Hello world! It's been a while since I've blogged, since the Xanga days circa 2003? 2004? Thereabouts. Glad I got that off my chest, don't expect too much from this, at least right now because I'm a bit rusty.
Anyways, I wanted to start up a traveling blog for my trip to Italy and Greece in a little over a month and thought this would be a good way for friends and family, whom I may not be able to contact, to know what I've been up to along the trip. I've decided to test out this site by talking about my little solo vacation to Florida.
My old roommate, Krystin asked if I would be interested to dog sit so that she and her boyfriend could go back home to visit friends and family during their annual Superbowl party. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to escape the frigid Boston winter weather for some sunshine, so I said yes! My trip started yesterday the 30th by leaving Boston, which was expecting a huge downpour within a couple hours of my flight departure. The ride was a bit bumpy and nauseating, like when you're just descending the highest point of a rollercoaster and your stomach feels like it's in your throat. I didn't know how planes could make me fly outta my seat like that, but it did...more than once. Thankfully the ride was quick to Washington DC - I've never been before and getting the coolest view approaching the White House and Lincoln Memorial right through my window was incredible!! I think I choked up a little bit. Seeing the pictures in books and on tv doesn't justify seeing it 10,000 feet in the air. And in DC I had a scheduled 1 hour layover. Unfortunately, that one hour turned into four. But Jetblue was very accommodating by providing constant updates on why we're waiting (1 plane's late arrival actually caused 2 simultaneous delays), snacks and water, and as of today- a credit for a future flight! Aww what other airline cares about you that much? After finally boarding, we left and endured an even longer, bumpier ride through a legitimate rain storm. I think we made it out of the storm half-way through, not sure my sanity did though, sitting next to two drunk girls celebrating a birthday, and then a family in front of me also getting drunk celebrating another birthday. My luck.
Finally landed in Fort Lauderdale, FL at 12:30am and I'm greeted by my old roommate/s! So sweet of them to still show up at that hour, but I did have to bring them back to the airport in 5 hours....ha! Driving down the many boulevards lined with consecutive plazas looked all too familiar to other major southern cities I've visited before, so it almost felt like I knew where I was even though I've never been to Fort Lauderdale before. So upon getting a little tour of their gated community, their apartment and the list of things to do, we all took a 2-hour power nap before heading back to the airport.
View of Ft. Lauderdale by night, just before landing
After sending them off to Boston, I had to catch up on a little sleep but not too much to make the first day unproductive. So I decided to hit the local supermarket to save myself money and some weight-gain by buying my own groceries and immediately made some lime jello (hint hint Brianna!). I really wanted to take advantage of this spring-like weather (70s, little wind, but cloudy) by being outdoors as much as possible since the AC in the south is equivalent to the Northeast's heat, but all year-round apparently. I went for a run, and took Dobby with me since he has calmed down much more since moving to Florida and is able to run with me and not actually run me. I stayed only within this gated community which according to Krystin's directions seemed like one giant block that I can loop around. Sadly I realized I was lost when I kept reaching the same landmark 3 different times. I tracked my run on a map and it looks like someone gave a 2-year-old a crayon to attempt coloring in a face but just made lines everywhere. Don't care though, the run and the mini-workout afterwards felt good.
This little rascal and I are hanging out for the next 5 days
I still had the rest of the afternoon ahead of me, and I was looking forward to checking out the Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise. After a 45 minute drive mostly down one boulevard and a Justin Timberlake Pandora playlist, I arrived to an immediate pitstop first - Walmart for a car charger since my iPhone doesn't seem to hold a full day's charge anymore. I almost risked having to find my own way home via my (awful) memory. Luckily the phone was back up and running, and I could head next door into a land of palm tree-lined shopping extravaganza. This place was huge and I didn't know where to start so I just parked in the first spot I could find and explore from there. I ended up making it through maybe 1/4 of the indoor mall and purchasing a few new items which any girl is always excited about. The time did fly in that mall though, because I ended up leaving later than I thought.
I decided to end the night with take-out sushi and a movie I picked out from Walmart's $5 bin. Those are usually terrible ideas but I suppose they can be hit-or-miss depending on the movie. But "How Do You Know?" was....awful. Reese Witherspoon, you can do better. I'm not sure if it was the lack of sleep or the stupidity of this movie but it was indeed putting me to sleep. But not before I had the chance to finally write this!
I'm excited to see my best friend from college Tiffany tomorrow, and head to the beach! I can't believe it's been 2 and a half years since I've seen her, but I'm beyond thrilled