I love visiting new places, so I could probably rant forever about places I want to see. Instead, I narrowed it done to two cities in the U.S. and four countries. I've only been to one of the cities before (unfortunately, I've never been outside of the U.S.), but I'd love to visit all of the other places someday.
Washington, D.C. is the only place on this list that I've actually visited before. My grandma, sister, and I went there over summer break the summer before last. I loved it! I'm a huge history nerd, and Washington, D.C. is a great place for someone who loves history. The Smithsonian museums were amazing. I was sad that we were only able to go to a couple of them (The Natural History Museum and The Museum of American History). When I go back (because I'm determined to go back), I plan on seeing the rest of the Smithsonian and the Holocaust Museum.
I also loved the memorials and seeing the White House. My sister was unimpressed with the White House, but I was in awe. She said it was boring because there's nothing there but a big, white building, but I couldn't help but think about the fact that the President of the United States could be that close to me. (Although it's really not that close. When you see pictures of the White House, they're pretty misleading over how far away it is from the gate that you have to stand at to look at it. Unfortunately, we weren't able to see the inside of the White House. That's another goal of mine. However, while we were on Pennsylvania Avenue, the presidential motorcade went by. It happened so fast that we didn't even realize what had happened until afterwards. Let's just say that I was kind of in shock.
Oh, as an interesting side note, we were in D.C. when Michael Jackson died. We were standing in the National Archives gift shop when some lady who worked there yelled it out to everyone. I may possibly have been looking at the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution when MJ died. That's definitely going to be something I tell my grandkids.
Anyway, I've definitely ranted enough about Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles is a city I've wanted to visit for a very long time. It just seems like an awesome place especially with all of the celebrities that live there. This might have something to do with the fact that I wanted to be an actress for the longest time. I also love California weather (even if I've never actually experienced it). I hate the cold.
In the past year or so I've really gotten into anime and manga which has made me really interested in Japanese culture. I think it would be an amazing country to visit. My uncle's a Marine (or was, he's retiring really soon), and he's been stationed in Okinawa twice. Unfortunately, they're (him and his family) moving back here really soon when he retires. I really wish we could have visited them over there. I'm seriously considering going to Japan to teach English after college.
I'll admit that I want to visit Britain mainly because it's where the Harry Potter series takes place, but I also really love British history. (Plus, they have awesome accents.)
My main reason for wanting to visit Germany is that most of my ancestors came to America from Germany. Remember that uncle that's a Marine? Well, one of his daughters married someone in the military (I'm pretty sure that he's in the Air Force, but I may be wrong), and he's stationed in Germany. I think they're only over there for another year or so, and my parents aren't too keen to go over and visit while they're there. (Why most traveling cost so much money?) Still, I will get there someday.
In eighth grade our teacher made us write a travel brochure from any city of our choosing. I randomly searched cities and found Auckland, New Zealand. Before hand, I didn't really know much about New Zealand. Now, it's one of my top countries to visit. It just seems so beautiful. Plus, while making that brochure, I found a lot of amazing things to do in Auckland. (The Internet is a great place to find stuff to do when you travel.)
As I said, this definetely isn't a complete list of places I want to visit. I'd love to go anywhere I haven't been before really. This is just a list of some of my top places.
As for what I did today, nothing much. I went to work for four hours, and I was about to fall asleep the whole time. I'm seriously start to wonder if I have sleep deprivation. It wouldn't surprise me. I need a break so badly...
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 44The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 45
LeakyCon 2011: 137
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 139
My 18th Birthday: 159
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 265
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 629
Books Read in 2011: 6
Harry Potter Reread: GoF chapter 8