For the first time since 2003, I got on an airplane for a non-academic or athletic reason. Strict vacation. Let me tell you, it was needed.

I spent the week lying by the beach. It was absolutely beautiful. Warm, crystal clear water. A pool with a walk-in style entry with special chairs made to put in the pool. Awhile back I had to read “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” for my Introduction to Scandinavian Literature course, so I was happy to have time to finish off the last two books of the series. It was fitting that the main character happened to be island hopping in the Caribbean at the beginning of the second book.

I was also impressed with the amount of reptiles. Lizards, geckos and iguanas seem to be abundant. They crawl across pathways and even over feet with no fear of humans.

Go Bruins!