I cannot believe I never talked about this on my blog before, but I collect snow globes, and I want to show my followers my snowglobe collection.
Below are my small snowglobes. My Paris one is looking a bit sad since it has lost water. I don’t think that was bought when I went to Paris. Sometimes people buy me snowglobes on their vacations; but most of them I buy. Also found within the small snow gloves are ones from the Jacksonville Zoo, Chicago, Africa, Hilton Head, Rome, Atlanta, and an additional France one. I love how my snowglobes are a mix of small and big snowglobes. The Rome and Africa ones are places I haven’t been to for instance.
In terms of most of the other locations, I remember going to. Like Jacksonville, I go to Ponte Vedra annually; which is about twenty to thirty minutes away from from the Jacksonville Zoo. In 2015, I went to Chicago to celebrate my grandma’s 85th birthday with my extended family, and I wanted to find a snowglobe.
Below ares snowglobes that people made for me. The one on the left my parents made for me. As a bit of background, Kanuga is an Episcopalian Conference Center located in Hendersonville, NC. Annually my church goes on a Parish Weekend there- I have been there for the Parish Weekends, Thanksgiving and a high school youth conference called Winterlight. Kanuga was the place where I truly began to believe in God. So that snowglobe has a very special meaning to me.
As for the other one- for my 24th birthday, my two suitemates made that for me. My suite started with six of us, but in the 2nd semester, it ended up just the three of us. Knowing that I collect snowglobes, they ended up giving me a snowglobe. Before heading for dinner, a picture was taken of all three of us, which was put in the snowglobe.
The Maine snowglobe is another one of a place I didn’t go to, but close family friends got that for me. Saint Louis is situated in Missouri and like Florida, I have created some very lasting memories there like going to the City Museum, going up in the arch, seeing Cardinals baseball games or spending a week with my grandma alone (which was when I saw Annie). I am glad I got that snow glove. As for Grandfather Mountain, I went there when the daughter of a close family friend invited me to spend time at Montreat, which is near Black Mountain, and part of that trip involved going to Grandfather Mountain, and that is where I bought the snowglobe.
The three snowglobes below come from three very special trips of mine. Spending time in Alaska wasn’t just some ordinary vacation: My family and extended family went to Alaska through a program called Tauck Bridges- think of it as cruise; but our main traveling was by bus, not by boat. We ended up geocaching, meeting husky dogs, lots of hiking, seeing wonderful glaciers, and so many other wonderful things. This all happened in 2011.
I went to Costa Rica in 2014 when I was still a student at Central Piedmont Community College. I studied abroad in Costa Rica for two weeks. We ended up staying in Atenas, Costra Rica, which is about thirty minutes away from San Jose. It was a cultural immersion study abroad trip. Part of it included visiting a farmer’s market, which I got to enjoy coconut water, where we got to drink it straight out of a coconut. We did some service as well. Part of it included going to the theatre, where we saw a comedy, but I was kind of confused as to what was going on. We a few days in Monteverde Rainforest Preserve, where one day all of us hiked and another we participated in the canopy zipline. The zipline was scary at times because we were right above the canopy and when I would get stuck in the middle; I had to right for a guide to get me so I would just be dangling there and it was scary just knowing how high up I was. Costa Rica was one of the most beautiful countries I ever visited.
So many followers know about England. It was debatable if I should get my snowglobe in London or Bristol. This was my very first pilgrimage, which would become a huge part of my spiritual journey, which would become very transforming in many ways. I thought I wouldn’t attend all ten church services, but I did. My mountain-top moment was Stonehnge because of the way the wind was pushing me me towards the stones and the atmosphere surrounding the stones. Even the small parts that weren’t as effective like Bath would add up in the end. Even the two extra days, that weren’t part of the pilgrimage, were still part of England- I mean Les Mis followed perfectly into the pilgrimage- after all Les Mis is a spiritual journey- which meant I would go on Jean Valjean’s spiritual journey the day before I went on my own- see what I mean.
Now on to the gigantic snowglobe. This was a Christmas present one year. This was the most perfect gift for me. After all it is a Wicked snowglobe. It represents my love for musical theatre perfectly. My love for Wicked is so special- I have loved it for 12 years now. My vision of musicals is represented perfectly in Wicked and if you turn in upside down, there is a way for it to start playing “For Good”. Wicked actually sparked my love for musicals- if Wicked never entered my life- Les Mis wouldn’t have able to enter my life. So Wicked is very very special to me- my favorite musical character is part of Wicked- Elphaba.