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Just another girl trying to find her place . . . all over the world.


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Road Trip May 2013: Abandoned Detroit

So my father and I decided to take a road trip from Toronto to Fairmount to Indianapolis to Tennessee to Memphis and back. On the way there we drove through Detroit. Now, in my experience, Detroit has always been portrayed as a scary, violent city. But driving through it I was shocked to see how much of it was abandoned. It was kind of sad to see a city with some parts just forgotten. Here are some shots I took.

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Dead Man’s Tour

So my father and I went on a road trip we dubbed the “Dead Man’s Tour”. You may be wondering why we did this. The answer is, simply because we were visiting James Dean and Elvis.

James Dean has been a hero of mine since I first saw him only three years ago. Since then he’s been a constant inspiration and person I can relate to, even though he’s dead (RIP). I read online that the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis was having a James Dean Exhibit and of course I couldn’t pass that up!

My dad had offered to bring me on a road trip wherever I wanted to go, and I couldn’t choose between going to visit Jimmie and Elvis or go to Salem then up to the Maritimes in Canada. So while weighing the two options I made the choice to watch some Supernatural and it was the episode that helped me choose James Dean. In a tv show that’s about demons and ghosts and monsters, there was James Dean and Little Bastard in an episode. It was a sign from Jim, no doubt. 🙂 It was also lucky because the week we went, the east coast got butchered by rain.

So we went from Toronto-Fairmount-Indianapolis-Tennessee-Memphis and home again. In the next few weeks I’ll post highlights from the trip so stay tuned! Here are some photos to get you started.

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Step One: Where to Go

There are 196 independent countries in the world, so how do you decide where to go when you’re planning a trip around the world? I don’t believe there is an easy way to do this without doing the research first, but I’m going to do it!

Starting out I went to the dollar store and got a notebook. It isn’t fancy just a book with lined paper in it. I wrote all down all the countries in the world, alphabetically. Then I went through them and highlighted all the countries I want to visit without doing research.

From all the countries, the countries I want to visit are:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Northern Ireland
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City
  • Wales

Now I know getting to all these countries with a minimum amount of money is unrealistic but this is my starting point.  From here I will do research on each country.  Things to research are cost of living, safety, things to do, etc.  Step 2 is coming up Saturday.