’d be dying to get away. I think 13-17 years of the more or less standard school schedule really puts you in the mood for spring break, long after you’re floating around in adulthood.

So…where would you go, if you could hop a flight today with no strings attached?

My first pick is New Zealand. It has every climate and season virtually at once in two islands, and is about as far away from Chicago as you can get without actually entering space. Its people are adventurous, laid-back, and welcoming (from the ones I know), and it  allegedly isn’t as full of things that will kill and eat you as Australia.

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Tropical lake in the middle of a magical wood? I want to go to there.
Source: newzealand.com

All jokes aside…the land is just. So. DAMN. BEAUTIFUL. I picture myself (and my boyfriend of course; he deserves a vacation too & this is my dream vacation so in my scenario he is just as jazzed about it as I am) in a tiny rental house on the coast, splitting time between the beaches and the mountains. And also Middle-Earth.

Because there is no way I am going to NZ and skipping Middle Earth. I mean, Middle Earth changed my life. Source: http://www.newzealand.com/
Because there is no way I am going to NZ and skipping Middle Earth. I mean, Middle Earth changed my life.
Source: newzealand.com

Secondly, I want to go back to Iceland.

Take a moment to regain your breath... Click for source.
Take a moment to regain your breath…
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I went with my family in the summer of 2006 and even though I hadn’t been there since I was a very small child, I felt at home. So many relatives (we are a large family on a small island!) and jaw-dropping sights. At night I felt like I could see the whole world.

Icelandic Horses are like regal and elegant fluffy clouds descended from unicorns and wind. You're welcome.Click for source
Icelandic Horses are like regal and elegant fluffy clouds descended from unicorns and wind. You’re welcome.
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Anyone else got mad cabin fever? I’l be spending the rest of my night (still) getting over being sick and clicking through this tumblr.

Happy Monday, as happy as Monday can be xx

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2 Comments

  1. For a brief shining moment I considered applying to grad school in New Zealand to do an MFA in Christchurch. (Sometimes I still kick myself for not just sending the application.) And now I just dream about going there. Also Scotland, and I did always want to see Iceland and fully expected to visit your family there someday – I’d still love to go, especially now that this website is telling me that Iceland still wants to be my friend even though, well. You know. There are other places, too, but right now the only vacation I can afford is watching Hulu Plus on my couch, or camping for one night two hours from home, soooo…yeah. It’s too early to drink while thinking about my life.

    1. Oh, boy. The only way I can drink is to explicitly NOT consider my life. It gets dark in there 😉

      Scotland is also one of those places where I can google image search it and scroll through for hours. Those clouds look like you could touch them and it’s all so beautiful my chest aches. I just read your post about backpacking there and I can’t imagine how fun that would be.

      Also, I’ve never been one to hypothetically wedding-plan but I have always at the back of my mind thought, “New Zealand honeymoon perhaps if I ever do get married-you-know-just-hypothetically-I-mean, I don’t know.” So there’s that pipe dream, too.

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