Samantha-May: A Plethora of Chaos



      Why hello there fellow internet users! I'm Samantha May Tran and this is my junk draw of things. This is where I come to write, post pictures, vent, brag and if you're lucky maybe even cry. It's a plethora of chaos.




Super adorable (kids) costume

Jumping for joy because the costume is all done!
Jumping for joy because the costume is all done!
A super excited
A super excited

As a super creative fun person I decided it would be fun to make A's costume for Halloween. Out of everything, she decide she wanted to be a bride. 


A: I want to be a bride for Halloween!
Me: Who's going to be your groom?
A: uhhh maybe Aiden or Patrick. Actually I'm really in love with Patrick. Yeah, he'll be the groom!

We made the tulle skirt from a pins and curls tutorial. It was fairly easy and we were even able to hand stitch the whole thing. It took us about 5 hours to make because we kept taking breaks to play games and what not. I love being a nanny :) 

The skirt was so fun/ easy I think I'm going to make my own!


Shirt: Target
Skirt: tulle skirt (hand made)
Flower bouquet: handmade with love by the two of us
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Seattle Waterfront 

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Bainbridge Island photos

Cute fabric store
Cute fabric store
One of the many cute store fronts
One of the many cute store fronts
Melissa enjoying the view of the water while the rain drizzled on her
Melissa enjoying the view of the water while the rain drizzled on her
So many boats!
So many boats!
Where everyone goes to get a get a drink apparently ( I think it was the only pub)
Where everyone goes to get a get a drink apparently ( I think it was the only pub)
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Bainbridge

Graffiti in downtown bainbridge
Graffiti in downtown bainbridge

I spent the day walking around downtown Bainbridge. Bainbridge is a super easy day trip from Seattle it's about a half an hour ferry ride from Seattle and is a very walkable island.


My friend Melissa and I walked around downtown Bainbridge and poked around the shops there. We started off our day trip with art, we went to the Bainbridge Art Museum -which btw is free.  Right now Rachel Freeman is the main artist on exhibition.I like her art its a bit dark, sad, creepy, yet still beautiful. After the museum we walked around a bit.


There are a lot of boutiques there, though a bit on the pricey side. There were also some cute fabric stores. To end the day on Bainbridge we went to the Harbour Public House (Pub).


Before I knew it we had spent 5 hours on the island and it was time to go home. I love ferry rides and I almost felt like the 35 minute ferry ride wasn't enough.


Can't wait for the weather to clear up a bit. Seattle has a new bike share program where you can borrow a bike for the day for $8. The other great thing about this new program is that there are multiple locations to choose where to get a bike from. Once it clears up a bit I plan on renting a bike from Seattle, taking a ferry to Bainbridge, and biking all day on the island.


Rock n' roll

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Drinks

Me with all my friends
Me with all my friends

It's Friday ( Friday gonna get down on Friday- darn you Rebecca Black!)  and you know what that means time to get drinks. My friend Chloe's boyfriend came down from Canada so we all went to downtown Seattle (belltown) to grab drinks. 


So being the responsible adult that I am I decided to take the light rail from Seatac to Seattle. We were going to get drinks (HAPPY HOUR YAY) and eat at Tutta Bella's at West Lake Center. 

Well I'm an idiot and I ended up having to walk from the station to Tutta Bellas. It was supposed to be a nice .4 mile walk but it turned into a .9 mile jaunt with me running in heels. I was in heels,in belltown, lost, - oh and did I mention I was a young female? Cue all the creepy catcalls and one offer of meth. I finally made it to Tutta Bellas but in a nice sweaty mess.

There I ordered two Sofias which is a nice fruity alcoholic drink plus a Mediterranean pizza. The Mediterranean pizza had eggplant on it and it was to die for.

After Tutta Bellas Cassie, Melissa, and I went to a karaoke bar (Chloe and her boyfriend left because theyre an old couple now!). I've never been to a karaoke bar but it was oodles of fun. There are three types at karaoke bars: 1. the ones who cant sing 2. the ones who can sing and flaunt it 3.the ones who think they can sing. Sadly I fall under number 1. I can't sing to save my life, but luckily my friends were willing to sing with me, which led to us singing Toxic by Brittney Spears. Yup, we sang that. But I'm proud of that because it was my first time singing karaoke. 

Anyone have any good karaoke stories? 


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Forts and good times

What better way to spend the day than in a blanket fort? How about a blanket fort with a mattress as a base? 

Amazed? Jealous? 

It gets better. While in this cocoon of childhood dreams my friend Connor and I drank hard cider and watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off. 

If you haven't tried this fort combo I definitely would recommend it it's super comfy. Like you should stop what you're doing and make a fort right this instant. 


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Hair Tutorial 

I tried 'the little things' tutorial
I tried 'the little things' tutorial

I love having short hair. I also love having my hair up and out of the way. I used to have hair down to my chest and slightly past my boobs. Over the summer I decided to chop it off before gallivanting around Europe. I haven't had short hair since high school- which was a mistake in 2011. (A week after prom I decided I wanted to chop my hair off. So I did and then I also decided to get straight cut bangs. So basically I looked like I was five by the time graduation came around.) 


Anyways I decided to cut my hair into a long bob with shattered ends. I also chose to have it shorter in the back and to have some fringe in the front. It's really cute when  I actually do my hair (read: never). So I resort putting my hair up just about every day. 

Here are some great hair tutorials I found useful for my shoulder length that has layers:

  1. The Small Things 
  2. Keiko Lynn 
  3. Treasuresandtravelsblog
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Tumblr

I read a question on a post on Tumblr, it read “If you knew one of your loved ones/best friends had only one day left to live, how would you spend that last day with them?” And I guess ever since then I’ve been stuck on those words.

            I have a lot of questions for this question. For example, does the other person know that they have one day left to live, because this makes a very big difference? And another question do I have a full day, a full 24 hours? Do I get to choose when the clock starts ticking?

            Obviously this question is hypothetical, so there is no one out there to answer. There is no God, no one to tell me what is right. So I will set the parameters for this question that was meant to be so simple. Confucius once said, “life is simple, but we insist on making it more complicated.” I couldn’t agree more.


           

 

“If you knew one of your loved ones/best friends had only one day left to live, how would you spend that last day with them?”

I want to say that I would spend the day with him in Greece, Italy, or Antarctica; somewhere special, magical that I would remember forever. But then I’d have to waste my precious time with them waiting. Waiting on a plane. Waiting in line. Waiting for death.

Instead I want to wake before the sun gets up. I want to pack the car with everything and take the boy that I love with me. I want to drive until we see the sun. I don’t want to wait around until we see the sunrise because we, we don’t have time to wait around. And when we see the first signs of the sun we’ll pull the car onto the side of the road and unpack the blankets and watch the sunrise. We’ll watch the sunrise for the last time together.

In the car we’ll drive home. But it’ll take a long time coming home because we drove so far to watch the sun rise. He’ll hear a song he knows and he’ll start singing it. The song will end. But I’ll ask him to sing the song again because I want to remember the sound of his voice singing. I ‘ll ask him to sing it again, and again, and again. The way it cracks when he tries to hit the high notes. The way his voice trips over words because he doesn’t quite know all the lyrics, but that’s okay. I don’t ever want to forget the way his voice sounds.

No matter how much it hurts neither of us will drink that day. I want to remember what he looks like when he smiles at me tears running down his face. I want to remember what he looks like when he laughs. I want to hear him when he says I love you or when he cries because he hasn’t had enough days yet. I want to remember it- every little detail.

I’d bake pies, pastries, tarts, anything for him, but not today. I don’t want to waste my time in the kitchen all day. We’ll both be empty knowing the end is coming. My stomach will feel sick and I’ll know he’ll feel the same way. I’ll want to fill that void, but what is the best way to fill that emptiness? What is the best Last Super? I will ask him what he wants to eat and he’ll say he doesn’t want to eat anything. But I can’t let him leave without having a proper meal. I can’t let him leave without having one last memory of us eating together. Or maybe I’m doing it more for me; maybe I want us to have one last meal together so I can remember it. I’d make us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, something that we’ve always had as children. They’ll remind us happier times and of comfort. Perfect for our last meal together.

Instead of a table we’d eat inside of a blanket fort. Inside our fort it would be just us against the world. I would lie there and talk sweet nothings about how life would be different if everything were different. We could pretend that the world wasn’t crumbling around us.

I want to lie in bed and count the freckles on his arm. To remember that there are freckles on his arm, because one day I’ll forget what his face looks like, what his arms look like. I want to bottle the scent of him and hoard all of his clothes, because that too will be gone one day. I want to remember every last detail in his face, because the day I forget what he looks like will come too soon and will hurt like hell. I know this will happen one day and I know I will hate myself for forgetting what he looks like, smells like., taste like I want to taste his lips on mine over, and over, and over, and over again. And then I want to do it some more, in hopes that I will be able to hold onto that memory over the years. I want to smother myself with these memories so they will keep me warm at night, because the body that once did, will be gone.

I want to hear him say my name over and over again. Because when I hear him say my name it sounds like the first firework going off on the Fourth of July. It sends shivers down my spine and no one can say it the way he says it. When he says it it’s like my name is a secret rolling off of his lips tumbling into my ear only for me to hear. I want to hear him say my name over and over again, a lullaby that we could listen to as we share that last day together.

I want to sit on the couch and watch the sunset, the last one we’ll see together. He’ll cry because it’ll be the last one he’ll ever see. I’ll cry because I’ll see the sunset tomorrow and the day after, and the after that and so on and so on, and because life isn’t fair. And I’ll cry because it’ll be the last sunset we’ll ever see together and I don’t think I’ll be able to handle that. I’ll keep crying because I don’t know if that’s selfish of me to feel this way, but I don’t know or care so I keep on crying. So we’ll sit there on the couch watching our last sunset through blurred vision.

I want to lie outside and watch the stars come out. We’ll shiver in the cold. I’ll shiver more knowing that our 24 hours are almost up. We’ll huddle close to keep each other warm. Soon it’ll be morning again and then it’ll be time to say goodbye. I’ll try not to think about. Instead I’ll focus on the stars on the clear night. I’ll wish on the first star I see, “star bright star light, the first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. I wish this wasn’t our last night together. Please oh please don’t take him away from me.”

Back in bed I can’t take my eyes off of him because I love him. This boy I want to make love to him so badly but I can’t. I can’t stop sobbing I want to say I love him and I'm going to miss him. I hope he can understand that my sobs will be my good bye and my I love you. My body feels like it is being torn into two. There is an ache in my body that won’t go away. It starts in my chest and radiates out. Like a supernova, it engulfs my body until my body collapses into itself. I feel like I am falling into an abyss. Slowly, ever so slowly I drift away. I can hear him whispering my name, a lullaby that we can listen to as the world crumbles around us.

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Sunday funday: Down syndrome walk

Today I'm spending the day with my cousins and their friends. We're going to Seattle to participate in the Down Syndrome Walk. My cousin Nick convinced me to go and we're going to support his team, The A Team. The A Team was created by Nick's girlfriend Audrey. The A Team is in support of Audrey's cousin. I'm so excited to be able to support Audrey and her cousin.

After the walk (it's only 30 mins) we're going to wander Seattle and eat. I can't wait to show these kids from maple valley my favorite spots! I'm going to show them the Seattle sculpture park eek I'm excited. What are you guys doing today?!
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Unemployed

This is what mostly unemployed 21 year old Samantha looks like. I spend most of my time applying for jobs, part of the time at interviews, part of the time getting turned down. All the while trying really hard not to let the rejections get to me. 


Right now I'm working one day a week- a 4 hour nanny position. But one day a week is not going to cut it when I have to pay for bills and gas and what not. 


I lay in bed and rack my brains at night wondering what I'm doing wrong. I answer all the answers correctly, I smile, I'm a personable person. Why can I not I get hired right now? 


When I'm not running all over Seattle for interviews I'm with my cousin Russell. I've been in a rut lately and I've been laying in my pjs all day if I don't happen to leave the house. Changing into other clothes always puts me into a better mood. Russell's offered to take my picture when I'm not busy because that puts me in a better mood and it means I'll actually change into clothes and leave the house. 


Being unemployed sucks but I'm trying to make the most of it. I'm grateful to have family and friends to turn to when I need to talk and what not. 

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OOTD

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Lazy/ Productive Day In Seattle

Today was a lovely day in Seattle! Not a single drop in the sky and to top off this Friday it was also in the 60's. Psh and it's supposedly Fall season, b.s. 


The warm weather made it perfect for laying around in. Russell and I spent the day taking pictures and editing. We're planning on taking pictures tomorrow as well. My aunt is out of town so I'm watching my slightly younger cousins over the weekend (they're 15, 17, and 18). I can't wait to spend the weekend baking, binge watching movies, and of course taking more pictures. I also hope to launch my Ebay store this weekend with the help of my wonderful cousin Jade. 

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OOTD

Trench (Gap old), tights (Betsy Johnson- Buffalo Exchange they kind of suck), black dress (Urban Outfitters old), buffalo dress (2 hearts- Buffalo Echange)
Trench (Gap old), tights (Betsy Johnson- Buffalo Exchange they kind of suck), black dress (Urban Outfitters old), buffalo dress (2 hearts- Buffalo Echange)
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Road Trip Playlist With a Side of Sad

No smiles because we're stuck in traffic
No smiles because we're stuck in traffic

For some reason my playlists seem to always lean towards the sad side. I can't help it I guess! I guess I just like sad songs!  Hope you like it, if you have any song suggestions send them my way.

  1. "Smile" Mikky Ekko
  2. "From The Stalls" Angus & Julia Stone
  3. "Flatlands" Mark Lanegan
  4. "Medicine" Jamestown Revival 
  5. "Coins In A Fountain" Passenger 
  6. "Seasons (Waiting On You)" Future Islands 
  7. "Arrows" Fences Feat Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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Suitcase

My suitcase has been to Innsbruck, Austria, Paris, France, and Amsterdam, Holland. Where has your suitcase been?

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Work 10/1

A found cranberries stuck together that formed a hear
A found cranberries stuck together that formed a hear
Today I worked today (nannying). Whilst at work A found two dried cranberries stuck together to form a heart. She wouldn't eat it until I took a picture of it.

Before work I cleaned out my car, went to the library, and cycled. I'd say I've been pretty darn predictive today. I may or may not go cycling again later. If there's traffic than I'll work out again until traffic clears up since there's an la fitness near my workplace.
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Books

Currently at the library reading up
Currently at the library reading up
I want to go on a short day trip on Veterans Day (November 11) with my cousins. Since it'll be just for the day I want to jam pack as much as I can into that one day. To see where we can go from Seattle, efficient, feasible, etc I'm reading a couple books. This includes: 
1. The Cheap Bastard's Guide To Portland, Orgeon
2. Frommer's Washington State
3. Great Escapes Enjoy The World At Your Leisure (this ones just for fun)

I'm not sure where we're going exactly. One cousin wants to go to Portland, while another wants to go to Whidbey Island. Personally I don't care as long as we have something to do and aren't walking around aimlessly all day. Does anyone have any suggestions? What do you like to do on day trips? 
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10 reasons I Want To Go Back to Iceland

10 Reasons I want to go back to Iceland

1.Northern Lights.

I’ve been to Alaska loads of times but I seem to always miss the Northern lights (darn you summer time, cue summer time sadness) But in all the pictures the Northern Lights always, always, always, seem breathe taking, I bet they’re even better in person. 

2.Volcanoes

As a child Volcanoes have always fascinated me. I know that over the summer (not summer Septermber) Bardarbunga erupted in Iceland. That is a bit daunting,but that wouldn’t deter me from going to Iceland if given the opportunity. There’s a tour in Iceland that allows you to go inside the Volcano. You actually go inside a volcano that was once erupted. How cool is that??

3.Lava Caving

What’s that, you say? Never heard of ‘Lava Caving’? Don’t worry I hadn’t either until about a month ago. Apparently it’s where you climb on the lava field before sliding on your belly down the lava. It’s like sliding down a playground slid, just more bumpy and outdoorsy. 

4.ICE CLIMBING (all capitals are completely necessary) 

I have been completely driving my mom bonkers with this one. I’ve been asking her for this for Christmas since I was 16 (I’m 21 now) and she still won’t say yes. I always forget to buy it for myself until the next year rolls around after she rejects yet again. Anyways back to ice climbing. I love rock climbing. I’ve dabbled in rock climbing since I was 14 but I’ve never been serious about it and I can’t call myself a rock climber. Regardless of this I still want to try my hand at ice climbing. Although it sounds hard it’s not necessary to have a ton of upper body muscle to try this sport out (read: you don’t have to be the hulk to do this) But you do have to be somewhat fit to do this. So hopefully I will be able to do this soon, and hopefully it’s in Iceland!

5.Scuba Diving

But this isn’t just any regular diving. Oh no, this dive takes you to where two tectonic plates separate. How cool is that? 

6.Mountain Biking

The terrain is perfect for mountain biking plus I’m sure there will be trails for all types of levels.* The land is composed of lava fields, glaciers, and volcanoes.  *i’m not sure but I’ll look more into it!

7. Skydiving

I’m saving up to get certified in the states. So you can be sure if given the chance to dive in a foreign country, I would most certainly go!

8. Surfing

Because who doesn’t want to go surfing in those temperatures?? But really you can go surfing in Iceland! Mind blown! Just be sure to get the thickest wetsuit on Earth, because that’s going to be necessary.  

9.Cliff Jumping

If you haven’t noticed I kind of really enjoy adrenaline rushes, cliff jumping is no exception. There are some rafting tours that sometimes also do cliff jumping. I couldn’t find any places that just cliff jumping. But when I do eventually do go to Iceland maybe I’ll just ask some locals where the best places to cliff jump is instead of shelling out money for a rafting trip. 

10. Go to the Hot Springs

When I was in first grade my family and I went to the natural hot springs in Canada. I remember it smelled awful. But I also remember it felt good and that my skin felt so good and rejuvenated (even thought I was only 6). 

Written by Samantha

Photo Credit to Russell Fisher 

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Iceland to Seattle

As we were coming home from Iceland I was getting a bit nostalgic. We weren't able to wander around Iceland because we only had a layover there. I've heard it's beautiful though. From the airport it looks just as pretty as it seems in pictures. So heres' to Iceland, to all I was able to see from the airplanes' window and from the airport as I was wandering about.  

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New Domain

So I have a brand new domain, it's not a huge change. It's just Samantha-may.com instead of Samantha-may.jimdo.com I know not a huge deal. But if you try to type in the old domain it'll redirect you to this brand new one. I had to get a new domain because if you clicked on Samantha-may.Jimdo.com from a different site like Pinterest it wouldn't connect. According to the lovely people at Jimdo it's only for "upgraded members". SO I shelled out the $80 per year, it better be worth it Jimdo!


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Tattoo 

This is my newest tattoo (fifth one, sorry mom!) I got it in Prague at a tattoo parlor called One Love Tattoo. It’s located in an alley near Old Town Square. The pain level wasn’t that bad, it was fairly tolerably; I would rate it a 2.5-3 out of 5. The design is a watercolor carnation and I really like that the flower isn’t centered. It took me about an hour-hour and a half to get done it didn’t take very long. My tattoo artist was a new artist named Alba she did a wonderful job. Alba is a student and I could just tell that she was passionate about tattooing.

 

My cousin Russell took my picture for me and he did a wonderful job capturing my tattoo for me. You can find him on flickr here.

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Why I love babysitting

Shadows
Shadows
The view from the house
The view from the house
I love babysitting for many reasons. I love the kids, the parents, having fun, yummy food, but also the down time.

Today we played yoga poses with music instruments. Basically you try to do yoga poses with an instrument in your hand, key word being try. H, the boy I was babysitting, made it up of course. 

Then we are dinner and read the Little Prince before going to bed. I adore that book.

When I'm at work and I have down time I like to be productive still. I like to add up how much I spent that week so far, check my emails, add things to my planner, small things like that. I also like to make lists of things I need to do. It makes it easier so when I get home I don't have to think about it and I can just relax and go to sleep.
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Pre interview post

I fully admit to being a goob. I showed up to my interview an hour early, who does that? I accidentally wrote down 11:30 instead of 12:30 and so I showed up at pagliacci and sat outside waiting. And waiting. 

I finally called the call center to ask what was up because no was there (they don't open until 3) They also asked me who I had an interview with so they could bother the right person. Well I totally forgot her name so that was super embarrassing too. so eventually they made some phone calls for me which was super nice and helpful. .And then it turned out I had the time wrong. UGH way to make a good impression. Atleast they know I like to be early right? 

Anywho with  all my free time I went to Tullys and grabbed a soy chai. Don't hate on Tullys, it's owned by Starbucks.
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Saturday Cycling

Woo I just became a member at LA fitness! I L.O.V.E. it there. I especially enjoy having an entire cycling room to myself. 

I cycled for an hour today. During that hour I entertained myself part of the time by listening to poetry slam. 

Here is what I listened to:

  1. "To the Boys Waiting to Date My Daughter"
  2. "When A Boy Tells You He Loves You"
  3. "The Drug Dealer's Daughter"
  4. "Suicide Note"
  5. "Essay On Crying in Public"
  6. "How We Learned to Love
I recently just started listening to poetry slam and I've got today I'm really digging it. 'Button Poetry' is popping up everywhere on YouTube. They must be big.

I want to eventually go to one. Does anyone have any poem suggestions I should listen to on YouTube? 
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Prague

Over the summer I went to Europe and went to Amsterdam ➡️ Berlin➡️ Prague➡️ Munich➡️ Verona➡️Innsbruck➡️ Frankfurt➡️ Paris➡️ Provins➡️ Antwerp➡️ And back to Amsterdam.

If I could live in one place it would be in Prague. Prague has everything I could everything I could every want and more: classical concerts, art museums, art galleries, churches, Irish men. It was like I had died and gone to heaven.

One of my favorite attractions I had visited was the Antonin Dvorak Museum. It's really cheap to go here and the structure itself is beautiful. Walking up to it the gate really catches your eye. Before going into the museum I walked around the museum grounds and there were statues everywhere and it was so quiet and nice to just wander with my thoughts.  

Once inside I paid for my ticket and then the lady told me if I was going to take pictures I had to pay a fee, which I thought was stupid. I didn't pay the fee. I walked upstairs and saw that other people had paid the fee; they wore stickers that said 'photo access'. I tried to sneak a couple pictures of the curling but they turned out blurry. The ceiling had paintings of cherubs on them and it was beautiful.

Around the back of the stairs is a nook. Here you can listen to different instrumental compositions of Dvorak's work. I listened to string and piano compositions. I stayed here for a very long time. I could've stayed here all day but they were closing. I got kicked out of a museum.
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Work grind

Reflections
Reflections
Clouds rolling in
Clouds rolling in
Today I babysat for one of my favorite families. I started work at 4 (cheers for late starts!) H is a handful but he is also my absolute favorite. In fact I'm also sitting for him tomorrow!
When I got to work today H came running out to meet me. He jumped on me gave me a big fat kiss on my cheek and a bear hug. He then told me about his summer since he saw me last.
H's parents are hosting a back to school potluck at their gorgous modern home tonight. This means I'm here all night, which is fine with me. They have a lovely view of the water so that's a plus. But it means I can't watch tv downstairs because that's where they are.
Oh well I can't complain. After work I'm going to my friend Conners. He's having some people over to watch archer. 

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Neon run

It's 5 in the freakin' morning and guess what I just bought: entry to a run.
It's 5 in the freakin' morning and guess what I just bought: entry to a run.
Pics or it didn't happen
Pics or it didn't happen
Lately I've been having a hard time sleeping through out the night. I'm narcoleptic so this is normal for me. I'm used to having my sleep cycle being disrupted throughout the night which results in daytime sleepiness.

Anyways when I can't sleep I tend to browse the internet and groupon and livingsocial. And then I bought a deal for a neon race. Which isn't bad because it looks super fun and all, except for the one little fact that it's on October 4 and it's September 26 now. I have no idea if I'm going to be ready by then! I'm super self conscious of how slow I am. I just don't want to be dead last in the race.
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Ha

Just me being a dinosaur nbd
Just me being a dinosaur nbd

First day back on the job

My little Spider-Man (or spider woman)
My little Spider-Man (or spider woman)
Art projects: corkscrew bunnies
Art projects: corkscrew bunnies
Wednesday was my first day back at work since my sabbatical (2 month trip to Europe) 

I'm a nanny and we did lots of fun things. The little girl A, was very excited to tell me all about her summer. She told me about her grandparents visiting and such. Then A decided to show me her new trick she had learned that her parents let her do all the time: climbing the wall like Spider-Man. 

After she left footprints on the wall we made bunnies out of corkscrews her parents saved for is. Bonus: A smelled the corkscrews and told me that they smelled like a party. Uh what? Any who A convinced me that her mom lets her use the hot glue gun all the time so I let her, guess what happened. Yupp she burned herself. Well I guess ya win some, ya lose some. Nothing some ice, love, and a lot of first aide can't fix. No more hot glue for the next five years for us.

Also A and her family gave me a necklace and a pair of earrings as a welcome back present. The gesture was really sweet and the gift was so cute, I can't wait to wear them. I'm going to take a picture and post it later. A was so excited to give it to me and put the necklace on me it was so adorable.

On top of all this wonderfulness, A's family gave me a raise for being withtheir famiy for over two years. this was quite unexpected but really awesome to come back too. All in all the first day back wasn't so bad :)

Clothes refashion

Dress: before
Dress: before
My aunt is currently letting me borrow her sewing machine. I'm giddy with excitement because this means I get to go crazy with new projects. I just got the sewing machine this afternoon and I'm already working on a project!

I have a dress I bought at nordstroms a couple years ago. I thought I'd wear it a ton but unfortunately I was wrong. I love the color and the top of the dress and the fabric. The only thing I hate about the dress is the way my legs look in it, even if I wear tights with it. So I'm turning it into a jacket! More to come.

Running

I may not be the fastest but I'm making progress
I may not be the fastest but I'm making progress
I'm proud of myself. On Sunday I ran 2.39, Monday I ran 2.25, and today I ran 2.6. I want to start (running) a hundred days of happiness with Sunday being the start.

Day 1: 2.39
Day 2: 2.5
Day 3: rest days are hPpy days too✌️
Day 4: 2.6
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Tea

Not yet 3 and it's my third big cup o' tea
Not yet 3 and it's my third big cup o' tea

Necklace

As promised here is the necklace I bought the other day. ($6 buffalo exchange)
As promised here is the necklace I bought the other day. ($6 buffalo exchange)
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8 travel trips under $100 a day

I met a girl in Europe who was doing a tour through contiki tours. Now that I have so much time on my hands I can look up the tours and dream about going on them one day.
1. St Paddy's Day in Dublin $88.75/day
    4 days, $355

2. Oktoberfest $90.71/ day
     7 days, $635

3. Thai Island Hopper East $93.11/day
    9 days, $838

4. Thai Island Hopper- West $94/ day
    9 days, $836

5. Kings Day, Amsterdam $94.75/day
    4 days, $379

6. South Trail $95.41/ day
    22 days, $2099
    This is in the south of Europe. On this 
     trip you'll be camping the entire time.

7. Mediterranean highlights (Winter) $99/ day
     13 days, $1287

8. London explorer 99.67/day
    3 days, $299
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Back in the States, you know what that means: shopping

Ampersand ring (Buffalo Exchange $6)
Ampersand ring (Buffalo Exchange $6)
Blue body cross bag ($6.50)
Blue body cross bag ($6.50)
close-up of the heart detail
close-up of the heart detail
Fit and Flare dress (Buffalo Exchange $23)
Fit and Flare dress (Buffalo Exchange $23)
Knit cirlce skirt (Buffalo Exchange $14)
Knit cirlce skirt (Buffalo Exchange $14)
Suede shoes (Buffalo Exchange $14.50)
Suede shoes (Buffalo Exchange $14.50)
Another view of the shoes
Another view of the shoes

Everything I bought today was from the Buffalo Exchange located in Ballard. Buffalo Exchange is a store where you can sell, trade, and buy clothes. It's hands down one of my favorite stores to shop at. It's a store that has unique items for a great price.


Today I went in to sell clothes, but of course I ended up buying clothes as well. If you sell clothes at BE there are two options once they decide to take your clothes; you can take the money in cash or you can get trade in credit. The trade in credit is going to be more than cash. I decided to go with the trade in credit, because of this I only had to pay $22.45 for everything (I bought a necklace and wallet not shown yet).


Ampersand ring: I'm finally jumping on the ampersand band wagon. I always lose rings but this was too cute to pass up. Hopefully I dont lose this anytime soon!


Blue cross body purse: I have a shit ton of purses in my closet, but I couldn't resist this one. I'm really into dark blues right now (check out my nails in the first picture!) plus this was half off. It was practically begging me to buy it.


Fit and flare dress: This dress is a dark red, kind of like a Burgundy.  The material is super soft and I imagine myself lounging in this everyday as the weather gets nicer. Maybe not everyday since I'll need to wash it every now and then!


Midi knit circle skirt: I love black, it's like my unofficial uniform. Sometimes I like to break up my all black ensembles with a bit of color, or lack of color aka white. This is a super flattering skirt that I can't wait to twirl in. 


Suede shoes: Shoes and purses are my weakness. I really like the color of these shoes and the wooden heel. I can't wait to run away from bad dates in these.



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The best of tinder

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Sunday morning

It's not even 9 am and I've already finished my workout. Ah yeah! 

I ran this lovely morning. I'm slow as hell but atleast I did it! 


Souvenirs

Key chain I bought from the can Gogh museum (how fitting!). It's an ear ring that's lobess of fun hehe I love me some awful puns
Key chain I bought from the can Gogh museum (how fitting!). It's an ear ring that's lobess of fun hehe I love me some awful puns
My new addition to my key chain!
My new addition to my key chain!
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New planner

2.99 planner from half price books
2.99 planner from half price books
And some other goodies I kind of recently bought: planner half price books, wallet h&m (5€), sunglasses Target 12.99
And some other goodies I kind of recently bought: planner half price books, wallet h&m (5€), sunglasses Target 12.99
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Sketching

Fox sketch- any suggestions on how to make it better?
Fox sketch- any suggestions on how to make it better?
Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion
Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion

Run

Quote from Vega 4 song
Quote from Vega 4 song

Plane boredom but also plain boredom (heehee see what I did there)

I entertained myself for ten hours by watching a movie, writing, and typography.
If that's the case then Andy would love me
If that's the case then Andy would love me
I misspelled Innsbruck and I forgot to add antwerp. But this is a list of everywhere I went
I misspelled Innsbruck and I forgot to add antwerp. But this is a list of everywhere I went
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Plane rides

Plane rides suck. Being enclosed for log periods of time is just not up my alley. 
Lucky for me I had a 10 hours plane ride from Amsterdam to Seattle. Whoo yay me. 

However I'm looking on the bright side of things:
1. There were NO crying babies. 
Thank all that is holy because a. Crying baby on a ten hour flight would've been pure hell. No amount of alcohol can make that high pitch sound any better. As a nanny I hear enough crying as it is. Plus it's never fun for the babies because ear popping from the air pressure can not be fun for them either!

2. I sat next to a cute guy 

3. I got to watch TFIOS (finally!) 
This was probably the worst mistake I've ever made on a plane. I was trying so hard not to sob on the plane. I'm pretty sure everyone could hear my sniffles but that's ok as long as they didn't have to hear my sobbing. Because let's be real I don't look good crying and sobbing just magnifies that ugly cry by ten fold.

But TIFOS was so good so maybe ti wasn't such a bad idea.

4. The plane didn't crash
And their weren't any bomb threats.
 
Whoo someone throw a celebratory party.

All jokes aside, this was actually a relief. In the past year two planes have crashed and there was a bomb threat on a plane in London. The bomb threat happened whils I was in Europe so that was nerve racking. 

Plus Ebola was all over the news when I was still in Europe. Early on there had been some talk that security at the airports would be tight to ensure that the virus didn't spread. This meant they would turn away those with signs of fever and other symptoms of Ebola. 

Another crazy thing that happened when I was away was that the volcano in Iceland became active. Not a big deal except for the fact that I had a layover in Iceland on my way home. 

So to summarize everything: I'm so glad I made it home without any problems.

5. I spent my time making playlists
Boredom on the flight turned into productivity. And yes I consider making playlists as being productive. Priorities man.
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Coming home

'I'm coming home, I'm coming home tell the world that I'm coming home.' 10 points to Griffindor if you can name that song.

On a different note (hehe pun!) I'm coming home to the states! I know I've been gone a long time when I start referring to US as 'the states'. I'm so excited to sleep in my own bed after traveling for two months. 

I forgot to write about my time in Amsterdam, so here are some pictures to ride you over till then.
Inside the cafe at the Van Gogh museum, you should definitely 'Gogh' there
Inside the cafe at the Van Gogh museum, you should definitely 'Gogh' there
More decor inside the Van Gogh museum
More decor inside the Van Gogh museum
Running in Amsterdam
Running in Amsterdam
I saw a heron while running in Amsterdam by our hotel
I saw a heron while running in Amsterdam by our hotel
Added another sticker to my suitcase
Added another sticker to my suitcase
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Ok some good things about Antwerp

Although Antwerp has been sketchy as fuck there are some redeeming factors. 

1. The chocolate. 
If you've read my other posts you can clearly see how much I love sweets. It's bad how much I love them. 

Although I like sweets I'm more of a baked goods girl than a chocolate girl. I'm a weirdo I know, everyone tells me. I would prefer a croissant or muffin over chocolate any day.

Despite this I can't deny how good Belgium chocolate is. I enjoyed it so much I bought 43€ worth of it, but don't worry most of  that is for people back home. 

I bought chocolate from Leonidas, which is just a few blocks away from the trainstation. They have lots I options to pick from, both prepackaged boxes and boxes you can pack with chocolate you pick. I chose to pick the chocolate myself. I chose a large box and there are about 90 pieces in there. 


2. The churches

Cue Hoziers song 'Take Me To Church'z The churches here are freaking amazing. If you're here I would suggest going to see the churches. A lot of them are gothic style and have amazing art in them. I would walk there if you have the option, the bus tour can take you there but it's not really worth it to pay to take the tour. 

3. The train station

This train station has been ranked as one forge most beautiful stations. It was reconstruction of the building began in 1895 and was completed in 1905. The station is covered in stone and has large arches with a glass done. For those familiar with architects, Jan Van Asperen, Louis Delacenserie and Clement van Bogaert have worked on it.

4. The mall

Like te station, the mall is housed in a gorgeous building. Similar to the station, the mall has a glass dome. The building was built in a Neoclasical style and is something you should defiantly see.

5. Waffles

Last but not least the waffles here are delightful. These waffles are sweet and are not the type of waffles you'd eat for breakfast everyday. If you did eat these waffles everyday, you'd probably gain 10 pounds of pure happiness. 

I had a waffle from the train station. There were assortment of waffles to pick from; there were white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and plain waffles. From there you could add toppings to the waffle. I ate a caramel waffle with whipped cream. It was so rich tht one waffle for my whole time in Antwerp will suffice.

Belgium review

I do not like Antwerp one bit. I have never felt so unsafe, uncomfortable, and violated in my life.

Walking down the street I was yelled at multiple times within the span of five blocks. It was broad daylight and I could feel guys ogling me. I'm not even a hot piece of ass yet this has happened everyday and everytime I have left the building. 

Kendall left the building in broad daylight to get some groceries. While on her way she was followed by an old man in a van. He kept trying to get her in the van. She walked by two cops and they didn't do anything. It was obvious she wanted their help but they just stood there. Kendal turned around and ran home after he kept following her, even flipping u turns multiple times when she changed her direction.
Not only are the guys creepy but the building that we are staying in feels unsafe. When we arrived to the flats there was a crack on the front door. It looked like someone had thrown a large rok at the heads pane. There's a lock on the front door, so I'm glad there's atleast that bit of safety.

Last but not least the flat we rented sucks. We rented a unit through BeHousing. The leasing office is open twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. These hours make it hard to reach them. One time the office was closed during their open hours. It was frustrating because we were trying to ask the office about the washing machine. We rented the flats because it had a kitchen and that there was a washing and drying machine in the building. When we arrived the machine was broken and the office was closed so we had no one to help us. When we finally able to get ahold of the office they told us that they couldn't help us with the building s washing machine. They had hired someone two weeks ago to fix it but the person never came. I'm appalled that they haven't tried harder to fix the machine, they could've easily hired someone else within the two weeks to fix it.

Music

Five songs I'm loving at the moment:
1. 'Prayer in C' by Lilly Woods & the Prick and Robin Shultz
2. 'Ghost' By Ella Henderson 
3. 'All about that bass' by Meghan Trainor
4. 'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding
5. 'My Fault' by Imagine Dragons 
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Things I'm glad I did in Paris

1. Climbed the Eiffel Tower
2.  Explored the first level of the Eiffel Tower
3. Everything that I ate
4. Took a bus tour
5. Put locks on Lovers Bridge
6. Shopped on the Seine
My new leather folder!
My new leather folder!
Inside the folder
Inside the folder

 The Eiffel Tower is massive, the Space Needle has nothing on it. I was going to take the elevator up, but decided that it'd be more fun to walk up. It's €5 to walk up the tower to the second platform but then it's €6 to take the elevator from the second platform to the top. It's very affordable and I would suggest going, even if ta just to the top. The top has a breathtaking view, it's a bit crowded but that's to be expected.
 The climb took about 15 minutes. I saw loads of people taking breaks and it's totally fine to take breaks if you need to.
 On the way up I stopped on the first platform to take pictures and then I scrambled up the stairs to the second platform. On the way down I stopped on the first platform to use the bathroom. I'm glad I did because I saw some things I hadn't noticed on the way uup. I saw the glass panels that you can stand on, it let's you see the people below. By the bathroom there is a short movie about the Eiffel Tower. Kendall and I wanted to eat at the restaurant but they were closed. They close after lunch to prep for dinner. If you want to eat there I'd suggest looking online to see when they're open.
 I have eaten so much while on this trip and my dresses are starting to get a wee bit tight. I don regret anything I ate though because they are so good. The macaroons and crepes are so much better in Paris than in the states. I had a savory crepe (chicken and cheese) and a sweet crepe (caramel). I also shared a box of 12 macaroons with Kendall. Out of all the macaroons my favorite were chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.
 I'm glad I took a hop on hop off bus tour. Everything is spread out but the bus tour made it easier to see everything. I don't like the tour that we decided to take because it was confusing. They have four lines you can take; blue, green, yellow, and orange. It's confusing trying to hop off one line and go to a different colored line. Plus it was expensive, they were only selling 48 hr passes when we got on the bus. Next time I'd want to go on the tour bus Foxitu the bus tour is 20€ for 24 hours. 
 Lovers Bridge is very corny but that didn't stop Kendall and I from going there! We put our names and the date on the lock before locking them on the bridge. If you forget your lock there are convienent stands next to the bridge selling loks for about €7. 
 Along the Seine there are stands selling souvenirs. We went there to buy souvenirs but was pleasently surprised to find that some of them sell antiques. I'm glad I didn't overlook the stands because I got a gorgeous red leather folder. I plan on using it for class and for my portfolio. The folder even has a lock and key. I can also use the folder as a clutch.
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Antwerp, Belgium: day 1

Flat that we rented for $60 a night. We arrived to find the front glass door had cracks in it.
Flat that we rented for $60 a night. We arrived to find the front glass door had cracks in it.
I upgraded to a suitcase because I have accumulated too much stuff. But now I get to show off via stickers where my suitcase has been
I upgraded to a suitcase because I have accumulated too much stuff. But now I get to show off via stickers where my suitcase has been
Eating breakfast in bed! Breakfast: yogurt, banana, kiwi, and granola.
Eating breakfast in bed! Breakfast: yogurt, banana, kiwi, and granola.
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Drunk Clepto

Pub coasters!
Pub coasters!
Sometimes when I get drunk I make questionable decisions. On a pub crawl I decided to take coasters from each pub we hit. Well it kind of became a thing even when I'm not drunk. So now I try to get coasters from each place I get a drink from. When I get home I'm going to frame them and put them on my wall. 

So far I have coasters from Munich, Frankfurt, Innsbruck and Verona. My collection is coming along  very nicely I'd say. 
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Paris

Paris has been too good to us! The five days just flew by. I'm really glad we stayed with my family while we were there, because Paris is so expensive.

We went to a Starbucks and it was about 5€ For a tall drink. Lady and gents from the states that's about $6.50 for a tall drink. Yes we went to Starbucks in Paris, but for good reason I promise. One it has wifi and two it reminds me of home (Seattle).

However the Starbucks at the central train station was actually cheaper; a tall was about 4€. Usually train stations are going to have more expensive food, but for the most part this was not true. Food closer to the main part of Paris was crazy expensive. So I'd suggest going to the train station for coffee, pasteries, and paninis if it's convienent.


Starbucks in Paris spelling my name wrong 🙈. Starbucks reminds me of home (Seattle).
Starbucks in Paris spelling my name wrong 🙈. Starbucks reminds me of home (Seattle).
Draft of the Eiffel Tower on the top level of the Eiffel Tower.
Draft of the Eiffel Tower on the top level of the Eiffel Tower.
Standing on glass panels on the first level of the Eiffel Tower.
Standing on glass panels on the first level of the Eiffel Tower.
The ground always wins. I was getting off the bus when I fell in front of everyone.
The ground always wins. I was getting off the bus when I fell in front of everyone.
Macaroons 😋
Macaroons 😋
Kendal and I shared a box of macaroons
Kendal and I shared a box of macaroons
Eating a macaroon on the Seine on my last day in Paris.
Eating a macaroon on the Seine on my last day in Paris.
The locks on lovers bridge
The locks on lovers bridge
Drinks in Paris on our last day
Drinks in Paris on our last day
I fell while rushing to catch the train
I fell while rushing to catch the train
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Reminiscing

Reminiscing on the art installations I did before I left for my trip to Europe. Although I'm having a wonderful time here, I'm starting to miss home. When I get back I plan on starting a new project. 
Think outside the box
Think outside the box
Part of 'this here'. This forest won't be here for forever so let's cherish it.
Part of 'this here'. This forest won't be here for forever so let's cherish it.
'This life is temporary' first bridge poem I did. (This is still my absolute favorite!)
'This life is temporary' first bridge poem I did. (This is still my absolute favorite!)
You deserve the world. But first you have to earn what you deserve
You deserve the world. But first you have to earn what you deserve
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Thank you letter

Were leaving frankfurt tomorrow are going to Paris. While there we are going to stay with my family. They're putting up with us for 6 days so a thank you letter was necessary.

I've enjoyed sewing since I was young and I decided to make them a stitched thank you letter. I took the paper from my hotel room and used thread, a button and a safety pin from my hotel room as well. So this thank you letter cost nothing! Score! I'm going to get a frame to put this in and then I'll be done!
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Textile design

I'm having loads of fun making patterns. There's something relaxing in doing something so repetitive. I'm really enjoying how much time I have to myself whilst traveling. At home I never would've had this much extra time to play around and doodle. My friend ken mentioned that maybe I should go into textile design. And my cousin emily just asked me to design besdsheets for her. So maybe textile design would be the perfect thing for me.
Triangles
Triangles
And another design
And another design
Sketching designs in Starbucks
Sketching designs in Starbucks
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Shopping in Frankfurt

Shopping in Frankfurt is wonderful. Too bad I couldn't afford 95% of the things I fell in love with. 

Frankfurt has a ton of home decor stores. My favorite was called Kontrast. One day when I have a salary job I'm going to come back to Frankfurt and furnish my home with items from here. ALSO there are so many antique shops. Seriously love it here. 

I bought a salt and pepper shaker for myself at an antique shop, records for my cousins, and plates for the kids I nanny for. The only things I bought from a souviner shop were the plates for my kids. Can't get over the salt and pepper shaker, they were only 3.5 €, what a steal!

I found a cute home decor shop with sayings framed in them. Pancakes are my favorite thing and this frame can basically sum up my feelings for Pancakes. Sadly I did not buy them but maybe I can order it online when I get home (and have more money!) 
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Food

Missing some real food right about now! It's September 1 and I'm sick of pastries. Id like to put it on the record that this is the first and possibly the only time you'll ever hear me say this. I'm broke and the only food I can afford at this point are cheap food aka pastries. I'm so sick of sugar right now! I'm craving veggies and meat right about now. Hell, maybe even some bread and butter. There is real possibility that I might get scurvy soon. The struggle is real.
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Music lovin'

I've been listening to a handful of songs on repeat because my usual means of music (pandora) doesn't work in Europe. (Wtf pandora how else am I going to listen to music from the states?) Anyway here are the current songs I'm obsessing over. I either have the songs on my phone or I just listen to it, over and over again,  on YouTube.

1. 'Like Real People Do' by Hozier. I love his song 'Take Me to Church', but this song is an equally good song. It's a good song to listen to on a lazy morning. 

2. 'Don't' by Ed Sheeran. I went to his concert in 2013 and it was perfect, just like him. This is a different style than his past albums and I really like that he's dipping his toes in other styles. This song has a lot of soul behind it and it's SO good.

3. 'Budapest' by George Ezra. I heard this in Germany a couple weeks ago and it's wonderful. The only channels on the tv that are in English have been BBC and MTV (music videos that are in English, unfortunately none of their lovely shows are in English). We have been watching a lot of music videos because of the lack of English channels. This isn't such a bad thing because they keep playing 'Budapest'.

4. 'Medicine' by Jamestown Revival. I don't remember how I stumbled upon this song and I don't care, I'm just thankful that I have! 

5. 'Weekend' by Priory. I first heard this on 107.7 the end, the dj predicted it would be a big hit for summer. I whole heartily agree, it's a great song if you want to get pumped up. I really like listening to this while I get ready.

I enjoy finding new songs, but when I do I usually listen to it on repeat for a very long time- think weeks. Do you do this? Have any songs you'd suggest? I love listening to new songs, so send them my way!
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Innsbruck: day 2

We bought an Innsbruck city pass yesterday. There are a couple options to pick from and we chose the 48hr pass for 41€. The pass enables you to see all the museums and attractions there. You also have a one visit up the gondola and 50% off bikes rentals. If you get the pass make sure to read the fine print. We didn't and we didn't see that on some things there are a maximum times you can go on. Before we realized this, I had made plans to go on the gondola loads of times instead of just once. This is silly in my opinion but it turned out ok.  The pass also allows you to use public transportation for 24 hrs.

So today we took the bus tour (free with the Innsbruck card), went to two museums, and went to the Swarvorski crystal museum. The crystal museum was so cool! 
 
The bus tour took to a lot of places. We saw the Olympic arena, museums, castle, among other things. I would suggest the bus tour if you're short on time. It allows you to see the most out of the city in a short amount of time. Plus there's an audio guide to tell you the history of each place. Also if you want to get off at one of the attractions you can and then another bus will be there within the hour.




Ate a strudel this morning, if you're in Austria you NEED to try their strudels
Ate a strudel this morning, if you're in Austria you NEED to try their strudels
Castle grounds
Castle grounds
Castle grounds
Castle grounds
Castle grounds. The garden was well manicured and you can kind of see a hedge in this
Castle grounds. The garden was well manicured and you can kind of see a hedge in this
Castle grounds. I love doorways especially if the doors are unique. Plus I love the lamp above it
Castle grounds. I love doorways especially if the doors are unique. Plus I love the lamp above it
Entrance to the Swarvorski museum
Entrance to the Swarvorski museum
Swarvorski chandelier
Swarvorski chandelier
Cool looking diamond display
Cool looking diamond display
Cool wall element in the Swarovski Museum, it's what a crystal looks like
Cool wall element in the Swarovski Museum, it's what a crystal looks like
I found my luck, it's in the Swarovski Museum
I found my luck, it's in the Swarovski Museum
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Innsbruck: day 1

Our first day in Innsbruck was wonderous. We went on the gondola into the alps and ate at the restaurant up there. We also wandered around the city and poked our heads into all the quiet shops. 

There are a ton of gelato shops here so I if course got some :) it was yummy but not as yummy as gelato from Italy. Sigh I'm missing Italy and the gelato from there. 


Ken on top of the mountain
Ken on top of the mountain
Made some new friends 🐦
Made some new friends 🐦
Alps + fog
Alps + fog
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Apps!

I finished my application for uw whilst traveling. I'm freaking awful at doing things when I should, I just procrastinate way too much.

When I was filling out the application I realized I needed to send out transcripts as well. Before the transcripts could be set out I had to fill out a consent form, sign it, and fax it to the school where I was requesting my transcript. How the hell was I going to do this while in a foreign country, with no access to a computer and no time to find a fax machine??

Well there's an app for everything! I found an app to fill out the consent form while in the document and I also found an app to fax it. These apps saved my ass! I was able to do everything from my phone.

The first app is called called Sign Easy. I was able to import the PDF from the schools website. From there I was able to write out text to fill it out. I was also able to drag the text, change the font and the font size within the app.
You can sign and also fill out the documents with text
You can sign and also fill out the documents with text
You can import the file from websites
You can import the file from websites
For safety reasons there are security features
For safety reasons there are security features
It saves the documents so you don't lose it!
It saves the documents so you don't lose it!

Verona: last day

Wine 🍷🍷🍷
Wine 🍷🍷🍷
Today was our last day in Italy.  We spent the day wandering around verona. We went to Juliet's balcony and the arena. 

I was so stoked for the arena! Back in the day itt was used for fighting, a bomb shelter, brothel, and a make shift soccer field. How cool is that?! I was in the same place where gladiators used to fight 😳. Still can't get over it. While there, the arena was set up for Romeo and Juliet. There are also concerts held at the arena but only the best are given the privledge of playing there. I wish we could've seen a show in the arena. Oh well, guess I'll have to come back!

Juliet's balcony was a bit over rated. It was cool but so so so crowded. It's the big pull for tourists though so I wasn't expecting anything less. I get a bit claustrophobic so being crammed next to people was not ideal. 


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Verona: food

SO MUCH FOOD.
SO MUCH FOOD.
Holy shit we got so much food the other day! 

Were staying at best western and their service is ace. The have a complimentary breakfast from 7-1030. They do not skimp on breakfast! Most places have one table of food, but here they had 2 tables place a third table for drinks. They had three types of croissants plus other pasteries, cereal, fruit, and all sorts of bread eggs meat and cheese.

I went down to breakfast and ate a ton because I figured it would be my one meal for the day. However, I went back to the room and ken decided she wanted to have them deliver breakfast to our room for 5 euro. We had enough food from that for lunch and dinner! We split the room charge and ate like kings. 

Since were traveling on a budget this was a great way for us to save money! We spent 2.50 euro each on food that lasted us for lunch and dinner. With the money we saved, we can spend it on things in town. Read: gelato and lots of it.

We're definetly going to be doing this in every place we stay in from now on!

Train: Munich to Verona

Ok time to rant: I hate people on the train sometimes. On the train we shared a private car with a couple. I don't care how in love you are or if you're on your honeymoon, it is not ok to makeout while next to someone! They were making out right next to me and getting a bit handsy. Ugh the train ride was 7 freaking hours and they would not let up! 

Train ettiqute: 
1. Don't talk on your phone for the whole time. 10 minutes tops.
2. If you're in a large car don't talk loudly- other people might be trying to sleep.
3. Don't blast your music! Ken and I were in a private car from Berlin to Prague and there was someone doing this! It was on full blast and we could hear it the whole time. Not a fan of German techno.
4. If you're sitting in a seat that's reserved without a reservation- just be aware that you might get kicked out if the person with the reservation gets on.
5. If you're a gent, people are going to ask you for help putting luggage on top of the racks.
6.If you see someone struggling with their luggage when putting it on top- please be nice and offer to help. Especially if the person is an elderly person!
7. PDA is not a thing. A kiss is ok, but no tongue or feeling up the other person please.
8. Don't put your feet on the seats, it's rude.
9. Make sure you put your stuff where you can see it- preferably above your head in the overhang.
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Sundays

Ken not amused that everything's closed
Ken not amused that everything's closed
I forget that a lot of things in Europe are closed on Sundays. When I say a lot I mean just about everything; grocery stores, restaurants, shopping center, even pubs! This is kind of unfortunate because it leaves us with nothing to do. Luckily Starbucks is still open on Sundays! Yay for that and free wifi.

Men

I've been watching Ted talks whilst abroad. I like to watch these as I unwind from the day, plus it gives me a chance to hang out with Ken.

Well, I stumbled across an amazing beatboxer from Australia. His name is Tom Thum and I'm in awe of what he can do with his mouth! He is also very good looking. My favorite videos by him are the covers he does and also his collaboration with other artists.

I have a love for guys with long hair. My friends all say I have a weird taste in men, but hey I like what I like! Anywho through watching loads of Tom Thum videos, I stumbled upon Jamie MacDowell and I think I'm in love. He is a long haired fellow who really knows how to croon and strum the guitar. 



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Backpacking

Currently backpacking in Europe with a friend of mine. I've known Kendal since I was in first grade. She's pretty cool, I guess.

So far we have been to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and we're in Munich now. From here we're going to Verona, Innsbruck, Frankfurt, Paris, Antwerp, and then back to Amsterdam.

We flew into Amsterdam and we're also flying out of there which is why we're circling back to there. 

I don't even mind going to Amsterdam twice because it's so lovely. 


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What to do in Munich

To do

Hotel: we stayed at Hotel Seibel over by Bavararing. It's close to the trainstation but a little walk away from Marienplatz. 

Marienplatz is where all good stuff happens. We went on Sandemens Free Walking tour, which started at Marienplatz. Most tours start at Marienplatz, not just the walking tour. 

Drink: there's a wonderful bar by Marienplatz named Kennedy's. It's an Irish bar with live music. It can get super busy and loud there though. I went there with some guys and a girl I met on the Beer Challenge.

Speaking of Beer Challenge I went on the Beer Challenge, also hosted by Sandemans. It was 12€ and in my opinion, it was worth it. We went to beer halls and they told us the history of Munich and beer. (THEY LOVE BEER, in case you didn't know that.) The 12€ gets you two beers and a Jagermiester. What they don't tell you is that some of the places you go to you have to pay out of pocket. I met a ton of people from different hostels and it was loads of fun. Most people on the challenge spoke English so that was nice. The Beer Challenge is a great way to meet people. I've heard from others that the club crawl is also loads of fun. Usually Sandmans will host a pub crawl in each city they have a free tour. I have yet to go on one yet and perhaps it's for the best.

Eat: There was a really good restaurant around the corner of our hotel. It was called Ma Bone and it advertises that it's a cafe, bar and restaurant. I had pasta there and burgers. The burger there was so delightful that I went back another day for one. The burgers are good even by my American standards (someone told me Munich has awful burgers). Well let me tell you just how good these burgers were; I'd eat it over Dicks, In n' Out, or Red Robin burgers any day.

I'd also suggest going to the bakeries by Marienplatz. They have croissants, sandwiches,and pastries ranging from 1-3€.

By Marienplatz is a market. They had fresh juices, which is kind of a big deal for me. I used to juice the shit out of just about any fruit back home. Ugh I'm missing orange pineapple vegg juice right about now. Anyway the market also has paninis for around 3-4€. These were huge and left me full for. a very long time. I had the proscutio and mozzarella tomato panini on two separate occasions. Both were ace.

Munich: English Gardens

Going to the English gardens in Munich today. Ken and I plan on having a picnic there. It's a bit of a walk from our hotel (hotel seibel) so we're going to spend all day there. When we finally have enough energy then we'll head back have dinner and wander around.


Munich

Found the wardrobe to Narnia!
Found the wardrobe to Narnia!
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Super adorable (kids) costume

Jumping for joy because the costume is all done!
Jumping for joy because the costume is all done!
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Seattle Waterfront 

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Bainbridge Island photos

Cute fabric store
Cute fabric store
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Bainbridge

Graffiti in downtown bainbridge
Graffiti in downtown bainbridge
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Rock n' roll

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Drinks

Me with all my friends
Me with all my friends
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Forts and good times

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Hair Tutorial 

I tried 'the little things' tutorial
I tried 'the little things' tutorial
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Tumblr

I read a question on a post on Tumblr, it read “If you knew one of your loved ones/best friends had only one day left to live, how would you spend that last day with them?” And I guess ever since then I’ve been stuck on those words.

            I have a lot of questions for this question. For example, does the other person know that they have one day left to live, because this makes a very big difference? And another question do I have a full day, a full 24 hours? Do I get to choose when the clock starts ticking?

            Obviously this question is hypothetical, so there is no one out there to answer. There is no God, no one to tell me what is right. So I will set the parameters for this question that was meant to be so simple. Confucius once said, “life is simple, but we insist on making it more complicated.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Sunday funday: Down syndrome walk

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Unemployed

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OOTD

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Lazy/ Productive Day In Seattle

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OOTD

Trench (Gap old), tights (Betsy Johnson- Buffalo Exchange they kind of suck), black dress (Urban Outfitters old), buffalo dress (2 hearts- Buffalo Echange)
Trench (Gap old), tights (Betsy Johnson- Buffalo Exchange they kind of suck), black dress (Urban Outfitters old), buffalo dress (2 hearts- Buffalo Echange)
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Road Trip Playlist With a Side of Sad

No smiles because we're stuck in traffic
No smiles because we're stuck in traffic
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10/1 Cycling

I've been cycling again! Can't get enough of it. I keep forgetting to use the workouts I repin on Pinterest...but next time. (That's what I said last time whoops!) Oh well one day. Here are some videos I watched to keep me entertained:

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Suitcase

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Work 10/1

A found cranberries stuck together that formed a hear
A found cranberries stuck together that formed a hear
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Books

Currently at the library reading up
Currently at the library reading up
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10 reasons I Want To Go Back to Iceland

10 Reasons I want to go back to Iceland

1.Northern Lights.

I’ve been to Alaska loads of times but I seem to always miss the Northern lights (darn you summer time, cue summer time sadness) But in all the pictures the Northern Lights always, always, always, seem breathe taking, I bet they’re even better in person. 

2.Volcanoes

As a child Volcanoes have always fascinated me. I know that over the summer (not summer Septermber) Bardarbunga erupted in Iceland. That is a bit daunting,but that wouldn’t deter me from going to Iceland if given the opportunity. There’s a tour in Iceland that allows you to go inside the Volcano. You actually go inside a volcano that was once erupted. How cool is that??

3.Lava Caving

What’s that, you say? Never heard of ‘Lava Caving’? Don’t worry I hadn’t either until about a month ago. Apparently it’s where you climb on the lava field before sliding on your belly down the lava. It’s like sliding down a playground slid, just more bumpy and outdoorsy. 

4.ICE CLIMBING (all capitals are completely necessary) 

I have been completely driving my mom bonkers with this one. I’ve been asking her for this for Christmas since I was 16 (I’m 21 now) and she still won’t say yes. I always forget to buy it for myself until the next year rolls around after she rejects yet again. Anyways back to ice climbing. I love rock climbing. I’ve dabbled in rock climbing since I was 14 but I’ve never been serious about it and I can’t call myself a rock climber. Regardless of this I still want to try my hand at ice climbing. Although it sounds hard it’s not necessary to have a ton of upper body muscle to try this sport out (read: you don’t have to be the hulk to do this) But you do have to be somewhat fit to do this. So hopefully I will be able to do this soon, and hopefully it’s in Iceland!

5.Scuba Diving

But this isn’t just any regular diving. Oh no, this dive takes you to where two tectonic plates separate. How cool is that? 

6.Mountain Biking

The terrain is perfect for mountain biking plus I’m sure there will be trails for all types of levels.* The land is composed of lava fields, glaciers, and volcanoes.  *i’m not sure but I’ll look more into it!

7. Skydiving

I’m saving up to get certified in the states. So you can be sure if given the chance to dive in a foreign country, I would most certainly go!

8. Surfing

Because who doesn’t want to go surfing in those temperatures?? But really you can go surfing in Iceland! Mind blown! Just be sure to get the thickest wetsuit on Earth, because that’s going to be necessary.  

9.Cliff Jumping

If you haven’t noticed I kind of really enjoy adrenaline rushes, cliff jumping is no exception. There are some rafting tours that sometimes also do cliff jumping. I couldn’t find any places that just cliff jumping. But when I do eventually do go to Iceland maybe I’ll just ask some locals where the best places to cliff jump is instead of shelling out money for a rafting trip. 

10. Go to the Hot Springs

When I was in first grade my family and I went to the natural hot springs in Canada. I remember it smelled awful. But I also remember it felt good and that my skin felt so good and rejuvenated (even thought I was only 6). 

Written by Samantha

Photo Credit to Russell Fisher 

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Iceland to Seattle

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New Domain

So I have a brand new domain, it's not a huge change. It's just Samantha-may.com instead of Samantha-may.jimdo.com I know not a huge deal. But if you try to type in the old domain it'll redirect you to this brand new one. I had to get a new domain because if you clicked on Samantha-may.Jimdo.com from a different site like Pinterest it wouldn't connect. According to the lovely people at Jimdo it's only for "upgraded members". SO I shelled out the $80 per year, it better be worth it Jimdo!


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Tattoo 

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Why I love babysitting

Shadows
Shadows
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Pre interview post

I fully admit to being a goob. I showed up to my interview an hour early, who does that? I accidentally wrote down 11:30 instead of 12:30 and so I showed up at pagliacci and sat outside waiting. And waiting. 

I finally called the call center to ask what was up because no was there (they don't open until 3) They also asked me who I had an interview with so they could bother the right person. Well I totally forgot her name so that was super embarrassing too. so eventually they made some phone calls for me which was super nice and helpful. .And then it turned out I had the time wrong. UGH way to make a good impression. Atleast they know I like to be early right? 

Anywho with  all my free time I went to Tullys and grabbed a soy chai. Don't hate on Tullys, it's owned by Starbucks.
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Saturday Cycling

Woo I just became a member at LA fitness! I L.O.V.E. it there. I especially enjoy having an entire cycling room to myself. 

I cycled for an hour today. During that hour I entertained myself part of the time by listening to poetry slam. 

Here is what I listened to:

  1. "To the Boys Waiting to Date My Daughter"
  2. "When A Boy Tells You He Loves You"
  3. "The Drug Dealer's Daughter"
  4. "Suicide Note"
  5. "Essay On Crying in Public"
  6. "How We Learned to Love
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Prague

Over the summer I went to Europe and went to Amsterdam ➡️ Berlin➡️ Prague➡️ Munich➡️ Verona➡️Innsbruck➡️ Frankfurt➡️ Paris➡️ Provins➡️ Antwerp➡️ And back to Amsterdam.

If I could live in one place it would be in Prague. Prague has everything I could everything I could every want and more: classical concerts, art museums, art galleries, churches, Irish men. It was like I had died and gone to heaven.

One of my favorite attractions I had visited was the Antonin Dvorak Museum. It's really cheap to go here and the structure itself is beautiful. Walking up to it the gate really catches your eye. Before going into the museum I walked around the museum grounds and there were statues everywhere and it was so quiet and nice to just wander with my thoughts.  

Once inside I paid for my ticket and then the lady told me if I was going to take pictures I had to pay a fee, which I thought was stupid. I didn't pay the fee. I walked upstairs and saw that other people had paid the fee; they wore stickers that said 'photo access'. I tried to sneak a couple pictures of the curling but they turned out blurry. The ceiling had paintings of cherubs on them and it was beautiful.

Around the back of the stairs is a nook. Here you can listen to different instrumental compositions of Dvorak's work. I listened to string and piano compositions. I stayed here for a very long time. I could've stayed here all day but they were closing. I got kicked out of a museum.
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Work grind

Reflections
Reflections
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Neon run

It's 5 in the freakin' morning and guess what I just bought: entry to a run.
It's 5 in the freakin' morning and guess what I just bought: entry to a run.
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Ha

Just me being a dinosaur nbd
Just me being a dinosaur nbd

First day back on the job

My little Spider-Man (or spider woman)
My little Spider-Man (or spider woman)
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Clothes refashion

Dress: before
Dress: before
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Running

I may not be the fastest but I'm making progress
I may not be the fastest but I'm making progress
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Tea

Not yet 3 and it's my third big cup o' tea
Not yet 3 and it's my third big cup o' tea

Necklace

As promised here is the necklace I bought the other day. ($6 buffalo exchange)
As promised here is the necklace I bought the other day. ($6 buffalo exchange)
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8 travel trips under $100 a day

I met a girl in Europe who was doing a tour through contiki tours. Now that I have so much time on my hands I can look up the tours and dream about going on them one day.
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Back in the States, you know what that means: shopping

Ampersand ring (Buffalo Exchange $6)
Ampersand ring (Buffalo Exchange $6)
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The best of tinder

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Sunday morning

It's not even 9 am and I've already finished my workout. Ah yeah! 

I ran this lovely morning. I'm slow as hell but atleast I did it! 


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Souvenirs

Key chain I bought from the can Gogh museum (how fitting!). It's an ear ring that's lobess of fun hehe I love me some awful puns
Key chain I bought from the can Gogh museum (how fitting!). It's an ear ring that's lobess of fun hehe I love me some awful puns
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New planner

2.99 planner from half price books
2.99 planner from half price books
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Sketching

Fox sketch- any suggestions on how to make it better?
Fox sketch- any suggestions on how to make it better?
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Run

Quote from Vega 4 song
Quote from Vega 4 song

Plane boredom but also plain boredom (heehee see what I did there)

I entertained myself for ten hours by watching a movie, writing, and typography.
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Plane rides

Plane rides suck. Being enclosed for log periods of time is just not up my alley. 
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Coming home

'I'm coming home, I'm coming home tell the world that I'm coming home.' 10 points to Griffindor if you can name that song.

On a different note (hehe pun!) I'm coming home to the states! I know I've been gone a long time when I start referring to US as 'the states'. I'm so excited to sleep in my own bed after traveling for two months. 

I forgot to write about my time in Amsterdam, so here are some pictures to ride you over till then.
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Ok some good things about Antwerp

Although Antwerp has been sketchy as fuck there are some redeeming factors. 

1. The chocolate. 
If you've read my other posts you can clearly see how much I love sweets. It's bad how much I love them. 

Although I like sweets I'm more of a baked goods girl than a chocolate girl. I'm a weirdo I know, everyone tells me. I would prefer a croissant or muffin over chocolate any day.

Despite this I can't deny how good Belgium chocolate is. I enjoyed it so much I bought 43€ worth of it, but don't worry most of  that is for people back home. 

I bought chocolate from Leonidas, which is just a few blocks away from the trainstation. They have lots I options to pick from, both prepackaged boxes and boxes you can pack with chocolate you pick. I chose to pick the chocolate myself. I chose a large box and there are about 90 pieces in there. 
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Belgium review

I do not like Antwerp one bit. I have never felt so unsafe, uncomfortable, and violated in my life.

Walking down the street I was yelled at multiple times within the span of five blocks. It was broad daylight and I could feel guys ogling me. I'm not even a hot piece of ass yet this has happened everyday and everytime I have left the building. 

Kendall left the building in broad daylight to get some groceries. While on her way she was followed by an old man in a van. He kept trying to get her in the van. She walked by two cops and they didn't do anything. It was obvious she wanted their help but they just stood there. Kendal turned around and ran home after he kept following her, even flipping u turns multiple times when she changed her direction.
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Music

Five songs I'm loving at the moment:
1. 'Prayer in C' by Lilly Woods & the Prick and Robin Shultz
2. 'Ghost' By Ella Henderson 
3. 'All about that bass' by Meghan Trainor
4. 'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding
5. 'My Fault' by Imagine Dragons 
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Things I'm glad I did in Paris

1. Climbed the Eiffel Tower
2.  Explored the first level of the Eiffel Tower
3. Everything that I ate
4. Took a bus tour
5. Put locks on Lovers Bridge
6. Shopped on the Seine
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Antwerp, Belgium: day 1

Flat that we rented for $60 a night. We arrived to find the front glass door had cracks in it.
Flat that we rented for $60 a night. We arrived to find the front glass door had cracks in it.
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Drunk Clepto

Pub coasters!
Pub coasters!
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Paris

Paris has been too good to us! The five days just flew by. I'm really glad we stayed with my family while we were there, because Paris is so expensive.

We went to a Starbucks and it was about 5€ For a tall drink. Lady and gents from the states that's about $6.50 for a tall drink. Yes we went to Starbucks in Paris, but for good reason I promise. One it has wifi and two it reminds me of home (Seattle).

However the Starbucks at the central train station was actually cheaper; a tall was about 4€. Usually train stations are going to have more expensive food, but for the most part this was not true. Food closer to the main part of Paris was crazy expensive. So I'd suggest going to the train station for coffee, pasteries, and paninis if it's convienent.


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Reminiscing

Reminiscing on the art installations I did before I left for my trip to Europe. Although I'm having a wonderful time here, I'm starting to miss home. When I get back I plan on starting a new project. 
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Thank you letter

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Textile design

I'm having loads of fun making patterns. There's something relaxing in doing something so repetitive. I'm really enjoying how much time I have to myself whilst traveling. At home I never would've had this much extra time to play around and doodle. My friend ken mentioned that maybe I should go into textile design. And my cousin emily just asked me to design besdsheets for her. So maybe textile design would be the perfect thing for me.
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Shopping in Frankfurt

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Food

Missing some real food right about now! It's September 1 and I'm sick of pastries. Id like to put it on the record that this is the first and possibly the only time you'll ever hear me say this. I'm broke and the only food I can afford at this point are cheap food aka pastries. I'm so sick of sugar right now! I'm craving veggies and meat right about now. Hell, maybe even some bread and butter. There is real possibility that I might get scurvy soon. The struggle is real.
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Music lovin'

I've been listening to a handful of songs on repeat because my usual means of music (pandora) doesn't work in Europe. (Wtf pandora how else am I going to listen to music from the states?) Anyway here are the current songs I'm obsessing over. I either have the songs on my phone or I just listen to it, over and over again,  on YouTube.

1. 'Like Real People Do' by Hozier. I love his song 'Take Me to Church', but this song is an equally good song. It's a good song to listen to on a lazy morning. 

2. 'Don't' by Ed Sheeran. I went to his concert in 2013 and it was perfect, just like him. This is a different style than his past albums and I really like that he's dipping his toes in other styles. This song has a lot of soul behind it and it's SO good.

3. 'Budapest' by George Ezra. I heard this in Germany a couple weeks ago and it's wonderful. The only channels on the tv that are in English have been BBC and MTV (music videos that are in English, unfortunately none of their lovely shows are in English). We have been watching a lot of music videos because of the lack of English channels. This isn't such a bad thing because they keep playing 'Budapest'.

4. 'Medicine' by Jamestown Revival. I don't remember how I stumbled upon this song and I don't care, I'm just thankful that I have! 

5. 'Weekend' by Priory. I first heard this on 107.7 the end, the dj predicted it would be a big hit for summer. I whole heartily agree, it's a great song if you want to get pumped up. I really like listening to this while I get ready.

I enjoy finding new songs, but when I do I usually listen to it on repeat for a very long time- think weeks. Do you do this? Have any songs you'd suggest? I love listening to new songs, so send them my way!
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Innsbruck: day 2

We bought an Innsbruck city pass yesterday. There are a couple options to pick from and we chose the 48hr pass for 41€. The pass enables you to see all the museums and attractions there. You also have a one visit up the gondola and 50% off bikes rentals. If you get the pass make sure to read the fine print. We didn't and we didn't see that on some things there are a maximum times you can go on. Before we realized this, I had made plans to go on the gondola loads of times instead of just once. This is silly in my opinion but it turned out ok.  The pass also allows you to use public transportation for 24 hrs.

So today we took the bus tour (free with the Innsbruck card), went to two museums, and went to the Swarvorski crystal museum. The crystal museum was so cool! 
 
The bus tour took to a lot of places. We saw the Olympic arena, museums, castle, among other things. I would suggest the bus tour if you're short on time. It allows you to see the most out of the city in a short amount of time. Plus there's an audio guide to tell you the history of each place. Also if you want to get off at one of the attractions you can and then another bus will be there within the hour.




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Innsbruck: day 1

Our first day in Innsbruck was wonderous. We went on the gondola into the alps and ate at the restaurant up there. We also wandered around the city and poked our heads into all the quiet shops. 

There are a ton of gelato shops here so I if course got some :) it was yummy but not as yummy as gelato from Italy. Sigh I'm missing Italy and the gelato from there. 


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Apps!

I finished my application for uw whilst traveling. I'm freaking awful at doing things when I should, I just procrastinate way too much.

When I was filling out the application I realized I needed to send out transcripts as well. Before the transcripts could be set out I had to fill out a consent form, sign it, and fax it to the school where I was requesting my transcript. How the hell was I going to do this while in a foreign country, with no access to a computer and no time to find a fax machine??

Well there's an app for everything! I found an app to fill out the consent form while in the document and I also found an app to fax it. These apps saved my ass! I was able to do everything from my phone.

The first app is called called Sign Easy. I was able to import the PDF from the schools website. From there I was able to write out text to fill it out. I was also able to drag the text, change the font and the font size within the app.
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Verona: last day

Wine 🍷🍷🍷
Wine 🍷🍷🍷
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Verona: food

SO MUCH FOOD.
SO MUCH FOOD.
Holy shit we got so much food the other day! 

Were staying at best western and their service is ace. The have a complimentary breakfast from 7-1030. They do not skimp on breakfast! Most places have one table of food, but here they had 2 tables place a third table for drinks. They had three types of croissants plus other pasteries, cereal, fruit, and all sorts of bread eggs meat and cheese.

I went down to breakfast and ate a ton because I figured it would be my one meal for the day. However, I went back to the room and ken decided she wanted to have them deliver breakfast to our room for 5 euro. We had enough food from that for lunch and dinner! We split the room charge and ate like kings. 

Since were traveling on a budget this was a great way for us to save money! We spent 2.50 euro each on food that lasted us for lunch and dinner. With the money we saved, we can spend it on things in town. Read: gelato and lots of it.

We're definetly going to be doing this in every place we stay in from now on!

Train: Munich to Verona

Ok time to rant: I hate people on the train sometimes. On the train we shared a private car with a couple. I don't care how in love you are or if you're on your honeymoon, it is not ok to makeout while next to someone! They were making out right next to me and getting a bit handsy. Ugh the train ride was 7 freaking hours and they would not let up! 

Train ettiqute: 
1. Don't talk on your phone for the whole time. 10 minutes tops.
2. If you're in a large car don't talk loudly- other people might be trying to sleep.
3. Don't blast your music! Ken and I were in a private car from Berlin to Prague and there was someone doing this! It was on full blast and we could hear it the whole time. Not a fan of German techno.
4. If you're sitting in a seat that's reserved without a reservation- just be aware that you might get kicked out if the person with the reservation gets on.
5. If you're a gent, people are going to ask you for help putting luggage on top of the racks.
6.If you see someone struggling with their luggage when putting it on top- please be nice and offer to help. Especially if the person is an elderly person!
7. PDA is not a thing. A kiss is ok, but no tongue or feeling up the other person please.
8. Don't put your feet on the seats, it's rude.
9. Make sure you put your stuff where you can see it- preferably above your head in the overhang.
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Sundays

Ken not amused that everything's closed
Ken not amused that everything's closed
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Men

I've been watching Ted talks whilst abroad. I like to watch these as I unwind from the day, plus it gives me a chance to hang out with Ken.

Well, I stumbled across an amazing beatboxer from Australia. His name is Tom Thum and I'm in awe of what he can do with his mouth! He is also very good looking. My favorite videos by him are the covers he does and also his collaboration with other artists.

I have a love for guys with long hair. My friends all say I have a weird taste in men, but hey I like what I like! Anywho through watching loads of Tom Thum videos, I stumbled upon Jamie MacDowell and I think I'm in love. He is a long haired fellow who really knows how to croon and strum the guitar. 


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Backpacking

Currently backpacking in Europe with a friend of mine. I've known Kendal since I was in first grade. She's pretty cool, I guess.

So far we have been to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and we're in Munich now. From here we're going to Verona, Innsbruck, Frankfurt, Paris, Antwerp, and then back to Amsterdam.

We flew into Amsterdam and we're also flying out of there which is why we're circling back to there. 

I don't even mind going to Amsterdam twice because it's so lovely. 


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What to do in Munich

To do

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Munich: English Gardens

Going to the English gardens in Munich today. Ken and I plan on having a picnic there. It's a bit of a walk from our hotel (hotel seibel) so we're going to spend all day there. When we finally have enough energy then we'll head back have dinner and wander around.


Munich

Found the wardrobe to Narnia!
Found the wardrobe to Narnia!
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Super adorable (kids) costume

Jumping for joy because the costume is all done!
Jumping for joy because the costume is all done!
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Seattle Waterfront 

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Bainbridge Island photos

Cute fabric store
Cute fabric store
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Bainbridge

Graffiti in downtown bainbridge
Graffiti in downtown bainbridge
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Rock n' roll

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Drinks

Me with all my friends
Me with all my friends
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Forts and good times

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Hair Tutorial 

I tried 'the little things' tutorial
I tried 'the little things' tutorial
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Tumblr

I read a question on a post on Tumblr, it read “If you knew one of your loved ones/best friends had only one day left to live, how would you spend that last day with them?” And I guess ever since then I’ve been stuck on those words.

            I have a lot of questions for this question. For example, does the other person know that they have one day left to live, because this makes a very big difference? And another question do I have a full day, a full 24 hours? Do I get to choose when the clock starts ticking?

            Obviously this question is hypothetical, so there is no one out there to answer. There is no God, no one to tell me what is right. So I will set the parameters for this question that was meant to be so simple. Confucius once said, “life is simple, but we insist on making it more complicated.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Sunday funday: Down syndrome walk

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Unemployed

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OOTD

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Lazy/ Productive Day In Seattle

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OOTD

Trench (Gap old), tights (Betsy Johnson- Buffalo Exchange they kind of suck), black dress (Urban Outfitters old), buffalo dress (2 hearts- Buffalo Echange)
Trench (Gap old), tights (Betsy Johnson- Buffalo Exchange they kind of suck), black dress (Urban Outfitters old), buffalo dress (2 hearts- Buffalo Echange)
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Road Trip Playlist With a Side of Sad

No smiles because we're stuck in traffic
No smiles because we're stuck in traffic
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10/1 Cycling

I've been cycling again! Can't get enough of it. I keep forgetting to use the workouts I repin on Pinterest...but next time. (That's what I said last time whoops!) Oh well one day. Here are some videos I watched to keep me entertained:

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Suitcase

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Work 10/1

A found cranberries stuck together that formed a hear
A found cranberries stuck together that formed a hear
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Books

Currently at the library reading up
Currently at the library reading up
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10 reasons I Want To Go Back to Iceland

10 Reasons I want to go back to Iceland

1.Northern Lights.

I’ve been to Alaska loads of times but I seem to always miss the Northern lights (darn you summer time, cue summer time sadness) But in all the pictures the Northern Lights always, always, always, seem breathe taking, I bet they’re even better in person. 

2.Volcanoes

As a child Volcanoes have always fascinated me. I know that over the summer (not summer Septermber) Bardarbunga erupted in Iceland. That is a bit daunting,but that wouldn’t deter me from going to Iceland if given the opportunity. There’s a tour in Iceland that allows you to go inside the Volcano. You actually go inside a volcano that was once erupted. How cool is that??

3.Lava Caving

What’s that, you say? Never heard of ‘Lava Caving’? Don’t worry I hadn’t either until about a month ago. Apparently it’s where you climb on the lava field before sliding on your belly down the lava. It’s like sliding down a playground slid, just more bumpy and outdoorsy. 

4.ICE CLIMBING (all capitals are completely necessary) 

I have been completely driving my mom bonkers with this one. I’ve been asking her for this for Christmas since I was 16 (I’m 21 now) and she still won’t say yes. I always forget to buy it for myself until the next year rolls around after she rejects yet again. Anyways back to ice climbing. I love rock climbing. I’ve dabbled in rock climbing since I was 14 but I’ve never been serious about it and I can’t call myself a rock climber. Regardless of this I still want to try my hand at ice climbing. Although it sounds hard it’s not necessary to have a ton of upper body muscle to try this sport out (read: you don’t have to be the hulk to do this) But you do have to be somewhat fit to do this. So hopefully I will be able to do this soon, and hopefully it’s in Iceland!

5.Scuba Diving

But this isn’t just any regular diving. Oh no, this dive takes you to where two tectonic plates separate. How cool is that? 

6.Mountain Biking

The terrain is perfect for mountain biking plus I’m sure there will be trails for all types of levels.* The land is composed of lava fields, glaciers, and volcanoes.  *i’m not sure but I’ll look more into it!

7. Skydiving

I’m saving up to get certified in the states. So you can be sure if given the chance to dive in a foreign country, I would most certainly go!

8. Surfing

Because who doesn’t want to go surfing in those temperatures?? But really you can go surfing in Iceland! Mind blown! Just be sure to get the thickest wetsuit on Earth, because that’s going to be necessary.  

9.Cliff Jumping

If you haven’t noticed I kind of really enjoy adrenaline rushes, cliff jumping is no exception. There are some rafting tours that sometimes also do cliff jumping. I couldn’t find any places that just cliff jumping. But when I do eventually do go to Iceland maybe I’ll just ask some locals where the best places to cliff jump is instead of shelling out money for a rafting trip. 

10. Go to the Hot Springs

When I was in first grade my family and I went to the natural hot springs in Canada. I remember it smelled awful. But I also remember it felt good and that my skin felt so good and rejuvenated (even thought I was only 6). 

Written by Samantha

Photo Credit to Russell Fisher 

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Iceland to Seattle

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New Domain

So I have a brand new domain, it's not a huge change. It's just Samantha-may.com instead of Samantha-may.jimdo.com I know not a huge deal. But if you try to type in the old domain it'll redirect you to this brand new one. I had to get a new domain because if you clicked on Samantha-may.Jimdo.com from a different site like Pinterest it wouldn't connect. According to the lovely people at Jimdo it's only for "upgraded members". SO I shelled out the $80 per year, it better be worth it Jimdo!


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Tattoo 

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Why I love babysitting

Shadows
Shadows
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Pre interview post

I fully admit to being a goob. I showed up to my interview an hour early, who does that? I accidentally wrote down 11:30 instead of 12:30 and so I showed up at pagliacci and sat outside waiting. And waiting. 

I finally called the call center to ask what was up because no was there (they don't open until 3) They also asked me who I had an interview with so they could bother the right person. Well I totally forgot her name so that was super embarrassing too. so eventually they made some phone calls for me which was super nice and helpful. .And then it turned out I had the time wrong. UGH way to make a good impression. Atleast they know I like to be early right? 

Anywho with  all my free time I went to Tullys and grabbed a soy chai. Don't hate on Tullys, it's owned by Starbucks.
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Saturday Cycling

Woo I just became a member at LA fitness! I L.O.V.E. it there. I especially enjoy having an entire cycling room to myself. 

I cycled for an hour today. During that hour I entertained myself part of the time by listening to poetry slam. 

Here is what I listened to:

  1. "To the Boys Waiting to Date My Daughter"
  2. "When A Boy Tells You He Loves You"
  3. "The Drug Dealer's Daughter"
  4. "Suicide Note"
  5. "Essay On Crying in Public"
  6. "How We Learned to Love
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Prague

Over the summer I went to Europe and went to Amsterdam ➡️ Berlin➡️ Prague➡️ Munich➡️ Verona➡️Innsbruck➡️ Frankfurt➡️ Paris➡️ Provins➡️ Antwerp➡️ And back to Amsterdam.

If I could live in one place it would be in Prague. Prague has everything I could everything I could every want and more: classical concerts, art museums, art galleries, churches, Irish men. It was like I had died and gone to heaven.

One of my favorite attractions I had visited was the Antonin Dvorak Museum. It's really cheap to go here and the structure itself is beautiful. Walking up to it the gate really catches your eye. Before going into the museum I walked around the museum grounds and there were statues everywhere and it was so quiet and nice to just wander with my thoughts.  

Once inside I paid for my ticket and then the lady told me if I was going to take pictures I had to pay a fee, which I thought was stupid. I didn't pay the fee. I walked upstairs and saw that other people had paid the fee; they wore stickers that said 'photo access'. I tried to sneak a couple pictures of the curling but they turned out blurry. The ceiling had paintings of cherubs on them and it was beautiful.

Around the back of the stairs is a nook. Here you can listen to different instrumental compositions of Dvorak's work. I listened to string and piano compositions. I stayed here for a very long time. I could've stayed here all day but they were closing. I got kicked out of a museum.
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Work grind

Reflections
Reflections
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Neon run

It's 5 in the freakin' morning and guess what I just bought: entry to a run.
It's 5 in the freakin' morning and guess what I just bought: entry to a run.
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Ha

Just me being a dinosaur nbd
Just me being a dinosaur nbd

First day back on the job

My little Spider-Man (or spider woman)
My little Spider-Man (or spider woman)
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Clothes refashion

Dress: before
Dress: before
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Running

I may not be the fastest but I'm making progress
I may not be the fastest but I'm making progress
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Tea

Not yet 3 and it's my third big cup o' tea
Not yet 3 and it's my third big cup o' tea

Necklace

As promised here is the necklace I bought the other day. ($6 buffalo exchange)
As promised here is the necklace I bought the other day. ($6 buffalo exchange)
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8 travel trips under $100 a day

I met a girl in Europe who was doing a tour through contiki tours. Now that I have so much time on my hands I can look up the tours and dream about going on them one day.
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Back in the States, you know what that means: shopping

Ampersand ring (Buffalo Exchange $6)
Ampersand ring (Buffalo Exchange $6)
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The best of tinder

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Sunday morning

It's not even 9 am and I've already finished my workout. Ah yeah! 

I ran this lovely morning. I'm slow as hell but atleast I did it! 


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Souvenirs

Key chain I bought from the can Gogh museum (how fitting!). It's an ear ring that's lobess of fun hehe I love me some awful puns
Key chain I bought from the can Gogh museum (how fitting!). It's an ear ring that's lobess of fun hehe I love me some awful puns
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New planner

2.99 planner from half price books
2.99 planner from half price books
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Sketching

Fox sketch- any suggestions on how to make it better?
Fox sketch- any suggestions on how to make it better?
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Run

Quote from Vega 4 song
Quote from Vega 4 song

Plane boredom but also plain boredom (heehee see what I did there)

I entertained myself for ten hours by watching a movie, writing, and typography.
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Plane rides

Plane rides suck. Being enclosed for log periods of time is just not up my alley. 
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Coming home

'I'm coming home, I'm coming home tell the world that I'm coming home.' 10 points to Griffindor if you can name that song.

On a different note (hehe pun!) I'm coming home to the states! I know I've been gone a long time when I start referring to US as 'the states'. I'm so excited to sleep in my own bed after traveling for two months. 

I forgot to write about my time in Amsterdam, so here are some pictures to ride you over till then.
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Ok some good things about Antwerp

Although Antwerp has been sketchy as fuck there are some redeeming factors. 

1. The chocolate. 
If you've read my other posts you can clearly see how much I love sweets. It's bad how much I love them. 

Although I like sweets I'm more of a baked goods girl than a chocolate girl. I'm a weirdo I know, everyone tells me. I would prefer a croissant or muffin over chocolate any day.

Despite this I can't deny how good Belgium chocolate is. I enjoyed it so much I bought 43€ worth of it, but don't worry most of  that is for people back home. 

I bought chocolate from Leonidas, which is just a few blocks away from the trainstation. They have lots I options to pick from, both prepackaged boxes and boxes you can pack with chocolate you pick. I chose to pick the chocolate myself. I chose a large box and there are about 90 pieces in there. 
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Belgium review

I do not like Antwerp one bit. I have never felt so unsafe, uncomfortable, and violated in my life.

Walking down the street I was yelled at multiple times within the span of five blocks. It was broad daylight and I could feel guys ogling me. I'm not even a hot piece of ass yet this has happened everyday and everytime I have left the building. 

Kendall left the building in broad daylight to get some groceries. While on her way she was followed by an old man in a van. He kept trying to get her in the van. She walked by two cops and they didn't do anything. It was obvious she wanted their help but they just stood there. Kendal turned around and ran home after he kept following her, even flipping u turns multiple times when she changed her direction.
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Music

Five songs I'm loving at the moment:
1. 'Prayer in C' by Lilly Woods & the Prick and Robin Shultz
2. 'Ghost' By Ella Henderson 
3. 'All about that bass' by Meghan Trainor
4. 'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding
5. 'My Fault' by Imagine Dragons 
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Things I'm glad I did in Paris

1. Climbed the Eiffel Tower
2.  Explored the first level of the Eiffel Tower
3. Everything that I ate
4. Took a bus tour
5. Put locks on Lovers Bridge
6. Shopped on the Seine
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Antwerp, Belgium: day 1

Flat that we rented for $60 a night. We arrived to find the front glass door had cracks in it.
Flat that we rented for $60 a night. We arrived to find the front glass door had cracks in it.
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Drunk Clepto

Pub coasters!
Pub coasters!
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Paris

Paris has been too good to us! The five days just flew by. I'm really glad we stayed with my family while we were there, because Paris is so expensive.

We went to a Starbucks and it was about 5€ For a tall drink. Lady and gents from the states that's about $6.50 for a tall drink. Yes we went to Starbucks in Paris, but for good reason I promise. One it has wifi and two it reminds me of home (Seattle).

However the Starbucks at the central train station was actually cheaper; a tall was about 4€. Usually train stations are going to have more expensive food, but for the most part this was not true. Food closer to the main part of Paris was crazy expensive. So I'd suggest going to the train station for coffee, pasteries, and paninis if it's convienent.


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Reminiscing

Reminiscing on the art installations I did before I left for my trip to Europe. Although I'm having a wonderful time here, I'm starting to miss home. When I get back I plan on starting a new project. 
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Thank you letter

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Textile design

I'm having loads of fun making patterns. There's something relaxing in doing something so repetitive. I'm really enjoying how much time I have to myself whilst traveling. At home I never would've had this much extra time to play around and doodle. My friend ken mentioned that maybe I should go into textile design. And my cousin emily just asked me to design besdsheets for her. So maybe textile design would be the perfect thing for me.
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Shopping in Frankfurt

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Food

Missing some real food right about now! It's September 1 and I'm sick of pastries. Id like to put it on the record that this is the first and possibly the only time you'll ever hear me say this. I'm broke and the only food I can afford at this point are cheap food aka pastries. I'm so sick of sugar right now! I'm craving veggies and meat right about now. Hell, maybe even some bread and butter. There is real possibility that I might get scurvy soon. The struggle is real.
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Music lovin'

I've been listening to a handful of songs on repeat because my usual means of music (pandora) doesn't work in Europe. (Wtf pandora how else am I going to listen to music from the states?) Anyway here are the current songs I'm obsessing over. I either have the songs on my phone or I just listen to it, over and over again,  on YouTube.

1. 'Like Real People Do' by Hozier. I love his song 'Take Me to Church', but this song is an equally good song. It's a good song to listen to on a lazy morning. 

2. 'Don't' by Ed Sheeran. I went to his concert in 2013 and it was perfect, just like him. This is a different style than his past albums and I really like that he's dipping his toes in other styles. This song has a lot of soul behind it and it's SO good.

3. 'Budapest' by George Ezra. I heard this in Germany a couple weeks ago and it's wonderful. The only channels on the tv that are in English have been BBC and MTV (music videos that are in English, unfortunately none of their lovely shows are in English). We have been watching a lot of music videos because of the lack of English channels. This isn't such a bad thing because they keep playing 'Budapest'.

4. 'Medicine' by Jamestown Revival. I don't remember how I stumbled upon this song and I don't care, I'm just thankful that I have! 

5. 'Weekend' by Priory. I first heard this on 107.7 the end, the dj predicted it would be a big hit for summer. I whole heartily agree, it's a great song if you want to get pumped up. I really like listening to this while I get ready.

I enjoy finding new songs, but when I do I usually listen to it on repeat for a very long time- think weeks. Do you do this? Have any songs you'd suggest? I love listening to new songs, so send them my way!
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Innsbruck: day 2

We bought an Innsbruck city pass yesterday. There are a couple options to pick from and we chose the 48hr pass for 41€. The pass enables you to see all the museums and attractions there. You also have a one visit up the gondola and 50% off bikes rentals. If you get the pass make sure to read the fine print. We didn't and we didn't see that on some things there are a maximum times you can go on. Before we realized this, I had made plans to go on the gondola loads of times instead of just once. This is silly in my opinion but it turned out ok.  The pass also allows you to use public transportation for 24 hrs.

So today we took the bus tour (free with the Innsbruck card), went to two museums, and went to the Swarvorski crystal museum. The crystal museum was so cool! 
 
The bus tour took to a lot of places. We saw the Olympic arena, museums, castle, among other things. I would suggest the bus tour if you're short on time. It allows you to see the most out of the city in a short amount of time. Plus there's an audio guide to tell you the history of each place. Also if you want to get off at one of the attractions you can and then another bus will be there within the hour.




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Innsbruck: day 1

Our first day in Innsbruck was wonderous. We went on the gondola into the alps and ate at the restaurant up there. We also wandered around the city and poked our heads into all the quiet shops. 

There are a ton of gelato shops here so I if course got some :) it was yummy but not as yummy as gelato from Italy. Sigh I'm missing Italy and the gelato from there. 


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Apps!

I finished my application for uw whilst traveling. I'm freaking awful at doing things when I should, I just procrastinate way too much.

When I was filling out the application I realized I needed to send out transcripts as well. Before the transcripts could be set out I had to fill out a consent form, sign it, and fax it to the school where I was requesting my transcript. How the hell was I going to do this while in a foreign country, with no access to a computer and no time to find a fax machine??

Well there's an app for everything! I found an app to fill out the consent form while in the document and I also found an app to fax it. These apps saved my ass! I was able to do everything from my phone.

The first app is called called Sign Easy. I was able to import the PDF from the schools website. From there I was able to write out text to fill it out. I was also able to drag the text, change the font and the font size within the app.
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Verona: last day

Wine 🍷🍷🍷
Wine 🍷🍷🍷
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Verona: food

SO MUCH FOOD.
SO MUCH FOOD.
Holy shit we got so much food the other day! 

Were staying at best western and their service is ace. The have a complimentary breakfast from 7-1030. They do not skimp on breakfast! Most places have one table of food, but here they had 2 tables place a third table for drinks. They had three types of croissants plus other pasteries, cereal, fruit, and all sorts of bread eggs meat and cheese.

I went down to breakfast and ate a ton because I figured it would be my one meal for the day. However, I went back to the room and ken decided she wanted to have them deliver breakfast to our room for 5 euro. We had enough food from that for lunch and dinner! We split the room charge and ate like kings. 

Since were traveling on a budget this was a great way for us to save money! We spent 2.50 euro each on food that lasted us for lunch and dinner. With the money we saved, we can spend it on things in town. Read: gelato and lots of it.

We're definetly going to be doing this in every place we stay in from now on!

Train: Munich to Verona

Ok time to rant: I hate people on the train sometimes. On the train we shared a private car with a couple. I don't care how in love you are or if you're on your honeymoon, it is not ok to makeout while next to someone! They were making out right next to me and getting a bit handsy. Ugh the train ride was 7 freaking hours and they would not let up! 

Train ettiqute: 
1. Don't talk on your phone for the whole time. 10 minutes tops.
2. If you're in a large car don't talk loudly- other people might be trying to sleep.
3. Don't blast your music! Ken and I were in a private car from Berlin to Prague and there was someone doing this! It was on full blast and we could hear it the whole time. Not a fan of German techno.
4. If you're sitting in a seat that's reserved without a reservation- just be aware that you might get kicked out if the person with the reservation gets on.
5. If you're a gent, people are going to ask you for help putting luggage on top of the racks.
6.If you see someone struggling with their luggage when putting it on top- please be nice and offer to help. Especially if the person is an elderly person!
7. PDA is not a thing. A kiss is ok, but no tongue or feeling up the other person please.
8. Don't put your feet on the seats, it's rude.
9. Make sure you put your stuff where you can see it- preferably above your head in the overhang.
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Sundays

Ken not amused that everything's closed
Ken not amused that everything's closed
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Men

I've been watching Ted talks whilst abroad. I like to watch these as I unwind from the day, plus it gives me a chance to hang out with Ken.

Well, I stumbled across an amazing beatboxer from Australia. His name is Tom Thum and I'm in awe of what he can do with his mouth! He is also very good looking. My favorite videos by him are the covers he does and also his collaboration with other artists.

I have a love for guys with long hair. My friends all say I have a weird taste in men, but hey I like what I like! Anywho through watching loads of Tom Thum videos, I stumbled upon Jamie MacDowell and I think I'm in love. He is a long haired fellow who really knows how to croon and strum the guitar. 


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Backpacking

Currently backpacking in Europe with a friend of mine. I've known Kendal since I was in first grade. She's pretty cool, I guess.

So far we have been to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and we're in Munich now. From here we're going to Verona, Innsbruck, Frankfurt, Paris, Antwerp, and then back to Amsterdam.

We flew into Amsterdam and we're also flying out of there which is why we're circling back to there. 

I don't even mind going to Amsterdam twice because it's so lovely. 


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What to do in Munich

To do

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Munich: English Gardens

Going to the English gardens in Munich today. Ken and I plan on having a picnic there. It's a bit of a walk from our hotel (hotel seibel) so we're going to spend all day there. When we finally have enough energy then we'll head back have dinner and wander around.


Munich

Found the wardrobe to Narnia!
Found the wardrobe to Narnia!
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