5 New Zealand
They don't do this much back in Boston, but somehow closer to the equator they decided they felt like going ice skating. My heart still beats a little faster, à la high school girl with a huge crush, when I watch my husband skate.
If I had remained in the Philippines instead of moving to the U.S. I would have loved to open a business like this: Fully Booked, a well-stocked bookstore that imports best-selling titles from abroad. This branch had a coffeeshop with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a lot of natural light. We spent part of our last full afternoon here. It's amazing how just walking into a big book store and smelling that books-all-around-you aroma either quickens my pulse with instant excitement or quiets it down with a prompt sense of calm. Why is that?