Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer, Part II

Tomorrow is when my summer becomes weird. I'm leaving for Russia tomorrow.

The last time I visited Russia was in 2010, which was before I made this blog, so you guys probably aren't too familiar with the fact that I visit Russia every few years. My family has an apartment in my mom's hometown. We usually go to visit family on both my mom and my dad's side, and we stay for at least a month. It's kind of like an extended vacation.

This year, I'm staying till July 15th. My parents are actually already there, so I'm flying out myself to meet them there. My sister and my grandma come later on this month. I'm super excited to fly by myself. I always have had this weird fascination with traveling alone. I feel like it's the height of young adult independence. Even though I'm in college, the idea that I'm flying halfway across the world by myself seems so exciting. It probably seems ridiculous that I'm 18 and still in love with the idea of independence.

ALSO, exciting news: I'm going to travel through Europe again! My mom called me from Russia and surprised me with these news a few days ago. We'll mostly be in Italy, visiting cities like Venice, Rome, Verona, Pisa, and Florence. We're leaving on June 8th and will be back the 16th. It still hasn't sunk in. I've been cramming guidebook info into my head again, and getting the same rush that I did planning our Europe trip last year. I still don't know why I love Europe so much, but I do.

I don't care if it's the most popular attraction in Italy, I love the Colosseum.

What have I been doing since the semester has ended? Nothing really. Listening to lots of music and watching lots of TV. I'm currently really into the show Girls. It annoys me that the media keeps calling it 'raw,' as if that means anything. I guess that's a fancy way of saying that it's the closest thing to reality TV without spray tans. Either way, I'm impressed with how it's somewhat realistic. (That, and the fact that Ezra Koenig made a cameo appearance in the second season. I'm kind of obsessed with him right now.) The characters are all both likeable and unlikeable, just like real people. There's more to people than just always either loving them or hating them. There are good and bad characteristics to each person. Maybe if I stop being a lazy blogger I'll write more about this.

People keep asking me what I've been doing this summer, and I always feel lame when I say "well, I've watched lots of TV". Maybe I should start calling it a summer tradition. Anyway, I don't know when my next blog post will be, but I will probably blog over the next month or so. Hope you all are enjoying your spring/summer.

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