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Pack your bags…They’re moving to Hong Kong!

Pack your bags…They’re moving to Hong Kong!

A few days ago I got some of the most exciting news that I have ever received. My parents are moving to CHINA, for my dads job obviously. Of course they had been debating it for a few months but I never would have thought that they would go through with it.

Finding out that the move was final I felt a lot of different emotions. I felt scared, excited, hopeful, but especially adventurous. Our entire lives my parents have showed my brother, Blake and I a taste of the type of extraordinary life we all crave. My parents have blessed us with unbelievable opportunities, especially in the aspect of travel. Not only am I excited about this move for selfish reasons, such as being able to experience new culture and see new places; I am excited for my parents. This is such an amazing adventure that they are about to go on and they have taught me so much about what a marriage is during this whole process. In this day and age it’s rare to come across someone who doesn’t have divorced parents. My parents have shown me that marriage isn’t a breeze, you have to work at it. My mother, who loves our home of Memphis, TN who has loving friends and a strong work foundation, is packing up her entire life and leaving it behind for 2 years. I can only pray that I have a love so strong that I am willing to sacrifice pieces of my life for the sake of my husbands dreams and happiness. Being the adventurous and (somewhat) open-minded couple that they are, I know that they will make the best of it and in these 2 years see as much of the world as possible.

Although I can’t help but feel jealous that they will be doing all this amazing traveling without me. I know that finishing up my degree at UofA is the most important thing for me. I always said that once I finish college I would take the time to travel and see for myself what the real world is like. So, when my parents told me the big news I decided to make a list of aspirations that hopefully I can complete in the time that my parents are so conveniently living across the world.

Traveling Aspirations:

  • Climb the ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Scuba Dive in Dominican Republic
  • Surfing in Costa Rica
  • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • See the Mona Lisa
  • Cage dive with great white sharks in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Go to the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, NV
  • Sears Sky Deck in Chicago, IL
  • Hike to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA
  • Swim with the pigs in the Bahamas
  • Learn how to fly a plane
  • Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef in Sydney, Australia
  • Visit the city of Dubai
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Attend Coachella
  • Ride camels in Morocco
  • See the ball drop in NYC
  • Sail the BVI with my family
  • Helicopter ride around the islands of Hawaii
  • Go to the islands of Thailand
  • Visit each of the 7 Continents once
  • Zip lining through the forests of Costa Rica
  • Stay at a Four Seasons Resort
  • Move to Hong Kong
  • Visit the Windy City
  • California trip with Elizabeth
  • Experience the Grand Canyon
  • Rio de Jeneiro in Brazil
  • Machu Pichu in Peru
  • Roman Coliseum in Rome, Italy
  • Go skiing in the Swiss Alps
  • Sun bathe in Santorini, Greece
  • Big Ben and London Bridge
  • Walk the streets of Spain
  • Go on an African Safari
  • Play with monkeys in Puerto Rico
  • Swim with wild dolphins
  • Go to NYC at Christmas
  • See the pyramids in Egypt
  • Attend a futbol game in Spain
  • Krka National Park in Croatia
  • Visit a marina in Capri, Italy
  • Swim off the Amalfi Coast in Italy
  • Go to the top of Seattle Space Needle
  • Watch Humpback whales in Resurrection Bay, Alaska
  • Hook a King Salmon in Russian River