High Five For Friday!

I am linking up with Lauren again this week for High Five For Fridays and celebrating the little things that have made this week great! It doesn’t even feel like it is Friday but the calendar says it is so! So I guess here we go…

1. I’M GOING TO EUROPE!

The biggest news this week BY FAR is that I booked myself a trip to Europe!! I absolutely can’t wait!! This is a big deal since I’ve only been to Europe once with a big tour group in high school and this time I’m going by myself!! I am SO SO stoked! I’m meeting up with a great friend in Leeds, UK first and then heading to SPAIN! I’ve got 7 days in Spain so if you have any suggestions, let me know!! GAHHHH! I’m sure much more to come on this one !

2. A Short Week

This week being a short week has really made it all FLY by! And I did this and this and this last weekend, so I really feel like it has been a crazy fulfilling week!

3. It’s Asparagus Season

One of my favorite things about summer is that it is asparagus season!! It is my favorite vegetable and I dug in for the first time this season this week. Yum Yum Yum. And so worth the funny pee smell.

4. A New Find

from the fifth floor

This week I visited a new local shop, Il Cafe Latte. I LOVE visiting new places in my local Harlem neighborhood and this one has moved to the TOP of my list. Doesn’t hurt either that I was with great company and we focused on desserts while we were there! And I know I’ve said it before but, Harlem ROCKS.

5.Beach Prep

from the fifth floor

Can’t wait to get back to Destin!

This next week is by far the craziest week of my event season with REUNION 2012 coming up next weekend (more to come on this!). The following days after reunion though I am heading to the beach with my family so I am spending this weekend getting ready for my beach vacations! Time to order my beach reads, get flip flops, and buy some sunscreen! Can’t wait!

Hey- did I mention I’m going to Europe??? HOLY MOLY!!

Happy Friday!!! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

-Lauren

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6 thoughts on “High Five For Friday!

  1. You are going to love Spain! I was there for a week last summer (part of a 3 week trip a friend and I did in Europe)! If you have time, I definitely suggest going to Seville — gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous (here are some ideas of what to do there http://gospain.about.com/od/seville/tp/50_things_to_do_in_seville.htm)! In addition, I was in Madrid and Granada. Madrid was pretty fun, definitely lots to do in that city. If you make it to Granada, be sure to go to the Alhambra! It is definitely a hike, but boy the views of the city, the plants/trees on the way to the top and the architecture is amazing (here are some more ideas of what to do in Granada http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187441-Activities-Granada_Province_of_Granada_Andalucia.html). In all honesty, wherever you decide to venture in Spain there is something to do, scenery to appreciate, and good times to be had. Be sure to eat lots of tapas (my mouth is watering), opt to walk or take the bus (you get to see more of the buildings and the cities this way) annnnd lastly eat a Kinder Bueno bar (see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder_Bueno) for me, you won’t regret it. :) Have fun!!!

      • No problem! I love traveling and I’m so excited for you! Also, it just occurred to me, I don’t know what you plan on doing for lodging; however, I had a great experience with hostels (they are great for a traveler on a budget and give you the opportunity to meet other travelers). Just a few tips, do research into the place you are going to book, this may seem obvious but really read the reviews. Also, bring a little lock and key — most hostels have a locker to keep your items but don’t come with a lock and key (usually you have to rent the lock and key, so if you’re into saving money bring your own). In Madrid I stayed in Malasaña Traveler’s Hostel, which I would recommend — it’s no 5 star hotel, but I was comfortable. In Seville I stayed at Oasis Backpackers’ Palace Sevilla, which I would DEFINITELY recommend — of all the traveling I did, this hostel was the cheapest (think 11ish Euros/ night), nicest (it was very clean and pretty new), and even had a decent complimentary breakfast. I can’t suggest anything in Granada because I stayed with my friend and her host family during that time. Both hostels also had complimentary computer labs (some hostels charge to use their computers). If you find yourself visiting different cities in Spain, I found the best deals for hostels through http://www.hostelbookers.com and http://www.anytrip.com/hostels. Also, if your Spanish isn’t that great, the people at the front desk (at all the hostels I went to throughout Europe) knew English and were pretty easy to communicate with. Additionally, they were super friendly — don’t be afraid to ask for maps or information about free walking tours, etc. There is plenty of information and the workers are excited to help!

        Okay, I’m done with overwhelming you with [unasked for] information!! Did I mention how excited I get when it comes to talking travel?! If you do have more questions or just want to talk more travel — feel free to contact me!! :) Again, have a great time — happy and safe traveling!!!

      • This is absolutely AMAZING missy!! Thank you SO SO SO much! I am planning on hostel-ing it up the whole way so these are great tips! I’m hoping to stay in hostels that I’ve know other people have stayed in before also so this is GREAT. Surprisingly, another one of my friend stayed in the Oasis one and LOVED it too!

        I will be looking into ALL of these tips!

        Gracias senorita!

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