30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 5

Day 5: List five places you want to visit.

My blog is full of posts telling you all about where I’d like to visit, and there are many more posts coming up about even more places, but if you haven’t read any of my previous Take Me Away posts and would like to, please check them out! So far I’ve written about Vancouver Canada, Santorini Greece, Skagen Denmark, Krabi Thailand, and Kyoto Japan. But, since this is the prompt for today, I will give you a brief excerpt of some other places I’d like to go, and I hope you’ll keep your eyes peeled for the full posts about all of these places coming soon!

1. Bali Indonesia
2. Champagne France
3. The Amalfi Coast in Italy
4. The Catalonia Region of Spain
5. Nuuk Greenland

For this list, I’ve picked five random places from my list of future travels, so they’re not necessarily the ones I dream of seeing first, and they’re in no particular order, but I do have hopes and dreams of seeing every single one of them, and many more as well! Traveling is one of my biggest dreams. I just feel like I can’t live a life here in my small little bubble knowing that there are so many incredible places and cultures out there to explore. What a dull world it would be if we never took the time and opportunity to have adventures.

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Bali is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, to see the sheer beauty of the place. There is an endless supply of things that I would love to see. Volcanoes, rice paddies, forests, mountains, beaches, coral reefs; everything. I want to see all the beautiful trees and animals, meet many of the local residents, dive around a world war II shipwreck, visit the temples and shrines of the area, and so much more.

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Champagne partially speaks for its self, as I definitely want to take tours of all the various wineries and things that Champagne has to offer. But there is so much more there that I’d also like the chance to experience. Champagne is a historic place, and I love a good bit of history. Later when I write up a full post on this place, you will get an abundance of information on all the things I want to explore in this picturesque area of France, but in a short list, I’d like to see the wineries, the countryside, the “crowned mountain”, and the Gothic cathedrals throughout the city just to name a few.

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The Amalfi coast is a larger area than the other things listed so far, but it is equally as full of beauty. The small towns, the sea, the salty air; I want to experience it all. I’ve never been able to picture myself road tripping in a foreign country quite as much as I can with this place. I see myself in a flowy white sundress, with a big hat on my head and sunglasses on my face, enjoying a nice cone with chocolate gelato on top, walking down the street staring off into the vast blue ocean and the rocky shoreline. I love that I couldn’t help but smile when writing that sentence. There’s something so special about traveling and exploring, even just thinking about it makes me happy.

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I first learned about Catalonia in one of my Spanish classes in high school. As a part of Spain, with its own language and its own identity really, it instantly captured my attention. Barcelona is the largest city in the area that I intend on visiting, but its not the only place I’d like to see. I am a sucker for a good coast line, and the Catalonia region of Spain has it. The whole thing is absolutely breathtaking. A few other things that pull me to Catalonia are the fact that it was Salvador Dali’s home, Sagrada Familia, Girona, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Casa Batllo, and infinitely more.

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Last, but certainly not least, is Nuuk Greenland. Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland, and it is matched in it’s size by the beauty of the place. You’ll find snow, chilly weather, pebble beaches, and much more when you visit this beautiful area of greenland. I’ll keep this one short, because I am currently in the process of writing up a Take Me Away post for this incredible city, but I will let you in on a few things I’d like to see there, like the Nuuk Cathedral, the art museum, and the Qornok, and so much more.

I know I go on and on about how much I want to travel, but I just can’t help it. It is such a strong and intense feeling for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to explore the world. I’m one of those people that feels like their heart is in a place they’ve never even been before, and I’m happy that way for now.

What are five places that you’d really like to visit? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! I’m always looking for new places to dream about. 🙂

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

Sleepy Sundays | Why do some men act like this?

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Here I am, once again laying in bed with a nice hot cup of tea, setting out to write down all the thoughts in my mind. This one however, is more difficult to write. I don’t know what words to use to express how I’m feeling right now. Let me preface this post by saying that I am a romantic person, a hopeless one at that. I love the whole concept of romance and love, and hope with every inch of me that I’ll be able to find that love and romance that so many others have managed to find. I want to find someone to grow with, to learn with, and to explore with. I do not however, need to find someone to complete me. I am complete all on my own. I don’t need anyone to be happy in life. I can be happy all on my own. I want to find someone that compliments who I am in that perfect way, that way that makes us each even better people together than we would be separately. I want someone that is kind, and adventurous. I want someone that isn’t afraid to dream. I want someone that isn’t afraid of being themselves. I know that I am not a perfect person. I have flaws like everyone else. I have a little too much fat hanging around on my body, I tend to over-think things in the simplest of situations, I can be passionate and overly emotional at times, and I have forever lived with my head in the clouds. But I have always, and will always be kind to anyone and everyone I meet, live my life with integrity, and take every opportunity for adventure that comes my way, and I hope that someday I will find a man that accepts me for who and what I am, and gives me the chance to do the same. With all these things running through my mind, I also find it important to say that I will never settle. Far too often these days, I hear family members and various other people commenting on my love life. Just last week I heard my mother tell someone that I’ve “simply given up on men and love”. But that’s just not the case. I have given up on something, but it isn’t love, and it isn’t men; I’ve given up on living my life to please other people, and I officially gave up on it last night at 11:57 pm.

Last night, I went on a date. A date that I only agreed to go on to please my family and friends. To show them that I haven’t given up and that I still want to find love. I do this every so often, when people seem to be getting antsy about me sitting in my room too often, or laying at the park with my nose in a book too frequently, and this time was no different. A friend of mine made a comment about my dating life in front of my mother, and it started this whole conversation between them about me, while I was sitting right in front of them. And by the end of it, they had convinced me to say that I would love to go out with my friend’s boyfriend’s brother. A blind date. A horrible blind date at that.

Yesterday was the day, and I did my best to stay positive about it, I even managed to get a bit excited about the prospect of meeting someone new and maybe hitting it off. It’s been nearly two years since I ended my last real relationship, and I guess I assumed that maybe it was time to take dating seriously again. That’s not to say that I haven’t gone on dates since I ended my relationship, I’ve gone on plenty, the issue here, is that they’ve almost all gone the same way this one did; horribly.

I got to the restaurant, after having made the whole effort that a girl is expected to on a date; hair, makeup, outfit, the whole thing. He arrived a bit later, and greeted me nicely, gave me a little compliment, all good things so far. It was only when we sat down at the table and started talking that I started to become increasingly upset and annoyed with the whole situation. The waiter arrived and my date didn’t bother to look at him, greet him, or do anything that common courtesy and manners would normally see as standard procedure for interacting with another human being. He was just quite cold about the whole situation. But I shrugged it off and tried to keep things going. I told him about school, and all the things I’ve been up to recently, and various other things that you talk about when trying to get to know another person, but he seemed to only want to talk about himself, mainly the things that he has or the things that he’s accomplished, nothing about who he was or the person that he hopes to be. Almost as if I should be impressed and appreciative that I was able to be sitting at the same table as him. I tried to ignore it and just kept going with the date. But then the worst part of the evening came. The waiter brought the food to the table, and everything went downhill. My date was apparently displeased with the service, or the food, or something, I’m still not sure what set it all into motion, but he started being incredibly rude to the waiter, saying that he didn’t know how to do his job and calling him various names that I can’t quite remember at the moment, then called the manager over and was rude to him as well. I was so embarrassed by the whole situation that I couldn’t manage to stay any longer. I complained of a stomach ache, ended the date early, and went home to get into my pajamas, eat some ice cream, and heal from the trauma that is “dating”.

My question for you is why do some men act like this? The majority of the dates I’ve been on lately have gone similarly to this. Is it me? Do I attract men with huge egos and issues with being nice? Is it just the fact that I live in a city in the middle of Midwestern America? Am I overreacting? The whole idea of dating is hard for me. I don’t like the idea of getting dressed up and trying to sell myself to another person, trying to show them all the good bits about me and trying to hide the insecurities that I have about my body and my looks. Its all just filled with so much pressure. So is that why these men that I’ve gone out with have acted like that? Because of pressure? Who knows. All I know is that after eating half a pint of ice cream and binge watching episodes of Friends, at 11:57 pm Saturday on the 23rd of May, I officially gave up on pleasing other people. The next date I go on, will be with someone that I truly want to go out with, someone that is interested in me for me, and someone that I have things in common with. I don’t care if it takes me months or years to find someone that I really want to go out with, or if I have to go to another country to find that person; I refuse to let myself fall into the trap of living my life to make everyone else happy or to fit in to the mold of what I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing with my life.

Maybe the person I am meant to be with is sitting somewhere in Europe or Australia or Canada, dreaming of finding a girl just like me. Maybe he’ll be the sort of man that is kind to the people around him. Maybe he’ll be a dreamer. Maybe he’ll want to explore the world with me. Maybe he will be perfectly imperfect, just right for me. Maybe he’ll be my happily ever after, wrapped in a bundle of silly conversations, morning snuggles, netflix binges, love that isn’t based on appearances, arguments that only last a moment, and a life time of adventures.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx