It’s the end of the year and many people are talking about the highlights of 2012. My 2012 was pretty remarkable, so I decided I should properly document the most exciting, memorable, and epic adventures of the last year of my 20s!
In March, I did a Spring Break Trip to Italy with some AMAZING friends. This was my third trip to Italy, and probably the most memorable due to the funny stories like the random man from the Czech Republic we met at our Roman hostel or the tour around the Uffizi Museum with my art professor aunt who explained the artwork like the details of the Birth of Venus and analyzed Michelangelo’s Holy Family. We went to places I hadn’t been (Pisa, Sienna, Cinque Terre, and Burano Island) and did things I hadn’t before (attending Vivaldi’s Four Season concert and a bike tour around Rome). We definitely created memories I will not forgot!
In June, I did a quick visit to New York City with a great friend before she moved overseas. She desperately wanted to visit the Big City before leaving the States and I never turn down an opportunity to visit a place that has one of my best friends and some of my favorite desserts!
A spent the month of July studying at the University of Oxford where I made tons of international friends (perfect excuses to visit other countries) and studied History & Politics with a bunch of super legit professors who challenged like never before. We day tripped around southern England and explored every part of Oxford. Shopped, ate, played foosball, and lounged on the college green.
Post Oxford, I took a mini trip to Paris where I learned about French history (from a friend I made while at Oxford) AND this is where I found one of my newest loves, Ladurée macaroons! I saw the Mona Lisa, heard the organ play in the Norte Dame Cathedral, and climbed a billion stairs (yes, that is an exact count) to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
At the end of my grand tour around the United Kingdom, I hit up the Olympics with a friend from back home (in Glasgow and London). We saw the U.S. Women’s Soccer team win their first match on their way to winning the Gold Medal and the U.S. Women’s Synchronized Diving team win the Silver Medal. We also watched the Italian Volleyball team squeak out a win against Japan. We packed ourselves onto the Tube after events I hung out in Hyde Park watching the Games on the big screen with the locals.
Throughout my 2012 journeys, I managed to go to FOUR Botanic Gardens (which is a not-so-secret addiction of mine) in Salt Lake City, Oxford, Glasgow, and Memphis. Four in one year is certainly epic.
The most exciting part of the year is when I became an aunt! I’m not going to lie, it’s a little weird because I don’t feel old enough for my sister to have a child (or my parents old enough to be grandparents for that matter). But apparently we are and we are all better for it! And yes, his onesie does say “I Love My Aunt.”