Color is what makes this world that we live in a magical place. From the way the sun reflects on the ocean or colors the sky during sunrise and sunset to the colors of the landscapes that surround us or the people that live here, there’s no shortage of color offered to us by nature here on Earth.
After a particularly rough end to 2009, my best friend, Lara, and I decided to ring in 2010 the best way we knew how…with a trip to Europe. Our small plan grew to three countries over seven days: first, Ireland to visit my family, then Belgium to visit her friends, and finally, The Netherlands to celebrate New Year’s Eve. It fell perfectly into place, and on Christmas night we set off for Europe.
The High Line in Manhattan is one of my favorite parks in the world, and this weekend, I was lucky enough to visit it twice, both times taking people who’ve never been before. This above ground park is built into a historic freight rail line and runs up along the West Side of Manhattan from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, up to West 30th Street.
It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon walking along the Hudson River or lounging on the lawn absorbing some vitamin D. Whatever your plans, there’s plenty to do above the city, with several food vendors and much to see, including several pieces of artwork. Plus, it’s always great to get a different perspective on the city, especially if you need a break from the hustle and bustle that much of New York offers.
Easter six years ago was quite different than the Easter I had today. There were no Easter baskets, no bunnies, no chocolates or jelly beans, no dinners with family. Instead, I was exploring the city of London with one of my close friends, Meghan.
There’s something magical about the sound of a train pulling out of the station and jolting along the open spaces of the world. No worries. No stress. No pressure. Just the opportunity to sit for a while and watch life go by.
Train rides give even the most worn out traveler a chance to take a break, a rest from being on the road. It is the chance to stop and breathe throughout a journey. And, on that journey, the traveler is able to get an entirely different view of the country he or she is visiting.
By now, you should all know that I wear my heart on my sleeve and that I’m a hopeless romantic, especially while traveling. And, while you may have read the story of how I fell for someone in Vietnam, you may have also read that it wasn’t the first time I fell for someone abroad.
Yes, the story in Vietnam is the most recent, but, one of my favorite stories is one that began about a year ago in Scotland. The night started up with relatively simple plans. Lara and I met up with Fiona, a friend from college, for dinner at a local restaurant. The plan was to head to a pub, then meet my cousins and a few groups of friends we made at the street party. But, that’s not exactly how things panned out.
With the end of 2011 quickly approaching, it’s officially hit me that this year I will be ringing in the New Year…at home. And, although, I’m at peace with my choice to stay local, I will miss being abroad for a holiday that is honestly more fun when spent far away from home.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and to all those who do not celebrate Christmas, a very Happy Holiday season.
This is my favorite time of year. The close of one chapter and the beginning of another. A time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Last year, Google put out a video, Zeitgeist 2010: Year in Review, based on how the world searched in 2010. I used the video in class, explaining what zeitgeist meant, “the spirit of the times.” Then I had my students reflect on their year by creating their own personal year in review, just as Google did. They could make a song, create a collage, scrapbook, film a video, write an essay. I accepted any project that helped best to portray their year. The activity was one the students loved, and I was hoping Google would come out with another one for 2011.
Luckily, I was not disappointed because they recently released another video: Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review. It sums up the year perfectly in an uplifting manner. I plan on using the project again this year, and I am eager to show this to my class. Enjoy!
A few months ago, I wrote up a playlist for summer travel. Now with holiday travel upon us, I thought I’d create another list of songs to update your iPod with before heading off on the road.
Here are a few of my favorite songs, that are just perfect for time spent in transit during a hectic time to travel: