To: santa From: holly

Dear Santa,

No matter what I do to make potentially positive changes in my life, I cannot seem to shake free from this black storm cloud above my head that follows me everywhere I go! Each year becomes more and more difficult than the last, though from the outside it appears I’ve got my shit together for a 20 year old: full time student, intern, part time job holder, rent-paying apartment inhibiter; I’m a hard worker, Santa! So let me have something for once. I’m materialistic but also responsible, so I feel zero guilt for the few gifts I am asking for this year because they are (somewhat) necessities. I’ll keep it real for you, Santa. Here it goes:

I’m trying to build my archive of furniture for when I graduate, get a rocking job, and move into my own cozy apartment sans roommates. I’m really liking this ‘Furlicious’ line from PB and I can picture this lounger hanging out in my bedroom. I want it!

I’m a Southpark fan with a strong interest in fashion (of course) so my favorite episode of the show is where Marc Jacobs has a cameo as a doll! This is a replica of the doll, ‘Muscle Man Marc’, that is sold by Marc Jacobs and I want it!

That’s really it. But also, feel free to stuff my stocking with cash like its a money bag. I’ll leave you some extra cookies.

A Very Jewish Christmas by Mary

I’ve always loved the holiday cheer, especially in New York, even though I barely even celebrate Hanukkah. I’ve also never really asked for much for the holidays because most of the time I can’t really afford to gift anything back! All my Christmas’ have been spent as the token Jew sitting at the table at various friend’s houses over the years. So, it’s always been a very Jewish Christmas for me. But, if I really had to make a holiday gift wish list it would include the following:

1. iPad – I really just want to join in the hype, I feel like I’m the only one left


2. A lifetime supply of Ticketmaster gift cards – I can never afford all the tickets that I want to get to see all these concerts, so some gift cards to Ticketmaster would be pretty awesome.

3. The Wanted – ..with a bow & ribbon. I mean, this one doesn’t really need explanation. I just want them for the holidays.

4. A NYC Apartment – I mean who doesn’t want one? What better time to ask for one than for the holidays? Preferably a brownstone, but I’m not picky.

Happy Holidays, bloggers!

x – Mary

Love Adventure

By Daisha Perez

Imagine a never ending vacation taking place in extraordinary locations  from the United States to Japan with your perfect mate and unlimited funds.

This fantasy vacation may  sound too good to be true but this is my idea of the greatest adventure and that is the adventure of love.

This vacation is ideal because it will be full of  intimacy, discovery, compassion, trial, understanding, and exploration.  There is no point to such a life changing experiences without being able to share it with that special someone who you plan to spend the rest of your life with. The perfect fantasy vacation is a getaway from reality where you and your lover can become one, migrating from continent to continent in search of beauty, culture, and love in earth crevice. With that one person by your side you need nothing else but to fall in love over and over again in a different place, at a different time everyday. Take pictures with the pyramids of Egypt, eat spaghetti in Rome, share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower, relax on the beaches of Puerto Rico, Shop the streets of Tokyo, sight see in the Outbacks of Australia, and discover the creatures that inhabit the African Safari. Each night you would make love to the sounds of your surrounding culture and reflect on our daily activities; the people you met, the foods you ate, the things you saw.  The perfect setting for the greatest love story never told. I hope to one day travel with my soul mate (if I ever find him) to every destination on earth and share moments that only he and I will recall. Home is where the heart is and as long as I am with my love, I will be home.

Maldives Islands!

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My ideal vacation involves relaxing, pampering, and simplicity. I love researching exotic destinations I’d hope to travel to someday and I’ve decided that my dream vacation would be an escape to the Maldive Islands. The Maldives Archipelago is in the middle of the Indian Ocean and would make for the trip of a lifetime. I’ve never seen more enchanting resorts and beautiful colors than in the photos of Maldives. It is the embodiment of fantasy, the opposite of a city, a suburb, and reality as I know it. 

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I wish I knew someone who has visited here because I imagine the experience is like nothing else. It is a popular location for newlyweds on their honeymoon and scuba divers who venture to the Southern Atolls. I would love to dive in these cobalt blue waters! I would also be more than okay with getting massages and doing yoga all day. I have a feeling that if I do ever get there it’ll be a struggle to get me to leave.

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-Holly

Fiji Is Where I Wanna Be! By Loredana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I would love more than anything is this world is to be in paradise, relaxing, laying on the beach, taking in the sun and swimming in the crystal clear water of Fiji! I’ve always had a fascination with Fiji since the first time I had heard about it. It just seems like such a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing place to be and this site is not something you can get everywhere! It seems like such a different experience than the ones we have in the states, I mean, look at the place! Who wouldn’t want to go?!

Just looking at pictures I am in awe that a place like this can exist. It looks so flawless and perfect!  If I were to go I would be nothing but smiles all day. The palm trees and the clear water and the amazing scenery makes this place look so appealing. I also see it as a place that you can go to with your girlfriends, or with your family, or even on your honeymoon. It is just such an amazing site for me to see and I am in love with it already! I get so excited when I see these pictures and hope that one day my dream will come true and I will be on the beautiful island of Fiji with some great people that I love sharing the experience with me!

TAKE ME TO BORA BORA!- By Fantasia

What better place than Bora Bora where I can lay on the beach in a tropical paradise? I love clear crystal waters, sand, exotic ocean creatures and beautiful clear blue skies. I have always known I wanted to go somewhere tropical if I was given the benefit of the doubt, and I am confident that Tahiti would be the perfect combination of both island bliss and beauty horizons.

The island is located about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti. I’ve never been to Bora Bora. However, I heard so many wonderful things about Bora Bora from friends and family members. When I saw the movie Couples Retreat it just confirmed my likings for Bora Bora. I was blown away by the stunning beauty of the island. I would love to visit here one day and make my dream vacation a reality. The couples in the movie Couples Retreat stayed at St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.  The resort is amazing however quite pricey but in the case, I will save up every penny and take the first flight there.

Bora Bora’s tropical mountains and lagoon would be picture perfect; the lagoon offers many different activities such as; jet skiing, snorkeling, diving, swimming with the turtles and sting rays, or even take a guided tour of a shark feeding! (Which I would not do lol) The point of a vacation is getting away from the normal hustle and bustle, and being able to just sit back and relax with a glass of wine, if of age. Bora Bora is definitely a place I see myself going to in the near future.

Take my hand bloggers and come with me on this Bora Bora journey.

XO. Fantasia

A Fun Vacation With Christopher N

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There are many wonderful countries around the world, Italy, France, ect. but what makes me the happiest is going back to my family routes, Dominican Republic. Many people dream to go to the beaches there, but its my second home and where I feel at ease. New York City can be damn hectic, to many people all over the place, the hustle and bustle, that sounds nice for about 2 months, but you need to sit back and see nature.

When I go to Dominican Republic I am surrounded by family, and I have a big family. When I am in New York, I am not around family because they all live in Dominican Republic. Growing up since I was one month old, I traveled 2 to 3 times a year to go visit. Summers were spend at our beach house, the family will come over and stay for a few days, all the cousins got together and it was time to do what kids do best play. We will be in the pool or jacuzzi all day, run around the yard inventing games, or we will  open the backyard door and be on the beach boogie boarding, those were the times. After we got tired of being in the water, I will go to my cousins houses in other cities, and then me and my mom, dad, sister, brother and grandma, sometimes cousins will go around the country and visit hotels.

When we go to hotels it was great, I had to do nothing, but enjoy my surroundings, but the thing that brings me in, is drinking a virgin pina colada. The hotels has unlimited pina coladas, well at least most of them, and anytime I go back, I must have one. Going to different hotels, I met many other kids from other countries that were on vacations, it was interesting meeting people from around the world at a young age. Of course I didnt think that then, we just played, but now pondering I guess its cool.

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But today its different, college came, internships, and scheduling has been difficult to go back. I recently went back this summer and I had a blast, because I hadn’t been back since I graduated from High School. But when I came back it felt like how I always felt, at ease. The beaches are therapeutic, some areas of the country have clear blue waters, others more darker but with waves, which makes things more fun. Give me a jet ski and a pina colada and we have ourselves the best time in the world. Well a few “beverages” and family and laughter is the best rehad from New York.

Surrounding yourself with what really matters clears the mind, New York you always wanting something. If my parents ask me “Where do you want to go this summer” I will always say Dominican Republic. There nothing more that I would like to do but spend time with family. Of course I would love to visit other countries but I’ve been to the top cities I’ve wanted to go and Im happy with that, maybe some other time. 

If you have visit the country, I hope you enjoyed it and if you haven’t, then you must go, its a 3 hour flight of heaven, but find a good hotel though. So this has been fun sharing about myself.

So in conclusion, the best vacation is FAMILY, FRIENDS, LAUGHTER, JET SKI, BEACHES, SUN, PALM TREES, “BEVERAGES” and PINA COLADAS 

Wanderlust

by Heidi

Wanderlust is defined by an impulse to move around aimlessly and without a fixed course or goal.  Wanderlust should be my middle name!

I’m not a planner.  And I’ve been most fortunate over the last ten years or so to be able to just pick up and go!  Expense and homeland security has all but rendered that nearly impossible but I look back fondly on the memories I have from being truly free and able to move about the world with nary a care.

When I lived in London often I’d go to the airport on Friday afternoon and see what the next flight would be to a European city I had a hankering to go to for the weekend.  Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Majorca, Barcelona, Prague, Geneva, Chamonix, the Italian Dolomites  and Mageve to ski–you name it, I did it.

I’ve galavanted around Africa several times with a “if it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium” kind of attitude.  Boot camp training on the coast of Kenya, meeting friends in Nairobi,  safari in Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, white water rafting on the Zambezi river, exploring Soweto in Johannasburg, hiking Table Mountain and drinking wine in South Africa, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and running off for a “dirty weekend” in Zanzibar!

Other jaunts include hiking and biking mountains and volcanoes in Patagonia, Argentina and Chile (and watching Tango in Buenos Aires).  An illicit rendezvous in Rio, then helicoptering to an island and hiking and kayaking off the coast of Brazil; hiking and biking in India, Croatia, Northern France, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada,  New Zealand,  Israel, Sweden, Norway, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand, Japan and Italy. Last year this time I was in Russia of all places!   Oh and the food, the wine, the music, the shopping and the men!!!!  And the sights, sounds, smells along the way.  All fantastic adventures!

Only wish I was headed to Vietnam and Cambodia this holiday season.  And or Australia.  China, Uruguay also on the list of places I’ve yet to get to.  Looking forward to adding them to the list—hopefully, soon!!!

Bon voyage!  Cheers…heidi

Send me to Greece please! By Geraldine Rivera

 

Mykonos-Greece

Mykonos beaches draw people from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful sand, surf and exhilarating views of the sea. Which is why if I had a chance to vacation anywhere, it would definitely be here. Its a popular place in Greece because theres a lot of tourist attraction. The nightlife and the activities the place has is insanely amazing (so I’ve heard!) If I went, i would enjoy all of its incredible ruins from antiquity and other points of historic and cultural interest, but also a vast array of restaurants, cafes, bars, and places to enjoy shopping and entertainment.

Visiting other countries is just a great opportunity. I feel as though everyone that isn’t from U.S. is naturally beautifuL. Well not everyone! I want to explore Greece so bad. It’s practically a dream. But of course, I’m broke!!! So hopefully someday!

I’m not a big fan of beaches or pools. But Greece really makes me just want to dive in. The beaches are so blue! and clear. It’s not dirty! like in NY….

Anyways, that’s my dream vacation. Someday I will go! But for now, a girl could only dream.

Bye!

London Calling by Mary

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, when I have the money to afford it. While beaches and sunbathing aren’t exactly my favorite things to do, I love my fair share of sight seeing. I would much rather walk around and take photos of landmarks than lay around on a towel, burning to a crisp.

I will always be a city girl at heart and I don’t think that will ever change. Before my aunt (the sister I never had) got married and started her family, she and I used to go to California every year and just do something extravagant that most tourists don’t do when they visit. One year we somehow managed to get tickets and go to the Teen Choice Awards at Universal Studios, another year I dragged her out to Disneyland for the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie premiere to wait for Johnny Depp for 16 hours (that’s not an exaggeration), and then the fun ended a few years ago when we went to see Dane Cook at the Laugh Factory shortly after I launched my fan site for him.

A few summers ago, to make up for lost time, I signed up to travel all the famous cities in Europe. It was one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had the opportunity to encounter. It was love at first sight on our first stop in London. Absolutely everything about this city had me falling in love with every step I took. Something about it is just magical. The phone booths, the accents, the Queen.. really though, what’s not to love?

But our romance was short lived when we had to make our way to our next stop in Paris after only 2 days in the wonderful city of London. I sincerely contemplated hiding way in a telephone booth to stay, hoping no one would notice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an option.

Everyday since then, I’ve been so anxious to return to what might just be my favorite city in the world, not far after New York City. Every time I come so close, yet so far away. I’ve come to terms with the fact that as long as I’m a broke student living in Manhattan, splurges on spontaneous vacations are virtually nonexistent. At this point, my fingers are tightly crossed in high hopes of studying abroad with LIM for next Spring for my Junior year of college. It would be nothing short of being my life dream. But, until then, that’s all it can really be for now… just a dream.

In the mean time, keeping those fingers crossed for me, bloggers…
…because London is still calling me.

– x Mary –