Square dancing with the Stars

First things first ~

If you ever stumble across an opportunity to go square dancing in rural West Virginia ~ you go square dancing in rural West Virginia.

This weekend in Cass, West Virginia was one of the most fun weekends I have had in West Virginia. The more and more I go out of Huntington/Charleston WV, I fall in love with rural West Virginia and the mountains.

When I first showed up to the little, old, church looking building I didn’t know what to expect. I was with my mom, who had done it before the previous year and loved it, and I was also with Dani who’s originally from Europe and doesn’t really enjoy country music. I wasn’t sure how he would react to square dancing with mountain music…..but I was also excited to experience some West Virginia culture with him. I wanted it to be something we would both remember for the rest of our lives….and as it turns out, it would be.

       We go into this little, old building and I could tell right then by the atmosphere and vibe ~ this was going to be a fun night. The band..the music…the entire town was at this event ~ it was just very humbling to me. We met a group of students around our age who were doing internships at the Green Bank Observatory. None of them were from West Virginia….so it was fun dancing and getting to know all these new people whether they were locals or from out of town ~ we all enjoyed experiencing the true rural culture of West Virginia.

Square Dancing is one of the most fun things to do, I swear!

 

~ WV band playing mountain music

~ Ellen and Eugene Ratcliffe calling

The night was one to remember ~ but it wasn’t over yet…

The group we met who were working for the Green Bank Observatory was a very interesting( in a good/fun way) group. They all loved science of course and knew so much about the sky and our galaxy. I remember one guy had a shirt on that said ‘the universe is whispering to us’. I thought that was such a cool, little saying, because it is so true.  It is truly amazing how big our universe is and how there is so much more to learn outside of it.  It’s also amazing what these scientists are doing and finding through these telescopes. As It turned out,  one of the students actually planned to go out under the big Green Bank telescope that night and look at stars. I absolutely LOVED this idea….star gazing is one of my favorite things to do. Sure enough, we hopped along and went with her. Only certain people have keys to open the gates to get down to the big telescope, so it was pretty cool. Right before we left I looked up and thought the stars look great right where we are…the girl we were with was just like wait till we get all the way down to the telescopes – the stars are crazy….and she was right. The stars were crazy….I had never seen so many stars in my whole life ~ it was amazing. The whole sky sparkled with stars and planets. You could even see bits of the Milky Way shining through. It was something I’d always dreamed of seeing in the sky ~ our galaxy. Our home where earth is perfectly placed between the sun, planets, and stars to have life.  ~ amazing ~

   ~ First ever star party

    ~ Green Bank Telescope

  ~ Space foooood

  ~ My wonderfully brilliant Mother

   ~ The moon through the telescopes eyes

   ~ Jupiter & its’ 60 some moons

Experiencing something like this with the stars and our galaxy is incredible ~ yet a bit scary. It makes you realize just how small our world actually is……and there are places out in space beyond what we as humans can even imagine.

It just shows you how little this life actually is, and to not take all the small things for granted.  Share kindness throughout this world & go explore this amazing planet while you can.

Astronomy is an incredible science ~ Green Bank is an incredible place.

My Greek Diary

One of my favorite things about traveling is honestly,  the whole adventure just  to get to your destination. It’s like a small appetizer to your full meal, or even like a small intro to something BIG & GREAT that’s going to happen. I don’t know, maybe I’m just crazy… or maybe I just need to work in an airport since I LOVE going to the airport.. but seriously , all the time it takes to get to your destination, just makes you appreciate the place more once you get there. It makes you THAT much more excited.  Me & my family flew out of Washington DC & honestly we had a great time waiting around to catch our flight.

we rented bikes & rode around the beautiful little city. It was honestly so fun and it made me want to go buy a bike. We hung with Abe and checked out all the memorials. I only almost hit a few people……..

Probably the best three things I learned on this trip was

  1. air bnb is the shit
  2. mamma mia was 100 x better in Greece
  3. & there’s more to places than just what you see on instagram.

When we arrived to Athens, I was so excited… honestly just because I was in Greece! I was like holy crap I’m actually here. Greece was honestly somewhere I have always wanted to go. But, also Greece surprised me in SO many ways.  So many things I was not expecting. Greece was beautiful and I can’t wait to share it in my picture diaries below ~

This pic was taken the very first day we arrived in Greece. I legit went right to our air bnb and changed into my cute, little outfit and was gone. Our air bnb was so cool tho. This picture was taken from our balcony…. the view of the acropolis was spectacular.  During the night was definitely the most beautiful time to just sit back and admire the view of the acropolis. The moon and stars shined right down on it making it light up the whole city of Athens.

  

The acropolis was honestly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean its over 3,000 years old and it is STILL standing. The history behind is truly incredible….and even though it was steaming hot, I couldn’t help but want and see all there was to it. SO many ruins everywhere! From all the wars to all the Greek mythology…..it was incredible. There is just something so mesmerizing about walking on the same stone/rocks where people have walked for thousands and thousands of years. Indescribable!

    

Athens was an incredible city. I feel like you can’t go anywhere in Greece till you see Athens.  Half of Greece’s population lives in Athens.. you can really get a good  feel of culture through the people and just history alone. There is so much of it there! ~ Athens is the heart of Greece ~ and will forever stay in my heart!

  

Our second air bnb in Paros was probably the smallest yet cutest house I have ever seen. A one room house is kind of questionable when your staying with 3 other people…. but we made it work.  I mean did we really spend thaaaat much time in that house? no. Were we exploring around the island and being beach bums? yes.   When you travel you don’t need to stay in all these luxurious hotels or have the best & biggest. When you travel it’s about exploring around the place your in. It’s about meeting new people, seeing every single thing you can and waking up at 6 am everyday to do so.

    

So obviously the first thing I did when I got to our first Greek Island, I got my bikini on and ran right into that crystal clear water.  The water was so calm and still…. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. We walked around and explored around the beach we were in and ended up finding a little ferry dock, where a ferry comes and drops people off at the beach. There was a bunch of kids speaking Greek jumping off this dock. I ended up speaking with a guy similar to my age who was from Paros his whole life. He had said he’d been coming here to jump since he was 3. I thought it was the most precious thing. It was definitely a local spot. When the ferry would come, they would all move and wait for the waves.  I can’t even tell you how excited they all were for waves…. they were all screaming in Greek and I honestly thought something bad happened… but no, they just loved the waves 🙂

  

This cute town was in Paroikia, Kikladhes in Paros. We woke up early and spent most of the day running around this little town. You know how when you see pictures in Greece and legit everything is white and blue? Well that’s literally how it is and it’s so awesome! The town was like a little maze filled with stone and hiding Greek cafes. It’s honestly amazing to wander around these Greek towns. You never know what which way will take you…. but that’s also the fun of it.

           

Our next Greek Island was the one and only beautiful Santorini. My family and I were a bit skeptical about visiting this island because it’s always crowded from cruise ships and it’s expensive……. but, we did and I was glad we did. There is truly nowhere in the world like Santorini. It is SO unique. The towns are literally made into this huge cliff looking over the sea. I just really could not get over how all these hotels and homes are just in the cliff. It’s amazing. But that wasn’t all this island held…… They had the most unique beaches i had ever been to that no one ever really hears about. The Red Beach, the Black sand Beach…..  It was pretty cool. Something I wasn’t expecting coming to this island. I mean, from what everyone sees on instagram, it is just the cliff towns in Santorini and crystal clear blue water….. But, there is way more to Greece than just that. There is culture, and there are all these different types of rocks that makes these beaches all different colors.

 

The red sand beach was probably the most rough yet awesome beach I’d ever been to. To get to this beach you had to climb up and back down these cliffs. Once you got down there, there is hardly any sand, basically all red biggish rocks. The waves were crazy this day because of high winds….. so once you got in the water, the waves would throw these rocks at your legs.. (it hurt lol) so we didn’t really get in, but it was still super cool to see. I mean how many can say they spent the day on a red sand beach?

        Our last Greek Island, Milos, was for sure my favorite island. Once again our air bnb was 10/10. Our little fishermen cottage sat right in the bay of Firopotamos. I don’t think I’ve ever stayed somewhere that was SO close to the water.  This island is where many Greeks come to vacation to try and stay away from all the tourism. That was one of the reasons why I liked this island so much…. It showed us more of what Greece is really like. From trying to drive a stick shift up all those mountains, to getting lost through some random Greek town and ending up on someones front porch without even realizing it… all the way to meeting the nicest people Iv’e ever met. It felt like home.

    

The moon rock beach, also known as Sarakiniko, was probably my favorite place we went to. It was the best day. Literally right when you show up you feel as if you are on the moon. It was crazy!! It was the legit perfect set-up for jumping off rocks into the sea. It was SO much fun. If you ever get the chance to go to Milos, go to the Sarakiniko. You won’t regret it.

 

Our next little beach we went to was called Tsigrado. We heard it as “the beach you have to have a rope and ladder to get down to”. Of course me and my sister were intrigued by this. I mean come on…… sounds pretty adventurous right? We show up and we’re the first people there and had absolutely no idea where to go. We were just atop this massive cliff and I thought there was no way there is a beach here…. All I see are HUGEEE cliffs. We look around and end up seeing this danger sign. We were like uh ok, this must be right. So, we found the entrance and oh my gosh…. I had never seen anything like this. I wasn’t even sure if I could get down, it looked a little sketch. Of course Caroline, my sister, plopped right down there and made it to the bottom. I was like Ok, If my little sister can do it, so can i. Sure enough, I made it down, and it was pretty amazing. Using a rope between two cliffs, then finding stairs that hang off the cliff to the beach. It was awesome and I was glad I got the courage to do it. Sometimes fear can stop us from doing amazing things and we need to prove to ourselves that we CAN do it.

One of our last nights in Milos was one I won’t ever forget. We were out doing some shopping and came back to our air bnb to find our neighbor, who was from Milos, having a little Greek dinner party right on the beach. It was the cutest set-up. A huge, long table across the beach, filled with all this delicious Greek food. The Greek couple didn’t speak great English, but they knew a few words. They asked if we wanted to join, I said yes, sure! We ended up meeting a French family who was at the dinner too. It totally surprised me that they were French, I thought for sure they were Greek, since the other family only spoke Greek. The French family ended up telling us that they stayed here at the air bnb about two years ago and met the Greek family. They had stayed in touch all this time and came back to Milos to see them. It was just amazing to me that they met this Greek family years ago, and even though they can’t really communicate, they have stayed so close. It just shows you that no matter where you are, or where you are from, or even what you speak…. we are all one race and that is human. Love has no languages. We spent the night singing with the French girls and the little, old Greek man loved it. It was sweet. It was a moment I’ll cherish forever. It was a moment that was pure and very sweet. It reminded me that this is what life is truly about. The small moments that you share with people who are loving and carefree. Singing ‘Imagine’ under the stars with these people from three different cultures… there are no words to describe it.

  

Greece was an unforgettable experience and I am so thankful I got to see the beauty of it.  I’m also thankful I got to share with my family, my Mom, Nana, and Caroline, my sister. If it wasn’t for my moms awesome job, we would not have been able to go. Shout-out to science! 🙂

  

love my family.

wild & wanderlust West Virginia

There’s a point in your life when you should realize you don’t have to travel all the way across the world/country to have adventure or explore ~ or to even get new experiences! You can get all these things right in your own backyard with the right mindset. I experienced this here at Wanderlust in Snowshoe, WV.

At Wanderlust I got to experience and do many new things, but one thing that stuck out to me most was that most of the people there were not from West Virginia. I could not believe I met people from California and Florida who flew all the way up to West Virginia for fun. That’s when I realized you really do not need to travel far for adventure. West Virginia is a beautiful state and there are so many beautiful things to do there. You just have to look.

Wanderlust was an amazing festival and it was something I’ve never done before. Everything about it was so chill. The atmosphere, people, markets, and all the classes… it was just awesome.  Here are some of the things I did there and a few things that I learned ~

~It’s okay to just focus on yourself ~

The Wanderlust motto is “find your true north”. People go to experience Wanderlust to find their balance, or your sense of purpose in this world. All these people were there focusing on themselves. I noticed it is good for the soul to just step back and focus on yourself and how you are as a person. To seriously focus on your actions and mind. All the classes you could take like Music Meditation Hike all the way to Slack-line Yoga…. they all helped these people and even myself to just stop.. and focus on yourself.

     

~No matter where you are, there is adventure ~

I have traveled many places and I’ll always be the first one to up and leave West Virginia every chance I can get… But I can honestly say that here at Wanderlust is when I realized you do not need an airplane to find adventure. I met a lot people here at Wanderlust Snowshoe and let me tell you ~ nobody I met was from West Virginia besides me. I met these two girls who were from Florida that drove all the way here for West Virginia. I could not believe my ears…. someone actually drove…. to West Virginia… all the way from Florida… for fun….. usually it’s the other way around,  am I right!? It was cool though. It made me happy these people wanted to experience West Virginia, my home state. It’s when I realized West Virginia is beautiful and there are so many beautiful places to go and have adventure. I even found this website on Facebook that has every state and literally everything you can do there. I looked up West Virginia…. and I was not expecting to see much of anything really, but seriously there were pages and pages and pages… filled with so many activities you can do here at WV. I wanted to do every single one ~ so definitely step back and take a look around your home state… adventure lies around every corner.

       

~You do not always need a hotel ~

Every time I traveled I have stayed in some type of hotel…may it be really nice or really sketchy…it’s always a hotel. At Wanderlust I met a few people who didn’t do this. They literally pulled up, found a parking spot and that was where they were sleeping for the night. It was cool ~ true nature experience of some sort. While me and my mom were watching the sunset over the mountains, we noticed these two girls sitting in the trunk of their car doing the same. We ended up talking and that was where they were sleeping for the weekend.  I thought it was cool.. you just pack up and all you need is your car and BOOM you are set. Everyone was chill and literally did not care where they were sleeping ~ they were just happy to be there. Me and my mom did something a bit different too however… we found a little cabin on Airbnb. The old, little man rented out one of the rooms in his house for guest to sleep. I had never done this either… It was kind of weird at first.. in the middle of nowhere…. but the man was super sweet and even made us breakfast. It was a rural West Virginia experience for sure. The cabin had no air conditioning ~ you just opened the windows.  I remember laying in bed and there was a window right above us. You could see every star in the sky….it was truly beautiful.

        

~ Practicing kindness is the best medicine ~  (through real life & social media)

Everywhere and everyone throughout Wanderlust were so nice ~ it was comforting. Every class, every instructor, every teacher, everyONE was nice as can be. I had a class that was called ‘Creating Positive Social Media’. Social Media is taking over the world and it is important that you share kindness and positivity throughout it. The depression rate has gone through the roof and I think the main reason is social media… everyone compares themselves to everyone else instead of living their own life.  It’s important to just be true to who YOU are and to be positive ~ not bringing other people down.. may it be in real life or on Instagram.  Instead of girls competing with each other ~ lets help each other and share positivity. Life isn’t all about who has the most likes or followers….. It’s about being kind to one another.

~ Let go and just have fun ~

The first few moments I got to Wanderlust I noticed these people hula hooping overlooking the mountains. The instructor was all about positivity and just having fun no matter how old you are. I just had to sign up for a class.. even though I hadn’t hula hooped in years…but let me tell ya, it was just as fun as it was in 3rd grade. Me and my mom had a BLAST. I had never seen anything like this… Like, I didn’t know people practiced hula hooping as a yoga class. It was super cool and some of moves were kind of hard.. it was crazy, but super cool. Almost all the classes at Wanderlust were just about having fun, letting go, and sharing positivity ~ all amazing.

     

~ Can’t wait for more adventures in Wild and Wonderful WV ~

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When you find an opportunity to go somewhere all the way across the world cheap as can be ~ you book it.

Save up that money & goooooo

Best risk/idea I ever said yes to.

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I will never forget pulling up to JFK airport and my aunt & uncle saying, ‘Ok, have fun guys.” … At that moment I was pretty terrified. First off, It was just me & my cousin Koby (who is 19 I just turned 20) who has never traveled ANYWHERE before. I have traveled across the world before, BUT I was with my completely awesome Mother who took care of everything ~ all I had to do was follow.  Second, we did not even have our plane tickets. Online it told us to get them when you check into your flight at the airport. Like who travels 10 hours to the airport without their plane tickets ready?!  I was pretty convinced something was not going to turn out right.  But, in situations like this where you are traveling so far, you just have to learn to go with the flow & think positive.  I soon realized then at JFK airport I can do this. We can and will figure this out… and we did.

I would describe Bangkok with only one word:  intriguing. Everything you do, see, or hear is so intriguing to the mind. Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. The culture, the nightlife, the markets.. they are so intriguing.  We got to Bangkok around 2 pm and I could not tell you how excited I was to go and walk around this crazy city.  Even if it was just down the street from our hotel, there was so much to see and take in. I put one of my thai pants on and we went for it. There’s something about being in a new country and taking it all in for the first time. It’s addicting and that is why I love to go to different places. There’s this thing called ‘culture shock’ that people warned us about before we left..  But to me, culture is the BEST part of traveling abroad. You get to witness and be apart of their culture and it is just the coolest thing to experience.  So many of my friends and family could not wrap their head around the idea of us wanting to go to Thailand. Like why would you want to walk around a dirty, smelly, crazy cat infested city when you could go somewhere else? It doesn’t make much sense BUT this is where you experience the culture and let me tell you it is WORTH it.  GO to Thailand. It is something you will not ever forget and there is NOWHERE in the WORLD like it.

~ bangkok photo diary  ~

~ first evening out in Bangkok shenanigans. Right after this pic I had some bomb Indian food.  Indian food was everywhereeee in Bangkok.

~ first selfie with the Wat Poo Buddha himself.  Most beautifully painted room I have ever been in. It was so amazing to see how the people are so loving and care so deeply about their temples and religion. Every single Buddha was BREATHTAKING.

~ the Golden Buddha himself. To get to this buddha, you had to walk what felt like the longest staircase ever. It was beautiful though. The Golden Buddha was my favorite. There was a place here where you could throw a coin in this silver bucket, and once the coin dropped in, you would make a wish to the gods. After, there was a set of bells that you would walk through and ring them all. You did this, to get the gods attention so they would hear your wish.  I loved it all.

~ one of my favorite pictures that I took. The monks were so interesting to watch walk through the temples.  One girl in our tour group said, ‘if you take a picture of a monk, they lose their soul’. Considering how many tourist go through these temples a day taking pictures, I am sure their souls have been gone for awhile now…. Plus this particular monk was walking around this temple taking pictures of the walls. SO, I figured it was okay to snap a pic real quick.

~ Buddha, Buddha, Buddha, Buddha rockin everywhereeee… for real tho. SO MANY BUDDHAS. Hung out with Buddha literally this whole day. It was chill, it was hot, it was just pretty great.  I learned this day that basically each Buddha means something different depending on how their body is positioned. Also, the buddha lined up in rows as shown in the pictures, has meanings of aging or the progressions in life.  Each Buddha had something different each time. It was intriguing. You know when you go on a tour and there’s that person talking telling you what’s going on or what everything means. Yeah, pay attention to them. It is interesting. People and their ideas are interesting. HISTORY is interesting.

~ second day in Bangkok = The Floating Market.  I took this picture on our way to the floating market by boat. It was a great ride. Seeing how these people lived on the water and all they had were these little boats to get around. It is crazy to see how differently people live than you. That is just what makes traveling amazing ~ it broadens your mind and perspective of life.

~ when in Thailand you GO to the Floating Market. I have never seen anything like this before. I was simply amazed. Markets are one of my favorite things about traveling… but when it was on water AND you got to ride on a little canoe to shop AND people had little shops ON the canoes…. It was just like wow how is this even real.

~ they tell you not to eat street food in Bangkok…. buuut you eat street food in Bangkok anyway ~ and let me tell you it is delicious. The food at the Floating market was so yummy ~ I nearly ate my whole body weight every day on this trip.  I mean the whole point of traveling is to eat yummy food right??

~ last but certainly not least… day in Bangkok. ELEPHANTS. This day was magical..spectacular…amazing in every single way. When I booked this tour back in West Virginia before I left, most of my family and even friends were just like…’you are going to pay 90 dollars to wash an elephant?”…… Yes, you pay 90 dollars to wash this gentle, beautiful creature and it is AMAZING. Words can not even describe how perfect this day was. I mean I was seriously almost tearing up from how actually happy I was. I thought to myself I have not legit been this happy in a LONG time. Like real, pure happiness. That is what I felt this whole entire day and it will be something I will never forget for the rest of my life.

   

  

~ more and more elephants. I just couldn’t get enough of this day. First, we fed these elephants fruits and vegetables. They all had names and each one had their own life story.  There was an elephant here that was over 70 years old. Amazing. I actually got to feed her. We had to personally smash up bananas, fiber, and some greens mixed with water so she could eat it. We squished it up into a little ball and fed it directly into her mouth. It was amazing when I first looked into her one left eye. I could see right through it… elephants are one of the smartest animals out there. So, when you look into their eyes you see life. It was a moment I won’t forget.   We also took mud baths with these beautiful creatures… I can not tell how much FUN this was. At first, you look at this mud pond and you’re like…what…we get IN that???  But, yes you get in and it feels GREAT. The workers were so much fun ~ they started a mud fight and soon everyone was just throwing mud at each other. I loved every moment of it. I rubbed that mud all over my body ~ and for real, my skin was legit softer after that. The elephants loved it too, it helped their skin from bugs.

   

~ pure bliss ~

~ last night out in Bangkok called for getting into the Sky Bar. Me, Koby, and our friend Jeremy take a cab there from our hotel. We show up and the lady at the elevator to go up was like no no no. We were like what? The lady wouldn’t let my cousin Koby go up to the bar with shorts on. We just look at each and were like wellll sh*t. We walk out of the building hoping for a market of some sort. Sure enough just around the corner there was this little thai man with a sign saying “Do you need pants for rent?” We were like well yeah!! It was pretty funny. He was legit just on the side walk with a little clothes rack filled with pants. We go over there and Koby has no choice he has to do it so we can go up. Koby gives the man 100 baht (like 3 dollars) to borrow the pants. The funniest part was how he got changed. No bathroom, no closet….. the thai man had a small curtain and just hung it over Koby’s waist. It was on of the funniest things I have ever seen.

~ pictures of the pants renting process to get into the Sky bar

Those 3 short but yet somehow still long days in Bangkok were so much fun. 3 days is actually how much time you need to see basically everything in Bangkok. Now it was on to the next ~ ~ Phuket, Thailand.

I would describe Phuket as very beautiful and laid back. Completely different than crazy Bangkok. I was really glad we were able to experience a Thai beach. It was my first time in the Indian Ocean and it was magnificent. The water was so clear and blue… it was picture perfect. As soon as we arrived we were in for a treat. Our rooms weren’t quite ready and we would have a few hours for them to be ready… but I did not care ~ I went straight to that beautiful beach and sat right down.  I didn’t need anything else in this life.  Of course the next 4 days would be filled with great adventure.

~ phuket photo diary ~

~ first full day in Phuket was pretty sweet. Me and Koby’s friends that we met on the trip, Jeremy and Frank, went out and rented three mopeds. At first I was completely terrified of this idea…. I hate going fast… motorcycles have always freaked me out. Even our tour guides said it was not a good idea because Phuket roads are basically all curvy roads going up and down mountains. That being said we could have died that day, but we didn’t. It was truly a great experience and I was glad they made me do it. Riding the bikes up and down those mountains and overlooking the beautiful views over the island was spectacular. It was the kind of thing where you’re just happy to be alive and appreciate the life that was given to you.

   

~ second day in Phuket called for island hopping. A MUST in Thailand. This day mainly consisted of two things ; boating and beaches. 2 of my favorite things ever. Each island we went to kept getting prettier and prettier.  We got to snorkel, explore around the islands, and just simply enjoy the beautiful beaches.  I got so burnt on this day but it was definitely worth it.

~ first part of the third day in Phuket was spent at the monkey temple. So many monkeys everywhere just trying to steal all the food you bought for them. These monkeys were picky little fellas… Some monkeys just liked bananas, other just wanted nuts… others wanted corn! Like whatttt… don’t all monkeys love bananas!? Well apparently not these monkeys. Only two girls in the group got a monkey to stand on their shoulder. I was one of them. Monkeys are pretty smart creatures also. They can look into your eyes and see how exactly you feel about them. All of people in our group were a bit spooked by them. If they did bite you, you could get some disease or get really sick. So, it made sense they were a bit stand offish about touching them. These monkeys however were not aggressive. I remember going up to the monkey and he looked right into my eyes. I let my eyes sparkle and said it was okay. I swear the monkey understood and hopped right on my shoulder.  It was a pretty great morning.

~ little town of Koh Panyi after visiting James Bond island. This little town was so interesting. The WHOLE town was completely over water. No land anywhere. It was simply amazing. We actually got lost wondering around this town… we had no idea which way to go. There were little walkways everywhere. There was even an elementary school here. It was crazy how these people lived here, but it was so fascinating to see and experience it.  The people would have a little market right inside their home. This was how these people made a living. This little town was also the place where we heard the song ‘Country Roads’. I could not believe my ears. I was like are you serious? My state song is legit playing in this little town on water where theres no service for miles? It gave me chills bumps for sure. It makes you realize how small this world can be and how we are all the same ~ just people.

~ when in Thailand you get a tattoo. Me, however, I got my FIRST tattoo here. There were about 7 or 6 people in our tour group who got tattoos this day. They found the best (and cleanest) tattoo shop they could find. Of course I was super nervous about this…I mean it was my first tattoo….and I was completely across the world in a semi dirty town…. This tattoo shop was legit though. Very very very clean.  I can’t even explain how nervous I was for this tiny little wave beside my boob… the whole shop was just laughing at me. But, I made it through and did it. I was pretty proud of myself even though it took the guy 3 min to do it. I was really glad I did it. To me, on that last day, I felt like that was the perfect ending to my Thailand trip. It put the cherry on top. My wave has a lot of meanings to me. It means strength, going with the flow, riding MY wave through this crazy, beautiful life. It’s a memory of the best trip I could have asked for with the best people. Thailand you are AMAZING.

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No matter where you go in life, you will always meet new people. When you travel however, you will always meet the BEST people. Maybe it’s because we all have that one thing in common ~ to travel ~ that brings people together.

Super blessed to have met the people I did on this trip. They were all amazing and I am super blessed to have shared this whole experience with them.

    

~ thank you, friends, tour guides, and all the thai people…. thank you, Thailand for a trip of a life time. A trip i will never forget ~

~ BEST TRIP EVER ~