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The top 20 of my 20's

USA | Sunday, 18 October 2009 | Views [434]

Someone asked me this week what the best moment of my 20's was. I was for one of the few times in my life- unable to speak. How does one sort through a decade of memories and pick one on the spot. I did, but I felt like I was betraying all the other really great moments. I've been mulling the question over for the past couple days, trying to come up with my top 5, top 10, and finally settled on top 20. So here they are in no particular order or preference, the top 20 moments of my 20's.

1. herding goat's in my grandfather's village in Crete on my 25 birthday.

2. the incomparable, award winning trip to Scotland with my mom

3. Greece, Island-power outage-laying on the seawall-warm Mediterranean waves lapping at my side-stars surrounding me

4. Maejo, Thailand- Loy Krathong

5. bathing a blind elephant

6. Athens Olympic's opening ceremonies

7. Torino Olympic's closing ceremonies

8. dog sledding on a glacier

9. my last day working on the boat-bubblenet feeding humpback whales that swam so close to the boat I could have touched them

10. kayaking in Burner's Bay with two of my favorite Libra's

11. doing the chicken dance with a lady in Kimono at Lizzie's wedding

12. learning i was the inspiration for a friend deciding to leave Burma, to go to school in Thailand- to learn to teach- like me

13. my time in Gugulethu, South Africa

14. standing on the great wall (and hearing an Alaskan reference)

15. PEPY- Chanleas Dai, Cambodia

16. seeing the Mona Lisa

17. Being the officiant at my mom & bill's wedding

18. being at Obama's Inauguration

19. seeing some of my students from South Africa at my UW graduation

20. Velencia, Spain- Las Fallas-fireworks at noon

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