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.




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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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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bloglovin

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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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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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bloglovin

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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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