It’s been a while since I’ve posted, seven months to be exact. Well, I’m back. This summer was a summer of adventure vacations.
First trip was on my way home. I stopped off in New York with my trusty travel friend, Autum, to see her brother. I also have never been to NYC, so what better time than now. I was in NYC for a week. We stayed in the Hell’s Kitchen area. The hotel was nice but wow was it small. Now that I’m living in South Korea small is my new living theme. We did awesome touristy stuff like the hop on/hop off bus tours, museums, Central Park, shopping, broadway (Kinky Boots), rode the subway, and went to Time Square
Kinky Boots was amazing!
Cookie dough served like ice cream
Next up was home for a week for the Monkey’s Birthday.
The Birthday girl at her Monster’s Inc party.
Kennedy was telling her mom and I that she was coming to Costa Rica with me.
Hollywood and my BFF!
Next stop – Costa Rica. This trip was great because I was back with my gang from Egypt. The house we stayed in was straight up out of the Real World – super nice and huge. Had an amazing pool, outdoor area, and was literally in the jungle. We went zip lining for Autum’s birthday, explored a hidden beach, searched out waterfalls, relaxed by the pool and had some really great hang out time with friends.
A real life sloth!
Amazing views! This was the view from the top of zip lining.
Hidden beach – had to go at low tide so you could find it.
Fresh water waterfall! Amazing!
Straight from Costa Rica, Autum and I left to go to the Galapagos Islands. We went for seven days. We did three days of diving and three days of land/boat sightseeing. This trip is something that people wait their whole lives to go on. I’m just lucky enough to have done it when I was able to dive and to explore on land. The diving was amazing and so different than the Red Sea. I’ve been spoiled by the Red Sea for the past four years with it’s abundance of colorful coral and sea life. Where the Galapagos Islands lacked in colorful coral they made up for in sea life. We saw and dove right along with a huge manta ray, eagle rays, hammer head sharks, white tip sharks, black tip sharks, sea turtles, seal lions, and a penguin. Seeing these particular sea life in their own natural habitat was amazing! It’s almost hard to explain. At one point we were at the bottom of the dive site, hanging on to a few big rocks and just watching the sea life swim by. It was just like the scene in Finding Nemo. The huge manta ray we saw was bigger than the boat we were on and the hammerheads were so cool to just watch swimming around. In addition to the sea life it was a good experience to dive in different water conditions. The water was really rough the last day we went out and the current was a little more than moderate. At a certain point we just rode the current and it literally swept us away. The water was freezing though. July in the Galapagos is not the warmest to my surprise. I’ve also been spoiled by the Red Sea and how warm the water gets there. I usually dive without a wet suit. Not the case in the Galapagos. I had a 7 mm wet suit on. It was also windy once you got out of the water and into the boat. The first day was cold, the second dive day was freezing and the last dive day was chilly. The land/boat excursions were just as awesome. The Galapagos have a wide range of animals that are only native to their islands – how cool is that? The scenery was beautiful and the people were very friendly.
What a view!
Blue footed boobies – that’s really their names 🙂
Day 1 dive trip
Land excursion of the other smaller islands.
Day 2 dive trip
Charles Darwin center – very educational.
After the Galapagos Islands I headed home to spend time with family and friends before I left for Jeju. It was a great summer I got to spend time with my family, I found out that my nephew will be here in December, got to hang out with my BFF and the girls, and had a girls weekend with great friends.
Family trip to the Dells
Wisconsin Dells with Hollywood
iFly with the Monkey. She loved it until she went up high. See that pink bow – she lost it in the wind tunnel 🙂
Wrigley Field Tour
Wrigley Field Tour with these two. Ate dinner at The Park and bought some Cubs gear.
Picked up something for my nephew who will be here in December! Birthday month buddies 🙂
5K Mud Run with the Monkey – she set a great pace.
No fear here – she wouldn’t let me help her of course because she’s a badass!
St. Louis with my ride or die girls! Every summer we have our own weekend and it’s as if no time has passed at all. These are the best kind of friends.
Budweiser brewery tour
Co-Authored a book and was published this summer.
Watched these two crazies for a weekend. Tried to make slim = failed. Check out those ponytails though 🙂
Did some chores….
I apparently lost my mind and thought Target was a good idea. We survived. I got Starbucks and they got a water bottle and a lego figure.
Superhero day at SkyZone with Spiderman and BatGirl.
Pool party at Uncle Tom and Aunt Wendy’s. They basically got to do whatever they wanted and get whatever they wanted. Kids..
And passed out in the car- success.
I didn’t have to be to Jeju until October but I decided to go early to check things out. On my way to Jeju I made two stops to see friends. First stop was Kazakhstan to see Autum. I didn’t do much in Kaz just relaxed and it was amazing. Second stop was Vietnam to see my Peg 🙂 Vietnam in a word was amazing! We hung around where Peg lived and just chilled which was totally needed. She went to school during the day and I wandered around. I got five massages in the seven days I was there. The food there is so good – like my pants were tight when I left good. I got some clothes custom made for me. That is something that I thought I would never do. I was like I’ll just buy them at the store. Well, Peg took me to a little shop she found and where she had a cute dress made. It was all downhill from there. I walked away with two dresses, one pair of dress pants, two pairs of capris, and five shirts. Everything fits perfect like a glove. I tried stuff on and if it didn’t fit they altered it. There was a dress I loved and they didn’t have my size so they made one from scratch for me. They took my measurements, I came back in two days for a fitting and then two days later I had a custom made dress – so amazing. One shirt I even got to pick out the color and material – what! I’m currently compiling a list of more clothes to buy for when I go back. I will definitely be back Vietnam – so much to see.
I’m in Jeju now and once school starts I’ll update again!
Later skaters –