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My Trip to Boston

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It was five thirty in the morning when I woke up. Ben turns over next to me and says that we need to get out of bed. I mumbled into my pillow and closed my eyes again. Five forty-five, I finally stumble out of bed and throw clothes on. I run to the bathroom down the hall and put on my face and contacts. I get back to the room and see that Ben’s still in his pajamas. As he’s getting dressed, I put my stuff together. My school work, sweatpants, and hoodie in my book bag, as well as two umbrellas. The weather channel said it was supposed to rain. I make sure my bus ticket is in my purse as I put my scarf on. Ben puts his coat on and we leave.

We make it to the bus at six fifteen in the morning. I haven’t been up this early in, it seems forever. We sit next to our friends and sign in with two girls that were a part of the trip. The bus starts to slowly roll away from campus and the picks up speed on the highway. I look forward to a four hour ride from Plattsburgh, NY to Boston, MA. Half the ride I spend sleeping, the other half I spend killing the battery on my iPod, listening to music and playing video games. It’s not until four hours have gone and we stop at a rest stop, that we realize the bus driver has taken the long way. So instead of four hours on the bus, it’s around five and half/six hours long.

We finally arrive at Boston around one in the afternoon. The girls behind the trip tell us to be back here at a quarter to ten. We decide to walk around the market square and check out the stores. American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, and H&M are just some of the stores we went to. We also went to a bunch of small shops that sold records, books, hats, fishing gear, and military clothing. We stopped at Starbucks and I got my delicious latte then a 7Eleven for the guys to buy their slurpees.

We stop at this restaurant called Dick’s Last Resort. It’s known for their service to be “dicks”. The waiter was supposedly funny rude to us all. Each of us got a paper hat that they wrote mean things on. Mine said, “I’m just like every other soulless ginger, just fun size!” I ordered a half rack of ribs. Just going to say, delicious. The fries were the perfect amount of crispiness. YUM.

After lunch, we walked through the city, looking for Prudential Center. Let me just say, this mall is one the of the most fancy malls I’ve ever been to. As well as on of the most expensive. We ate Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at the food court, as well as dinner. Best quesadilla I had in a long time.

I bought a pair of shorts at American Eagle and two books at Barnes and Noble, “Bittersweet” by Sarah Ockler and “Suite Scarlett” by Maureen Johnson. I can’t wait to read them! They are definitely being added to my Novel List.

After the mall, we walked back to the general area where the bus would be. It was only eight at night. We decided to stop by the bay. It was beautiful. The sailboats looked like so much fun.

On the bus ride back home, I slept through it all. I guess I didn’t need to bring my notebooks to do work. I slept both ways on the bus instead. Let me just say that Boston is nothing compared to New York City, however, it’s one of the cleanest cities I’ve ever been too. What I did like was how the air didn’t taste like pollution like NYC does. The sky was so clear at night, I was able to see stars. Who can do that? See stars in a city? I loved it. I also loved the architecture, it was so beautiful and old.

Ben and I are definitely coming back next year. :)

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The Odyssey Trip

The last week of August was EXHAUSTING but so much FUN! I went on this freshman orientation thing that SUNY Plattsburgh provides. It involves, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and a high ropes course, while spending the nights at the camping grounds called Twin Valleys.

The first day my group and I hiked the mountain called Noonmark, which is around 3.2 miles, and 900 feet in elevation. The view was absolutely amazing atop the summit. It almost made me regret not taking my camera or cell phone. It was killer on the legs all the way up, but so worth it once we made it to the top. I felt very accomplished.

Tuesday, we went on a high ropes course near Adirondack Community College. It was a lot of fun and very challenging. This one time I had to climb a thirty-foot tree and walk across a twenty-foot log. Of course, I was harnessed with ropes and the works, but it was so heart-wrenching at times. I just remember my heart pounding and that it was almost over. My favorite part was the zip line. I climbed another thrity-foot tree then attached myself to the line and zipped across the open field. It was pretty fun and surprisingly relaxing.

Wednesday, my group hiked twenty-five minutes to the top of Owl’s Head, where we went rock climbing. It was exhilarating! I climbed a real rock! It was only thirty to forty feet, but still! It was so much fun! I never felt as accomplished in my life!

Thursday, we hiked one of the steepest mountains in the Adirondacks called, Hurricane. It was only 2.3 miles, however had an elevation of almost 2,000 feet. And of course, that was the day where it rained and was super windy. So we didn’t stay atop the summit for too long. Plus, you couldn’t even see the view due to all the fog.

Finally, the last day came. We kayaked 9 miles around Lake Champlain. It was exhausting but so much fun. My shoulder blades had never ached so much in my life! The water can be very relaxing though, when you’re not thinking about the aching pains in your arms.

There was this challenge where you couldn’t shower for the whole week. I don’t know yet if I’m ashamed or proud to say that I did accomplish this challenge. However, when I got back that Saturday morning, I took one of the best showers of my life!

All in all, I’d say that it was an amazing experience. I can’t believe I did it considering I’m one of the most laziest people I know. I am very proud of myself and would I do it again? Probably not everything. Maybe just the high ropes course and the rock climbing. Now that was awesome! It was also a great bonding experience with making new friends before college even started. I am glad I went through what I did, because the people that I met there made it all worth-while.

LBI – My Annual Vacation Destination.

 

Ahh, the ocean. Don’t you just love it? The sweet salty scent in the air. The humidity all around you, while the hot sun beats down your back. You wake up early and eat a crappy cereal for breakfast. Then head down to the beach, where you lay out your towel and umbrella. Your shoulders turn as red as a lobster as you read a romance novel on the beach.

Soon your stomach rumbles again, asking for lunch. You walk back up to the hotel’s pool bar and order yourself a nice panini and Piña Colada. Once you finish, you head back to the beach, continuing to read your clichéd novel.

After a while, you take a nap, letting the sound of the waves’ beats lull you away. An hour or so passes and you wake up feeling like you’re going to die of a heat stroke. You jump into the cool, refreshing water, the salty sea sprays into your face as you dive under a gigantic wave. You spend the rest of the afternoon in the ocean, jumping waves and boogie boarding.

As the sun sets, it’s time to get out. You head back to your hotel room and jump in the shower, washing off all the sea salt and sand from your tan body. You check yourself out in the mirror to see what got tan, what got red, and what is still as white as milk. Then get dressed and head out for dinner. After ordering an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert, you pay the bill with your stomach well-fed. As you walk back from the restaurant to your hotel room, you gaze at the stars above.

Finally you reach your bed and dress into pajamas. You watch television for a little bit until you feel your eyelids start to droop. You turn the television off along with the nightstand lamp and try to get comfortable in your hotel bed that you’ve been in every summer since a child. The feeling of swaying back and forth from being in the ocean all day drifts you off into a peaceful slumber.

Now that’s what I call a perfect day at the beach. Don’t you just love it? I do and I look forward to next year’s four-day vacation again.

 

 

My Six-Day Cruise: Key West, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.

So, it started out early to catch the plane. It was on a Sunday at 5 o’clock in the morning I had to wake up. Crazy! When we finally got to Ft. Lauderdale, FL we had to wait in even more lines to just get onto the ship. The ship was huge, Carnival Freedom. When we finally saw our room, it was three in the afternoon. I was starving! Considering all I had was coffee at the airport at six in the morning. Like I said before, crazy! Then we explored the ship. It had three salt water pools, four hot tubs, a water slide (it went faster if you were on your stomach), a spa, a gym, a casino, a piano bar (where I spent most of my nights with my mum), and much, much more. It was great!

The second day we spent at the Key West Islands, the last place in the U.S. before we were in continental waters. We went snuba along a reef. Snuba is like scuba diving and snorkeling put together. I’ll tell you right now, I cannot breath under water. I felt as if I was hyperventilating. No matter how much I tried to control my breathing, I just kept gasping rapidly. We saw a bunch of fish and my younger brother saw lobsters. I touched some plant-thing (I don’t know what it was called, haha) and also a pretty shell that had an animal in it. Tuesday was a day at sea.

Wednesday we went to the Cayman Islands where we… Wait for it… SWAM WITH DOLPHINS AND STINGRAYS!!! It was soooo cool! The best day of my life! The dolphin my family swam with was called Pepe. He was 13 years old. I rode on his back and held him and also kissed him. He also stuck his tongue out at me. It was great. After that we went swimming with the stingrays. I was scared at first, because I didn’t want to get shocked by their tails, but they’re actually very genuine and gentle creatures. I actually kissed it too! Supposedly, it’s seven years good luck if you kiss a stingray.

Thursday we were in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. There I climbed the Dunns River Falls. It was beautiful and fun too. Then we went to a Jamaican beach party. I’ll tell you right now, their rum and beer was disgusting, haha. Their music was good and the water was nice and calm.

Friday was another day at sea.

Then Saturday came. The day to say goodbye. They wanted us off the ship by 8 o’clock in the morning and our flight wasn’t until noon. Luckily I brought my notebook so I was able to write to waste the time. I got really tan, which is always good. And I hope to go again soon, maybe this time in Europe. Though I hear those cruises are like three weeks long.

I still feel the rocking of the sea if I stay still for a moment in a quite room and close my eyes. It’s peaceful, I love this feeling. You know, you spend the whole day swimming in the ocean and that night when you go to bed, you feel as if you’re being rocked to sleep. Love it.

Well, maybe I’ll have pictures up soon. I hope you all had a great fourth of July for those who celebrate.

My Trip To New York City.

From Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon I spent my time shopping with my mum, literally, until we dropped. That is in our Renaissance’s hotel beds. Our hotel was right in Time Square underneath the Olive Garden. The Renaissance hotel is owned by the Marriott. It was nothing like any Marriott I’ve ever been too.

Immaculate, modern, sophisticated, mood-lit lighting are just some words that can describe this hotel. Twenty-six floors, I was on the eighteenth. And surprisingly, I was able to fall asleep at night, barely heard any noise from outside. But that might be because, one) I was exhausted from walking and shopping all day or tw0) we were so high up the noise was muffled. Either was, I slept like a baby, most of the time.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycrt-renaissance-new-york-times-square-hotel/

The day started out with my mum and I driving down to the city and looking for our hotel. Let me tell you, now that part of Time Square is for only pedestrians, (you can’t drive in it) it is harder to travel by car around the city, or at least in this general area. Once we parked the car in front of the hotel and checked in, a man parked our car. We the set out to have a taxi drive us to Soho.

On West Broadway in Soho, we were dropped off and walked into this adorably quaint little place called The Cupping Room Cafe`.

http://www.cuppingroomcafe.com/zgrid/proc/site/sitep.jsp

They serve all day, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It was basically a bar, restaurant, and bakery in one. Delicious, delicious, delicious. I had a feta and tomato omelet with home fries and two glasses of chocolate milk. My mother had French Toast with berries and Vermont syrup, an over-easy egg, and crispy bacon. Of course, I stole some of her bacon, and of course it was amazingly mouth-watering. (For those of you on a diet, I repetitively apologize for you having to hear this delicious meal. But just wait until dinner.) The omelet was soooo freaking huge, it took up three-quarters of my plate, that I wasn’t hungry until dinner time.

After breakfast at the wonderful Cupping Room Cafe`, we walked around Soho in search of cutesie little shops. We went into this very expensive bag store. I saw a cute bag for $900.00. I was like, “No thank you.” and walked out.

Next we went into an art gallery. It was so adorable and gorgeous. They were painting and sculptures of The Peanuts, Dr. Seuss, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Where The Wild Things Are, Marvel Comics, Alice in Wonderland, and Coraline. Everything was over $1,000.00 so we just looked then left like the last store.

Next we went into this, again, very expensive clothing store. They said everything was handmade. I saw there was a downstairs and saw all the fabrics and sewing machines. Very original and unique. You just have to be Melania Trump to afford anything.

After that we walked into the store that was next to the last one called, Mango.

http://shop.mango.com/home.faces?state=she_400_US

They had very cute girly clothes, along with mens suits. The franchise itself was going out of business so everything was 80% off. Now, this, this was my kind of store. $40.00 skirt, $30.00 blouse, very affordable. My mum got some stuff from them too.

Next we went to Bebe, because they were close by. I felt so rich when I walked in, that was until we were at the register. There was this wonderful man named Eric (I remembered his name) who helped my shop. I felt like every wall, every feature, every rack I looked at I took at least one or two things I liked off of it. And Eric was there all the time to grab the stuff I wanted so I didn’t have to hold it while I shopped. He said he was “holding a room” for me. How sweet.

By the time I was finished looking throughout the whole store, I went into the dressing rooms and he was like, “Ohhh, Angel, you’re in trouble.” I think it was because he had like twenty-somthing plus things that he was holding for me. By the time I was finished trying everything on, and after many indecisive minutes of choosing, I only bought three things. A gorgeous dress, and a bright yellow sports bra with matching gray sweat pants. Boyy, did I look cute! :3

http://www.bebe.com/

After Bebe, we went into H&M. Now there are like twelve different H&M‘s, but the one I went into was sooo cool! The entrance has like flashing lights, the fitting room was painted black, with cool painted animated pictures on the ceiling. However, the store was over-crowded, which resulted in long lines for the fitting room and long lines for the register. Though, everyone who worked there was very nice. I ended up buying like six things.

http://www.hm.com/us/#/startns/

After that we were exhausted and pooped. So we took a taxi back to Time Square and out of Soho, to our hotel. Before that, though we stopped at Starbucks to regenerate ourselves. I had a very much needed tall iced carmel latte with whipped cream. My usual drink from Starbucks. The best ever!

http://www.starbucks.com/

We crashed on the bed and watched TV until 8:30 p.m. We had a dinner reservation then, but it wasn’t a long wait, we got back at the hotel around 7 o’clock. We had shopped from 12 o’clock until 7 o’clock. Now that’s crazy. I haven’t shopped that long since… since ever. I’ve never shopped that long. Wow, my legs are still achey from that. And this all happened on Wednesday!

We ate dinner at an authentic BBQ restaurant called Virgil’s.

http://www.virgilsbbq.com/

I had root beer and Pork ribs with their homemade BBQ sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, and corn bread. They smoked the ribs so much that you could taste the smoke, which unfortunately, I didn’t like. I felt like I was eating smoke. However, that’s how real BBQ is made, it’s a shame I don’t like real BBQ. The sauce was un-freaking-believeable, though! So good! My mum had a Corona with pulled Pork and roasted chicken, with mac & cheese, cole slaw, and corn bread. She liked the pulled Pork better than the chicken for the same reason of smoke.

We were, however, stuffed at the end of our meal, so we could not have dessert. It did sound good though. My mum was tempted to eat their Devil Dogs.

After that we walked to my favorite store, Forever 21 in Time Square. Let me just say, I was in heaven.

http://www.forever21.com/

I walked into a big square room with tall walls and a high ceiling. In the middle of all the clothes and registers, there are escalators. I went down to the second floor, all Forever 21 clothes. A big square, with little squares in each corner. Every place filled with clothes. Each floor had like four dressing rooms and ten registers.

Then I went to the third floor, all mens and kids clothes. (21 Men and Heritage 1981.) There was a photo booth on that floor and I decided to take a picture with my mum. The first one was of us smiling, the second was of us sticking our tongues out, the third was of me kissing my mum’s cheek, and the fourth was of my mum kissing mine. It was cute and silly. Lots of fun.

After that we went to the fourth floor, the last floor. After I shopped all four floors, I had like twenty-something plus (like Bebe) and tried them all on. I ended up buying around ten things. Unfortunately, I forgot to use my $20.00 and $25.00 gift cards there. But, hey, there’s always next time.

Once we were done with Forever 21, we walked back to the hotel which was not even fifty feet away. The. Best.

We decided to have dessert. All that shopping helped us digest our BBQ. In the hotel, there was a lounge. I had onion soup and chocolate milk instead of the usual pastry. My mum had lemon oil and olive hummus on white toast. Yummy.

We were right above Time Square. I took this picture with my cellphone, so a little blurry, but still cool.

And yes, I realize it’s side-ways. Do yourself a favor, and turn your heads slightly to the left. It’s not that bad. You can’t be that lazy.

After that, we went back up to our rooms and crashed for the night. I slept like a baby, that is until I woke up at four in the morning. There was this very drunk, very wasted, very loud man in our hallway singing and talking to a whispering girl. My mum ended up calling the front desk because they wouldn’t stop and we couldn’t sleep. After like a minute, we heard the elevator ding (our room was right outside from the elevator) and the drunk guy scream, “A cop. F**k!”

It was so funny! :D I’m laughing now thinking about it.

The next morning we ordered room service for breakfast. I had oatmeal with berries and chocolate milk. My mum had eggs, oatmeal, toast, and cups and cups of coffee. After that we checked out late, around one in the afternoon. The hotel held our bags and car for an hour while we did a quick ‘errand’ to Build-A-Bear Workshop on 5th Avenue and 46th Street.

http://www.buildabear.com/

I got a new bear to not replace my old one, just to have a new one. His name is Dylan Junior, DJ for short. Here is what he looks like:

And, yes, you must turn your head again. :P

Isn’t he just adorable! He’s so fluffy and soft and I can’t wait to sleep with him! :D

After that we went back to the hotel and got our luggage and car. Then we drove to my grandparent’s house, slept over for the night, and came home this afternoon. I am still exhausted from this very fun trip! I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you mum, and thank you dad for letting us use your points for the free hotel! (:

Best vacation in a long time!