Around the World: Paris, France

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My trip to London and Paris was absolutely amazing! Paris was just mind-blowing! The food was amazing, the sites were amazing, the people were…great. lol. I don’t speak French, so I don’t really know if they are amazing, but everyone was so friendly and happy and awesome. I definitely want to come back, probably in the spring or summertime so I can catch the flowers and the gardens of Versailles. But in the meantime, let me give you some pictures to hold you over!

 

 

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Around the World: Miami Beach, Florida

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It started out better than perfect. I got a ride to the airport and arrived super early. I discovered that my flight was delayed by half an hour, but Cely was there and we went to grab something to eat. Eli and Frankie showed up soon afterward and we headed over to board the plane. Lo and behold, I see some girls I went to high school with and spent the wait chatting about life in general.

We get on the plane and managed to get seats next to each other (which is amazing since the plane was packed!). I end up sitting next to this really interesting guy and spent the trip having deep conversations about which celebrity is hotter and Sudoku. More

Around the World: My Fall Trip List

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Beach at Play del Carmen.

It’s been so long since I wrote an update, but it’s not for lack of anything interesting happening!

My Fall Trip List is now available! See below.

September:

Miami, Florida

This is a Birthday weekend trip with some girlfriends. Very low-key, enjoying the last of the summer heat.

October:

Another birthday trip, slightly longer than Florida. Also with a slightly larger group of people. I’ve actually never been to Mexico which I find oddly unbelievable…

December:

London, England and Paris, France

This is my big trip this year. I will be taking my sisters with me. I’m very excited about this one and hopefully it will live up to my expectations!

If you know of any great spot I should visit while I’m in any of these places. Leave a comment and let me know!

Around the World: Planning a Trip

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This will be a two-week trip. Nothing fancy and once I figure out a continent. I will be asking for some advice on cities/towns. So go ahead. Let your voice be heard!

Around the World: San Francisco, California

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

This past weekend I went to San Francisco with Cely. How come no one told me it would be that cold? I went there with dresses and one pair of cut-off jeans. Suffice it to say, I went shopping for some real clothes the next day!

I went for a coworkers wedding and like the only duh duhduh I flew into San Jose. The trip into San Fran was long, but scenic, so I can’t even complain about that.

My flight was at 6:15 AM. I didn’t even bother sleeping the night before, as I didn’t have a ride. I took the LIRR to the Airtrain and made with an hour to spare. Cely and I had an hour layover in Phoenix which wasn’t bad (we ate lunch).

Once in San Jose, we took a shuttle into Santa Clara and then the Caltrain into San Francisco. In total it cost about $10, opposed to the hundred something I thought I would have to pay. I wish I could tell you what the scenery looked like, but I can’t…as I was sleeping.

It was gay pride weekend, and I guess if I hadn’t spent the time whining and sleeping, we would have gotten amazing pictures of the party at Castro as well as some exploratorium pictures and other cool stuff. But I whined, and napped, so that didn’t happen. (In my defense, I would have been fine if I could have found a belt!!!)

On Sunday was my coworkers wedding, and I must say, she looked beautiful! Absolutely stunning! Her friends are awesome too, and we all had a great time together. It was a great weekend!

I also got to see the Golden Gate Bridge aka the Red Bridge. Well, bits and pieces of it anyway…it was foggy as hell up there.

I will definitely be going back!

Around the World: Dublin, Ireland

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My first evening in Dublin

Last Fall, Deedee, Dany, Cely and I went to Dublin, Ireland to go vacation with Eliana. Eliana never made it, but the 4 of us had an amazing time. We spent the first night hitting all the liqour factories: Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey. I’ve decided I’m not a fan of Guinness, which will be a problem when I move there, but I do think that Jameson is probably the best whiskey out there! We planned to go out that night…yeah, that didn’t happen. We came to our apartment and knocked out.

The next day we barely made it to our tour bus on time! But we did, and were on our way to Wicklow and Glendalough. The tour guide was awesome! If you ever go to Ireland and want to go outside of Dublin and are looking for a tour company, Wild Wicklow Tour is absoloutely a MUST! Not only did we stop at a very good eatery on the way up there, but the tour guide was knowledgeable and funny and had us singing at the top of our lungs by the time we were returning to the city.

That night, we made it out to the Temple Bar District and I must say, the pubs are fantastic. We meet some College students and they were excellent company. Afterwards, we did what I expressly said we wouldn’t…hopped into a car with stranger and headed out of the city. It was unbearably creepy and I had flashbacks of watching Taken…obviously I did not take good enough notes, cuz there I was, sitting next to Cely, in a country I didn’t know with people I didn’t know. I wish I could say it would never happen again, but that’s probably a lie!

Our last day there, Dany had to leave early and so the rest of us had an English breakfast (much like an American breakfast, except with scones…go figure) and then headed to the museum to do something else on my list. Lunch consisted of an excellently made Irish stew and once again, we passed out.

Later that night, we managed to find a pub playing the Superbowl and sat around and just enjoyed being in Dublin and with each other.

My experience wouldn’t have been half as wonderful without my friends. Dublin is definitely on my list of places I must visit again. Perhaps in the summer next time.

Around the World: Niagara Falls, Canada

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Cely and I went to Niagara Falls in Canada. It was so breathtakingly beautiful! I went to Friday’s for the first time and fell in LOVE with it. Now I eat it all the time. The first day there, we walked down into town and looked for some place I could get service in order to do my homework. I know, on vacation and doing homework…that such waits for no one! Wish I knew then what I know now. But whatever. 

 Our second day we walked down into the town for a fun day of sightseeing. Walking into the Scream Factory we met a really nice guy, it was about 10 am. We bought two tickets and walked into your average haunted house…or so we thought. I pushed that red button and from that point on, thought I would die of a heart attack. It was pitch black in there! And Cely, my wonderful, funny, sarcastic Cely was like a limp rag doll on my arm! 

All we had were these red lights to show us the way, meanwhile things with claws and chain saws were grabbing at me (because Cely was by the wall, nice and safe). At one point, the red light went off and we were surrounded by wall and no exit. In the beginning, before going in, they give you a safe word…I was this close (imagine my thumb and forefinger almost touching) to screaming the word and giving up. And then, while taking a deep breath, a car came at me! A FREAKING CAR!!! Yeah, there’s a nice picture of me looking like terrified.  

After that, it was crawling through a tunnel (Cely finally had to let go of my arm and open her eyes), and walking over a bridge…in pitch black darkness, don’t forget. By the end, we were practically running out of there. BUT, we made it all the way through without giving up, so HA!  

There was Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and a few other things thrown into the mix.  

Finally, we headed towards the Falls and spent some time watching the water run down. We were so close to the edge that we were literally soaking wet in five minutes. It was glorious!  

Niagara Falls

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