Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Dave and I are still trying to plan a vacation for sometime next year. We were originally thinking about Hawaii...but I don't think that's going to happen. We've decided to take another cruise and are just trying to hammer out a date. I'm getting pretty anxious because, well, I wanna be on vacation. Because vacations are pretty cool. Especially when there are no diapers to change and the only food I'll be cutting is my own.

I've already shared 13 places I would travel to if I had unlimited resources...here are 13 vacations I've actually been on...

Stratford, Canada - This was in my senior year of high school. They play host to the annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival and our drama club took a "field trip" up there. Talk about some good theatre... We saw The Mikado, A Midsummer Night's Dream (in the round... extraordinary), and The Importance of Being Earnest. Those last two shows became and have stayed 2 of my favorite stage shows.

Southern Caribbean Cruise - Our first cruise ever, and we loved it. We took the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. We sailed from San Juan, Puerto Rico and our ports of call were Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas...Philipsburg, St. Maarten...St. John's, Antigua...Castries, St. Lucia...and Bridgetown, Barbados. Despite the tropical storm that passed us off the coast of St. Maarten (it was a tad windy that day), we had a great time.

Western Caribbean Cruise - Cruise #2, once again with Royal Caribbean, this time on Explorer of the Seas...which made us realize we could become quite accustomed to this whole cruising thing. This time, we left from Miami, Florida and sailed to Labadee, Haiti...Ocho Rios, Jamaica...George Town, Grand Cayman(we'd go back here in a heartbeat)...and Cozumel, Mexico.

Tokyo & Hiroshima, Japan - Dave was doing so much work over there that when he got word that he might not be going back for a while, we booked me a ticket to go with him. It was unbelievable. I experienced my first earthquake, ate Sweet & Sour Squid, navigated the Tokyo subway system by myself without getting very lost, and saw sights like this in Miyajima.

San Diego, California - This would mark Jake's first...and to date, only...plane trip. Those two facts are not a coincidence. He was 18 months old and...let's just say that neither Dave or I deal well with strssed out, cranky kids. My brother was able to fly down from San Francisco for a few days while we were there, so that definitely made it worthwhile.

Cancun, Mexico - We took an all-inclusive Apple Vacation and have been forever spoiled. There's nothing like swimming in a pool with a drink in your hand. We couldn't get over how blue the water was. It was beautiful.

San Francisco, California - I consider this to be my first "adult" trip. I went out there with a friend from high school and it was just the two of us. We stayed with my brother for a few days and then went on to stay with her aunt for a few days. There's nothing more exhausting than walking across The Golden Gate Bridge only to find out that the only way back across...is to walk. That was fun.

New York City, NY - A weekend full of shows with Dave and 3 of our best "couple friends". Good times were had by all. We saw The Music Man (and I had my picture taken with Robert Sean Leonard), Les Miserables, and Our Sinatra.

Washington, DC - We had an exchange student my senior year of high school, and we wanted her to see the nation's capital so away we went. I remember nothing from this trip, except for a sign by the exit of a Smithsonian cafeteria that read "Do you have: your keys, your wallet, your purse, your kids". I always thought it was kind of funny that they listed kids last.

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire - I went, I climbed, I cried, I ate. Good trip.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - I remember nothing about this trip except for the tacky tourist gift shops and the huge miniature golf courses that seemed to exist on every single corner.

Orlando, Florida - I've never been a huge Mickey Mouse fan, but I have enjoyed my trips to Disney World. But did you know that there are other theme parks, there? I thoroughly enjoyed getting my hair singed off on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - This was our honeymoon. Another all-inclusive. It was a new resort just recently cut out of the jungle. Which might explain why I ended up with over 80 mosquito bites the first night and why we both ended up in the doctor's office to get antibiotics just in case the mosquito bites got infected. Not to mention the unbearable humidity. And the bug that Dave got just before we left from getting some of the the local water in his mouth. Fun, fun, fun. It was a wonderful way to start a marriage!!

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Shoshana said...

Those are good options for vacation. I want to go to Hawaii but only if I can get to see Josh Holloway walking half-naked.

Danielle said...

I've never flown on a plane...I can't imagine trying to take the kids too :-)

We went to Disney World in Orlando my sophomore year of high school and New York City my senior.

My sister went to Cancun for graduation and got to swim around the pool drinking...I went to Myrtle Beach, SC after mine, wasn't 18 yet (my sis wasn't either) and couldn't even get in a club! She made me sick!

Infinity Goods said...

Oh, how nice. I love to travel too.

Qtpies7 said...

I love, love, love the tourist traps and miniature golf courses EVERYWHERE at Myrtle Beach! And Orlando is my favorite, favorite vacation spot ever, and I do not do Disney, we love Universal Islands of Adventure, we went twice with the kids!
DC is great, too, but not my fav.
Atlanta is a must do. We've done that twice, too, but the second time was just a drive through on our way to FL.

Noelle said...

Hi, I would like to go on a cruise sometime!! I've been to hawaii twice, and probably would go back again, but I'm not a huge heat fan. We went to Orlando when I was little, and did the whole disney world thing, all I really remember was being hot and tired. My TT list is here: http://lifes-adventures.net
Cheers!!


Noelle

Scribbit said...

Well Hawaii is my favorite place on earth--you can't beat it. We're working on Orlando this March and that's all the kids are talking about.

Maria said...

This was a great Thursday Thirteen! I've been to Mt. Washington -- did you stay at the resort? It was beautiful. We're planning our first cruise -- an Alaskan one. And we're going to try going out to Andre Agassee's Tamarack Resort in Idaho.

LOVE talking about vacations! Fun to read!

~Maria
www.jubileeonearth.com

Nicholas said...

I've been to four of those. I'd love to visit the other nine!