Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Trip to Italy

I recently took a three week vacation to Italy. Well, mostly Italy. I spent two days (a day and a half?) in Germany for Oktoberfest. This trip included many firsts for me; my first time out of the country (The Canadian side of Niagara Falls doesn't count right?); my first solo trip; and my first long vacation, but I loved it. Like any experience, there were good and bad moments, but most of them were very good.

Duomo in Milan
I can't wait to share with you the places I visited; Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Munich, and last but not least Venice. They were all beautiful, wonderful and amazing in their own right. I didn't see nearly everything, but i saw as much as I could have hoped for. My goals for the trip changed more times than I could count before and during the vacation.

I've learned so much on from my first big trip. I had sooo much to say, it was bursting out of my in Italy. Now, my whole body just wants to relax and I've already been back a week.

Just a quick list of things I notice about Italy:

      • The stereotypically roundabouts and the many crazy drivers is mostly true.
      • Almost everything can be served on/or with bread. If you're me and you love bread it's amazing. 
      • The type of cars we have in the U.S. are more common than I thought they would be. It's about 50/50 our style cars, and the Vespas and little Italian cars shown on TV.
      • Most Cafes have sandwiches, coffee, and a full bar.
      • Unlike Amtrak, the train prices in Italy fluctuate overtime.
      • Every major historical sight and transport station will also have Italian police/military there with semi-automatic rifles slung across their chest. The only time I've seen that in the U.S. was at the 9/11 museum. In Italy, I saw them everyday at almost every attraction. It took about a week to get used to. 

I'll be back soon with all my wonderful stories from my trip and what I thought of all the wonderful places I saw. For now, enjoy my first picture from Italy, that I took myself.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Skydiving Adventures

So, you would think a skydiving adventure would involve exactly that, skydiving. However, it did the exact opposite. It involved driving to a skydiving location and then preceding to not go skydiving, it definitely was not for a lack of trying though.

As you may remember, my friend and I bought our Groupon coupons months ago because we planned on going during the summer and I planned on it being my graduation present to myself. Well.... it took forever to get ahold of the company meaning we weren't able to literally get ahold of them. So, we contacted Groupon and they had the company contact us.

We scheduled our appointment and then we went on to go skydiving. We even confirmed our appointment before driving up there. We were on the schedule and everything. I was beyond excited and I could not wait to go skydiving. However, we got there and we weren't on the schedule. We were beyond confused. At least, I was. So, we call the number where we got our reservation from and it was a different sky diving company. (I take zero blame because I never talked to the company before this).

The company Groupon had call us was 4 hours away from where we were. So, even if we wanted to sky dive that day it would of been impossible. But, it ended up being that we just hung out all day and had a really fun time. We stopped for some food and drinks and Chevy's which I realized I love. Like, its basically, just a better Chili's. (side note:My friends love Chili's if they loved Chevy's I would probably be so down.)

We started with a grande bulldog which was amazing. I got strawberry, it was delicious. I definitely recommend it. We also got like 3 bar bites for only $12. We got a quesadilla, boneless wings, and chili fries. The chili fries were to die for. I would get them again in a second. The wings were good, but I prefer bone in and the quesadilla was as amazing as all quesadillas are. Then we got large jack and cokes. Those were also really good.

Between all the food and drinks I was on the phone arguing with Groupon about the fact that they screwed up and were refusing to give us any compensation for it. All, they original said they could give us was our money back. When I finally got to talk to the manager which was after like 3 attempts of trying to talk to her. The best she could dow as give us our money back and a $15 credit. Which is still like nothing, but I guess at least we got something. Basically, I'm really not happy with Groupon right now, but by then I was less annoyed because we had food and drinks.

Then we started our hour long drive to my house. We did have to stop like halfway home because I really needed to pee. So, if you're my size and drink that much I definitely recommend not having to drive that far. I even went before I left. Before getting home we stopped at Lazy Dog. I had a sweet tea lemonade which I thought was gonna be like a long island and taste nothing like tea. No, it tasted everything like tea and it was not good. I definitely do not recommend it. Well... if you like tea it was probably good, but for people who hate tea definitely not for you.

And that was the end of my day, but I did go out later and have a really fun time in the city. And I didn't even go to the club. Despite the drama of that day it was definitely a success. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Saturday Night: Auction

Saturday night I really wanted to go to the city, but it ended up not paying out which actually worked out for the best because I had such a good time with my family at my nephews school auction. Plus, I got an unlimited drinks wristband. So, it was an open bar, well.... at least for me.

I started the night with wine (Chardonnay) and I switched to beer later. I love wine, but it gives me a horrible hangover the next day, but more on that later. I will tell you that I had enough drinks that for a normal bar would be over $15, but since they were only $2 each here, I definitely didn't spend all my money, but its ok because it was for a good cause.

I honestly, was a little worried it was going to be a little boring, but it definitely wasn't. There was some pretty cool stuff you could bid on too. I ended up winning? buying? A wine tasting for 6 in Livermore. I'm a little worried it might only be red wine, but it will still be super fun to do with my sisters when Amanda is home for Thanksgiving. I can't wait.

The auction had a buffet of a bunch of food in Concord, none of it was really memorable. They had lots of games you could play with tickets. My cousin ended up winning like all her money back in gift cards and prizes, it was kinda crazy.

They even had an adorable photo booth that was an actual camera. So, the pictures were crazy good. We could even get the single shots if we wanted. This one, I'm really happy about. Its also really nice that it was the biggest one on the page. 

All in all the auction was a nice fun night out with my sister and my cousin Kelly. I wish I could put it into words how much fun I had that night. It was just a really nice change of pace i think. Plus, I didn't even notice that I was probably the youngest person there. So, I definitely had a fun time. 






Wednesday, October 7, 2015

September

Sorry, I've kinda dropped off the planet, but September was crazy busy for me. And sadly I took very limited pictures. However, it does make it easy to do a picture post to sum up my last month. This post will also include the first weekend of October. 

As you know, I spent the first weekend of September in the Windy City with my sister Rebecca. It was an amazing weekend. I miss her so much already and can't wait to see all my sisters together again. 

The 11th and 12th of September I spent my weekend with the Marines. We did a Lance Corporal Seminar all weekend. Which wasn't as nearly boring as I thought it was going to be. Most classes in the marines are death by powerpoint. I'm not saying the seminar was much better, but we at least didn't have to stare at a powerpoint all day. 


On September 17th, I ended up going out with my friends to Walnut Creek. I didn't take any pictures out. We went to Redux. It was alright. It wasn't the best night to be there. I did find out that my guy friend owns a Hollister sweater. Excuse my language in the picture. I tried Hookah, it felt like absolutely nothing except a waste of time. So, i don't foresee me ever going out to do it for fun. 


On the 24th on a Thursday we went out to Infusion. It was so much. And I ran into this amazing girl. I could not believe she was out too. We turned up way to much for a Thursday, but to do once in a while it was definitely worth it. We celebrated one of my friends birthday. We actually did that Thursday and Friday. It was a really good weekend. It was definitely worth it. The Picture on The right is how that night ended. Eating for the second time after the bar closed at Denny's. We had to have our bacon wrapped tacos right after the club closed. 


Friday Night we went out to The Park in Sac. It was so much fun. I always miss the park. I definitely missed it, but I probably won't be back any time soon. I was told we're going to try out the South Bay more. He went out again on Saturday. So, I would say he had a really good weekend. 


This past weekend it was time for me to go do my Marine Corps weekend again. I knew I was getting promoted, but I didn't think it would be this weekend. However, my promotion warrant ended up coming in on time. I had one of my friends come down to San Jose and promote. It was really nice of him to come since he was only there for like 10 mins and our friend that was supposed to come with him wasn't able to make it.