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I like the holiday season. I like the spirit, I like the decorations, I like the food, I like the parties. Sometimes I even like the cold. I also like how people love to re-cap their year right about now.
I do my “yearly life examination” at the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, which usually falls in September or October, but I’m totally not opposed to looking back at 2009 and paying homage to what an awesome year it really was.
I rang in the New Year with my extended family in Disney World, of all places!
Then two weeks later I was off to have an incredible adventure in Nicaragua, both travelling
Who knew I would actually enjoy spending days at a time digging sand out of a riverbed? Or sleeping on the floor while roosters scream all night? Or showering out of a bucket?
I may have missed the inauguration because I was in a mountain community with no electricity or communication, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
It was on this trip that I broke my addiction to experiencing life from behind a camera lens, and that carried through the year. Many things went un-photographed due to this.
I continued the volunteering theme by scoring an internship at the North American Council on Ethiopian Jewry, where I spent my days packing up school supplies to send to kids in need and reading letters between educational fund donors and recipients (and crying my eyes out every time).
A crazy month. I planned Greek Week for right after midterms and nearly lost my mind but everything turned out wonderfully successful, minus my sprained neck.
I also played hostess to a few friends who had never been to New York City before.
Can you say, Spring Break? I went to Miami with the same friend I went to Nicaragua with, and was lucky to spend plenty of time on the beach with Mr. Boy. My camera wasn’t invited on this trip though, so all I have is this one photo of a group of us going out one night…
I guess, what happens in Miami stays there? Cheesyyyyy.
I might have spent this entire month writing papers. I went a little overboard and turn in a 65 page final write-up in my favorite class. Whoops. It happens sometimes. I also got the news that I was about to go on the biggest adventure of my life (happy early birthday to me).
At Hillel formal, received what I think might be my first award ever, for social justice work, and I continued to prove my indomitable school spirit by tearing up the dance floor with the school’s executive Vice President.
I had an unexpected surgery in the beginning of the month, which really sucked, but I took an awesome poetry class, which made up for it, mostly. I also went to my first wedding (well, my first friend’s wedding–been to plenty of family weddings).
It rained the entire month. It didn’t matter, though. On the last day of June, I was headed somewhere…fabulous. THAILAND.
How could I be luckier? I got to spend seven weeks in Thailand with my best friend. July highlights include tasting DURIAN and MANGOSTEEN for the first time:
swimming in waterfalls:
stalking water buffalo in Chaiyaphum:
attending a Buddhist temple during preparations for the Buddhist Lent:
celebrating my 22nd birthday in Bangkok:
discovering my elephant allergy:
receiving a scratch from this baby tiger:
taking a Thai cooking class:
hiking 9km into the beautiful Northern Thailand wilderness:
playing drinking games in the woods:
then rafting back to civilization:
and my favorite wilderness activity, ZIPLINING:
Still in Thailand. An old friend stopped in from Australia to spend some time with us while we island hopped through Southern Thailand:
relaxing on Ko Samui:
snorkelling at Ko Tao and Ko Nanguan
questionably blazing through island roads at night on the backs of motorbikes driven by cute Dutch boys:
dominating the Full Moon Party on Ko Phagnan:
canoeing around Phuket:
and lounging on the beach during the day:
and partying with the Lady Boys of Patong at night:
and searching for Leonardo DiCaprio at Ko Phi Phi:
Return to rainy old Bangkok, see more sights, spend Shabbat at the Chabad (we actually did this three times in Bangkok and once in Ko Samui):
Then it was time to, sadly, go back home.
Once back in the States, we hopped up to Portland, Maine, to spend the last days of summer at my grandparents’ home:
Uneventful. Highlight: best friend moves back home:
School=super lame. Jewish holidays=exciting. Typical. This year, I opted not to be involved in any of the extracurricular activities I had drowned myself in for the past four years, so my life was much quieter. Discovered Pilates, didn’t yet know how it would change my life.
Discovered Lady Gaga. Life ends and begins anew. Threw a Halloween party just so I could dress up like her.
Uh…I’m sure something else happened this month. It just doesn’t matter.
Jokes. Visited San Fransisco with my mother, to see old family friends. Had a wonderful time.
The sad- said final farewells to my step-grandmother.
Got to spend lots of time with my baby brother over the holidays.
School kind of takes over my life, lately. Without the sorority and the ten thousand other responsibilities and executive positions, I had a lot of time to focus on school, and I really enjoyed it.
Have spent most of winter break indoors. It’s really not a problem.
Tonight: I’m young, I’m hot, I live in the center of the universe, I love to party, and I’m spending this Saturday night in. Mr. Boy talked me into installing Google Chrome so I’m figuring that out along with learning about all this blogging stuff. I’m computer illiterate, so this might take a while. I have a big mug of chamomile tea, I’m watching a Harry Potter movie, and life is good.
Here’s to 2010 being as explosively awesome as 2009. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
PS: It was really really hard picking from the 4000+ pictures of Thailand what would go into this post. Ugh I need to go back! And I need to get them all onto Flickr.