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You’d Better Vote | BEDA Day 19

The New York Presidential Primaries are today, and I’m incredibly excited to hit the polls. Nothing makes me feel more adult than participating in the democratic system. I’ve voted in both presidential elections and local school board elections, and I always try to read up on the candidates ahead of time to make an informed choice. Of course, this makes me a bit of an outsider among my generation. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who just don’t plan or aren’t paying attention to the election at all.

First of all, kudos to you if you’ve actually been able to avoid all coverage of this year’s circus of an election. And second of all, that’s bananas. You’d better vote.

I’m not going to get too political or tell you who to vote for. That’s not my beat. I’m not really one to push people towards any particular candidate (especially since I have mixed feelings about all of this year’s options).

A representative democracy doesn’t work if its constituents don’t participate. You want things to change? Show up at the polls. Call your representative. Rally for a cause. Sure, things are broken, but we can still make our voices heard. We in the United States are so privileged to have a say in our government, even if the people we choose to lead it don’t always do what we want. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?

I encourage you all to take a little time, read up on the candidates, and show up at your polling place. And if you’re not registered yet, get on that. Even if your state’s primary has passed, there’s still plenty of time to register for November’s general election.

You’re not allowed to complain about the winner if you didn’t vote. Get out there.

Photo Credit: Theresa Thompson

5 Places On My Travel Bucket List

We’re closing in on winter, the season where my wanderlust is at its worst. When the temperatures drop, there’s nothing I want more than to hop on a plane and get the heck out of dodge. I don’t necessarily need to travel to a warmer spot, I just need to get away from the dreary mess that is a New York City winter. This wanderlust has got me thinking about my travel bucket list, all the places I’d love to go before I retire in Monterrey and build my army of sea otters. Here are a few of the spots that are currently high on my list.

Shiny houses

Madeira, Portugal

This small island off the coast of Northern Africa may be a popular tourist destination for Europeans, but it holds a special place in my heart. From what I’ve been told, my mom’s family is originally from Madeira and lived there for years before coming to America. I’d love to explore this island and learn more about how my ancestors lived. Plus it’s just freaking gorgeous.    

Obelisco de Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ll blame my middle school obsession with the musical Evita for this one. Buenos Aires is a truly global city with a rich culture and diverse population. To be honest, I feel like I don’t know that much about the city aside from its history. I definitely want to check out the theatre scene, maybe check out an opera at the Teatro Colon. Maybe I can improve my dismal Spanish skills while I’m there, too.

Road to Uluru

Australia

I can’t really choose one city in Australia that I absolutely need to visit. Ideally, I would make a longer trip out of it, visiting the Gold Coast, the Outback, and cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The landscape there is so totally different from where I live now and just so amazing. I’m willing to risk getting eaten by any of the million animals that can kill you if I can hang out with one koala. 

 Slussen, Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Cool design! Herring! Ridiculously hot people! What doesn’t Sweden have? As an avid Eurovision fan, I need to know what it is about this country that keeps them churning out pop stars. I love the way the city blends old and new and remains on the cutting edge while respecting its rich history. Plus, flights are pretty cheap on Norwegian Air. Maybe I can make this happen sooner rather than later.

Jackson Square

New Orleans, LA

Bringing it back stateside for this last city. Over the last ten years, New Orleans has showed the world that nothing can keep her down. This city is very much alive and I want to be a part of it (at least for a few days). I’m yearning to listen to some jazz and eat po boys until I become one myself (literally and figuratively). Seeing as New Orleans is the closest city on my list, I should probably get on this one soon.

 
Bloggy peeps, has the travel bug bit you recently? Where are you itching to go? Let me know what’s on your list in comments!