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Friday Favorites : Travel

I have travel fever, lately, and nothing to do about it, besides post about how travel crazy I am. And as soon as I’ve been somewhere a few days, I know I’d get homesick.

This is one of the only foreign places I’ve been, besides Canada. This is the day that Greg almost dropped his GoPro (camera) in a Jamaican river. I also got a cool scar from when our tubes slammed together going down the rapids, and I ripped a piece of skin off my wrist.

It didn’t hurt that bad, but I admit I couldn’t stop thinking of horror movies where alien parasites take over your body.

So here are my Friday favorites, travel edition:

TRIPS:
17 Amazing Trips for Animal Lovers

Volunteering to work with pandas. Hugging and feeding pandas every day sounds like a place that I would love to be.
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Angel Falls, Venezuela. The real life inspiration for Up! All of these places are incredible. I could daydream about them all day.

REVIEWS:
Tripadvisaargh
This site is hilarious; it’s a stockpile of weird and funny reviews from TripAdvisor.com, such as:

“the weather was a big disappointment first off- it was cold, wet, rainy, windy – felt like being back in UK. Then you only get to POKE a dolphin, the whole thing is so restricted, it makes you think, “I’ve payed a grand for this, and they arent letting me even give it a proper hug or whatever. Also, the guy went nuts when my finger was within 30cm of its blowhole.” – jadedghiacand

Quote:

Honestly, I am lost. I have a terrible sense of direction. Abominable. But this quote makes me feel better. Maybe I am just enjoying my ride.

Advice:
Just don’t do this:


Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.

Are you traveling this weekend?
Where’s the next place you want to go?
Any weird travel experiences?

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The Funnest Firsts

I’m linking up with Helene today to share some firsts; there are so many it was hard to choose!

Helene in Between

I decided to go with some of the funnest firsts I’ve had. I moved from South Carolina to Delaware to be with my then boyfriend, now husband, in 2007. Ever since I moved up, we have been doing crazy stuff together as much as possible, whenever not eating pancakes watching TV on the couch. Under a blanket. In pajamas.
Tough Mudder
He just hit his number 3 on Tough Mudders this year. Here is his very first, when he had no idea what to expect:
Running 12 miles through ice, mud, fire, water, and enormous obstacles? Why not? Giant adult obstacle course, hell yes! Haha I have not done a Tough Mudder yet – 12 miles is pretty extreme, but I have been thinking about it. He loves them.
Meanwhile, I was walking around like an idiot getting one of the worst sunburns of my life, which I was to find out later:
Warrior Dash
Here we are after our first Warrior Dash together. Notice how I managed to get so much muddier higher up than he did.
Kitten
One of my favorite firsts ever was when we adopted our first kitten, Boba Fett. As Greg says, “She wanted cats, and I didn’t, so we compromised and got cats.”
Which naturally led to our first cat Christmas.
Vacation
And finally, our first grown-up vacation. To Hogwarts.
Who’s that glowing white nerd with the Butterbeer?? The T-Rex was NOT part of Hogwarts, BTW. Jurassic Park was pretty sweet, but my favorite was Hogwarts. We had SO much fun, and my Harry Potter fangirl heart was loving it. We went during what turned out to be a tropical storm in Florida, but you know what that means? Less crowded rides!! We rode all the rides rain or shine, and it was awesome. The main Harry Potter one is inside the castle, and there is soooo much stuff just to look at before you get to the ride. Now my next dream is to do the Harry Potter studio tour in the UK.
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Harry Potter Festival

This weekend was the Harry Potter Festival in Philadelphia.
 

We had never been before, so we (I) decided we should go. There were a TON of kids and adults dressed up. We even saw two Beauxbatons girls and a baby dressed as an owl – so adorable.

 Dress – Target (similar) / Boots – Modcloth (exact) / Scarf – Old Navy (similar) / Tights – Target (similar)
I also ran into this bear who was wearing metal shorts. We walked for about 5 miles, but it felt like 500 in my boots. I repeated my mantra, ‘Fashion over comfort’ to my boyfriend. They did surprisingly well for several miles; no blisters so it wasn’t that bad.
The houses in this area are so beautiful. They all looked super warm and cozy, like you want to go take a nap inside.
We almost got some butterbeer, but then we realized it was served warm. Not really what you want after working up quite a thirst. So we stopped at Chick-fil-a on the way home for iced teas, and I unzipped my boots and released my feet-krakens, which felt AMAZING.
I’ve already taken 1 1/2 naps today, but I’m exhausted, and will be very happy to climb into bed.