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Savannah, Georgia Pt. 3

What better way to start blogging in 2016 than to finish off an amazing adventure. My trip to Savannah, Georgia, with one of my best friends, has come to an end. [Part 1] [Part 2]

On the third day of our trip, mother nature was completely against us. It was pouring rain and there were no signs that the rain would stop anytime soon. However, we were still determined to make the most out of our experience. There was no way we were spending an entire day stuck in a hotel room.

Our first stop was the Savannah Visitor Center. We didn’t find much inside. There’s a railroad museum there but I didn’t feel like exploring trains. Who knows, I probably missed out on something really cool. So a little piece of advice: Take advantage of every opportunity, even if it doesn’t seem too exciting.

After about 10 minutes inside the center, we decided to make our way to The First African American Baptist Church in North America.

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We were ready and so excited to go on a tour of the church.

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We get there and find a sign that said that the tours were canceled for the day. We were so upset. It seemed like we couldn’t catch a break.

City Market was down the street…

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I thought the area looked stunning, glazed in rain and serenity; breathtaking even. We walked around one last time and came across this small shop.

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It was so adorable inside. All things Georgia, no literally! Peach everything but unfortunately, they didn’t ship to New Jersey. Sigh! Wine tasting though was still available!

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All the wines were absolutely delicious. I thought it was amazing that the wine bottle labels were made by local artists. Forever a sucker for art!

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Everything seemed better once we left the shop. Wine tends to do that sometimes! 😉 

We walked towards River Street

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River Street was wet and cold. We mostly just did souvenir shopping. Lunch was at the Shrimp Factory. There we had the strongest Peach Martini and struggled trying to finish it. Don’t think I’ll be having another one anytime soon! Well at least I can say I had a peach martini in Georgia, the peach state.

Entrée time!

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This was my second time having shrimp and grits and wow! DELICIOUS! I am not even over exaggerating. It was heaven to my taste buds. If only I could find someone who could make me shrimp and grits THAT good! I almost cried when it was all gone. Shakia and I entertained the idea of ordering seconds for a few minutes….it didn’t happen.

Just like that we completed our trip to Savannah, Georgia. There’s nothing more fulfilling than traveling and experiencing new things. Don’t pass up the opportunity to travel, even if it’s in the states. Sometimes we forget that there are some beautiful places in the U.S. Don’t underestimate what’s in our own backyards! 

Savannah, Georgia Pt.2

The adventure continues… Savannah, Georgia still had a lot in store for Shakia and I. [Part 1]

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

Day 2
We woke up to what seemed to be a rainy day. We were disappointed that our trip was being crashed by the rain, but my mom always says, “Tiffy, a little rain never hurts a flower,” and with that in mind we headed out for breakfast.

We ate at the famous Waffle House. You cannot go to Georgia and not go to the Waffle House. After eating real waffles in Belgium, I swore I would never have a waffle again, unless it was truly Belgian but I couldn’t stay away. Waffle House you did me good!

I would also like to say that I am officially a fan of biscuits and gravy!

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It was time to explore Savannah and its beautiful Historical District with 22 squares. As only true tourists would, we decided that a Trolley Tour would be most beneficial. We chose the Old Savannah Tours. It was great! Throughout the day we were able to hop on and off the trolley and enjoy real life re-enactors of important historical figures in Savannah. Nothing like a little history lesson to freshen up the brain cells.

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Savannah is stunning with such beautiful landscape and architecture. Gorgeous place to take a long walk or go for a nice morning or afternoon jog.

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Can you tell how much I was enjoying the scenery?

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One of the Trolley stops was City Market a cute little social center with little shops, bars and restaurants. By the time we arrived at City Market it was pouring rain and very cold. Apparently, the coldest it has been in Savannah since a very long time. So what do me and Shakia do? Go to Wet Willies and have ourselves a very freezing slushy. Yes, we immediately regretted it. Took us forever to finish our drinks. Not our brightest idea.

We made two other stops at City Market. First, this cute little Art Gallery. I’m a sucker for anything creative. I loved the gallery. It was filled with beautiful paintings and awesome pieces of art. There’s something fulfilling about art whether you’re creating it or infusing it. 

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Second, we stopped by Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Shakia looked like a little girl who walked into a toy store. It was quite hilarious.

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The place was cute and they gave us free candy as soon as we entered the store! Even spoke some french with the candyman. I never pass an opportunity to <<parlez un peu>> of French. I do highly regret not getting fresh popcorn like Shakia did. She let me taste a bit and it was absolutely delicious! Cheddar popcorn never tasted so good!

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Finally, to end our day we went to dinner at Paula Deen’s The lady & Son’s. We lucked out because on Sunday’s dinner is buffet style! We were ecstatic! Can’t go to the South and not have some good ‘ol southern food.

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I was so hungry I completely forgot to take a picture of my first plate so instead I took a picture of my second plate. You can never have enough plates at a buffet. After plate three…or maybe four, we were ready for bed!

[To be Continued…]

Savannah, Georgia Pt.1

Roulette is a game of chance. Once you spin the wheel it is up to chance to decide where the ball will land.

Thinking “here goes nothing” could be the start of everything – Drew Wagner

A few months back my friend Shakia and I let chance decide where our next travel adventure would be. Jetblue was offering a series of flight specials that we just couldn’t pass up. I wrote down all our possible options in pieces of paper, folded them and jumbled them up on my night stand… and just like that we played travel roulette; we were booked to go to Savannah, Georgia in November.

Day 1 

We arrived to the Savannah Hilton Head International airport excited and slightly tired from our lack of sleep. We picked up our Enterprise rental car and after chatting it up with the friendly employee (wish I remembered his name) we were on our way to our hotel at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Pooler, Georgia. We were so excited about our trip that we completely forgot about check-in. We arrived around 10am and check-in wasn’t until 1pm…we were stuck. So what do two girls with nothing to do at 10am end up doing?…yupp we went shopping.

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I’ve never been to the Tanger Outlets  but my first time in one and Oldnavy was having a spectacular sale. Good sales are like kryptonite to us and if it wasn’t because we had to fit everything into our suitcase, we probably would of spent all of our money shopping before even exploring Savannah!

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After we finally checked in and freshened up we were off to Tybee Island. It was the perfect day to be around the beach with the 80 degree Georgian weather. Our first stop was the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum ($9 well spent!)

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The view was breathtaking. I’m a true sucker for a beautiful scenery.

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I felt completely at peace and content with life. I’ve said it over and over again…there is nothing like the simple moments in life. 

As the sun started setting and the clouds got darker, we headed to the beach.

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The sand was filled with broken shells and the air smelled fresh with a hint of salt water. I continued to feel content even as the horizon was warning us of a storm coming our way.


I took it is a metaphor…even though hard times are ahead, be grateful for what you’ve accomplished and what you have gained thus far in your life.


As rain drops started to fall, we ended our night by heading to the The Crab Shack. We got our hands dirty and devoured our fresh crabs. I recommend the Deviled Crab! It’s basically a crab cake made with real crab meat. It was absolutely delicious.

While we walked out and waved at the alligator (yes, there were alligators in a pond) we realized how exhausted we were. It was time for bed.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – Helen Keller

To be continued…

Mega Played!

Today, me and my roommate Courtney had a nice trip planned to Amsterdam. It’s our last weekend here in Europe so we figured we would end with a bang! We woke up at 4:30am to catch the first tram before 5am to go downtown and catch the MegaBus. We made it out the apartment in 25 min. Halfway to the tram stop I ask Courtney if she has her passport…we run back to the apartment. As I wait outside for her in the distance I see a tram pass by. She comes back down and when I told her what I just saw we run back to the tram stop (that’s the most I’ve worked out this entire trip.) We get there and look at the times… indeed that was our tram and we just missed it. We were freaking out trying to find our best alternative to get downtown on time. The MegaBus was suppose to leave Brussels at 6:10am. We call the 2 taxi cab numbers that I have stored on my phone and none of them work. The likelihood of finding a taxi where we live is so slimFortunately, Courtney was able to stop one that was driving by. We end up getting downtown extra early and we lounge around the train station until it’s time to head to the bus stop. I kid you not we waited 1hr and 20min for this bus and it DID NOT arrive. It was ridiculously cold and we couldn’t take it anymore. After conversing with the Spaniards that were also waiting we decided to head back home. As soon as we get back home Courtney calls MegaBus to get our money refunded and turns out the bus was stuck in London and hadn’t even made it to Paris yet! Thank goodness we left and didn’t wait around any longer. All of this happened before 8am without the sun being out. What a start to our day… Can’t do much but laugh about it. Everything happens for a reason. 

Christmas Spirit in Liège

Welcome to the "Christmas Village"

Welcome to the “Christmas Village”

This past Saturday I went to Liège, Belgium with my host family. We went to go enjoy the Christmas Market. This was my first time going to a Christmas Market and it was the cutest thing! I had such a great time.

One of the many stands

One of the many stands

The market was filled with different stands that had all sorts of things. You could explore stands for hours. I even ended up buying a souvenir to take back home. The sweetest thing was when my host sister ended up getting me and my roommate a gift!! She’s so cute!

Sliding Down

Sliding Down

While there me and my roommate went sledding with our host sister. I was a tad scared… I’m not going to lie. I’ve never done something like it before. We had a small plastic shovel that we had to sit on and then slide down this small ramp. The first time going down I grabbed my roommate’s hand without meaning too. Then the second time I kept stopping myself mid-way through the sliding process that I ended up losing my shovel x_x I laughed so hard when I got to the bottom.

Friendly Skating

Friendly Skating

We also went ice skating. That made it my second time on the ice. I’m actually pretty good at it! It’s probably because I know how to rollerblade. That was horrible ice to skate on though! It was pretty dangerous because it was easy to fall. There were so many kids and a lot of teens were careless while skating trying to do all these fancy tricks .__. It really annoyed me! I met the cutest little girl and we skated together. She kept wanting me to hold her hand it was too adorable to handle!! ^_^ She had beautiful curly hair! She reminded me of myself at her age!

Tartiflette in the making

Tartiflette in the making

While there I learned that waffles come from Liège and all this time I thought they came from Brussels. I also tried Tartiflette! It’s absolutely delicious! It’s a mix of potatoes, cheese, onions, and wine! I will definitely try to make it back in the states!

It was a long but great day! So happy I got to visit the Christmas Market! 

Le Père Fouettard

Le Père Fouettard

Interesting Fact: Earlier in the day we bumped into St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was accompanied by this really creepy guy! I was so disturbed because this guy painted himself dark and he had the creepiest facial expression! After some research I figured out that in some French regions St. Nicholas is accompanied by a guy called Père Fouettard who gives coal or spanks to the naughty kids. If you were to tell me a guy like that was going to give me coal or spank me for being naughty I would definitely try my hardest to be on that nice list!!!! Poor kids!

Me Enamore… pero de Sevilla

“Me enamore de Sevilla, España.” I am convinced that out of all the cities I have visited, during my study abroad experience, Sevilla has been my favorite (Vienna was second.) I fell in love with absolutely everything, the food, the music, the atmosphere, the language and accent, the people, the architecture…the culture in general consumed you to the point where leaving made you sad.

Off to Sevilla, Spain

I went to Sevilla to meet up with some friends and enjoy my birthday weekend. It turned out to be a greater experience than I expected. I didn’t think I would fall in love with the city. I stayed in a single room in Hostal Florida. It was great! The room was clean, nicely organized, and had a TV. I was satisfied! I payed about 48 Euros for 2 nights. I only slept on the bed one night because Sunday my flight was at 7:45am and we stayed out till 4am partying and celebrating. It was my last time taking Ryanair to travel in Europe. Going back home was the worse experience. There was so much turbulence! I hate turbulence. I was running on no sleep just a 1.5 hour nap, and we took about 5 tequila shots to celebrate our experience that night! It was definitely worth it though.

One of my many Tapas

We ate tapas the entire time I was there. They were so delicious that every time they were placed in front of us we ate them quickly. Ordering a couple would equal to a full meal and all at a really good price! Everything I ate was less than 6 Euros! I loved chorizo it tasted delicious! I kinda wish I had more. I even orederd a tapa of Jamón ibérico “cured meat.” That was interesting. Tasted good though.

Live Flamenco

I was able to see live Flamenco! It was absolutely beautiful! The lyrics just took my breath away and the rhythm was just hypnotizing. There was so much soul in the music I could of listened to it all night! Truly an amazing experience!

la Torre del Oro

On our way to Calle Betis, a street a tad similar to Delirium here in Brussels but just more open and not so narrow, we stopped by the Guadalquivir river. It had an amazing view! Gorgeous just absolutely breathtaking! We also passed by la Torre del Oro. It seriously reminded me of Rapunzel. I always pictured her dropping her hair down from a tower similar to la Torre del Oro. The bars in Calle Betis were more spacious than the bars in Delirium and you were able to dance if you wanted.

Guadalquivir river

The cathedral was absolutely HUGE! It is so big you couldn’t take a picture of the entire thing unless you were taking pictures up from the sky. We had 1 Euro beers in front of la Iglesia de El Salvador. That was different. I never seen something like it! The place was packed! Full of people drinking in front of the church. Afterwards, we went inside the church with beer in our system… no big deal. The details inside the church were absolutely impressive. There were so many intricate details everywhere! It was a lot to take in.

Inside la Iglesia de El Salvador

We met so many interesting people! We had so many cheap drinks! 1.50 Euro shots! Absolutely unbelievable! My friend even got me a Birthday shot! I was so happy! Exactly what I needed to finally feel 21!

Best hot dog ever!

There was also this hot dog stand outside this club we went too. Seriously, best selling strategy ever. That was the best hot dog I have ever tasted in my life!!!! I don’t think I will ever taste something like it again!

Sevilla was absolutely amazing! I need to return!

Birthday Shot!

Caving “Spelunking”

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I never got the chance to talk about my caving or “spelunking” experience in Budapest, HungaryBudapest is known for its hot springs and famous thermal baths. The hot water rushing up from deep underground formed a huge cave system.

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It was truly an amazing experience and one of the coolest things I have done. We were given overalls, helmets, and lights. I felt so official with my red overalls and combat boots. We had a great tour guide that helped us crawl through narrow passages, climb up and down wallsand walk through tight spaces. We even found interesting crystals, fossils, and cool shaped rocks. The ground was moist and sometimes you found drops of water hanging from the rocks. It was extremely dark without the lights. We all had to sit in the darkness and it was incredible. We couldn’t see our hands in front of us. There was also pure silence you could hear your echo. Great for singing.

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My biggest challenge was crawling through this really tight hole. I was doing great until I couldn’t get my waist through the hole. My combat boots just kept digging themselves more and more into the moist ground and my helmet kept blocking my eyesight. I had to be pulled out :/… I wish I had the proper spelunking boots. But even getting stuck was exhilarating! The experience was a great workout! I would definitely recommend everyone to put this on their bucket list!