I began studying French when i was 11. I did not stop until I graduated college. I have wanted to visit since that very first day in Ms. Schmidt’s French 1 class so many years ago. But each time the opportunity presented itself, it was not the right time. Either, I didn’t have the money, or I couldn’t take the time off from work, or some other equally mundane reason got in my way.
But this year, I am turning 35. And we’ve elected a madman as our president here in the states. And for those reasons and others, I have realized that life is fucking short, can end at any moment, and so you have to do the things you want before it’s too late.
My grandmother died several years ago. Her whole life, she had wanted to go to Las Vegas. But she never had the money, never had the time, and so she passed away without ever having seen the neon garden. I will take her with me on this trip in my heart. She would be so happy to know that I am finally making this happen.
That said, I am not a rich girl. I am an English teacher at a public high school; it’s not really a get-rich plan. So, the fact that I have planned and paid for all of the travel and lodging for my summer trip feels a little miraculous, I have to admit. But with the help of the internet, I was actually able to keep all of those big expenses at about $1500, which is not bad for a 19-day excursion. I am very proud of my penny pinching skills, so over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing some of the cool tricks I learned. All that’s left to do now is to count down the number of days (61!) to my departure.