Daily Archives: February 27, 2012

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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Mary Oliver said it right, folks.

I’m procrastinating. There are about a million things I could and should be doing right now. Instead, I am watching Gilmore Girls because it has some sort of magnetic pull.

Isn’t this the point of being young? People can live 100 years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me and it’s one less minute you haven’t lived.

Carpe Diem, baby.
So I’m going abroad next semester, and I want to use this to document my travels, but I want to use this beforehand too, like research and stuff. It’s like my own little travel diary. I feel a little bit like Samuel Pepys, except I can travel the world, and he has slightly better hair.

Anyway, I’m either going to Caen, France or Grenoble, France. There’s some hogwash about whether or not Caen will run because it’s a new program and they need a set amount of people. Caen is my first choice, because when I finish the program I get a Diploma of French Studies. In all honesty I don’t really know the significance of it, but who doesn’t love a nice diploma?

It’s pretty cool; I somehow managed to be on top of my class game since freshman year, and I can technically graduate a semester early. After this semester, my English major will be completely done and I will only need 17 credits to graduate, huzzah! Instead of actually entering the real world a semester early though, I am going to gallivant in Europe for a semester abroad. I am pretty much going to perfect my French oy vey. That means that the only classes I plan on taking will be the ones that will give me that certificate. It will still be about 15 credits, but I’m going to try and mold my schedule so that I never have class on Thursday. Travel, travel, travel.

It’s unfortunate that traveling costs beaucoup d’argent, but I am determined to pick the brains of my friends and do my research so that I can travel and keep the cash in my pocket. That, and I won’t really have much of a choice because I am slowly going broke and will only have a summer to work, plus I’m trying to only work part time so I can land an internship. Big fun but hey, life of a college student.

Here it goes. These are baby steps in the direction towards abroad research, but you need to start somewhere. I guess what I want to do is compile a list of everywhere I want to go. Now, this is going to be completely unrealistic considering I will only be in Europe for four months, but dreaming big is never frowned upon in my book. I’ll obviously be cutting it down massively when I start to delve deeper.

The List

  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City State

Yes, I am aware it is a very long list; it looks menacing right now. I also desperately want to go to Morocco. Clearly I am going to need to go to Europe multiple times… life goal: visit every country. Now that’s dreaming big.

I think the best way to attack this now is to make sub-sections in each country, picking the top towns/states/whatevers I want to visit. This way I can narrow the list down while starting at the surface as far as historical background goes. Being spontaneous is fun and all, but I can do that someday when I actually have money to toss around. Again, thumbs down for being broke.

aaand this is when 2:30 am (Happy Birthday, Sarah!) starts creeping up on me. Actually, it’s not creeping; it’s in my face jabbing me with a jousting pole. Armenia is going to have to wait until tomorrow. But before I hit the hay, I wanted to share some hilarious videos with the world. The professor for my 19th Century British Novel class showed these to us in class and I have to say they are highly hilarious. She even claimed that the Kate Bush video was an icon, so maybe this beauty has already been shown to you. If not, you’re in for a treat.

Side Note: The book that we are currently reading for this class is Wuthering Heights , a straight up classic. I highly recommend that everyone read this book, it really is a timeless, endearing love story… but with violence! Well, as violent as these saucy authors were willing to get. The language is beautiful as well, and for me that’s one of the most important parts of a good book. I digress; enjoy the videos, or laugh at them, whichever suits you. And take thirty minutes out of your day to read a book. It’s good for the soul!

Oh yeah, and you can’t really understand what she’s saying, so here are the lyrics my prettys.

Ah, yes. Such poise and grace. Now here’s a uh, The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain’s rendition?

Don’t worry, I saved the best for last…

I bet these videos really make you want to read the book now, huh?
Nighty night.