Each week I ponder the question, where in the world are you? Where has your reading taken you this week?
I am currently reading Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.
TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.
Twenty Boy Summer takes place in California on the beach during the summer. California is home to me. I was born in northern CA and spent the first 11 years of my life there. The state is large and diverse. I recommend spending time in different areas if you decide to vacation in the state.
I love reading books where the setting is somewhere I’ve been before. It’s like greeting an old friend again. It also sparks my desire to travel and revisit old favorite spots.
Somewhere south of San Francisco
WHERE HAS YOUR READING TAKEN YOU THIS WEEK?
Taking an impromptu trip to Chicago for my birthday was one of the best decisions ever.
p.s. Those shoes were my favorites and I have no idea where they ran off to.
I am collecting libraries and when I travel I love to check out (haha) the local library. Read more about the Spain Library Park here.
What is the most interesting library or bookstore you’ve been to?
I am currently reading Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I am at the beginning
with Cinder which takes place in New Beijing, a sci-fi updated world full of
The current Beijing is fascinating to me. A culture extremely different from my
own. I would feel like an alien if I were dropped in the middle of Beijing. A
culture with tradition at its center, Beijing is a location needing to be
explored. History is something I revel in so Beijing, rich in history, would be a
perfect location for me to add to my travel bucket list.
Where has your reading taken you this week?
I am not a patient person. I know this about myself which is why I try to practice as much as possible. This past week I was able to practice during my time travelling.
I flew with Southwest on my way home and was able to choose where I sat. I found a seat at the back of the plane so that I could patiently wait for everyone else to unload once we got to our destination. Checking a bag with the airline (free because Southwest is awesome) is another way I had to be patient.
Travelling by air is a good way to put yourself in a situation that will force you to be patient. There are so many lines you wait in–checking in, security, boarding, etc. Just remember, you can control only the way you behave and not how others behave. So be kind to one another.
How do you work on your weaknesses?
If you could hop on a plane and travel anywhere in the world right this minute, where would you go?
I’ve only been to Seattle twice but the first time felt like I was returning home. Ever since then I have felt like I left a piece of myself behind. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend a trip there. It’s so hard to describe the vibe of the Pacific Northwest. I haven’t experienced a place like this anywhere else.
Some top spots to check out:
Things I love about this city:
- Foodie heaven
- Coffee galore
- Music to soothe the soul
- Water, mountain, city life
Basically I need to move here ASAP.
One of my favorite things to do is explore a place with very little on my itinerary. Memphis was like this during my NYE trip a few years ago. I went with two close friends, it was a perfect trip, with only one “to do” on our list. A great locale to stop in for the weekend or over a holiday and I would definitely return again.
Three years ago today I woke up to quite the surprise–a fine coating of volcanic ash on everything. I lived 30 miles away from Nevado del Ruiz, a volcano in central Colombia which last erupted in 1994. Never did I consider a volcano eruption when moving to South America. I was stressed most of the day with talks of a big eruption but needless to say only minor activity resulted. It is quite the memory, something I will always remember.
The volcano for the past few days is stirring again like three years ago. Check out the activity here for live webcam views.
My sister took this picture (thanks) of me on our trip to the Pacific Northwest. I loved every minute of my time in Seattle and the surrounding areas. I always feel like I’m returning home when I visit there. My heart will always belong along the Pacific.