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Art thieves shall face wrath of Siberian winter, da?
It always makes me melancholic to see summer end, because summer's such a peaceful time where you can have your sweet escape from the intense rhythm of the other ten months. I'm going to miss this summer especially, because it'll probably be my last taste of two months of great weather, no classes, hanging with friends, sunset haze on clear skies, jogging around the park whenever I want, watching movies, ice cream, and family vacation.
The trip to Yellowstone National Park was a nice getaway. It was a guided tour with two days at Yellowstone. We were also taken around different malls or stores to do tax-free shopping. The tour guide was cool and gave us helpful advice. He explained a lot of facts about Yellowstone and almost all the scenery we passed by. The only downside was that we spent enough time in the coach bus to make my butt hurt from sitting and a forest fire prevented us from seeing some parts of Yellowstone (and messed up our schedule). We saw geysers (the cool eruptions made up for the rotten egg smell), bison herds (cute!), and majestic canyons sculpted by high, raging waterfalls. The hot geyser water left some of the pine trees dead. Some major stops were at Spokane, Coeur D'Alene, Bozeman, and Leavenworth. We stopped at Leavenworth on the last day and ate salty Bavarian style pork hocks. They tasted ok, but they were greasy. Leavenworth is a town that replicates Bavaria, an area in southern Germany. The street signs, washroom signs, and buildings all had German. They really deck out the place in winter, so it's more of a winter tourist location. Even so, the stores sold cool (but expensive) artisan crafts and other tourist stuff. Because of the tight schedule, there usually wasn't time to buy souvenirs. You choose between going to the washroom/refilling water and that. I still saw some great sights, and this vacation was worth it.
For the rest of summer, I'm going to prepare for university, work on my visual novel, and hopefully get together with some friends. Next year's summer is going to be tough, because I have to take three or four classes in pursuit of my major. The last exam date is August 15 and the next semester starts September 2. Sigh...it's part of becoming an adult and getting education, so I have to face it.