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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

So it's still midterms, which means that, other than studying, there is a lot of procrastinating going on. But since procrastinating is such a negative word, we'll just call it daydreaming! My friend Jess and I were daydreaming the other day about how fabulous it would be if, instead of getting a big kid job upon graduating, we could just travel the world and see everything. So, that led to us creating the top five places in the entire world that we think everyone should visit given the chance!

1. Rome, Italy- Now, obviously I'm very partial to Rome, being an Italian major and having visited/lived there. But really, it is one of the historical meccas of the world! Every corner you turn, there is something from Ancient Rome, or the Renaissance, or the Baroque, or Fascist times. And even if you don't love history, who can deny the food?! Gelato, pizza, and pasta everywhere. Plus the language and the fashion...overall it's a must-see!

2. Paris, France- Personally, when I traveled there, I wasn't crazy about it. Maybe because it was just really cold and I did not bring the right shoes (that's a huge tip, bring good shoes. It's a big city and the metro is expensive!), but I will agree with the fact that it's a city that everyone should see. The food is wonderful, and, while the sights might not be ancient like in Rome, I'm pretty sure the Eiffle Tower is the international symbol for romance and love. Plus, I feel like walking down a street in Paris carrying a baguette is something that everyone should do. It's just so Parisian.

3. Barcelona, Spain- Unfortunately, when I was abroad, I never got to go to Barcelona (I know, it's a sin really. I was so close!). The one thing that everyone says about Barcelona is that places like Parque Guell and the Sagrada Familia are out of this world. I used to think that those two things made Barcelona a kind of one hit wonder, but during my Catalan class this semester, I have been able to learn a lot more about the city and it's history, and let me tell you, the Catalans (those who live in Barcelona and Catalunya, the surrounding area) have a very interesting history! Plus, they have their own language, Catalan, which is similar to Spanish, but enough of a change to be quite a challenge!

4. The Holi Festival in Jaipur, India- Ok well this might not exactly be a place, but this festival is too cool! Holi is the Hindu "Festival of Colors", and for those of you who are familiar with The Color Run, it's like that, but without the 5k! There are numerous "color eruptions," which are like big paint fights in the middle of the street all during the festival. Everyone gets covered in paint, and, while that might sound dirty to some, the pictures I've seen are beautiful! The festival ends with Jaipur's Elephant Festival, which also sounds awesome because, well, elephants are really cool.

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia- This place might seem a little out of the blue, but in Siem Reap there are these ancient ruins called the Angkor Wat, which are apparently some of the most well preserved ancient ruins in the world. Obviously, being a total history geek, I really want to see this! What's even cooler is that they aren't just plain ancient ruins, like boring columns or a cobblestone road. These monuments and temples are apparently just as technically and artfully crafted as something like the Taj Mahal. While I haven't seen the Taj Mahal either (it's on my list), I can only imagine what these ruins must look like in person!

The list ended up being about 100+ places (we got a little carried away...) but those are the five that we want to see right now! Hopefully we'll be able to see them soon enough!

Well, that's all for now! I hope everyone is having a great week and good luck to the CU Buffs tomorrow night as they take on Oregon! GO BUFFS!

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