Happy Valentine’s day everyone! (Alright, I know this is Ten days too late, but I wanted to document the holiday in my blog adventures) I hope all of you get to spend this holiday in the company of loved ones whether it be a significant other, your best friend, or even your mom! It always seems like February 14th brings about a divide between those who are in loving relationships waiting for their Valentine’s day surprise and the potentially not as excited individuals who view it as a day for the Hallmark company to gain some extra dough from the mass produced love notes selling like hot cakes. Whether you are one to embrace this holiday with open-arms or just view it as any ordinary day, what I’ve decided for myself is that it doesn’t matter if you are spending it with a significant other or still waiting for cupid’s arrow to strike, as long as you are surrounded by people that you care about, Valentine’s day is simply a time to reinforce how important these people mean to you by spending quality time together. I know this post might be a bit cheesy, but it is nice to let friends, family, and loved one’s know that they’ve impacted your life if a positive way!
Happy New Year Everyone! Wow, it is incredible how fast time flies by . . . Looking back on 2013, it is amazing to reflect on the different people I’ve met and become close to, and how much I feel I have grown as an individual. It is interesting how much things can change in the length of a year. Although I have always dreamed of living and studying in a different country, it always seemed like a distant reality and I feel so lucky that I was able to fulfill that goal in my life this year. These past few months living abroad have allowed me to meet so many amazing friends and provided opportunities to explore new ways of life and mature as an individual. This year I was able to ring in the new year with, you guessed it, my cousin! We took a little stroll to the champ-de-mars and got to witness the Eiffel Tower light up when the clock struck twelve (Yes I know that the Eiffel Tower normally does this, but there is something rather special about it on new year’s eve don’t you think?) Crowds of people gathering to watch the Eiffel Tower light up along with fireworks.
I can’t wait to see the new experiences I’ll have and memories I’ll make during this year and it will be very interesting to do some time traveling back to this year abroad when next year rolls around. Yes, tomorrow will just be another day, but it will be a day to start fresh with the optimistic sense that if I continue to strive for the hopes and dreams I manufacture in my head, I can continue to live a fulfilling and happy life. Thank you for following me on this journey and I wish you all the best in 2014!
Well, it’s the most wonderful time of the year again (or at least the time of year when everyone is rushing to get their last minute gifts and hoping they’ve made it on to Santa’s “nice” list)! I absolutely love the holiday season. Getting to spend time with my family and friends, looking at all of the beautiful glistening holiday lights, curling up with a hot cup of tea to watch a classic holiday film, the list goes on and on . . . Maybe it’s just me, but people seem to be a lot more cheerful during this time of year! This year, since traveling all the way back home would’ve been quite difficult not to mention crazy expensive, my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins were gracious enough to let me spend the holidays with their family in Paris and I will have many wonderful memories to reflect on after my time here in the city of lights. I hope that all of you were able to spend the holidays in the company of family, friends, joy and laughter. Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!Until next time,
On Tuesday, I finally arrived in France to spend the holidays with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins! I had been counting down the hours till I was able to hop on to the train to make my journey from London to Paris and reunite with my best friend/ cousin (who you might remember from my posts about my trip to Chicago). A few days in to my stay in the beautiful city, we got to tour the catacombs and immerse ourselves in a vast span of history. Here are some photos from our experience traveling through the maze of tunnels beneath the streets of Paris!
I know this was a very brief post, but I will try to keep you all updated on my travels over the holidays.
Well it’s that time of the year again where we can all indulge in a delicious feast of food and sweets and not feel one ounce of guilt about it because we are spending our day in the company of friends and family! As a foodie, it’s only natural that I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Although I have definitely been spoiled with my mother’s good cooking as a result of devoting her day to preparing the stuffed turkey, buttery yams, and homemade cranberry sauce among other things. But just because I’m overseas this year did not mean I would treat this Thursday like any ordinary day, oh no no no. . . I have to admit that it was a little difficult accepting the fact that I wouldn’t be able to spend the holiday with my family this year. It was hard to believe I would miss out on the tradition of pulling myself out of bed before noon to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, keeping my mom company in the kitchen while eating any handouts she might have to offer, or the epic nerf gun fights with my brother, and getting to spend real quality time with relatives, as cliché as that may sound. The eight-hour time difference didn’t really help any chance of a virtual Thanksgiving via Skype either. However, although I may have not gotten to celebrate the holiday with my immediate family, I was able to share new memories with my London family, something that I will greatly cherish when I look back on Thanksgivings in the future. I decided to share a piece of my day through this video which my friends so graciously were a part of (thank you Alex, Brian, Christian, Katelyn and Lidia). I’m so grateful that I have people in my life that surround me with joy, support and positivity who have allowed me to have an enriching and unique experience! Sending love and thanks to friends and family!
Here’s an instrumental version of the popular song for some background music whilst you read. Enjoy!
Why hello lovely people of the blogosphere! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write an update on my adventures and this post is long overdue . . . Now I know it is still November, but since the U.K doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I’ve started to get in to the Christmas spirit early this year. Luckily, I got back from my Amsterdam trip on Friday, just in time to get to watch the Regent Street holiday lighting and fireworks over the Thames on Saturday evening (the 16th of November)! I went over to Central London with Lidia and got off of the tube near Southbank to go watch the firework show that was scheduled for 5:30 that evening. It’s still amazes me how quickly it gets dark during the wintertime here, but I suppose it isn’t much different from back home in that respect. On the walk towards the river we stumbled upon the Southbank market occupied by vendors filling the bank side with the glorious aroma of hot food off the griddle. As you have probably figured out by now if you’ve been keeping up with my blogs, I have a slight food fixation. Since I hadn’t eaten a proper lunch or dinner, I decided to pick up a kielbasa to eat on the go as Lidia had made it sound quite appealing. We made our way towards our usual coffee-house of choice located along the Thames to indulge in a cappuccino, but upon our arrival, the fireworks started going off so we postponed the java and turned our attention towards the illuminated night sky. The firework shows here seem to be really extravagant! Although I have made it a tradition to attend the fourth of July firework show over the lake back home, I have never seen something quite this grandiose. As someone who loves the holiday season, I had to make it over to Regent St. to witness the lights turn on.
There were so many people on Regent St. all packed in to watch the holiday lights turn on! The Lights are off . . . and now they are on!!!Fireworks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season on Regent St.The row of lights down the street.
Each of the light arbors were themed with different days from “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which made both Lidia and I realize that we don’t know the song as well as we thought we did. Although, I am notoriously bad at singing lyrics correctly ha ha. There is something so magical about having the city lit up with decorations and tons of joyful people walking up and down the streets and I can’t wait to see what the city looks like as the holiday season approaches.