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Month: June 2016

#TBT: The Lost Girl turned Web Designer

So I’d been scratching my head all day trying to figure out what to do for #TBT. And then I started thinking about a summer 7 years ago that ended up defining what I would choose for a career.

It was 2009 and I was merely 13 years old and had just finished 7th grade (which is second year middle school here in NoVa). I’d had a tough year. The friends that I thought were there to stay were moving on. A boy I had crush on, whom I thought was my friend, had lied to me in order to get me off his back. And with an incompetent mother, my teenage years were hitting me like a ton of bricks and there was no one (I thought) to ease the pain.

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Night in the Music City

So I’m finally back in good ol’ Virginia. It’s so great to be home with my dogs again. Our final stop for our vacation was Nashville, TN. So I’ll go ahead and talk about my brief stay there.

We arrived in the middle of the day. It was really hot and stuff and I didn’t feel like being out in the sweltering heat for more than a few minutes. We stayed at the Hilton which was pretty grand. And we were right in the middle of the action.

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Postcards from Far Away…

Song of the Moment: Postcards from Far Away by Coldplay

So I chose this particular song as a the tile for this post because this song has been on my mind since right before I left to go on vacation. It’s not one of their well known songs and it doesn’t have any lyrics. It’s basically just a piano rift. But it’s sort of a thought provoking song. And the title obviously hints at travel.

So I recent did a stint working for the post office. I would still be there if it weren’t for the fact that my car was sustaining hundreds of dollars worth of damage while I delivered mail. Anyway, while I was there, I saw postcards from foreign lands. I was pretty fascinated because of my lack time spent abroad. But the lady who trained me told me about how she used to send herself postcards while she was on vacation to see if they would beat her home. And that gave me an idea.

Postcards are obviously inexpensive souvenirs and require nothing more than a simple postage stamp to be put through the mail. So during my brief stay in Savannah, I decided to get nothing more than postcard as a token of my stay there. And today, I just sent home one from here in Apalachicola.

And then another thought occurred to me. I just turned 20, which is the start of one of the craziest decades in my life. And as someone who hopes to do plenty of traveling in her 20s, I got the idea of collecting postcards from the places that I visit and making a collage, finishing by the time my 30th birthday rolls around.

I haven’t done a lot of traveling in my life. The only time I’ve been out of the U.S is to go to Canada. And the Gulf of Mexico is the only other major body of water that I’ve been in besides the Atlantic. So I’m feeling pretty ambitious about setting fourth into new territory in the next 10 years.

My good friend Kayla and I are hoping to see a little bit of Europe together after college. But with my school being where it is, I’m also in a good position to easily drive to points westward. And of course a trip to the Pacific is a must.

Day 2/3: Apalachicola,FL

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So I’ve been pretty busy enjoying my time here in Florida. So I might not update as often as I would like. But I’ll go ahead and talk about my first two days here.

Day 2

So this day started a little earlier than I expected. I woke up at around 5:30 am after hearing some rustling in my bags. I was instantly freaked because I was afraid I was sharing space with a rat or mouse or some other rodent. I was about ready to tear my room apart to see if I can find a hole where my so-called roommate was staying. But since it was early in the morning, I decided to pick my bags up off the floor and deal with it later.

It hadn’t really occurred to me that I’m in Florida, home of gators and other reptiles. So it surprised me that when I did wake up, my step-brother informed that were not sharing space with a mouse or a rat but with a lizard. I was pretty relieved. I know some people would probably be like “oh it’s a pest so that doesn’t make me feel better” but I would much rather be sharing space with a lizard than something in the rodent family.

Lizards aside, we pretty much spent the day exploring our surroundings. Starting with the beach that we were across the street from.

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We aren’t directly on the Gulf of Mexico but we are on a sound which makes for calmer water. We were able to find a bunch of different things including sea glass.

Later we did actually see the Gulf. This would be my first time touching a major body of water besides the Atlantic. So I was really happy to finally set foot on a different body water that’s far away from my home in Virginia.

Afterwards, we went back into the town of Apalachicola and got some dinner.

I was really surprised when I arrived here. I was afraid that we would be out in the middle no where and that I would feel isolated without a major town or some sort of civilization nearby. Luckily, Apalachicola has its fair share of comforts like fast food, hospitals, etc. but it still has the beach town charm.

Day 3

We went fishing.

At first, I wasn’t really looking forward to it but I ended up having a great time and I caught a ton of fish (including sharks and eels). And I just loved the scenery and breeze.

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I feel like I got see the Florida that everyone talks about (palm trees, white sand, blue water).

After we got off the boat, we got lunch and headed home. We were all a little tired from having to wake up early and then the boat trip was a little rough (I’m having trouble not falling asleep right now).

But Florida is definitely what I’ve expected and I’m really glad I get to enjoy it.

Day 1: Savannah

So I’ve just arrived in the panhandle of Florida. But since 24 hours ago, I was in Savannah, I’ll go ahead and talk about my brief stay and my experience.

So we arrived yesterday afternoon after 8 hours of driving through both sun and storms. Needless to say, our entrance was pretty grand.

Before Savannah, I had never stepped foot in Georgia before so I was excited to finally add it to the east coast states that I’ve been to.

First impression: hot. When I first got out of the car, I felt like I was stepping into a sauna. My phone told me the temperature was 97° but factor in the heat index and the temperature was around 111°.

But our hotel was right in the middle of the historic district so we were within walking distance of all the action.

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View outside our hotel room

As soon as we were mostly settled, I headed out to do a little exploration. I ran across the road to a park-ish area that I had seen on the way in and saw a snippet of what was to come.

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A sign explaining some of the Civil War history that occurred in the city

Unfortunately the storms hit soon after so I was forced back into the hotel room, at least until my family and I got hungry and decided to brave the rain.

We headed down to River Street in order to find a decent place to eat. But we were a little confused on how to get there or what we should be looking for.

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But we were pleasantly surprised at what the dark alleyways lead to.

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View from River Street

It was really cool. The fact that there were cobblestones and bricks made me feel like I was in Europe. I had seen city streets like this in movies but I never thought I would see anything like it in real life. Seeing this view made me excited to be in Savannah.

Anyway, after a delicious dinner, we were able to walk back to our hotel, but not before snapping a picture of one of the numerous fountains that are found in the city.

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Fountain and sign detailing a piece of history.

The next day, we were set to see more of the city via trolley. And my love for Savannah grew.

I was sad that we couldn’t stay the entire day or even the rest of the weekend. But as far as stopovers go, this one was really worth 8 hours of travel. And I’m glad that we were able to see at least some of the city. And of course I couldn’t leave without asking my stepmom to take my picture.

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But I will definitely go back at some point. And if you haven’t been to Savannah, you’re missing out.