I still have the letter U left over from the A-Z Challenge, and I still haven’t done my reflection report – sigh – but first the June Question of the Month. This month Michael asks a very timely question: “Of all the places in the world that you haven’t yet been to, where would you like to go next?”
Why do I say ‘timely’? My husband and I have been mulling over our vacation options for some time, and have finally made some decisions.
First to answer the heart of the question: where would I like to go next? If money and time were no obstacle, I’d like to visit Sweden. I’ve been fascinated with Swedish culture since I was nine years old – the year I first heard The Samuelsons, a group of musical brothers who visited my church as part of a missions conference. In their day The Samuelsons were much loved by Christian audiences across North America and around the world. In grade 8 I wrote a story for English class called ‘Steph’s Sweet Swede Dreams’ (yes, it was a romance) and as an adult I wrote another romance short story set in Minnesota (where there is a large Swedish presence). When we had our daughter, we gave her a Swedish name. And a couple of years ago my husband and I attended the annual Swedish Christmas festival in Toronto. I ‘heart’ Sweden!
All that being said, I won’t be getting there this year. Maybe when we celebrate our 25th anniversary, though that’s more likely to take us to Hawaii or on our first cruise. Ah, well; one can continue to dream. And there are so many places in the world deserving of attention.
It does seem that I’ll be crossing an item off my bucket list in 2016 with a visit to Mackinac Island. I’ve booked hotel accommodation on either side of our time there and am waiting to hear back from a couple of places concerning availability on the dates we hope to go. I’d have worked on this earlier, but we thought we’d be going on a church trip to Quebec. We just learned that the Quebec trip is off, so plan B it is. That’s okay since it’s a bucket list item!!
|Mackinac Island, downtown|
We’ll also be traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania with my mom and my aunt for a trip through Amish country later in the summer. We’ll attend the performance of Samson at the Sound and Light Theatre as well as Josiah for President! at the theatre in Bird-in-Hand.
We might get to New York City with some members from our church life group this fall. That would cross off another bucket list item: hearing Jim Cymbala preach at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. His books have meant so much to me this year.
|Brooklyn Bridge, NYC|
But I’m not sure we'll get there since we have so much else going on, including our furthest destination:
California, here we come! Yes, it’s the year of the U.S.! We’re taking a week to visit friends who live in the southern part of the state. I actually booked our tickets yesterday. That’s always nerve-wracking (choosing flights). Gah! But now that it’s done we can focus on what to do and see while we’re there. We really want to take it pretty easy and chill, and avoid the big cities like LA. Even though it’s not Sweden, I’m looking forward to our time there – we’ve never been to CA before – and to having time with good friends.
|Joshua Tree National Park|
So, where would you like to go next and where are you going next? They’re not necessarily the same thing!
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