The Great Outdoors

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Michigan should really get more credit than it does for being gorgeous. I took these probably about two miles from my house. This state has a lot of places that make for beautiful runs, and I should really get out and appreciate them more.

Italy in the Summer

I took these in Italy in the summer of 2012. We went to Rome, Florence, and Venice, and while it’s tough for me to pick favourite vacations, Rome has to be one of my favourite cities in the world. Great food, sunshine, history, art – it’s unbelievably beautiful.

I’ve been pretty busy the past couple of years, what with school and work, and that hasn’t left me much time to travel. It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to go anywhere until after I finish university. Hopefully, I’ll have a little time between graduating and starting work to take a trip somewhere. I’ve been to the three big destinations in Italy, so if I ever do go back, I’d like to go visit some other countries first, but I’d love to see Rome again, or go to the countryside or the Amalfi Coast. I wasn’t all that taken with Venice, so I’d be fine giving that a pass. It felt too much like one massive tourist trap to me.

My family’s Europe trips tend to be to cities and historical sites. That’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with it at all. I like cities and history as much as the next girl. But it would be nice to do something different – visit some less popular destinations or smaller towns; have a more relaxed, less strictly planned vacation. That sounds like a great plan for the summer after university, just taking a week and lounging around somewhere gorgeous.

Rajasthan

Pictures from when I went to India last winter. I’ve been there repeatedly since I was little, but this is the first time I can remember ever going to the tourist sites, aside from once when we went to Agra in I think 2006 or 2007. I took these in/around Jaipur.

It was interesting to see because of how lively it was and how many people were there, but it didn’t strike me as anywhere near one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It was a bit grimy for my tastes. Chennai looked a lot cleaner and prettier to me.

Canadian Rockies

Continuing to go through old pictures – I took these in Banff maybe eight or nine years ago, and I’m still amazed at how beautiful it was. It was even more spectacular in person, but I’m impressed by how easy it was to take a good picture. You could point your camera in any direction and click – it was so picturesque that pretty much every shot came out reasonably nicely.

I really would love to go back some time. I was planning on going hiking with some friends this summer, but seeing as I’m interning, I don’t have the time. Sometimes, I agree with the principle that there is too much to see in the world to go to the same place twice. Then I see places like this and I change my mind.

Safari

I was looking through old pictures of mine, and I remembered – Tanzania is possibly the most gorgeous place on the planet.

My parents, sister, and I went a couple years ago, and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. There were so many animals and so much to see. It was incredible.