Top 10 Places I Would Love To Visit

This is a list of places that I would love to visit in the near future.

Top 10 Places I Would Love To Visit

I love to travel. Almost all my life, I have always wanted to explore new places that I’ve never been to in order to expand my horizons.

Even though my friends hate it, I love taking NUMEROUS selfies to make sure I have a permanent visual representation of that location. But there are places that I, unfortunately, have not travelled and would love to visit in the near future.

These are the Top 10 Places I’d Love to Visit

10. Seattle, Washington

Even though I’ve been told that it rains there most of the time, I would love to visit the Space Needle and drink Starbucks at its original location. If I have time (and money), I would not mind seeing the Seahawks play in the CenturyLink field.

9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This city hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics this past year and I definitely want to visit the sights and sounds televised. From the Sugarloaf Mountain all the way to the Copacabana Beach, this magnificent city has it all. I think it would be best if I visit the city during Carnival.

8. Cairo, Egypt

I can not dance like the girl on this GIF, but I will definitely try if I ever visit Cairo. I might die on a camel’s back in the Sahara desert but it will be worth it if I see the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile River. Hopefully, I will find a REAL oasis that is not a mirage.

7. Rome, Italy

“Are you not entertained?” I will try to say that when I visit the Colosseum and other sites in the Italian capital. I should brush up in my Italian soon so I don’t confuse “Can I get gelato?” with “Where can I rent a motorcycle?”

6. China

Not many people know this but I am actually a quarter Chinese. The closest I’ve ever been to experiencing China was when I visited Hong Kong when I was 6 or 7. What I really want to do is see the forbidden city in Beijing (another Olympic host city) and the Great Wall of China. It also would not hurt eating authentic Chinese food while I am there.

5. San Francisco, California

The only place I’ve been in California is Los Angeles and I would love to add this metropolitan in my next west coast trip. Besides crossing this iconic bridge, I would also eat food at its Chinatown, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Island, and end my night at the Castro District.

4. London, United Kingdom

Wow, another Summer Olympic host city. I swear I did not even notice my patterns until now. Anyways, I would love to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and London Eye when I visit UK’s capital. Just remind me not to drive because I will definitely be driving on the wrong side of the road. Good thing I will be using the red double-decker bus while eating fish and chips.

3. Australia

Hello from down under! One of the biggest islands on the planet is also its own country and continent. I would die happy watching an opera in its iconic Sydney Opera House, watch the Australian open in Melbourne, trek through the Outback, and see a koala and kangaroo. I just hope I do not have to punch a kangaroo when it steals my dog.

2. Hawaiian Islands

Aloha! Because one of my favorite Disney movies is Lilo and Stitch, I am currently binging Hawaii 5-O on Netflix, and Moana was just released in theaters, I should visit this amazing paradise. I do not have to bring my passport to eat in a luau and other festivities in the island. I would love to learn how to surf and and do the hula dance. I just have to make sure I do not run into lava while I am driving.

1. Paris, France

Last but, not least, the city of lights. The love capital of the world would be perfect if I was not single. Nonetheless, I can still visit the Mona Lisa within the Louvre, drink authentic French wine while on a boat floating on the River Seine and visit the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Now that you know where I want to go, I want to hear about your cities. What are some places you would love to visit? Let me know in the comments below.

This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

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Why My Dad is My Dad

He is more than what people call him.

Why My Dad is My Dad

Now growing up, I never really understood how lucky I was until I went to college. When I was younger, I had some sort of resentment towards my dad, because by blood he wasn’t my “father.” I would toss around attitude because that’s just what society drilled in my head. This man wasn’t meant to be my dad.

As I got older, I began loving my dad more because I started to see how incredible of a man he is. My dad always talked to me about God, but in high school that wasn’t really my thing. I was more concerned with tennis, my friends, and boys. My dad kept pressing into me. Talking about Jesus with me at the most random times. One thing was certain, I was grateful because at this point my family was going through difficult times and he exemplified what a man is.

Transferring to Texas State was the highlight of me and my dad’s relationship. I heard all these stories about my peers’ dads. When they would ask me about my dad, they would say “Oh you mean he’s your step dad, what about your real dad.” This really hit a nerve with me. I usually would just tell them that he is MY dad.

Why did it start hitting a nerve, now in my early 20s? Well because I grew up. I would think of my life being my mom’s age when she had me. I couldn’t even handle having a kid. My dad met my mom when I was about 9 months, and I don’t think having a kid was the plan. I don’t think I could ever just put my life on hold for love, but my dad did. He eventually made the best of it. With an angry teenager, he still managed to bring Jesus into my life.

Another thing happened at Texas State, I found Jesus. The man my dad kept telling me about, finally made His way into my heart. I honestly don’t think I could’ve found my Heavenly Father without the help of the father God has placed in my life. There is a reason for everything. My dad is my spiritual leader. Without him, I don’t think I would be so secure with my faith. I can tell my dad to pray for me because I’m emotionally tired and he doesn’t try to pry into my life. He would just tell me he would pray. And in that moment I feel better.

This article this week isn’t about how many shares I can get, it’s about my DAD. My one and only dad that, without a doubt, is always there for me.

Thanks Daddy for loving Christ and loving me.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

A few ways to make your trip home more enjoyable!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I decided to offer a few tips for travelling home! If you’re like me, then you’ve been desperately counting down the days until it’s time to go home. While some of you may be carpooling home, others may be taking a bus or train. Because I live in San Diego, I have to take a very long trip on the Amtrak consisting of taking both the train and the bus. Regardless of how you’re getting home, it’s good to be prepared for the trip home. With that said, I hope you all benefit from this article.

#1 Pack light!

This is probably the issue I struggle with most when I plan on going home! On the Amtrak, there really isn’t much space available for you to put your luggage. During holiday peak times like Thanksgiving, it’s especially hard to find space. For this reason, I recommend to bring no more than two pieces of luggage with you. I usually bring my backpack and either a large duffel bag or my small suitcase. For some people, that is not enough to hold all their necessities. If this is the case, I recommend that you get to the Amtrak station 2 hours early to check in your luggage. With Amtrak, I believe you can check in two pieces of luggage and you can carry an additional two as carry-on bags. I personally don’t like being at the train station, so I just pack light.

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#2 Bring snacks!

If your trip is especially long, then I recommend buying some snacks for your trip! I usually bring two water bottles, a bag of chips, and fruit snacks/gummies. Other snack suggestions include: cookies, trail mix, and granola bars. If you’re driving home, then I definitely recommend snacking on the road to keep you awake.

#3 Bring a blanket/pillow

If you’re in for a long ride on a car, bus, or train, then be sure to bring a blanket and pillow! My train ride is about three hours and I usually don’t fall asleep, but for the second half of my trip, I am on the bus for 5 hours. I usually try and get some sleep on the bus since the lights are off and it’s generally pretty quiet. I often forget my blanket, which is unfortunate since the bus is usually very cold for some reason. If a blanket and pillow seem like a bit much, it also helps to bring a comfy hoodie and a travel neck pillow.

#4 Entertainment

Be sure to bring something to keep you occupied during your trip home. I usually use my phone and laptop the most when I travel home. Listening to music or watching a movie is a good way to pass the time until you get home. I sometimes bring a book or even my knitting when I travel!

#5 Remember to stay charged!

Don’t forget the necessary chargers for your electronics! Always make sure you have your phone chargers, laptop chargers, and whatever else you may need to make sure your electronics don’t die! If you’re travelling on the Amtrak, be sure to take advantage of the outlets on the train and the bus. The outlets on the train are along the wall, and most Amtrak busses have outlets in between underneath the seats. A lot of people don’t know about the outlets on the bus, so be sure to keep a look out for those as well.

I hope my tips helped those of you who are preparing for the journey home! Be sure to travel safe, and I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving!

FALLing Into Nostalgia

Its always a special time.

FALLing Into Nostalgia

Living in Washington, D.C. is an amazing experience and the city offers so many opportunities that enhance my college experience everyday. Living in the same city as our president and living blocks away from our national monuments is inspiring, and being surrounded by ambitious and intelligent students, professors, and politicians motivates me to be the best version of myself, but still in mid October, I feel as though something is missing from this city.

It’s hard to be homesick in a city as busy and distracting as Washington D.C., but when I realize I still walk to class in shorts and flip flops and when I wake up to dreary, rainy days, I realize how some of the seasonal changes of fall don’t exist in this city and I start to miss the beautiful falls that I experience at home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

I had lived in Fairfield, Connecticut my whole life and it is much further north than D.C. Living in a rural and forest-filled town has spoiled me with the most beautiful and fullest falls that D.C. has deprived me of. I was lucky enough to also have a house in Easton, Connecticut, which was only a town over form Fairfield, but it entailed about a twenty-minute drive. When my mom moved there, I wasn’t ready to accept the changes, but as fall came around, I started to really appreciate the twenty minutes I had to myself in my car driving through the beautiful roads of Easton.

I drove from Fairfield to Easton almost everyday and as I learned the back roads of Easton more familiarly, I started to purposefully drive off-route on my way home from cheerleading practice and silently admire the beautiful fall foliage, cherishing every minute I had to myself in that car. I would roll down my windows a little bit to catch that pleasant fall night smell that was so specific.

Every morning, I would wake up and step outside in my fall boots and light coat, catching the drift of crisp fall air and get into my car to drive to Fairfield again. As each fall morning passed, I was able to watch the leaves gradually change colors and start to cover more and more of the winding roads.

This beautiful drive passed through many farms and local markets that offered fall activities like apple picking, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes. Fall wasn’t fall unless you did at least one of those things and no apple-picking trip was fulfilled without warm apple cider or a pumpkin donut. Although most people only experience the apple or pumpkin picking experience once a season, I was lucky enough to drive by the beautiful apple orchards every day. Some days before school I would even smell the cider donuts and other fall baked goods baking, tempting me to stop in and pick up breakfast before school.

In Fairfield, fall also meant cheerleading practice, Friday night football games, pep rallies, rival high school soccer games, and a lot of school spirit, and without any of that at GW, I start to miss all of what fall entailed and I become a little bit nostalgic. As much as I have fallen in love with D.C., fall just isn’t the same here without the nature, trees, orchards, and school spirit. The closest thing I’ve experienced that relates to fall is buying a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, but that just isn’t the same as a fresh pumpkin donut or warm apple cider. As November approaches, and I still have yet to notice any seasonal changes and have yet to participate in a fall activity, I really miss my hometown in general at this beautiful time of the year and would do anything to drive that route from Fairfield to Easton that captured all of the best parts of fall so magically

Describe a place you would like to visit – IELTS Cue Card

Describe a place you would like to visit – IELTS Cue Card

In IELTS Speaking, to get Band 8.0+, you should focus on one idea only and then expand that idea into a long meaningful sentence using grammar patterns and vocabulary. So, with this cue card, practise for your IELTS Speaking Part 2.

Describe a place you would like to visit.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what the main attractions are
  • how you know this place
  • and explain why you want to visit this place.

Sample Answer 1

I am a travelling buff. I feel alive when on the road than spending my days and nights in the same city. Although I have plenty of to-visit places on my checklist, I would like to visit Rishikesh if I have to choose only one.

Situated in the state of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is a city in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges river. The town is renowned as the yoga capital of the World. There are temples and ashrams on the eastern bank of the city.

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The town features plenty of mesmerising places capable of holding your attention. Right from indulging in adventurous activities, such as river rafting and bungee jumping, we can relish our breakfast at the riverside cafes that offer sights to behold. And then, we can roam around several shops lined along the Laxman Jhula. We can also visit the Ghat to submerge into the stunning tranquillity of Ganga Aarti in the evening.

Considering I live in a nearby state, I have always been familiar with Rishikesh. However, my interest in this city grew manifold when I found out that my favourite English rock band – Beatles- visited this place in the 60s. The band sought spirituality and spent their time at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. Not just that, even Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have spent time in the ashrams of Rishikesh, seeking their purpose in life.

One of the primary reasons to visit Rishikesh is to take a getaway from the hustle-bustle of my daily life. I wish to spend some days connecting with my inner soul through spirituality and gain peace of mind.

Vocabulary

  • Soothing: Pleasant
    Eg: The weather is very soothing.
  • Journal: Diary
    Eg: She gifted me a journal on New Years.
  • Iconic: Specialty
    Eg: Dancing Bhangra on weddings is his iconic move.
  • Abbey: a type of monastery used by members of a religious order under t he governance of an abbot or abbess
    Eg: She decided to visit the abbey after she finished her work.
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Sample Answer 2

Travelling has always been my passion since I was a kid. I used to visit at least one place in my summer vacation for as long as I can remember. It was like a tradition. I kept a journal. Although I don’t write regularly, I keep a note of everything I feel good about or find attractive. There is a special section in my journal where I write down about the places I want to visit in the near future. A place I especially want to visit once in my lifetime is London.

The city has a very soothing weather. However, what drew my attention was the beautiful greenery of the city. The capital city of England has a lot of things to show us, from the Iconic Ferris wheel, popularly known as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many other places.

Most of the classics are filmed in London, and needless to say, it is pretty. The set of Little Women, The Pride and Prejudice, and even modern movies like Enola Holmes and Bridgerton have beautiful backgrounds and beauty. The lush green trees of Groton are gorgeous. The rocky valley of Derbyshire is so pretty and calm. So many poets like Wordsworth have beautifully described the city of London in their Sonnets. His poem “Upon Westminster Bridge” is one of my very favourite poems.

It is for all these reasons that I want to visit the place. I have heard and read about it. To some extent, I’ve virtually witnessed it, too, but there is a vast difference between feeling it by your own skin. I want to feel the London rain. I want to smell the sweet smell of the green grass in the countryside and feel the beautiful busy life of the city.

Sample Answer 3

Since childhood, I have loved exploring new places, especially near the ocean, sea, or river. So, some places from all over the world found their place on my travel bucket list. One such place that I would like to visit when I get the right opportunity and travel partner is the Santorini island in Greece.

Being a volcanic island surrounded by the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini or Thira is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, blue-green water around Fira, the Venetian Castle in Akrotiri and the incredible views from the tower La Ponta. Apart from that, there are naturally fantastic beaches such as the beach of Perissa and the black pebble beach of Kamari. Besides the above iconic tourist places, the active volcano on the island has its own share of sightseers.

In school, I used to spend most of my free periods in the library. So, one day, while I was going through a travel magazine, I found a breathtaking place with cubic white house-like structures and blue-green sea all around. At first glance, I was mesmerized by the heavenly images on the pages of the book. That was my first encounter with Santorini and since then, I have been in love with those images.

Other than being a travel buff, I also love the history of Greece. There are many myths about this island, which is one of the five Cycladic islands. For example, many believe that Santorini was the original home of the lost city of Atlantis, which disappeared into the depths of the ocean. I would also like to enjoy the boat excursions, popular cruises and vineyard touring. Moreover, the candy-coloured houses along the cliffs, the clear blue water, the peaceful beaches, and the kaleidoscopic sunsets urge me to visit this remarkable island.

Top 10 Places I Would Love To Visit

This is a list of places that I would love to visit in the near future.

Top 10 Places I Would Love To Visit

I love to travel. Almost all my life, I have always wanted to explore new places that I’ve never been to in order to expand my horizons.

Even though my friends hate it, I love taking NUMEROUS selfies to make sure I have a permanent visual representation of that location. But there are places that I, unfortunately, have not travelled and would love to visit in the near future.

These are the Top 10 Places I’d Love to Visit

10. Seattle, Washington

Even though I’ve been told that it rains there most of the time, I would love to visit the Space Needle and drink Starbucks at its original location. If I have time (and money), I would not mind seeing the Seahawks play in the CenturyLink field.

9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This city hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics this past year and I definitely want to visit the sights and sounds televised. From the Sugarloaf Mountain all the way to the Copacabana Beach, this magnificent city has it all. I think it would be best if I visit the city during Carnival.

8. Cairo, Egypt

I can not dance like the girl on this GIF, but I will definitely try if I ever visit Cairo. I might die on a camel’s back in the Sahara desert but it will be worth it if I see the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile River. Hopefully, I will find a REAL oasis that is not a mirage.

7. Rome, Italy

“Are you not entertained?” I will try to say that when I visit the Colosseum and other sites in the Italian capital. I should brush up in my Italian soon so I don’t confuse “Can I get gelato?” with “Where can I rent a motorcycle?”

6. China

Not many people know this but I am actually a quarter Chinese. The closest I’ve ever been to experiencing China was when I visited Hong Kong when I was 6 or 7. What I really want to do is see the forbidden city in Beijing (another Olympic host city) and the Great Wall of China. It also would not hurt eating authentic Chinese food while I am there.

5. San Francisco, California

The only place I’ve been in California is Los Angeles and I would love to add this metropolitan in my next west coast trip. Besides crossing this iconic bridge, I would also eat food at its Chinatown, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Island, and end my night at the Castro District.

4. London, United Kingdom

Wow, another Summer Olympic host city. I swear I did not even notice my patterns until now. Anyways, I would love to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and London Eye when I visit UK’s capital. Just remind me not to drive because I will definitely be driving on the wrong side of the road. Good thing I will be using the red double-decker bus while eating fish and chips.

3. Australia

Hello from down under! One of the biggest islands on the planet is also its own country and continent. I would die happy watching an opera in its iconic Sydney Opera House, watch the Australian open in Melbourne, trek through the Outback, and see a koala and kangaroo. I just hope I do not have to punch a kangaroo when it steals my dog.

2. Hawaiian Islands

Aloha! Because one of my favorite Disney movies is Lilo and Stitch, I am currently binging Hawaii 5-O on Netflix, and Moana was just released in theaters, I should visit this amazing paradise. I do not have to bring my passport to eat in a luau and other festivities in the island. I would love to learn how to surf and and do the hula dance. I just have to make sure I do not run into lava while I am driving.

1. Paris, France

Last but, not least, the city of lights. The love capital of the world would be perfect if I was not single. Nonetheless, I can still visit the Mona Lisa within the Louvre, drink authentic French wine while on a boat floating on the River Seine and visit the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Now that you know where I want to go, I want to hear about your cities. What are some places you would love to visit? Let me know in the comments below.

This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

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Why My Dad is My Dad

He is more than what people call him.

Why My Dad is My Dad

Now growing up, I never really understood how lucky I was until I went to college. When I was younger, I had some sort of resentment towards my dad, because by blood he wasn’t my “father.” I would toss around attitude because that’s just what society drilled in my head. This man wasn’t meant to be my dad.

As I got older, I began loving my dad more because I started to see how incredible of a man he is. My dad always talked to me about God, but in high school that wasn’t really my thing. I was more concerned with tennis, my friends, and boys. My dad kept pressing into me. Talking about Jesus with me at the most random times. One thing was certain, I was grateful because at this point my family was going through difficult times and he exemplified what a man is.

Transferring to Texas State was the highlight of me and my dad’s relationship. I heard all these stories about my peers’ dads. When they would ask me about my dad, they would say “Oh you mean he’s your step dad, what about your real dad.” This really hit a nerve with me. I usually would just tell them that he is MY dad.

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Why did it start hitting a nerve, now in my early 20s? Well because I grew up. I would think of my life being my mom’s age when she had me. I couldn’t even handle having a kid. My dad met my mom when I was about 9 months, and I don’t think having a kid was the plan. I don’t think I could ever just put my life on hold for love, but my dad did. He eventually made the best of it. With an angry teenager, he still managed to bring Jesus into my life.

Another thing happened at Texas State, I found Jesus. The man my dad kept telling me about, finally made His way into my heart. I honestly don’t think I could’ve found my Heavenly Father without the help of the father God has placed in my life. There is a reason for everything. My dad is my spiritual leader. Without him, I don’t think I would be so secure with my faith. I can tell my dad to pray for me because I’m emotionally tired and he doesn’t try to pry into my life. He would just tell me he would pray. And in that moment I feel better.

This article this week isn’t about how many shares I can get, it’s about my DAD. My one and only dad that, without a doubt, is always there for me.

Thanks Daddy for loving Christ and loving me.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

A few ways to make your trip home more enjoyable!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I decided to offer a few tips for travelling home! If you’re like me, then you’ve been desperately counting down the days until it’s time to go home. While some of you may be carpooling home, others may be taking a bus or train. Because I live in San Diego, I have to take a very long trip on the Amtrak consisting of taking both the train and the bus. Regardless of how you’re getting home, it’s good to be prepared for the trip home. With that said, I hope you all benefit from this article.

#1 Pack light!

This is probably the issue I struggle with most when I plan on going home! On the Amtrak, there really isn’t much space available for you to put your luggage. During holiday peak times like Thanksgiving, it’s especially hard to find space. For this reason, I recommend to bring no more than two pieces of luggage with you. I usually bring my backpack and either a large duffel bag or my small suitcase. For some people, that is not enough to hold all their necessities. If this is the case, I recommend that you get to the Amtrak station 2 hours early to check in your luggage. With Amtrak, I believe you can check in two pieces of luggage and you can carry an additional two as carry-on bags. I personally don’t like being at the train station, so I just pack light.

#2 Bring snacks!

If your trip is especially long, then I recommend buying some snacks for your trip! I usually bring two water bottles, a bag of chips, and fruit snacks/gummies. Other snack suggestions include: cookies, trail mix, and granola bars. If you’re driving home, then I definitely recommend snacking on the road to keep you awake.

#3 Bring a blanket/pillow

If you’re in for a long ride on a car, bus, or train, then be sure to bring a blanket and pillow! My train ride is about three hours and I usually don’t fall asleep, but for the second half of my trip, I am on the bus for 5 hours. I usually try and get some sleep on the bus since the lights are off and it’s generally pretty quiet. I often forget my blanket, which is unfortunate since the bus is usually very cold for some reason. If a blanket and pillow seem like a bit much, it also helps to bring a comfy hoodie and a travel neck pillow.

#4 Entertainment

Be sure to bring something to keep you occupied during your trip home. I usually use my phone and laptop the most when I travel home. Listening to music or watching a movie is a good way to pass the time until you get home. I sometimes bring a book or even my knitting when I travel!

#5 Remember to stay charged!

Don’t forget the necessary chargers for your electronics! Always make sure you have your phone chargers, laptop chargers, and whatever else you may need to make sure your electronics don’t die! If you’re travelling on the Amtrak, be sure to take advantage of the outlets on the train and the bus. The outlets on the train are along the wall, and most Amtrak busses have outlets in between underneath the seats. A lot of people don’t know about the outlets on the bus, so be sure to keep a look out for those as well.

I hope my tips helped those of you who are preparing for the journey home! Be sure to travel safe, and I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving!

FALLing Into Nostalgia

Its always a special time.

FALLing Into Nostalgia

Living in Washington, D.C. is an amazing experience and the city offers so many opportunities that enhance my college experience everyday. Living in the same city as our president and living blocks away from our national monuments is inspiring, and being surrounded by ambitious and intelligent students, professors, and politicians motivates me to be the best version of myself, but still in mid October, I feel as though something is missing from this city.

It’s hard to be homesick in a city as busy and distracting as Washington D.C., but when I realize I still walk to class in shorts and flip flops and when I wake up to dreary, rainy days, I realize how some of the seasonal changes of fall don’t exist in this city and I start to miss the beautiful falls that I experience at home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

I had lived in Fairfield, Connecticut my whole life and it is much further north than D.C. Living in a rural and forest-filled town has spoiled me with the most beautiful and fullest falls that D.C. has deprived me of. I was lucky enough to also have a house in Easton, Connecticut, which was only a town over form Fairfield, but it entailed about a twenty-minute drive. When my mom moved there, I wasn’t ready to accept the changes, but as fall came around, I started to really appreciate the twenty minutes I had to myself in my car driving through the beautiful roads of Easton.

I drove from Fairfield to Easton almost everyday and as I learned the back roads of Easton more familiarly, I started to purposefully drive off-route on my way home from cheerleading practice and silently admire the beautiful fall foliage, cherishing every minute I had to myself in that car. I would roll down my windows a little bit to catch that pleasant fall night smell that was so specific.

Every morning, I would wake up and step outside in my fall boots and light coat, catching the drift of crisp fall air and get into my car to drive to Fairfield again. As each fall morning passed, I was able to watch the leaves gradually change colors and start to cover more and more of the winding roads.

This beautiful drive passed through many farms and local markets that offered fall activities like apple picking, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes. Fall wasn’t fall unless you did at least one of those things and no apple-picking trip was fulfilled without warm apple cider or a pumpkin donut. Although most people only experience the apple or pumpkin picking experience once a season, I was lucky enough to drive by the beautiful apple orchards every day. Some days before school I would even smell the cider donuts and other fall baked goods baking, tempting me to stop in and pick up breakfast before school.

In Fairfield, fall also meant cheerleading practice, Friday night football games, pep rallies, rival high school soccer games, and a lot of school spirit, and without any of that at GW, I start to miss all of what fall entailed and I become a little bit nostalgic. As much as I have fallen in love with D.C., fall just isn’t the same here without the nature, trees, orchards, and school spirit. The closest thing I’ve experienced that relates to fall is buying a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, but that just isn’t the same as a fresh pumpkin donut or warm apple cider. As November approaches, and I still have yet to notice any seasonal changes and have yet to participate in a fall activity, I really miss my hometown in general at this beautiful time of the year and would do anything to drive that route from Fairfield to Easton that captured all of the best parts of fall so magically

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