My Wanderlist

I like reading other travel blogs, and when I encountered the amazing Janaline’s World Journey List, I was inspired to create my own. And, well, it doesn’t hurt that I have a slight obsession with making lists. (ListGeeks, anyone?) I haven’t been nearly as many places as Janaline, but before getting more into my current travels I thought I’d share some of the highlights of my past journeys, starting when I was a teenager.

  • My first taste of world travel was in high school (2005), when on a school trip I explored the masses of historical art and ancient ruins in Italy and Greece.
  • Saw the pope speak in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
  • Stared up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Explored the lava-preserved ruins of the city of Pompeii.
  • Ate delicious pasticcio and baklava in Tolo, Greece.
  • Witnessed my bus driver punch a hit and run motorist in post-Olympics Athens, Greece.
  • A few years later during college, I joined a spring break road trip to Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Imitated a monkey at the North Carolina Zoo.
  • Overlooked the beach from the top of an old fort in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest US city.
  • Feasted at a Hangi as part of the adopted family of a native Maori tribe in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Queenstown, New Zealand

Me just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand

  • Hiked down to enchanting Narnia at Cathedral Cove, New Zealand.
  • Zorbed in a big watery ball down a hillside in New Zealand.
  • Bathed in a silky warm mud bath in the geothermal springs of Rotorua, New Zealand.
  • Rode on horseback through the hills of New Zealand where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.
  • Danced the night away in the bars of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • White-water rafted on the Rangitikei River, New Zealand.
  • Climbed Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand.
  • Bungee jumped off a ledge overlooking Queenstown, New Zealand at night.
Top of Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Top of Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

  • Viewed St. Louis from the top of its Gateway Arch.
  • Took a whirlwind world tour at the International area of Disney World’s Epcot, Orlando, Florida.
  • Had a blast at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida.

Me at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

  • Petted a penguin at Newport Aquarium in Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Was awed by Van Gogh and Monet’s original paintings in London’s National Gallery.
  • Rode the London Eye, the big wheel near Big Ben, to take in the incredible views of the city at night.
  • Photographed the incredibly old and beautiful churches and architecture of the financial district, called The City in central London.
  • Watched a West End show in London, Phantom of the Opera.
  • Walked around the adorable, classic English town of Sheffield.
  • Enjoyed bread pudding in a traditional English country pub in Leicester.
Leicester Abbey, England

Me at Leicester Abbey, England

  • Met the stars of Doctor Who at the first official convention in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Went hot air ballooning over central Indiana.
  • Zip lined through the forest of Brown County State Park in southern Indiana.
  • Got rescued by the Coast Guard from a jet ski in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Perused the fantastic collection of impressionist paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago and saw my warped reflection in The Bean in Millennium Park next to it.
  • Stood in Times Square in New York, where it is still packed and buzzing at midnight.
  • Looked over New York City from the top of Rockefeller Center.
Rockefeller Center

Me at the top of Rockefeller Center with Central Park behind me

  • Strolled through Central Park and saw the iconic statues and pathways.
  • The stars of the show Once on Broadway signed my Playbill after I watched the show.
  • Crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on foot to see amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • Saw as much of the massive Metropolitan Museum of Art as I could in a few hours.
  • Attended a Julie Andrews book signing in the Upper West Side of Manhattan so I could meet her.
  • Perused the massive bookstore that is Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.
  • Ate at Portland’s legendary food trucks downtown.
Golden Gate Bridge

Me in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay.
  • Hugged one of the very tall and majestic California redwoods in Muir Woods.
  • Stood in a prison cell in Alcatraz after cruising over from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

Me at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

  • Danced through the aisles on the Ellen Degeneres Show set and sat in the gazebo from Gilmore Girls and on the couch from Friends at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California.
  • Found that my hand is the same size as Julie Andrews’s in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.
  • Walked down the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to the red carpet the day before the Oscars.
  • Played in the sand at sunny Santa Monica Beach, California.
  • Watched the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace.
  • Toured Westminster Abbey, with all its royal history, in London.
  • Watched Palace Guards play the Happy Birthday song to the Queen of England on her 86th birthday at Windsor Castle, her favorite getaway from Buckingham Palace.
  • Experienced the ancient mysteries of 5,000 year old Stonehenge.
  • Drank water from the thermal springs of Bath, England.
Roman Baths in Bath, England

Me at the Roman Baths in Bath, England

  • Shopped at Harrod’s in London, the largest department store in Europe.
  • Cruised down the Seine River in Paris and saw the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Sipped champagne at lunch in the Eiffel Tower.
  • Braved the crowds at the Louvre museum in Paris to see the Mona Lisa.
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