Holy moly, I've got exactly five months left to cross off the rest of my list! I've got a lot of traveling to do! Here's what I have to look forward to in 2011:
The first destination on my calendar: Cancun for Chichen Itza-exploring, mezcal-chugging + worm-chowing, Español-unleashing and tan-retouching.
Then, New Orleans during Mardi Gras for bead-gathering, hurricane-guzzling and beignet-inhaling.
A long weekend in Cali to rock out at Coachella.
And the grand finale: a visit to the Motherland to swim in a volcano crater, spelunk into a cave and swim with whale sharks.
It's gonna be extremely tricky on the financial front but I'm hoping luck will throw me a few bones along the way. Failing that, I like ramen and Spam a lot, I've ceased to shop for myself, and I am ready to give up even more weekends and evenings to log in overtime work. The way I see it, money can always be earned but you can never get back time that's already passed you by. There aren't many times in one's life when it's okay to be a little irresponsible and follow your heart's desires. So I give myself five more months of living in the moment—after that, adulthood, take me away ...
For now though, I am a kid with eyes squeezed shut hoping I'm on Santa's nice list!