Denver

Denver is definitely an outdoor city. They have skiing, kayaking, rafting, biking and hiking trails, mountain climbing, and so much more.  Denver is beautiful, the whole state of Colorado is gorgeous. I loved seeing the mountains in the distance as well as the Denver skyline. Of course, there is more to Denver than the scenery and outdoor activities. They have many museums, breweries, and professional sports teams.  I had the opportunity to see Denver while visiting my friend Heather. She let me stay with her for a couple of days and not only  showed me around Denver but outside of the city too. It was an amazing experience.

Day 1

I got there around 2:00 PM. The first thing we did, was eat a late lunch at City O’ City. It’s a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free restaurant and it damn delicious. We ordered the seitan buffalo wings and BBQ wings for an appetizers. For an entree we shared a BBQ bowl with seitan, vegan mac&cheese, kale, and coleslaw. Along with bloody Mary’s. After lunch we walked to the People’s Fair located in the Civic Center Park. The fair had free entrance and had booths sealing jeweler and clothing. We didn’t stay long but I had a nice time seeing the booths and the park. The park has a good view of the capital and fountain in the middle.

After the fair we went back to Heather’s place and got ready to enjoy Denver night life. First place we went to was a brewery called the Great Divide. We both ordered a Strawberry Rhubarb sat outside and enjoyed the nice summer weather. The weather was nice in cool at night. The beer was delicious and I liked their yeti theme. The brewery closed early and we headed to Finn’s Manor Bar. The bar had a diverse array of food trucks, cocktails, and craft beer. The bar gave me an Austin feel with the open patio and food trucks. They had many areas we could order drinks. We ordered cocktails and a frozen rose’. We bar hopped for bit but another bar the stood out was Matchbox bar. The bar also had a huge patio with wall murals and bar games. After all the bar hopping we got late night pizza and walked home.

Day 2

This was outdoor activity day. We drove an hour and half to the Incline near Colorado Springs. The whole drive was beautiful. Colorado landscape is full green/white mountains as well as red rocks. The drive was not boring at all. We even stopped to take pictures by the Air Force area. We got to the inline in good time and noticed it’s beauty. The incline had a $10 dollar parking charge, which is to keep the incline beautiful. However, it was way out of our hiking range. As soon as we got there it had these stairs to hike to the top of the mountain. We tried to see how far we could get but we didn’t make it far. These led us to Garden of the Gods. This was a free park with beautiful red rocks. Heather and I walked around and took in the scenery. Pictures were a must as well. We stay for about 30 mins. grabbed a bite to eat while we hydrated. FYI the whole time we hydrated, we had plenty of water in the car. When we got back to Denver we ate at a restaurant called the Jerusalem Place. I ordered the vegetarian plate. This place has good prices, great good, and stays open late. I was really tired when we go back to Heather’s, I only had a couple of sips of wine and fell asleep.

Day 3

We had a chance to have a picnic at Bear Creek Lake Park. I got the crunchy roll sushi at trader Joe’s and Heather got a spring roll.  The lake was perfect it had sand and a nice view of the Lakewood mountains. The weather was really windy that day, so we didn’t get into the lake. Instead, we put down towels on the sand had a picnic, talked, and people watched. I was surprise there was some people swimming in the lake because it was a cold day. however, the wind did get really crazy and it started raining, everyone left including us. I had been wanting to see the Red Rock Amphitheater and we drove by since we were near. The rain had stopped for a bit and I had chance to take pictures of the beautiful, phenomenal venue. A bucket list thing, is to see a concert there. It’s on my list for sure.

For the night, we decided to grab dinner at sliceworks and have a beer at Denver Beer Company. The beer we both got was called the Princess Yum Yum. It was a raspberry beer. It was tasty, it wasn’t to strong and was an easy beer to drink. The brewery was nice it had a front patio where people can bring there dogs. We sat inside but the doors were open to the outside. It was weather I could get use to.  To end the night we saw Wonder Women. It’s a movie I recommend, by the way.

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Day 4

Day 4 was when I had my flight back to Austin. This day was just catching up with Heather and driving by the Denver skyline and Broncos Stadium.

My trip was a really good experience. I really liked Denver, its probably one of my favorite cities so far. Colorado is just beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. The weather is also nice in the summer, we drove with the windows down and Heather’s apartment also had the windows down. Something you don’t really do in Texas. Also, just being able to hang out with Heather and having a girls time made it a memorable experience. Trips are always more fun with friends.

Regrets in life

One of the main questions, friends and family might ask you, are what regrets do you have in life? To be honest, it really is a difficult question. It’s difficult to look back and remember what you regret in life. It’s a horrible feeling to think and feel that regret. It might make you feel stupid or embarrassed. At least for me anyways. I think the regrets I have in life are things I didn’t do, then things I did do.

One of the biggest regrets I have is I had a chance to study abroad in Spain when I was in undergrad and I didn’t take the opportunity. It was a couple reasons I didn’t go, mostly money. But when I look back, I could of made it happen. I could of used financial aid and I had some money saved up. Also, close friends of mine were going and it would of been a learning opportunity for me. If I would of gone to Spain, I wouldn’t of had that regret. Of course, I do have other regrets like not keeping in contact with a close friend or applying to that job. I guess that is one of the reasons regrets exists is to help us not make them in the future. Basically learning from a mistake. Not going to Spain or applying to a job have help me travel more and apply for more jobs. I even visit and talk to close friends more.

My main reason for this blog is to remind y’all and myself that when you have an opportunity to do something that will be beneficial, then do it.  Go on the cruise to Alaska, apply for that dream job, move to that big city, and keep in contact with that close friend. If not, you might look back and regret it. Life is to short to not do the things that can make you happy.

 

Boston Memories

It’s been awhile since I went to Boston, March of 2011. I was still a college student that had spring breaks. I knew that year I wanted to do something for spring break because it was going to be my last one. I asked my high-school friend, Andrea if I could visit her in Boston. She had lived there awhile and I knew she could show me a local view of the city. Yes, I also did touristy things. In Boston I had some first experiences, enjoyed touristy things, and got to catch up with old friends in Boston.

First Experiences

Boston was the first place I rose a subway, they call it the T. Texas doesn’t have them and it was interesting for me to experience. I liked that we didn’t have to worry about parking. For dinner one night, we had to take two different subways and a bus to get to a restaurant. That what something I wasn’t use to because in Texas we just use cars to get somewhere. I even kept my subway ticket as a  souvenir. I do hope that Texas can get better public transportation similar to Boston.

Boston was the First East Coast city, I visited. I fell in love with the buildings because they were older and had more character. There was a more of story to Boston, then any of the other cities I had visited before. Boston opened more travel opportunities for me. After that I was not scared to travel alone.

Tourist things

  • Harvard

Andrea was able to take me to Harvard. I noticed a lot tourists like myself at the university. I can’t imagine how the students and employees feel. It’s probably something they are use to. I thought Harvard was beautiful with so much history. I loved the buildings and outside scenery.

  • Little Italy

When my friend Andrea was at work, I was able met with another old friend, Andrew. He was able to show me his favorite restaurant and bakery in Little Italy. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the names of these wonderful places. What I do recommend is visiting Little Italy in Boston. I had an amazing experience and delicious food. What I also remember was sitting by a window at the restaurant eating chicken parmigiana and catching up with an old friend. After, our meal we got tiramisu.

  • Boston Commons

We took the tiramisu and ourselves to the Boston Commons. It’s a central public park in downtown Boston. We found a bench, sat down, talked and enjoyed the tiramisu. I was able to enjoy a nice view of Downtown Boston. After this experience, I appreciated parks more. After, the park we bar hopped downtown.

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Spending a couple days in Boston was a great experience for me. I was able to catch up with old friends and get local views of the city. I really do hope to visit Boston again, maybe a 4th of July trip.

The Traveler

Close friends of mine, say I am “The Traveler”. They usually ask me how I can afford to travel and how can I go by myself.  I can afford to travel because I make it a priority. I feel experience is worth more than material things. I rather buy a plane ticket to Peru than clothes or home decor. I travel by myself sometimes, because its difficult to accommodate to other people’s schedules. When you’re in your late 20’s The majority of your friends work full time, have second jobs, have kids, or they’re just to busy to travel. Of course, when I can travel with friends I go with them.

Whenever I am in a bad mood, I think about traveling. Then my mood changes and I can’t stop smiling. Traveling helps me get through life or more like it helps me live life. It keeps me going and keeps me sane. Traveling makes me feel like I am doing something with my life. By experiencing different cultures, meeting new people, and learning new things. I love being able to look back at my traveling pictures and reminisce. My office, even has postcards of different places. It motivates me.

I don’t know if I consider myself “The Traveler” like my friends do. Mainly because I still haven’t been to a lot countries. I haven’t even visited all the major cities in the United States. What I do know is that I like to travel and want to continue. Whether it’s visiting a Texas city, a different state, or a different country. And I feel like that makes me a Traveler.

Future Trips

I’m always looking for my next trip. Whether it’s a Texas trip, an out of state trip, or a an international trip. Planning these trips gets me get motivated through my work weeks and makes me happy. Here is my list of trips that I have planned. Some have already been set up and others I’m still working on.

  • Denver Colorado: I will be going to Denver in the beginning of June. This trip is set, I bought my plane ticket and asked the days off from work. I will be visiting a good friend of mine and she wants to show me beautiful nature places. I can’t wait to see the green and the beauty and spend time with a close friend.
  • Seattle Washington: I’m planning to visit Seattle in October. It’s for my birthday. I have only driven by Seattle and this time I want to experience the city. I want to see more of the green and mountains, have brunch on the space needle with a view, and walk around Pikes Place. I also want to see the first Starbucks Coffee. I am aware the weather might not be that great but this helps me get the true experience.  The plane ticket and stay haven’t been set up yet. I planing on buying the plane ticket the beginning of next month. For the say, I might stay at Airbnb with some close friends.
  • The Greek Islands: is for Summer 2018. This trip has also not been set up yet, I’m planning on going with a tour group and two close friends. Greece has been a dream place for me, since The Sisterhood and the Traveling Pants movie. I want to experience a sunset on Santorini and go wine tasting on the high cliffs. Wine with a view, what more could I ask for? I really want this trip to become a reality, I want to experience the culture and see those beautiful views. I am hoping to sign up with the tour group this month.

 

Brunch in Austin TX

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Combing both breakfast and lunch, is one of the greatest inventions ever made. For me brunch is more than just food. It’s a time where I can get together with friends. We will meet up on a Saturday or Sunday early afternoon and just sip our mimosas or bloody Mary’s and just talk. To be honest, I don’t know what can beat that. This helps me relive my stress and be around great supported people. There is times, I do brunch alone to have quality time with myself. A very calming and relaxing feeling. Since, I have a love for brunch I wanted to name 3 of my favorites in Austin.

  1. Counter Cafe: Is an American Diner that servers fresh, local and organic food. It was established in 2006 and has two locations in Austin on N Lamar blvd and East 6th street. They serve brunch Monday thru Sunday till 4:30 PM. They have delicious scrambled eggs and are probably the best I have ever had.
  2. East Side Cafe: This restaurant opened in 1988 and it was the first restaurant to open on the street, manor road. The restaurant servers herbs and vegetables from their own garden. They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  3. Little Barrel and Brown: serves American cuisine and opened in December 2013. They serve brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. They also have delicious scrambled eggs and they serve their drinks in a mason jar. It’s located on Annie and South congress in Austin.

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Brunch is more amazing when you have a good place. The places above are great places to go to whenever your in Austin Texas, when you want some eggs and bacon with mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Whether your with friends, a significant other, or alone brunch is good start to the day.

Las Vegas

I know this sounds cliche but Las Vegas really is sin city. Gambling is everywhere, clubs stay open till 5:00 AM, drinking is allowed outside, topless pool parties, and other various reasons. Vegas is an escape from reality.  I think 3 days is a perfect amount to stay. Because when you’re there you drink quite a bit and gamble your money away. However, I always miss it when I leave. It has that charm where you always want more.

This past weekend I went to Las Vegas for the Backstreet Boys concert. My middle school dream was coming true for the second  time. The first time I saw them was in Austin 3 years ago. But this time it was in Vegas with close friends. We arrived on a Friday afternoon and left Monday morning.

Day 1

As soon as we got there, we had moscato with fruit, bread, and cheese. A perfect start to a perfect trip. After, we went gambling at the hotel. I’m not much of a gambler but I still gambled a bit. No, I didn’t win the whole time I was there. The thing with gambling it’s about the fun not about winning. I’m still learning that today. Basically, when you go to Vegas save money that’s just for gambling. We got to walk the Las Vegas strip a bit where I got a frozen drink at Fat Tuesday’s. They have different sizes and I regret not getting the tallest size. The Backstreet Boys concert was at Planet Holiday and it was amazing. The boys put on a good show and it brought a lot nostalgia.

Day 2

The next day we had an amazing brunch at the Wynn. I got some Belgian waffles with coffee. Some of my friends got eggs Benedict with salmon, which was also delicious. After brunch we tried to attend a pool party but it was $50.00 bucks. Usually, you can find club promoters on the Vegas strip that will you give you passes to get into clubs and pool parties for free. However, we did not have free passes. We then decided to just go to a pool, instead of a pool party.  We had a great time we got drinks and bonded. This was great for me because we all don’t live in the same city. At night we went to the linq hotel to ride the high roller. The High Roller is an indoor ferries wheel where you can see the Vegas strip.We got some drinks and took them with us. They have an option for an open bar but we opted out of that. It’s 30 dollars without the open bar and 57 dollars with open bar for 30 minutes.

 

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Day 3

The last day was the most relaxing day. We had brunch, walked around the strip, and gambled. I also got a refill on my Fat Tuesday’s cup. If you go to Fat Tuesday, keep your cup for a refill. During our break from gambling we got some sweets at Bouchon Bakery. I got a chocolate croissant and a chai latte. It was one of the best croissants I had in my life. Even my friend’s almond croissant was delicious. One of my friends even went back for seconds. First she got a vanilla eclair then cookies. The last place we went to gamble was the Palazzo hotel. I didn’t gamble but watched my friends instead and enjoyed my chai latte. For dinner, we had a little bit of Texas at a Texas based restaurant called Gilley’s.

It wasn’t my first time visiting Las Vegas and it definitely won’t be my last. It’s fun and there is so many things to do. There’re many restaurants I still want to try and shows I want to see. Also, just walking around the Las Vegas strip is amazing. It was great catching up with my close friends and the trip was definitely what I needed.