If you talked to me at all in the weeks leading up to my departure for England, chances are you heard me mention the "Cat Café." Yes, that's a café that serves tea, scones, and such and that also hosts ten cats. And yes, it was everything I hoped it would be!
The walls were lined with shelves for the cats to crawl on, a cat house, and a cat-sized hamster wheel. It was delightful!
I'd go back in an instant! On Saturday, I took a day trip to Brighton, known as "London-by-the-Sea." It was windy and rainy most of the day, but we made the best of it, visiting the Royal Pavilion, the pier, and the beach. The beach was pebbly and not sandy at all, which was different for me. It was still really pretty!
The pier consists of shops, restaurants, arcades, ice cream stands (it is never too cold or rainy for ice cream!), and even carnival rides. It was quite pricey to ride the carnival rides, so I just picked one to ride. It was well worth it, even though it was raining! To get warmed up, we spent some time in the arcade. I grew up having birthday parties at my dad's arcade so I enjoyed playing my favourite childhood games like ski ball!
On Sunday, I got to do one of the coolest things ever for a literary nerd like me: watch a play at Shakespeare's Globe! We stood in the audience, much like the peasants of Shakespeare's day. The theatre is small, without a large audience. I haven't read The Comedy of Errors prior to seeing the play, but it was very well acted and I enjoyed it very much!
I have some exciting trips planned both within England and beyond to other parts of Europe so stay tuned! Thanks for reading!
This weekend I took two separate day trips in different directions outside of London; both called for early mornings! On Saturday, my tour group with International Studies Abroad took a bus to Canterbury. I am currently reading The Canterbury Tales for the third time and taking a Chaucer course, so I was especially excited to see this historical city. The day started off with a flat bottomed boat ride. The boats were really tiny holding only twelve people each with one rower in the front who also served as our tour guide. The boat was rather rocky and we also went under some seriously low bridges in which we had to duck to go under!
The tour itself was really relaxing and informative and a fun way to see the city from a new perspective!
After that we went to see the Canterbury Cathedral, which was so massive and absolutely gorgeous. The stained glass windows and architecture was stunning! None of the photos I took actually compare to what it looks like to in person.
After the Cathedral, a couple of us went to an adorable little tea room that we saw advertised called Tiny Tim's Tea Room. It is one of the oldest and allegedly most haunted buildings in Canterbury! We enjoyed scones called "the plump pilgrim" with raising, sultans, and cherries. It was so cute and definitely one of my favorite tea rooms ever!
After that, it was off to see the Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels. The castle and the tunnels are unique in that are up-kept as if people were still using them. For example, the trip through the tunnels was complete with an "expected air raid." The lights flickered and even went off for a few seconds...all while we were in a tunnel deep underground! During part of the tour we visited the operating room, complete with manufactured disinfectant smells. We weren't allowed to take photos during this tour.
The castle itself was gorgeous. We climbed to the tower, which consisted of way too many steps! My legs were shaking the rest of the entire day! It was worth it though, as we could not only see the castle grounds, but over the White Cliffs of Dover to the English Channel and even the distant coastline of France!
On our way back to London, we drove past the White Cliffs so we had the chance to see them in all their glory! Sunday called for an even earlier morning: 5 AM! This trip was with the International Students House in London and any student from any university can join their travel club. This trip had students from all over the United States, China, Canada, Austria, Germany, and Belarus. It was really cool to travel with new people and explore the English countryside together. Our first stop was Cadbury World. We were clearly the oldest group there, as everyone else there seemed to be part of a family with small children! Our journey began in the Aztec Jungle, went through a replica of the town of Bournville, through the packaging factory, and yes, there were free samples. Each person got three full size bars, but got to sample some warm chocolate out of a cup with our choice of mix-in. They beat Hershey's Chocolate World in that department, though their chocolate store is a lot smaller than Hershey's. There was a also a little ride with personified cocoa beans, complete with a Christmas section and hieroglyphic cave and stars section. It was great! I loved the chocolate teapots they had in the store!
Then it was off to the Severn Valley Railway. The railroad is a steam engine train that does between the tiny towns of Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, with stops at some little stations along the way. All of the trains date from the 1920s-1960s so it was like stepping back in time. I absolutely loved it! We passed the rolling hills of the countryside and lots of farms with sheep, cattle, and horses.
I watched White Christmas the other night (yes, I know it is only September, but it is never too early to start watching Christmas movies!) and felt like I was on the train they took from Florida to Vermont.
There was also an odd moment when we spotted elephants amongst the landscape of farm animals. A few confused moments, we realized that there was a safari park beside the train tracks.
I loved the little town of Kidderminster that we ended in. It was so small and quaint! For some reason, I've been drawn to the idea of small towns and farmland lately. London is lovely and a great connecting point for the rest of the UK and Europe, but it is just so massive and busy!
I got in late last night and now have a lot of reading to do this week!
Do you prefer large cities or small towns?
I've had quite a busy week here in England! My classes started this week. The school system is quite different here, but I'll save that for another post!
On Wednesday, I got to go to Harrod's for afternoon tea! It was so formal and proper with the servers pulling our chairs out for us, calling us "madam," and saying things like, "here is the green tea for the lady." The terrace at Harrod's is gorgeous with ornate architecture and a piano player.
They brought a selection of finger sandwiches, little pastries (my favourite was the fruit cake), the best scones ever with clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd, and a Harrod's Trifle.
Afterwards, we looked all around Harrod's. That place is massive! They have everything imaginable including: designer baby clothes, formal evening wear, furniture, perfume, and groceries. My favourite section was the Christmas and holiday area. There were so many British Christmas items that I was relatively unfamiliar with like Boxing Day chutney. When I saw a Christmas tea advent calendar, I knew that had to be my souvenir! Each day of December there is a different type of Christmas tea with flavours like Spiced Pumpkin, Candy Man, Gingerbread Man, Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, and Christmas Night. I also found canned pumpkin for the first time since arriving so I bought a can to make some non-American friends their first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!
On Thursday, I went to the movies to watch Box Trolls, which was adorable! Before the movie started, they showed some British TV commercials, which seemed infinitely nicer than American commercials, mostly because they were wittier.
On Friday, I went to the British Library, not really knowing too much about it. Sadly, we weren't allowed to take photos within the galleries. I saw manuscripts by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and many, many others. There were Bibles and prayer books illuminated by Medieval monks, Indian and Chinese texts, and letters of historical significance. It was so neat! There were also a lot of tables and quiet corners so I want to go back to study!
Afterwards, I walked about forty minutes along Regent's Canal and back to Camden Town. The walk was gorgeous and there are so many options at the stalls on Camden Town that I could just window shop all day!
After Camden Town, I went to Borough Market. Borough Market is a really nice farmer's market with a ton of options. Some things were really inexpensive, like the five oranges I bought for a pound. There were tons of bread and cheese stands, pastries strands, and a Turkish Delight stand. Turkish Delight always makes me think of Narnia so I had to try it! I got a mix of pomegranate pistachio, orange cream, and cherry.
I have much more to say about my recent adventures, but I have to be up at 5 AM tomorrow so that's all for now. Check back tomorrow for tales of Canterbury and Dover, plus all the places I am going tomorrow!
One of the many marvelous things about the museums in London is the entrance to the main exhibits are free! Sometimes the temporary exhibits have a small entrance fee, but there is usually a student discount. Yesterday, I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum has a massive collection and I spent hours in really only three exhibits. The free cost allowed me to take my time without worrying about having to see everything in one day. It's only a short tube ride away, so I can pop back in to see more some other time! I saw the Disobedient Objects exhibit, which featured protest objects from numerous countries in a variety of time periods and then a fashion exhibit, followed by the temporary Wedding Dresses exhibit, which featured dresses from the late 1700s to present day. It was really interesting to see how fashions change and evolve. There were some absolutely stunning gowns! We weren't allowed to take photos in that part of the museum, but I took few photos of the exterior and interior in other parts.
I've met a few British students so far and, at the risk of making a sweeping generalization, it seems that everyone participates in the cultural activities: going to the museum to see temporary exhibits, going to all of the musicals, and even attending opera performances. I've noticed that in the US, most people don't fully utilize the cultural opportunities their cities offer. I think this is something we should strive toward in the US!
Afterward, we enjoyed people and pigeon watching over some delicious crepes. I liked the Kensington area of London, as it seemed a bit less hectic than other parts. I'd like to go back to see more the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the Natural History Museum!
Today was the Buckingham Palace tour! This was probably my favorite tourist-y activity in London so far! We weren't allowed to take photos inside, which was probably a good thing because I would have stopped every few seconds to take a photo! The throne room and state rooms were absolutely gorgeous and so detailed! They had a special exhibit called "Royal Childhood" which featured items from royals childhoods throughout the years from a doll house decorated by the daughters of King George III back in the eighteenth century to the current Queen's large play house to the blanket President and Mrs. Obama gave to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a gift for Prince George. The tour was a self-guided audio tour and gave lots of interesting facts, like how when the Queen hosts a dinner, the menu is in French and she proof-reads the French herself and pointing out a table that was specially designed for Napoleon. I loved the tour!
Classes start tomorrow! I have an exciting week planned: stay tuned!
Have you ever visited a palace or castle?
One of my first big events since my arrival was the International Student Boat party! This took over 460 international students on a massive boat while cruising the River Thames. There were tables inside around windows, but there open decks on both floors where we could go out and see the sights as we cruised by. I made sure to be outside when we went under Tower Bridge! The draw bridge opened for us and the bridge was all lit up. It was so cool!
The cruise dropped us off at the pier around 11 PM and then we made our way back to the university. Since the tube closes at midnight, it was pretty crowded! Luckily, we all made it back without any problems! I've been on the tube everyday since my arrival and am starting to get the map in my head. It felt surprisingly familiar when I first arrived, even though I had only spent three days riding it before.
On Wednesday, I went to visit Camden Town, one of London's famous markets. They had stalls both indoor and outdoor and featured everything from handmade jewelry to discount shoes to ethnic food stalls. I don't even like shopping usually and I loved looking at the wide variety of options. Prices here are lower than actual brick and mortal stores. It would be a great place to do Christmas shopping! I was especially excited about the three massive bags of loose leaf that I got for a low price. I also found a little cat backpack that was too cute to pass up!
While at the Camden market, I also bought some fresh-squeezed orange juice that tasted just like what we get in Florida. I'm noticing that the UK has much better options for fresh juices. Even bottled ones are not from concentrate. We also stopped at Cookies and Scream bakery, an ice cream and cookie bar that is completely vegan and gluten-free. My cookie dough milkshake was better than anything non-vegan I've had. If you find yourself in Camden Town, you must visit!
After the market, we went to the Whole Foods in Piccadilly Circus. It was a lot of fun seeing the difference between the produce and vegetarian products that they offer in the UK to the US. We tried to get back to campus during tube rush hour while there was a shortage failure at one of the stations...it was so packed that I could barely move! We ended up turning around and taking a taxi, which was a much smarter choice! Splitting the taxi three ways was only five pounds, plus we got to see what was happening out and about in London.
I'm off to my English literature induction now!
Do you like shopping at markets? Have you ever been to one in London?
I haven't even been in London a week yet and already I have so much to say! Instead of blabbing on for one really long post, I'll split it up a bit. Look for quite a few posts from me in the next few days! So where to begin?
How about with packing? After researching appropriate clothes for London both fashion and weather wise, buying suitcases that fit the British Airlines generous standards, and cramming four jars of peanut butter in my suitcase, I thought the hardest part about baggage was over. Not so! Since US Airlines was operating part of the flight, the weight allowance was only fifty pounds. My bag weighed in at seventy-six. This left me scrambling trying unpack and repack and then eventually just tweaking it enough so it weighed only seventy pounds, plus a hefty overweight baggage fee.
I made through security easily enough, though a bald eagle was going through security at about the same time as me, which was a bit of an oddity. My flight to Philadelphia was delayed almost an hour and then my suitcase was too big for US Airlines standards, which are apparently far less generous than British Airlines. I asked at the gate before boarding about checking the bag, but I was told not to since it was an international flight. But then it wouldn't fit into the overhead bin so one flight attendant took it to check it at the last minute, handed me a plastic bag so I could put my contact lenses and a jacket and keep it with me, and then apologized for the lack of stylishness of the said plastic bag. I was more concerned when two businessmen told me I had little chance of seeing my luggage anytime soon.
On the flight to London, I watched two animated children's films (Rio and Rio 2, both very adorable) and Austenland (about a Jane Austen-obsessed woman who goes on a themed vacation to Austenland, which was surprisingly semi-decent). Not good at sleeping under the best of circumstances, I of course didn't sleep on the plane. I had to wait at customs while an agent looked at my finger prints since they weren't coming up on the fingerprint scanner. After waiting for at least a half hour, she told me it happened quite often, but at the time I was worrying that I wouldn't be allowed in the country!
Then there was a brief-lived stroke of good luck: both my suitcases arrived! After that however, I had to carry all of my heavy luggage on two "lifts" (and if you know me well, you know I hate elevators), a train, and up and down numerous hallways to the meeting point for my tour group, ISA. After waiting for everyone to arrive, we took a very, very long "coach" ride through central London before arriving at Queen Mary, University of London!
Even though I'm a fourth--year college student, this is my first time living on campus. I'm enjoying my dorm experience so far. My room has a bed, a desk, some shelves, a "wardrobe", a mini fridge, and my own bathroom (though the shower floor is the entire bathroom floor). I have five flat mates, two from England, one from the states, one from Australia, and one from Cyprus. We all share a kitchen.
I've had a few orientations and official enrolment (no, I didn't misspell it, the British only use one "l"), which is a lengthy process in itself! Everything is much more formal in the British schooling system (more on that in another post!) My student ID is needed to enter the library, an official letter from the school is needed to apply for student bank account, and almost everywhere offers a student discount.
I have been enjoying the campus and exploring East End!
Did you know that there are palm trees in one of the green spaces in East London? They're tiny, but quite adorable!
Check back tomorrow for my adventures on the River Thames for the International Student Boat Party and visit to the Camden Town Market! Thank you for reading!
Have you ever had problems with your luggage on a flight?
The drive between Colorado and Pennsylvania is very, very long. I just finished my third cross-country road trip between these states. Packing the car was an achievement in itself! I accumulated quite a bit of "stuff" since my last drive out (skiis, boots, poles, a bevy of books) so we had to purchase a roof carrier just to store some of my clothes.
It took quite some time to back and get organized so we didn't even end up leaving Colorado Springs until 6:30 PM. We drove as far as Holly, Colorado, which is about three hours and is also the lowest elevation in Colorado at 3,392 feet. It was dark for the last half of our day one drive and all I heard about on the way to the hotel was, "We should have stopped in Pueblo, this is too dark and too empty to be driving through with an unreliable car." My rebuttals were: 1) Pueblo is only forty minutes from Colorado Springs, therefore it would be pointless to even drive that far. 2) HWY 50 at least has cell phone reception, which is more than I can say about Independence Pass to Aspen or the roads to Estes Park! 3) It's 9 PM, not 3 AM. 4) My car is perfectly reliable. It has made that loud creaking noise for years.
My little car Chili did quite well, not only getting us to our motel safely, but being a good sport the whole way back to Pennsylvania. The motel in Holly, Miles Court, was very nice and small. Once we got there, an adorable black cat was there to greet us. The poor cat wanted in our room! We gave it water and Cheerios and key lime yogurt covered pretzels, but she wasn't interested in anything, save entering our room! Interestingly enough, we also had room 13! While I don't think the hotel staff planned on the cat greeting us, the motel had some additional nice touches like Bath and Body Works products in the shower.
After leaving Holly, we drove as far as Garden City before stopping to walk through their free zoo. It was really nice and featured the greatest "no smoking" sign ever!
We also stopped briefly in Dodge City to look around and secure the stupid box containing my clothes. The heat index during most of the trip was 110 degrees!
The rest of our time in Kansas was spent driving past corn fields, oil rigs, and windmills. It can be a bit boring, but I love seeing the little, tiny towns and parts of the country that I would otherwise never see.
It started storming, so we stopped in Hutchinson, Kansas, which is large enough to have chain places like Starbucks and Olive Garden, and stayed at a Comfort Inn for the night. The next day we drove as far as St. Peters, Missouri and stayed at a Country Inn and Suites. I don't recall seeing anything noteworthy, save stopping at Cracker Barrel two days in a row (which is fine by me since they have Halloween and even a few Christmas decorations out!) The following day, we stopped at Lost Creek Orchards in Greenup, Illinois for smoothies, peaches, apple butter, apples, and a Christmas decoration that is adorable, but we didn't actually need.
We also drove past the "Cross at the Crossroads," the world's largest cross, in Effingham, Illinois.
We were hoping to make it home, but there was a lot of road work and traffic so we stopped in Columbus, Ohio for the night. We stayed at Country Inn and Suites again, which is probably my favorite hotel chain. They have a lending library, where you can select a book, borrow it, and return it the next time you stay at one of their hotels. They also have nice pools and tea and cookies in the lobby.
The next day, we took one more side trip to stop at Oglebay in Wheeling, West Virginia. My family goes to Oglebay every year for the Festival of Lights around Christmas time, so we wanted to check out what the grounds look like in August. There are flowers everywhere and lots of nice walking trails. I especially liked the floral clock.
I finally made it back to Pennsylvania yesterday afternoon. I'm off to London in two and a half weeks, so expect more regular blog posts then!
Have you ever been on a long road trip? Do you like road trips? Did you stop in any memorable places?
Toward the end of the school year, I started a Pinterest board for all the places I wanted to visit in Colorado this summer before I head to England. Many of those included cities that I wanted to visit or re-visit, and I made quite a dent in that list, visiting Aspen, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Vail. Some of items were places around Colorado Springs, that I've just never had a chance to visit in the three and a half years I've been here. Some friends and I have been hard at work at changing that!
A few weeks ago, I visited Willy's British Emporium (again) for tea. Afterward, I visited the Ghost Town Museum. I have driven past it numerous times since I moved here, but for some reason never made it over to visit. I'm glad I finally changed that! It contained many artifacts from the gold rush era, including a stagecoach that looked like it was right out of The Infernal Devices! I was irrationally excited about that!
This past weekend was jam-packed with exploring around Colorado Springs! I visited Willy's British Emporium yet again on Friday. On Saturday, I visited Cave of the Winds, which was probably the last main tourist attraction that I had yet to visit. Though I did not actually go in the cave, I greatly enjoyed the ropes course. I was surprised at how far off the ground it was though! It started to storm between completing the ropes course and going on the zip line, so we went to Willy's British Emporium (my second day in a row), to wait out the rain.
Since it is Colorado and the weather is always crazy, the storm finished rather quickly and we went back to ride the zip line over the canyon. It was such a pretty ride! They have a more extreme zip ling, which almost looks like a bungee, but that wasn't included with the admission fee...maybe if I'm feeling particularly brave next time, I'll give it a try!
After a fun sleepover, I finally visited the Colorado Renaissance Festival on Sunday. All of the actresses and actors tried to keep in character with Scottish accents and saying, "My Lady" to everyone. The buildings and shops were adorable. There were bagpipe players and other traditional Scottish instruments. It was a lot of fun!
Afterwards, I visited Little Nepal, a restaurant that had been on my list for a while. A few fellow vegetarians and I went to their all vegan buffet Sunday night and enjoyed trying a wide selection of Indian food. The decorations seemed authentic and it had a nice atmosphere as well.
I have some more adventures planned over the next two weekends! Check back soon to hear about them!
It seems like my blog is turning into an "Adventures in (insert Colorado city here)" blog. That's perfectly acceptable to me! I've really enjoyed visiting cities beyond my usual circle of Colorado Springs, though I do love Colorado Springs!
Last week, I competed at Vail Invitational. I love the competition in Vail...more for the excuse to visit Vail than actually competing a long program at over 8,100 feet above sea level! It's amazing how going up an extra 2,000 feet in elevation makes such a difference. My short program went pretty well and my long was semi-decent, but most importantly I learned what I need to fix before Collegiate Nationals next month.
While I wasn't competing, I made the most of my trip to Vail by exploring the village, hiking the trails, and taking the gondola to the top of Vail mountain. This was the third time I went to the summit of Vail mountain. The first was a few summers ago and the second was last winter. This time, we hiked a bit and enjoyed the views and wildflowers. During dinner one night, it was a bit stormy, but also sunny, creating a double rainbow over the mountain!
After Vail, we drove to Aspen for a few day vacation. Our first stop after
checking in to our hotel in Snowmass, was a visit to Maroon Bells! Maroon
Bells are gorgeous as were the hiking trails around them. I was surprised to
learn that they are the most photographed mountains in North America, given that
they're not all that accessible.
We took a bus to reach the bells and then took a free guided tour past the lake and some snowmelt streams and waterfalls. We saw some marmots and a beaver lodge. It was one of my favorite hikes ever!
The next day, we explored the city of Aspen, had lunch at the all-vegetarian Spring Café, and explored the Ice Age Discovery center in Snowmass. At the Spring Café, I had gazpacho soup and a watermelon caprese salad. Like most places in Aspen, they had lovely outdoor seating.
Aspen has some cute and quirky shops like the Emporium and Flying Circus which
has handmade gifts and trinkets and Explore Booksellers, a great independent
bookstore! Since I can't go in a bookstore without buying at least one
book, I had to buy two! My reading list is getting quite long. I'd
like to visit Sanibel Island later this summer and read The House on Mermaid
Point at the beach! Lost Luggage is set in the three European cities I
visited last year: London, Paris, and Barcelona so of course I had to buy it! The evening was spent around the pool with a book (and occasional trips in the pool to cool down).
The next morning, we visited Ashcroft Ghost Town. Some of the structures were original and we were even able to walk around the hotel. I was surprised that the city was occupied for less than five years during the silver boom.
In the afternoon, we took a trail ride at T Lazy-7 Ranch. The trail went through Aspen trees and through the mountains. It was gorgeous! Afterwards, we visited the Aspen Historical Society museum and went to Le Creperie du Village for dinner. The museum featured history of the Ute as well as the founding of Aspen. At Le Creperie du Village, we sat outside right on the sidewalks of main street and our table had couches for chairs. My "Big Apple" crepe was even better than the ones I had in Paris! We concluded our trip in Aspen with the a sunset beaver tour from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. We walked around Hallam Lake and through the trees and were able to spot one beaver carrying a tree branch to add to its dam! It was the perfect way to end a lovely vacation!
After a long, dark, lonely drive featuring mountain passes, hairpin turns, flooding, and detours, I finally arrived home about 1 AM this morning. Aspen ranks highly among my favorite cities. With mountains all around, snowmelt streams everywhere, and forests of Aspen trees, it has to be one the most beautiful places on earth. I definitely want to return in the winter to ski sometime!
I have a trip to New Mexico planned in early August, but I'd like to visit or re-visit a couple more Colorado cities if I can this summer. Any suggestions on which should top my list?
I enjoyed my first trip to Boulder so much that my mom wanted to visit during her recent trip to Colorado. That was definitely fine with me! Our first stop was one of the few places I did not get to visit on my first trip: the Dushanbe Tea House! The tea house was a gift to Boulder from Boulder's sister city in Tajikistan. The house itself is gorgeous, constructed with blue tiles. We took our tea outside under some flower arches. They had a plethora of tea options and I chose a Japanese green tea with matcha and some sort of rice.
We went back to Native Foods Café for lunch, which actually met my mom's approval. Our visit was during the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, so we went to see I Hate Hamlet on the CU Boulder campus. My favorite Shakespeare play is Hamlet so I enjoyed this satire and greatly appreciated the references to other Shakespeare plays. The next day, I visited the Leanin' Tree gallery and Celestial Seasonings for the second time each. I don't know if it was because I was concussed the first time or because the machines were actually operating during the tour, but all of the teas and herbs were much stronger scented this time. We also visited the café and sampled quite a few of their teas. When I saw the literature mug, I thought it would make the perfect souvenir to go with all of the tea I purchased last time. It has a time line of periods in both British and American literature as well as many titles I've read!
Much to my confusion, I woke up yesterday morning to many messages about my supposed trip to Jamaica. After visiting Spice Island Grill in Colorado Springs, I posted a photo expressing that now I was ready to go to Jamaica. I'm not actually going to Jamaica, but the Spice Island Grill is decorated very Jamaican so it was a nice island escape in rainy Colorado Springs. They also have an expansive vegetarian menu, so I got BBQ tofu steaks, fried plantains (which my mom kept calling plankton), and pumpkin soup. Our meal took over two hours...they were on "island time!"
Jamaica is now high on my list of places I want to travel to! Where are some of your dream destinations?