My first year of university is coming to an end and summer is quickly approaching. Odds are, I’ll be staying in Ottawa for the summer (it all comes down to whether or not I get a job I just had an interview for – fingers crossed!) so I figured, “Hey, I’m in the capital of Canada during it’s supposedly best months with no school and homework to focus on. I sure as hell better make the best of this!” So, with that, I’ve composed a list (as you’ve probably guessed by now – I really love making lists) of five things I’d like to do this summer.
1) Attend Bluesfest
I’ve always wanted to go to Bluesfest! They always have such a great lineup and if I’m in Ottawa, I should take advantage of it! Also, I’ve never actually been to a music festival and where better to start than this one? I’ve heard nothing but good about it.
2) Go Skinny Dipping
I know I could do this anywhere but I’ve always said I wanted the experience and just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it. The way I look at it, I just finished my first year of university and made it through exams – Time to finally get this experience.
3) Start Learning Italian
Here’s a language I’ve always wanted to learn. Mainly because I am Italian and I think it would be really cool to have a conversation with my Papa completely in Italian. But also because honestly, this language is romantic as hell. It’s such a beautiful language. Through this past year I’ve realized how much more there is to the world and how much culture I’ve missed out on living in such a small town for so long – It’ll be great to say I can actually speak the language of most of my extended family.
4) Travel Somewhere I’ve Never Been
This shouldn’t be a difficult one to complete considering the fact that I haven’t travelled anywhere. Seriously. Hull, Quebec is the furthest I’ve ever been. And the only reason I’ve been there is because it’s beside Ottawa and the drinking age is eighteen. So far, I have two plans to complete this item on the list. Firstly, I’m going to New York City with a friend and her family next month. Which I am SO excited about! Expect numerous pictures posted. I’m also hoping to plan a weekend trip to Montreal at some point. I’ve never been and it’s only two hours away so there’s no reason not to go.
5) Do Something FulFilling
That sounds so extremely terribly cliche, doesn’t it. And it probably is just really cliche. But truth is, for the first eighteen years of my life I lived in a small city and knew nothing of the “real world”. This year I moved away, learned how to adapt to the so-called city life, and how to take care of myself without family constantly around to help me. And as much as this year has been new and exciting and dramatic and all around something I would never take back, I want to do something big. I proved it to myself that I could be on my own but I feel the need to take one more big step. I’m not sure what it is yet but I’ll get there.