Things have finally begun winding down here at the university following another year of studies. However, several of those younger students who have yet to taste what summers are like for real adults — i.e. having actual occupations during the summer — have been inquiring as to places they might explore while they are on sabbatical this summer. Here is a short listing of places I seem to recommend every year.
7. A Sarlacc’s Digestive System
This is a trip I usually reserve recommendation until a student has completed all doctoral degree requirements save his or her dissertation. It makes the perfect place to take in the sites and spend countless hours fretting over whether or not their paper is ready for defense.
6. The Gates of Hell
This one is so far back on the list in here primarily because it is difficult to locate. First, you must get lost in an Italian forest. And the ensuing journey can take a while. It takes some dedication to complete the experience before the new school year begins.
This is a perfect spot for my students who enjoy hiking, the outdoors and rope. In fact, some of my more melancholy students end up liking it so much they never return to the university.
4. The Sedlec Ossuary
This is always a recommendation I make for those students who take my general education classes who have majors in interior design. It is a perfect example for them on how to use every last thing, leaving no waste behind and keeping a budget intact.
3. This Little Bed and Breakfast
There is this lovely little place in Amityville, New York. The town itself is lovely, but this quaint B&B is to die for.
2. Léim Uí Bhanáin (Leap Castle)
This is a great place for those of my students who travel to plan study abroad trips to the United Kingdom instead of vacationing. This castle has a very distinct personality, and many of my students come back telling all about It.
1. Hello Kitty Town
This place is adorable, pink and filled with pussies. I’ve heard many a good thing from the Women’s Studies department chair.
THOMAS ANTHONY THACHER is a professor of classics and administrative official at Yale and a high priest of Wadjet-Bast. While not deciphering ancient Greek, Latin, Egyptian and Coptic texts, he can be found at home, tending and breeding his Egyptian Mau cats.