Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in review

Confession: I just wrote "2001 in review" in the title line. Eventually, Brain, you're going to have to get used to writing a 1 rather than a 0...

Anyway. Here we are at the end of 2011. I honestly can't believe how fast this year has gone!! Christmas Day in Melbourne brought massive thunderstorms:


A shit ton of Doctor Who themed presents:
(In case you can't tell, that's the complete series 1-4 boxset, the complete specials box set, the 2010 Christmas special, the Doctor Who equivalent of Where's Wally, and a box of fruit flavoured Dalek shaped candy. WIN)

And an ice cream maker.

It's been quite the eventful year. I've written over 200 posts here, along with two guest posts.

January brought the dreaded Summernats car festival and me talking about being afraid of butterflies. It also brought the start of my cookbook challenge.

In February, I joined Twitter. I honestly can't believe it was less than a year ago. I also ploughed my way through five cookbook challenge recipes.

March featured me having to talk to a group of small children at work, reaching 150 posts, and being a bridesmaid for Em and Matt. I also went to see Red Riding Hood at the movies, and wished to God I hadn't.

April started off my participation in the 30 Days of Books challenge. It ended with me turning 28.

May started with ninjabread men. (That post brings me a truly disturbing amount of traffic) I also booked my trip to the US.

June? June was a big one. For starters, the gallery opened. (And if anyone wants any ACTUAL information on it, just flick me an email!) I also reached 200 posts, saw X-Men First Class in gold class, posted more random crap about myself than anyone ever wanted to know, and wrote a love letter to the BBC.

In July, I finally left Canberra and moved back to Melbourne. I also finished the 30 Days of Books challenge. And to fill the challenge void in my life, I decided I needed to do a Day Zero list.

August saw me head to Chicago for the 20SB Summit. It was amazing. As was meeting Sweeney, Lor and Penny.

September was spent hanging out with the bestest friends a girl could ever ask for, and visiting Colorado, Washington DC, New York and Boston. And an unexpected 24 hour stop over in Los Angeles. (Okay, most of those posts were written in October. That's totally not the point)

October saw the start of my Movie Mondays series. It also featured me crying a lot, when we had to have my beloved Domino put to sleep.

In November, I participated in National Blog Posting Month, and bored you all senseless wrote many wonderful posts about nothing. I also started the 30 Day Photography Challenge, which I honestly haven't forgotten about. I also took advantage of my unemployment to cross a few more things off the cookbook challenge list, and wrote a GIF-filled love letter to Doctor Who.

And that brings us to December, and the launch of Dessert Day with the lovely Deidre!

It's been a year filled with ups and downs, but also a lot of wonderful memories. So roll on 2012 - I can't wait to see what you've got to throw at me.
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I'm off to the beach with a bunch of friends for New Year's Eve. It's meant to be insanely hot, so it's definitely the place to be!

Who's doing something exciting for New Year's? And how's 2011 treated you?

K xx

Monday, December 26, 2011

Movie Mondays: Boxing Day edition


What with Christmas shenanigans going on pretty much non-stop between Thursday night and last night, I didn't get a chance to sit down and watch any movies this week. Which is a shame, because I had grand plans to celebrate the 10th (ARGH I FEEL OLD NOW) anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings. Okay, technically it's just the tenth anniversary of the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, but that's totally not the point. Needless to say, if I didn't have the time to watch one movie, I didn't have the time to watch NINE hours of hobbity, elfy, dwarfy, wizardy, gobliny, Gollumy roaming-about-the-country-side-ness.

That said, have you guys SEEN the trailer for The Hobbit?????????

*flails with excitement*

Ahem. Boxing Day in Australia marks the start of the summer blockbuster season. So needless to say, there's quite a bit coming out soon that I can't wait to see. And in researching what's coming out soon that I can't wait to see, I got a little carried away. So just for a change, I present you with a list.

What I'm stupidly excited about seeing in 2012:
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- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. It doesn't come out here until 5th January, and I'm indescribably cranky about having to wait that long.
- The Adventures of Tintin. I was a MAJOR Tintin fan when I was in late primary school. I think mostly because he got to roam around the world doing cool stuff whereas I had to sit through hours and hours of maths and PE and Latin. SNORE. The screenplay for the movie comes courtesy of Stephen Moffat (head writer for Doctor Who) and Edgar Wright (writer and director of Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs the World). It's directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and stars (the voices of) Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. WIN.
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- The Muppets. This comes out in Australia on 12th JANUARY. I honestly don't think I can stand to wait that long.
- One for the Money. Yeah, I know it looks pretty ordinary. And it stars Katherine Heigl, who the universe went from loving to loathing basically overnight. But I'm a big fan of the Stephanie Plum books, and I'm curious to see how it turned out.
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- The Woman in Black. Okay, there's no way in hell I'm going to see this one at the movies. I'm going to be watching it on DVD with all the lights on and hiding behind a pillow for most of it. Even the poster for it makes me want to hide behind a pillow and never sleep again. But I'm really curious to see how Daniel Radcliffe does post-Harry Potter.
- The Hunger Games. I read all three of the books in quick succession back in October. And OHMIGOD I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THE MOVIE!!
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- The Avengers. Joss Whedon + Robert Downey Jr + a shit ton of superheroes. How could it not be awesome?
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It looks awesome. And has an incredible cast.
- Men in Black 3. I don't really care if it's the most appalling shit. I loved the first two, so I'll be seeing the third one!
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- The Pirates! Band of Misfits. The joy of having a six year old niece is that you can go to the movies to see kiddy stuff without looking like a creepy weirdo. And this looks AWESOME. Also? Hugh Grant as the voice of the Pirate Captain. Hilarity.
- The Amazing Spiderman. It can't possibly be worse than Spiderman 3, can it?
- American Reunion. Much like MIB 3, I can't not see this.
- Dark Shadows. Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter. You can pretty much tell from that what it's going to be.
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The Dark Knight Rises. Can't wait to see where Christopher Nolan takes this one!
- Skyfall. I wasn't a huge fan of Quantum of Solace. It seemed to have even less plot than most Bond movies. Plus, I realised as the credits rolled, that I didn't know the names of half the characters. So I'm interested to see if Skyfall is an improvement on that.
- The Hobbit. Obviously, after posting the trailer above. I seriously can't wait for this to come out. I know what I'm doing next Boxing Day, that's for sure!!

What are you guys looking forward to seeing at the movies in 2012?

K xx

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Contrary to appearances, I'm not actually dead. I've just been more than a little busy with the inevitable Christmas shopping and wrapping and baking and celebrating. We had the first of three family Christmas celebrations last night, and my brother has a bunch of choir friends arriving in about half an hour. (They do this song in choir in which the tenors and the first basses sing all kinds of philosophical stuff about how to be happy. The second basses sing the names of over 80 brands of beer. So they've decided to get together and see how many of the different beers they can try. I foresee messiness...)

Anyway, basically I've been distracted by this:
Candy cane fudge

And this:
Jaffa fudge

And this:
My niece, Little Miss A

I'll be back for Movie Monday, as per usual. Have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas.

K xx

Monday, December 19, 2011

Movie Mondays: The Princess Bride



This week's choice is, along with Love Actually, my favourite movie of EVER. An undying love for this movie is generally perceived as one of the ways you know you're a child of the 1980s. 
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By some bizarre miracle, I managed to go until I was 21 without seeing this movie. I can even tell you the exact date and place on which I first saw it - 25th June 2004, sitting in Megan's parents' house in rural Nebraska. According to my travel diary, it was "a little cheesy, but still fun". Since then, I've seen it about a million times </slight exaggeration> and I love it more every time I do. 

If, by some miracle you haven't seen it, drop what you're doing and go watch it THIS MINUTE. Because of reasons. So very many reasons.

Reasons why The Princess Bride is awesome:
1. BECAUSE IT IS, DAMMIT.
2. You get to relive the hilarity of 1980s 8-bit video games.
3. Cary Elwes. I can never decide if I love him more in this or in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
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4. The soundtrack, which was written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straights fame.
5. Mandy Patinkin. Even *he* says it was his favourite role ever.
6. There are pirates.
7. Andre the Giant.
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8. Rodents of Unusual Size.
9. Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck. He's a genius at portraying a total knobhead. And went on to be the voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas!
10. Robin Wright. For someone with a pretty limited acting career prior to this, she's amazing.
11. The eyebrows on the crazy old lady in Buttercup's nightmare.
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12. Billy Crystal.
13. The mother's hilarious mullet hair. Aaah, the 1980s...
14. It's directed by Rob Reiner, who's also responsible for A Few Good MenStand By MeWhen Harry Met Sally, and This Is Spinal Tap.
15. The scene where Fezzik is reviving Inigo. Poor Mandy Patinkin...
16. The bit where Westley dives into the lightning sand to rescue Buttercup.
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17. The marriage scene with the Impressive Clergyman. How to know you're around children of the 1980s? You go to a wedding and half a dozen people quote the Impressive Clergyman. Also? The Impressive Clergyman is Peter Cook. 
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18. The 24th anniversary reunion photo.
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19. Wallace Shawn as Vizzini. Even if every time I see him, it makes me want to watch Clueless...
20. Inigo finally getting his revenge on the six fingered man. It just makes you want to cheer.

And so very many quotes:
- "A book?" "That's right. When I was your age, television was called BOOKS."
- "Is this a kissing book?"
- "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
- "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while."
- "No more rhymes now, I mean it!" "Anybody want a peanut?"
- "INCONTHEIVABLE!!!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
- "...Iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled by criminals..."
- "You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' - but only slightly less well know is this: 'Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line'! Ahahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Ahaha-"
- "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."
- "Get back, witch!" "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife!"
- "Bye bye, boys!" "Have fun storming the castle!"
- "Let me explain. No. There is too much. Let me sum up."
- "Mawage. Mawage is what bwings us togevver today. Mawage, that bwessed awangement. That dweam wivvin a dweam..."
- "Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid or something like that?" "Oh no, it's just that they're terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future."
- "Yes, you're very smart. Shut up."
- "First things first. To the death." "NO! To the pain."
- "Murdered by pirates is good."
- "As you wish."

I pity Little Miss A - I have grand plans to make her watch it in the future. And if she doesn't like it, I'll tie her to a chair and make her watch it over and over again until she does. Ahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Ahaha-

(Seriously, though. Please tell me you guys love this as much as I do?) 

K xx

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's (finally) beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

I'm not going to deny it, I've been extra Grinch-y/Scrooge-y this year. For the past three years, Christmas has been a time of "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, I get to leave Canberra!!" and work Christmas parties and running around in Melbourne trying to frantically catch up with everyone I know before boarding a plane back to our nation's backwater capital.

This year? It's mostly been "UGH. I have no money and yet am expected to buy presents for everyone. But [to quote Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer] I like my money the way it is when it's mine." Bah humbug! I don't think it helped that our Christmas tree was put up in late November, which led to a whole lot of me going "But it's too EARLY for Christmas!!!"

Anyway, as of yesterday, I'm finally starting to feel vaguely in the spirit. Little Miss A was over yesterday, making gingerbread with my mum. If you ever want to laugh hysterically, ask a six year old what the true meaning of Christmas is: "It's when Jesus got stuck in a stable, and then he lived happily ever after. THE END!" Hilarity.

Last night was the Christmas concert for C's choir. I took my camera with me, intending to take some photos to show you guys, but they had a "no audience photography" rule in place last night. So here's one from a couple of years ago instead:

This was taken the year that some kid in the front row felt sick, went to go offstage, and ended up throwing up next to the piano. Thankfully, nothing similar happened last night! I always regard the Christmas concert as my equivalent of going to church, because the audience gets to sing along with a lot of the carols. Sadly, they used new arrangements this year, so I couldn't sing the descants... *sulks*

After the concert, we headed to a nearby bar for a drink or two, and then around to Federation Square to see if there was a big Christmas tree there. It turns out that the big official Christmas tree is up in City Square. But there are Christmas themed projections on the front of St Paul's Cathedral, so we stood and watched those for a while. They're pretty amazing. I had totally the wrong lens on my camera (I put the 55-300mm lens on, assuming that I'd be taking photos of the concert), but it was so cool I took some shots anyway!





So there you have it. It took a bloody long time, but I'm finally starting to get into the holiday spirit!

What about you guys? Are you on Team Bah Humbug or Team Yaaaaaaaaaaay Christmas? Or somewhere in the middle?

K xx

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Challenge recipe 18: Strawberry jam

So if you guys follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you'd know that I spent all of Sunday making strawberry jam and lemon butter and mango chutney as Christmas presents. Needless to say, it was QUITE the long day. But successful, in the end, so I guess that's what really matters!

Aaaaaaaanyway. The recipe I used was part of my cookbook challenge. And making jam was also on my Day Zero list. So I've crossed things off TWO challenge lists in one hit! #score

So. The most time consuming part of the entire process is actually sterilising the jars. A couple of days before, I bought a 5 piece home canning kit. It included a wide mouthed funnel, a magnetic stick thing to rescue the lids from the boiling water, a thingy that you can use to hold the hot jars while you do the lids up, a pair of tongs, and a thingy that you can use to lift the jars out of the boiling water (top right).
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All technical terms, obviously. Buying this kit was by far the best thing I could have done before attempting to make my own preserves. If you're planning on making anything that requires you to sterilise jars, I highly recommend you track one down. It was dirt cheap, too!

</segue> Here's the book:

And here's what you'll need:

Pretty simple, huh? Oh, and before you start, get a bunch of small plates or sauce dishes or whatever and put them in the fridge/freezer. You'll need them for testing if it's set later on.

To be perfectly honest, I was a little scared going in. Not just because ARGH BOILING FRUIT AND HOT JARS AND WHAT IF IT DOESN'T SET PROPERLY?!?!?! but because this was my Year 9 Home Economics book. It was first published in 1966. This edition was published in 1993, but I suspect a lot of the recipes hadn't been updated since the 60s. There is a shit ton of WASP-y food in there, yo. (Any book that teaches you to make devilled sardines should be treated with caution...) From memory, we mostly used it for the cake recipes, the cake decorating instructions, and possibly pinwheel sandwiches. Because no girl's education is complete without the ability to make pinwheel sandwiches! #seriouslyWTF

Ahem. You'll need 500g of strawberries. I weighed out 500g before I chopped them. But they had quite a lot of manky bits on them, so I reweighed them to ensure I had enough.

Put the chopped up strawberries in a large saucepan. Add in two cups of white sugar.

Yes, I know two cups is a buttload of sugar. Just do it. Squeeze a lemon:

It helps if you have an excited six year old to do it for you. Pick out the seeds and add the juice to the saucepan. Then add in 1 tablespoon of pectin. In case you're curious, here's what pectin looks like:

So, now's about the time that you want to get your jars going. Cookery the Australian Way says otherwise, but the instructions that came with the jars said to wash them in hot soapy water, rinse them off, then put them in boiling water for ten minutes. So that's what I did!

Turn the heat on under the fruit mixture, and stir constantly while bringing to the boil:

I'm sorry. I know it looks gross. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat SLIGHTLY and cook for six minutes, still stirring regularly. To simplify the clean up later, you can use a pastry brush dipped in water to dissolve any sugar that's stuck to the sides of the saucepan.

After the six minutes, grab one of the plates/dishes/whatever that you put in the fridge/freezer earlier. Take a teaspoon, and grab a little bit of the hot jam. Pour it into the cold dish and leave it for about 20 seconds:
I just realised this is technically a tea cup not a sauce dish. WHATEVER.

Once you can tip the dish and the mixture doesn't move, run your finger through it. If the surface of the jam gets crinkle marks on it, it's going to set. If not, keep cooking it and try again after another couple of minutes. Mine took either ten or twelve minutes. Once it passes the gel test, take the saucepan off the heat. Grab a clean spoon, and scrape as much of the foam off the top as you can. It's not essential (or at least I don't *think* it is!), it just looks prettier without it.

If you've timed things well, your jars should be done with their ten minutes of boiling. Turn the heat off. Haul them out of the boiling water with your handy dandy jar grabber doohickey, tip the water out of them, and set them upside down on a clean tea towel to drain. Once they're all out of the water, use the handy dandy jar grabber doohickey to turn them right way up again. Using your handy dandy canning funnel, ladle the jam mixture into the jars. I did them one at a time. Don't fill them all the way to the top - there needs to be a gap to create a vacuum so the jar will seal and the jam won't go mouldy and give you food poisoning.

Obviously, you can use the little plastic square things and rubber bands. It's probably much easier. But my jars came with lids and caps, so that's what I used. I found that the easiest way to do it was to fill a jar, then dump the lid into now-not-quite-boiling water, slowly count to ten, haul it out with the magnetic doohickey, and put it straight onto the jar. Then put the cap thingy over the top and tighten. But not too much. The instructions said 'finger tight', whatever the bleeding hell that might mean. Basically, if you do it too tight, it can't form a vacuum. So don't do it too tight, 'kay? Repeat until you've used all the jam.

It made three cups. Once you've finished, leave it somewhere to cool for at least 24 hours. At the end of the time, check if the jars have sealed. If not, open immediately and eat it all yourself.

These were intended as Christmas presents. But there was one jar that didn't seem to have sealed *quite* as much as I would have liked, so I was a little hesitant to give it to my relatives. So I get to eat it instead.

The verdict? NOM!! It's freaking amazing, you guys. Plus, it's not as sickly sweet as some store-bought strawberry jams are. I mean, YES, you can walk down the road to the supermarket and buy a jar of jam and not have to go through all the drama. But where's the fun in that?! ;)

Has anyone else made jam before? How did it go? (And did anyone else have a weird WASP-y home ec book???)
K xx

PS. The mango chutney and the lemon butter are pretty amazeballs too. If anyone wants the recipes, just let me know!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

30 Days of Photography - Day 12

Contrary to what it might seem, I haven't actually forgotten about the 30 Day Photography Challenge. The theme for day 12 is 'sunset'. So for the past ten days, I've been trying to remind myself to head out with the camera just before sunset. And every single day, I've either forgotten or it's been raining/cloudy/miserable. And tonight we're going out for dinner because it's my dad's birthday.

So just this once, I'm going to cheat and delve into the archives instead.

Taken with my crappy point and shoot in Flores, Guatemala in June 2008. If I remember correctly, I was with my BFF Sara - who I'd known for about 24 hours at that point - and we were on our way to get ice cream. Aww. Good times...

K xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

Movie Mondays: The Italian Job



So I have a confession to make. I prefer this version of The Italian Job to the original.
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*gasp* 

I know it's widely considered a sacrilege, but there you have it! Although considering I've only seen the original once, it's not surprising that I prefer the version I've seen dozens of times. I should really watch the original again before I make sweeping statements, shouldn't I? *runs off to add it to Quickflix queue* 

Anyway... 

Reasons why The Italian Job is awesome:
1. Seth Green.
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2. The brilliance that is the initial theft.
3. Jason Statham.
4. Venice.
5. Edward Norton's insane moustache. That thing deserves an award.
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6. Wheeeeeeeee, shiny treasure!
7. Charlize Theron cracking safes and driving like a maniac. She's a total badass.
8. This scene:
9. The scene where they drive through the subway.
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10. Mos Def.
11. Seriously, how did they not know that Edward Norton was going to screw them over with a moustache like that?!
12. The boat chase scene.
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13. Marky Mark. Sadly, minus The Funky Bunch. 
14. Skinny Pete playing golf. Totally how I would play golf too.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Handsome Rob [Jason Statham]. Once drove all the way from Los Angeles just so he could set the record for longest freeway chase. You know he got 110 love letters sent to his jail cell from women who saw him on the news?"
- "I'm getting a NAD T700 digital decoder with 70-watt amps and Burr-Brown DACs." "Yeah........" "It's a big stereo. Speakers so loud they blow women's clothes off." "NOW you're talking!"
- "I trust everyone. I just don't trust the devil inside them."
- "You know what 'fine' stands for? Freaked out, insecure, neurotic and emotional."
- "If there's one thing I know, it's never to mess with Mother Nature, mother-in-laws, and mother-freaking Ukranians!"
- "[looks at fake ID] James Hymen? COME ON! Just ONCE give me a cool name!"
- "You know, five people died of smoking in between traffic lights today."
- "[calculates how much the gold is worth] YEAH!!!!!!! [sees people noticing him]... I got the Holy Spirit... You should get on it... It's a good train..."
- "Shit. This dude got dogs. I don't do dogs. I had a real bad experience, man." "What happened?" "I had. A bad. EXPERIENCE. Dammit! I'm deaf!!"


So, there you have it. Have you seen it? And which one gets your vote - the original? Or the remake?

K xx

Saturday, December 10, 2011

101 in 1001 #91

Apparently I've officially been home from the US for long enough that I'm starting to think about travel again. Even though, you know, I've got no job and no money... #minordetail

So in the hopes of postponing the urge to travel for a little while, I thought I'd cross off task 91 - to make a list of 50 places I want to visit in my lifetime.

Sure, I already have my Travel Bucket List. But that's more vague "I'd like to visit [insert country here]" type stuff. This, on the other hand, is a combination of sights and cities that I want to see.

In no particular order:
1. The Northern Lights.
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2. Copenhagen, Denmark.
3. Borneo, Malaysia. Orang-utans!!
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania.
5. Abu Simbel, Egypt.
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6. Venice, Italy.
7. Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
8. Gallipoli, Turkey.
9. The Kimberley, Australia.
10. Prince Edward Island, Canada. I've been wanting to go there since I read Anne of Green Gables when I was six.
11. Xi'an, China. Home to the Terracotta Army.
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12. Delphi, Greece.
13. Tierra del Fuego, Argentina/Chile. Mostly so I can say I've been to Tierra del Fuego. But also because Patagonia is gorgeous.
14. Copan, Honduras.
15. The Orkneys, Scotland.
16. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
17. Ait Benhaddou, Morocco.
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18. Pompeii, Italy.
19. Petra, Jordan.
20. Easter Island, Chile. Because of reasons. So very many reasons.
21. Victoria Falls, Zambia.
22. St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia.
23. Kaua'i, Hawaii. Also known as Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park.
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24. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.
25. Iguazu Falls, Argentina.
26. Taj Mahal, India.
27. Luxor, Egypt.
28. San Francisco, California.
29. Transylvania, Romania.
30. The Alhambra, Spain. "Ever since I read The Tales of the Alhambra" (<-- name that BBC adaptation. I haven't actually read The Tales of the Alhambra...)
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31. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
32. St. Petersburg, Russia.
33. Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia. Because you can take wacky perspective shots.
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34. Rock hewn churches, Ethiopia.
35. The Colosseum, Italy.
36. Oaxaca, Mexico.
37. The Dordogne Valley, France. Wheeee, chateaux!
38. The Great Wall, China.
39. Santorini, Greece.
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40. The South Island, New Zealand. I couldn't narrow it down any more than that.
41. Reykjavik, Iceland.
42. The Sistine Chapel, Italy.
43. Anchorage, Alaska. And, you know, elsewhere in Alaska.
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44. The Pyramids at Giza, Egypt.
45. Giverney, France. Monet's garden.
46. Antarctica.
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47. Havana, Cuba.
48. Kilkenny, Ireland. Just the whole west coast, really.
49. Hagia Sophia, Turkey.
50. Churchill, Canada. Polar bear capital of the world!
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So there you have it. Seriously, I'd better get a job bloody soon or this is going to be impossible... *sigh*

What's on your not-to-be-missed travel list? (Also, would you guys want to read posts on adventures from past trips?? I kind of miss writing about travel shenanigans...)

K xx
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