This trip was a highlight of 2015. Starting the year with a bang, JetBlue had an amazing deal where roundtrip tickets were $64! I jumped on the opportunity to travel to San Francisco but sadly, they were sold out by the time my page loaded. There were thousands of people after these tickets so the website eventually crashed. Long story short, after refreshing the page many times, I landed tickets to go to our third choice--ORLANDO, FL.
Early 2015 was when selfie sticks were still allowed in Disney World. I may be the perpetrator that ruined that for everyone (just kidding). But say what you want about the selfie stick, it's kind of amazing.
Day 1: Universal Orlando
Day 2: Epcot
Day 3: Disney World
The trip was so tiring (physically), but it holds a special place in my heart. Writing this post reminded me of how magical it was. I may have the worst memory but I am thankful for the 984 photos I took.
SHOUTOUT TO MY FRIEND, ELLEN, who furiously ran with me towards the gate of Magic Kingdom. Let's keep the child within us alive for as long as we can.
Puerto Rico was the first place I ever traveled to by plane. With it being my first time at such high altitude, I passed out as soon as we reached the clouds. Fast forward a few hours, we landed and threw on our shades and sun dresses. We stayed at the La Concha Resort which was close to the crowd, but not too far away from the excursions. This was my first time planning a trip for my family, so I did A LOT of research to make sure our itinerary was full of fun and/or relaxing activities.
Bio bay kayaking--OH HELL NO. Kayaking is tough but kayaking in the dark is even more tough. People in new relationships or are impatient, stay away. Being both directionally impaired, my sister and I had such a tough time. We started out at the dock and the whole group kayaked towards the bay. Once we reached the bay, all conversations were put on hold, the silence was almost deafening. I'm not going to ruin the surprise of what happens when you get to the bay, but the scene was almost similar to the scene in The Little Mermaid when Eric and Ariel almost kissed, it felt magical. After that moment, we made our way back to the dock, it was another stressful 15 minutes. How my sister and I stepped off that kayak with blisters and scratches still befuddles me.
Yucatan Forest--being from the city, it was nice to breathe in nature and see trees other than the ones in central park. The coolest thing was smelling the leaves that Chanel uses to create their scent.
Old San Juan--so much history and culture in this little city. We ate lunch at Old San Juan and filled our stomachs with flavorful food and multiple servings of mojitos before exploring every corner.
On the last day, we stayed at the beach, absorbed sun rays, ate and swam. Other than the kayaking, this trip was perfect.
Seattle was awesome. My friend Sarah and I stayed there for 4 days and 3 nights, and it was the perfect amount of time to get to know Seattle. We were doing every touristy thing possible, except we didn't have fanny packs (excuse me, I meant hands-free belt satchel) strapped around our waist.
Once we got off the plane, we went to check in to our airbnb, dropped our things off and went to the famous Pike Place market. After taking as many selfies as our heart desires, we went straight to Ivar's, a seafood restaurant near the dock. It was delicious, I think the pictures do justice.
On the second day, we ate and we went to the space needle. Originally, we were going to stay there for an hour or two, but seeing how beautiful it was in the day time, we were really curious about the view at night. So we stuck around, drank some free water and practiced our picture taking skills until the sun set--and boy was it worth it. We ended our night with Seattle's famous fast food joint, Dick's burger.
On our third and fourth day, we explored Pike Market. I finally did the number one thing on my list. I chewed on some gum and stuck it to the infamous gum wall. Take a look here. At night, Sarah took me to my first baseball game, I don't understand baseball...but the atmosphere was fun and the food was so good.
Overall, Seattle treated us well. The weather was awesome, the people were kind and it gave us a lot of great instagram pictures.