**warning: this post contains an obscene amount of pictures**
One of my friends told me last week, "You've gotten to travel to a lot of places in the last 5 years." When I thought about this, I was thinking to myself that I'm pretty lucky. I've had the opportunity to go quite a few different places. From 2006 to 2010 I've gotten to go visit 6different countries, a few different states (one of them twice!), and have gone on countless trips to Northern California and the Bay Area. I have the bug, the travel bug. There's not many times when some says, "I'm going on a trip [insert state, country, etc. here]" when I don't think to myself, "Man, I would really love to go there, maybe I can hop on board their vacation and go with them."
Ireland, August 2006
I went to Ireland for a week with my BCF (best cousin forever) Sarah. We stayed with a friend of my dad's right outside Dublin. We also roadtripped it across to Galway for a couple nights.
(in front of Bono's house! if you know me, then you know that I love u2, so
I had to go see his house. I know, I'm a little lame)
(us in the park)
(our beautiful day drive in the country side. everything was breathtakingly gorgeous)
(sarah walking rosie. we met the cutest old man and when we asked him
to take a picture of us he gave us his dog and said we could take a picture with her instead)
New York, March 2007
I went to New York for my 21st birthday with one of my high school besties, Marisa. We were super touristy and tried to fit everything we possibly could into our one week there: statue of liberty, empire state building, moma, guggenheim, Mary Poppin's on Broadway, Rent, Serendipity, etc.
(us in Central Park)
(at the top of the empire state building)
(in awe of Monet's work, this might have been my favorite part of the trip)
Ukraine, June-July 2007
I went to work at an orphanage with a group from my university for 3 1/2 weeks over the summer. Sally became one of my best friends on this trip.
(playing around with a few of my favorite kids, they were seriously the cutest.
(everyone at the orphanage. those kids stole my heart)
(we stayed in a little town, in the middle of nowhere. outside of this little town all you could see was fields for miles and miles.)
(Sally and I in Kiev)
(this obviously is not in Ukraine, but we stopped in England on the way back for a day
and Sally and I made it our goal to go to Abbey Road. it was an adventure to say the least)
New York, New Years 2008
My roommates and some of my best friends (a total of 11 of us) went to New York for New Years our last year of college. We had a friend who had just moved out there and we decided it would be a perfect time to visit. And we were right. It was one of the best times of my life.
(all of us at Rockefeller Center, I know its blurry but its the only one I could find)
(we all stayed at someone's uncle's apartment. it was lucky. it happened last minute
and it meant we didn't have to pay to stay anywhere
and it was the perfect size us. a big thank you to "the boss of money")
(we're big beatles fans. so going to strawberry fields was a big deal for the wombies)
San Francisco, countless times throughout the years
I go up north to visit one of my besties Lauren, at least once a year. And now my old wombie, Allie, lives in the city too. So the last few years I've gotten to go up quite a few times. And it's always such a great trip.
(one of my first SF trips to see Lauren, summer 2006)
(one of lauren and my favorite things to do in the city is go to north beach and
get lattes at la boulange yummm! fall 2009)
(watching fireworks on July 4, 2008)
(out on the town with Erin, Lauren, and Allie, Spring 2009)
Chile, September through December 2008 & again in March 2009
(this was a 5 minute walk from where I lived for 3 months)
(Arauco, this was one of my favorite days in Chile)
(we went on lots of "hikes")
(with my 2 best girls, Kari and Sally, at Punta de Lobos, the famous surf spot)
England, January 2009
(we went to a beautiful castle one day)
(Sussanne and I "discovering Lichfield," which really doesn't take all that long to discover)
(Westminster Abbey, which never ceases to amaze me)
Thailand, February 2009
Went to Thailand to work with college students, "teach" english camps at a church, and help out with a smoothie shop ministry. We met the greatest people who took us all over on their motorbikes, which was a little scary sometimes but always fun.
(Scott and I at a waterfall, this was such a fun day)
(visiting one of the many temples. all of them so ornate)
(my team with all our new thai friends, hiking up to the waterfall)
(Susanne loving the elephants. we went for a ride on these elephants too!)
Las Vegas, August 2010
I went to Las Vegas as part of Erin and Chad's wedding party.
(Jamie, Chad, Erin, Tobin, and I sweating from the desert heat in front of the eiffel tower)
(dancing in the clubs was so much fun because I was with some of my favorite people,
St. Maarten, September 2010
One of my besties, Lauren, called me up one day and told me her boss was letting her use his timeshare in the Caribbean and invited me to come. There was no way I could pass this up.
(drinking coconut juice. yum!)
(Guavaberry Rum is everywhere on the island)
(gettin lots of sun at one of the many beaches)
(our last day, i basically just threw this one in so you could see how tan we were! it was awesome)
Oregon, New Years 2011 (this trip also includes a pit-stop in the Vegas!)
A group of us went up to visit our great friends (including Rachael) who'd moved over the summer and have a dreamy New Years. The trip was only 4 days, but felt like a week. We lived it up and enjoyed every second.
(getting ready for midnight and dancing to Kanye)
(double exposure, downtown)
(exploring downtown Bend)
(our last night, eating at Common Table)
(their gorgeous little house that I was in awe of the entire time we were there)
I am currently in the process of planning a trip to the East Coast with my friend Eric. We're looking into going in April and so far our destinations include: Boston, New York, New Haven Connecticut (Yale), Princeton New Jersey, and Philadelphia. I seriously cannot wait, I wish we were going next week.