Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna Take Ya...

This summer has been one of the best so far! African Lion Safari, Imagine Dragons and Bruno Mars concerts, my Aunt's wedding, beach days, lazy days and much more but one of the greatest parts was going to Aruba. I love summer, I love the heat and I love travelling...what better way to put all three together and take a trip to a Caribbean island?

I'm not the greatest photographer but it was hard not to get an amazing shot with the beauty of the mesmerizing island.

This was a 7 day trip that was definitely not long enough..but what vacation ever is? hahah We stayed at the Costa Linda which I highly recommend. Unfortunately, it is only open for time share or if you own one of the suites. They have pool with two hot tubs, beach with chairs and tiki huts provided for you to use whenever you'd like, a giant chess/checkers set (Sad I didn't get a picture of it, it was a lot of fun). Being the girly girl I am, I look advantage of their spa and got my nails done which has lasted for ever!

If you do decide to take a trip to Aruba or anywhere else in the Caribbean, do NOT forget sunscreen! I am quite proud of myself that I didn't get burnt, well at least not where I could help.. I had to buy a hat to keep my head from getting burnt. Do not sit out in the sun for more than 20 minutes without any sort of protection from the sun, you can literally feel yourself crisping. Also, if you plan on spending a lot of time on the beach take advantage of the Happy Hour at the bar...2 for 1 drinks are the best and a good way to keep you hydrated..or not if its alcoholic but still delicious either way!

As said before travelling is one of my favourite things ever. I love experiencing new sights and cultures. The food in Aruba is pretty similar to here in Canada so I didn't get to try many new things but what we did have was scrumptious! If the only thing I could accomplish in life was the travel the world, I would forever be in a blissful state of happiness.

Travel is rebellion in its truest form
We follow our heart
We free ourselves of labels 
We loose control willingly
We trade a role for reality
We love the unfamiliar
We trust strangers
We own only what we carry
We search for better questions, not answers
We truly graduate

We sometimes choose to never come back  

- The Triprebel Manifesto

Sunday, 1 September 2013

How to Survive Your Best Friend Leaving for University

It's currently the time when students are getting ready for school and leaving for college and university but what do you do when you're not one of them? What do you do when it's your best friend, the person you have known since you were little and barely been separated for more than a couple days, leaving for the first time? It's difficult to even fathom what it will be like without them before it happens. This time is especially troubling when you yourself are going nowhere and with nothing so much as a plan for what to eat for dinner. So if you, or someone you know is having trouble coping with this, here are a few tips.

1. Keep Busy By Cleaning Your Room 

This is probably one of the least exciting things that you could do but hey you may find some cool stuff and it will also make you feel rejuvenated by rearranging furniture. Like a fresh start. 


2. Learn How To Cook

Pinterest is one of my favourite places to find new things, from recipes to fashion to decorating your dream home. There is an endless supply of ideas and DIYs to keep you busy. 



3. Start A Blog

Doing something you enjoy will make time between visits go by much quicker. Starting a blog is just one of the many things I have on my list to try out this year. Find a hobby or 2 and throw yourself into it. If you aren't having a good time then pick something else. No one's going to keep you from changing your mind. It's your time, do with it what you want...safely of course :)  


4. Visit

As long as your best friend won't hate you for coming (which hopefully wouldn't be a problem if you really are that close) then go right ahead! Just remember that you are just saying goodbye to them and maybe a couple others but they are moving to a whole new place with very few people they know. Coming from a small town where you know everyone it seems hard to imagine going to a new place and knowing...eh maybe 5 people. A couple from your high school, a couple just from around town, and a couple you met on the Facebook freshmen pages. The move is going to be more challenging for them than it will be for you (In most cases). 



If you're like me and are just hanging around for the year you will soon know just what it's like to be on the other side. So try not to fret and use the time you can to visit, it will be good for both of you. 


I hope these few things will help to make your transition at least a little bit easier. If you have any good ideas I'd love to give them a try, just leave them in the comments below! :)