Daniel Burson & Mary Catherine Shurett

Daniel & Mary Catherine

August 23, 2008

Daniel Burson & Mary Catherine Shurett

Daniel & Mary Catherine

August 23, 2008

Hello our friends! We cant wait to see you all in August in Tuscaloosa at our wedding!!! Thank you so much for visiting our registry website!

A few assumptions can be made: Right now, some of you are scratching your heads, others are wishing they had thought of this earlier, but all of you will be excited about what we are doing and will want to help us out as soon as you find out exactly what it is we're doing!

To answer the ever-present question, we are taking a trip around the world.

Now if you are one of the persons scratching your head and saying, "how are Mary Catherine and Daniel going to get all the things they need for their new life together if all they are registering for is a trip?" Well, Mary Catherine and Daniel already have everything they need. Think of anything that newlyweds need to get their lives started and we already have it. Plates? Got them. Flatware (good flatware)? Have it. Coffee maker? Use it every day. Crock Pot? Still in the box. What about fine china? Don't want it. What we want, and what we NEED is to see and experience the world. That is why we are asking you to help us achieve this goal.

We have a very unique opportunity. We are booking this trip around the world through a travel company called STA Travel. The basic concept of this trip, if you're wondering how this works, is a multi-city airline ticket, but with more than 2 or 3 destinations. When we book our trip wtih STA we can choose as many stops in the world as we want, and we have one year to do our traveling. We, however, are only picking 9 destinations and will be gone for 55 days. This trip is for students/youth only and is sold at a much cheaper price than you can imagine... but it's still expensive!

I bet you're wondering how it is that we can just up and leave for 55 days and not have any concern about it. Well, here is how we have been blessed: We have both either recently graduated from college or will be graduated before our wedding and have no real commitments; Daniel has a great job offer in California, and his company is encouraging him to take as much time off after graduating as he wants; YOU our loving friends and family want to help us get there (or get back if that's how you want to look at it); and finally we have been blessed with our youth. The organization that is arranging this trip, STA Travel, is a student and youth travel company and in just two years, we will contractually be too old to take this trip. The time is now!

We love traveling. We think that travel is the best way to grow as people, the best way to become closer to each other, the only way to see, understand, and appreciate all people from all walks of life, and the only thing we ever want to spend our money on. We will forever be bitten by the travel bug, and this is the first stop of many for the rest of our lives.

Don't be afraid to give as much as you want, we won't hold it against you. The best part about it is that when you give a gift, we get an email that tells us what you gave and we'll send you a photo when we get back! We love you all and thank you for your love and support.
Okay so here is our Itinerary:

New York City

Reykjavik, Iceland

Paris, France

Dubai, UAE

Maldives

Bangkok, Thailand

Bali, Indonesia

Sydney, Australia

San Francisco
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Flying is expensive!
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NYC has much to do; museums, pizza, hot dogs, the subway, annnnnd pizza. This is our first stop and we're going to miss you America.
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While in NYC, the biggest matchup in baseball, Yankees vs. Redsox, is taking place. Help us get into that game! The game is sold out and we're going to have to scalp our way in...
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We're going to see the Lion King!! We had no idea it was playing. We've got our tickets and will have a fantastic evening. Thank you!
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4 Days of fun at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland
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A wonderful restaurant in Iceland that turns into a dance floor at night! We wanna be there to dance the night away :)
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In the freezing Icelandic weather, what could be better than a steaming cup of hot coffee? . The oldest cafe in Reykjavik (established in 1958) small and cozy, this coffee house has unusual artwork on its walls and old favorites on the tables.
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We want to have dinner and drinks at an ICE BAR in Iceland!!
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In Dubai we will be snow skiing in the middle of the desert!!!
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Paris is for Lovers... We want bon-bons and a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower
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A friend of our owns a tiny Bed and Breakfast in Paris. We are getting a great deal for the 3 nights and cannot wait to enjoy the authentic french stay!
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Can you say French Wine? One night we want to pick up a couple bottles of wine, a baguette, cheese, and have a lovely Parisian evening.
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It would be a delight to sink our teeth into a warm croissant in an authentic french bistro while in Paris
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Daniel will drag Mary Catherine all over the city to see all the buildings and man-made islands in Dubai. We need some cabbie money
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One fancy night in Dubai. Our last night we want to go to the Burj Al Arab (a crazy cool Hotel) and dine in the aquarium set decor at Al Mahara then to drinks at the top at Al Mutaha
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We'll be in Dubai during Ramadan. This is going to be great for our cultural experiences, but bad for our western appetites. Restaurants don't open until 6pm, and we can't drink water in public! We need money to buy snacks to sneak into our pockets.
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A casual dinner at the Atoll Market as we arrive in Maldives
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Grocery store for breakfast foods and snacks for the week on the tiny island of Maldives. (We like Kashi Crunch, cheese, pickles, grapes, and milk)
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One night of wine at the Wine Bar in Maldives
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There are so many fantastic restaurants to choose from on the island of Maldives.
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Water sports in Maldives like snorkeling, wind surfing and kayaking
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We're headed down to the islands of Thailand and are staying in a spa-hotel. At this point on our trip a massage(s) would be a dream come true.
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The islands of Thailand are amazing places to do snorkeling and scuba activities.
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While in Bangkok we'll be seeing the sights of the city and eating all the great Thai food!
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2 tickets to a Muay Thai fight in Bangkok...Ringside!
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We will be whitewater rafting in Bali
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We are taking a nine day adventure trip in Bali. We will be snorkeling, biking, hiking, and visiting villages. intrepidtravel.com
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You won't believe this... We're going to the Great Barrier Reef. There is so much to do here. We're staying in Cairns and will take day trips out to the reef. There are also tons of adventure activities here.
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A cool casual dinner out in Port Douglas, Australia at Salsa Bar and Grille (see link)
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Jungle Surfing!!!! AKA Zip lining!!! We're staying where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Rainforest and it would be awesome to see God's creativity as we zip through the two spectacular worlds! Oh and there's also a late night jungle walk afterwards.
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We will be staying in Port Douglas, Australia for a few nights. We hear we must visit this restaurant (see attached link) This will be our one fancy meal here!
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Sydney will be taken by storm. It's a wonderful city and we want to experience it as fully as possible.
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A trip through Wine Country on our last stop in San Francisco
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