Scotland trip

I have been wanting to go on an international trip for a while. I tried to go to Greece for summer 2018, then I had try to set another trip to visit France, Spain, and Italy in September 2018.  Unfortunately, neither of those trips worked out. As of now, I finally have a trip set up that works with my finances and timing. I will be going to Scotland for 6 days in December, a week before Christmas. I could not be more excited. If y’all have been to Scotland and have any recommendations, please let me know. I would be heading Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Scottish Highlands, West Highlands, Isle of Skye, and Glasgow. Here are some things I want to see:

  • The Elephant House: I recently just heard about this place. The coffee shop in Edinburg where JK Rowling started Harry Potter. I am pretty sure it will be packed so I think I will just take a quick picture.
  • Christmas Markets at Princes Street Gardens: This was recommended by Visit Scotland, a travel organization. Its a public park in the centre of Edinburgh and during Christmas they have markets. I am for sure going to stop by and shop.
  • Edinburgh Castle: I heard its resting on an extinct volcano. So, I am hoping to see the castle and volcano.

I just realized that my to do list is all Edinburg. So, any recommendations would be helpful.

 

 

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My Favorite Happy Hours in Austin

Lately, I have been checking out happy hours after work. They are fun, inexpensive (well depending on how much you drink), and a great relaxer after work. These are 3 of my favorites:

  1. Peche: this restaurant serves French comfort foods and craft cocktails. The decor is amazing. It feels like the 1920’s when you walk into Peche. Happy hour is all night Sunday and Monday, 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday-Sunday. They have 1/2 off selected food and $5 dollar cocktails.
  2. Salty Sow:  has a laid back setting. They serve American foods, cocktails, and craft beers. Their happy hour is 4:30-6:30 everyday. They have a menu specifically for Happy Hour. They have $5 dollar glasses of wine and great food for $5 dollars like the honey rosemary dipped fried chicken and their amazing duck fat fries. D225FD32-033D-4269-8744-1CA5DFFCB715
  3. El Alma: A Mexican cuisine and cocktail restaurant. When they weather is nice, I recommend sitting on their rooftop deck. Everyday from 3:00-6:00 PM they have discounted appetizers and drink specials. If you’re in the mood for a margarita come here!DB6AD823-9532-4B3C-A80A-9E302BB8287F

Whenever you’re in Austin, check these places out.

Why you Should Visit Krause Springs

Krause Spings has been crossed off my summer and Texas Bucket list. Reservations do not have to be made to swim. They open at 9 AM and its 8 dollars be sure to bring cash. When you walk in they have a man-made pool, picnic tables, restrooms, and showers. To get to the natural spring, you need to hike some rocks. Be careful the rocks are slippery. I actually fell but I am ok. The Spring is not to cold, its refreshing. The water is deep, so I had to swim a lot but there is shallow areas. Krause Springs has a water fall and a cave area. I took pictures by the waterfall and swam near the cave. I did not attempt the rope spring but a friend of mine did. Glass is not allowed at Krause Springs but you can bring cans. We brought food, can drinks, and towels. After swimming, we laid by the water and ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Doritos. We really did not drink much alcohol because we wanted to hydrate. My favorite things at Krause Springs were:

  1. The Water is refreshing: usually, I try to jump in the water when I go to a pool. I am always sacred to feel how cold it is. However, this time I slowly walked in the water. It was perfect, it was not to cold and it was not warm. I could stay in the water for hours.
  2. It’s gorgeous: they have a waterfall, trees everywhere. It’s absolutely gorgeous. They even have a rope spring.
  3. Reservations do not have to be made: this made things a lot easier, I did not have to book in advance. I can just show up when they open and pay to get in. Most swimming holes in Texas, reservations have to be made in advance because they fill up.

I really do recommend visiting the spring. It’s located in Spicewood TX that’s about an hour drive from Austin. I”m so happy my friends were able to join me. I definitely want to go back but first I need to visit other swimming holes around Texas.

Magnolia Table Visit

This past Friday, I just had to visit Magnolia Table on my way to Dallas. I love the show fixer upper and breakfast foods. I asked my sister to meet me in Waco, she drove from Dallas to meet me. The restaurant does have a parking lot but it’s limited. I had to park behind another restaurant that is right next to Magnolia. I got to the restaurant at 10:45 AM and had to wait in line to put my name down. However, the service was phenomenal. Employees told me the wait would be about an 1 hour and 45 minutes for 2 people but if I requested a community table or bar seating it would be quicker. Of course, I requested for both. When I put my name down, I gave them my phone number for them to text me when my table was ready. Magnolia Table has a waiting area outside where you can get coffee, juice, and pastries. My sister and I got iced lattes while we waited. The restaurant also has a takeaway/gift shop area if you don’t want to wait for food. I visited the takeaway/gift shop area and got a pecan coffee for my brother and a rose lemonade for myself.

We ended up waiting an 1 hour and 20 mins and sat on a bar table. The food was quick and delicious. My sister and I just caught up, ate our food, and enjoyed the air condition, after waiting outside. I recommend the restaurant but if you don’t like waiting, try to go early on a weekday. I would recommend to get there when the restaurant opens at 6 AM or you can just get takeaway food and take pictures. I am happy I got to visit Magnolia Table and that my sister was able to join me.

 

Book Review

I really think the You’re Badass book found me. I was at a Coffee shop in LA waiting for my coffee. Then, right next time to me I saw the book You are a Badass with Money by Jen Sincero on a coffee table. I showed the book to my friend Kanya because I loved the title. She told me she had read the another book by the author called, You are a Badass. She told me she had really liked the book. At the time I wanted to look into it but did not. However, before I left California the book found me again. I was in the San Diego Airport and I saw the You are a Badass book. I felt it was another sign, so I bought the book. In Austin I told my friends about the book and we started a book club. We have already met once and discussed the first half of the book. We are meeting again in July to discuss the other half.

The You are a Badass book made me feel positive about life. It made me realize that the world has endless opportunities. The book made me feel like I was in high school again. She even had a line in the book that we need to view the world like we did in our teens and early twenties. I definitely recommend the book to others. I felt really good reading the book and I could not put it down. If you have questions about life, please read this book. You will have a different outlook on life and have faith in yourself. It help me realize that I have the power to change my own life. It truly made me feel that I am badass. Even my friends in the book club have enjoyed the book. I loved Jen’s book so much that I am currently reading You are a Badass with Money.

Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here! In Texas that is. I know that the official summer date is June 21st or 20th but Texas starts early. I created a blog last year, a bucket list for Texas blog. I have only done one thing on my list so far, which was visit Hamilton Pool. I want to do at least one other Texas bucket list this summer. Since, Texas is hot in the summer. The majority of my bucket list will consist of pools and indoor activities.

  1. Friends of the blue hole: It’s a community park owned by Wimberley Texas. The park has trails, a swimming area, picnic areas, and a amphitheater. A reservation needs to be made for swimming  all other amenities are free the public, a reservation does not have to be made.
  2. Krause Spring:  a natural-fed spring, located in Spicewood Texas and it’s a family owned property.
  3. Visit Deep Eddy Vodka distillery: Deep Eddy is a popular vodka in Austin. The distillery is located in Dripping Springs and has tasting room for cocktails. The distillery also has tours. They’re are going through renovations, so tours are suspended but I will visit the tasting room.
  4. Visit Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner Texas: This happens to be the oldest brewery in Texas, started in 1909.
  5. Port Aransas Beach: It’s a 3 hour drive from Austin, which is the closet beach to Austin. I have not enjoyed the beach in awhile, so this is a must
  6. Jacob’s Well: An artesian spring, year around the temperature is 68 degrees. It is also located in Wimberley Texas. It’s open year around but swimming is seasonally  permitted. A reservation has to be made to visit Jacob’s well. I am actually going this weekend.
  7. Casa Neverlandia: a unique home in Austin TX. The artist describes his home as Peter Pan inspired. The tours are $15.00 dollars and the artist/homeowner posts different tours dates on facebook.

I hope I get to do all the things on my list. Summer is not my favorite season but this bucket list helps me get excited for summer.

Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by Cracking Adulthood  for The Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks again!! Be sure to check out her blog for inspiration and traveling. I know, I will be.

Here it goes

Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Three Things About Me:

  1. I use to want to be a broadcast journalist or own a restaurant (even though I don’t cook).
  2. I had a pet Chinchilla named Kirby but had to give her away due to college apartment rules.
  3. My dream is to live Seattle but I do not know if I could get use to the rain. I think for Seattle it’s worth it.

My Nominees:

(Clicking on the links will lead you to the blogger’s latest post)

Graceful Rags

That’s What Sarah Said

Always a Foreigner

Don’t Give a Jam

Single in the Suburbs

Life as Leah Knows

Jason likes to travel

List Five blog

Living

For the Love of Wanderlust

Cracking Adulthood Questions:

What is your favourite Animal?

I like cats. They’re are so cute and I feel they’re misunderstood but I really believe cats love their humans. I know my cat does.

Who do you gain inspiration from?

My close friends, they’re so supportive and positive. Whenever, I have a bad day I vent to them and I feel better. They not only listen to me but they’re truly understanding of any situation I am. They help get me through everyday and remain positive.

If money and travel were not limited, how would you spend your dream day?

At the beach for sure laying on the sand and listening to the waves. I imagine it not being crowded, a couple of people here and there. I would want to have access to a black beach or a green beach. I hear Hawaii has a variety of different beaches. That’s probably where I want to go and maybe have a drink in hand. I would want my dream day to be really relaxing.

Do you prefer movies, tv, or books?

Probably movies because I can find the ending quicker than a tv show or book. TV shows I have to wait till the next season to find out what happens but I still watch them. Books would be my second choice, since they describe the story more in detail and you find the ending quicker than a tv show.

What is your comfort food?

Mashed Potatoes. It’s a perfect side dish for almost every meal and they’re delicious. It’s also amazing just to have them by themselves.

Questions:

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Why did you start your blog, what inspired you?

What Mythical creature do you wish existed?

How would you survive a zombie Apocalypse?

If you can switch careers, what career would you choose?

Do not feel pressured to answer the questions but if you want to answer them, I look forward to your answers!

 

Planning your trip

For July, I want to plan a trip to New York (NY) for my boyfriends birthday. I have been having a difficult time. First I can choose from 3 airports: Newark, JFK, and La Guardia. I’m learning more towards La Guardia due to the price and closeness of Manhattan. So I need to buy the plane ticket soon, especially since summer is a busy travel season. Second, I need to think about a place to stay. Airbnd, hotel, ask a friend. I need to compare prices and see locations. Obviously, the cheapest is staying with a friend but I need to see what their schedule is like. Then, where to go. I want to plan the days to see what we can do while we are there and how to get between places. Taxi/uber’s add up, so I want to learn about the subway and other public transportation. Usually, when I go to places I do a tour group or have a local friend show me around. However, this trip seems to be me more planning which is fine, I just need to plan it. Here are the tips that are helping me plan:

What airport?

If you have a chance to pick between airports. Then get the airport with the better deal. Also, keep in mind how far it is from your destination will it be a $50.00 Uber? or is there a shuttle that will lead you to the hotel. One time I flew from San Antonio to Las Vegas. Instead of Austin to Las Vegas because of the price. I also had somewhere to stay in San Antonio.

Where’re you staying?

Usually I stay with friends or I share an Airbnb with a couple of friends. Since, it’s my first time setting a trip for two without a local’s help. I’m going to compare prices/locations for NY to see what’s a better deal.

What do your days look like?

I like creating lists of  things I want to see. I have been to New York before, so I’m going to have my boyfriend create a list. Then I will spilt the things by day to not get overwhelmed. Also, I need to see how the places are from each other. EX: how far is the Empire state from the Brooklyn bridge

Transportation?

Last time I went to New York we used the subway and taxi’s/uber’s. We only used the Taxi/uber’s when we were really tired and willing to spend. When I went to Seattle, we used Uber a lot and ended up spending more. Questions you can ask yourself: Are you renting a car? What is the Public transportation like in the city or do I have to use a taxi/rideshare.

 

Worrying about things like what my days look like and transportation are inspiring me to save spending money for a trip. I like traveling, I just have an easier time when I have a local show me around or I travel with a tour group. However, just traveling anywhere even if I plan it, is fun and makes me happy. I’m hoping since I have been to New York before, I will have easy time planning this trip. I hope these tips can you help you plan your trip too.

 

Selena Movie Party in Austin

On Tuesday night, I went to my first Alamo draft movie party. If you are not familiar with Alamo Draft Movie Parties, the movie theater Alamo Draft will hold events were they show a classic movie and they celebrate the movie. They give the audience props maybe do a sing along. The movie party I attended was the Selena Movie Party. The Selena Movie Party was held to celebrate her life and her recent birthday, April 16th. They gave us song lyrics, maracas, a candle, and they did a Selena menu. I ordered the Selena pizza, with a Como La Flor drink. The drink was refreshing, perfect for a summer drink and it wasn’t to sweet. The Selena pizza had extra pepperoni because it was her favorite. Before the movie started they showed interviews of Selena and commercials she did. Also, their was a host and she told us we can use the maracas during the movie because it was a movie party and sing along to her songs. She explained that this would be a different movie party, where at the end of the movie we would lite the candle in memory of Selena. We were definitely missing tissues.

I hadn’t seen the Selena movie in awhile, so I was excited. A friend of mine invited me and we thought staying up late on work night was worth it. I ate my pizza and drank my Como La For drink, and watched the movie like it was the first time. I used the maracas in good parts and tried to sing along. At the end we lite our candles for Selena’s memory. The movie party was definitely worth staying up late. I want to attend another movie party at Alamo Draft, hopefully they have an 80’s theme one.

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