2011 started off very rough for me. I never would have imagined how things would turn around. The lows I experienced this past year made me stronger and really pushed me to do things I never would have had the guts to do before, which includes leaving my job and traveling for 4 months. I am grateful for the adventures I’ve had and the people I’ve met, and I am so excited to see what’s in store in 2012. I hope we are all able to take some risks this year and be amazed by what we can accomplish when we aren’t afraid to go against the grain.
Thank you Carnival for a fantastic week of cruising and island hopping. I think my favorite was spending the day at Atlantis and feeling like a kid again. After the cruise, we had the day to kill before catching out evening flight back to Cali. Because it was NYE, we decided to skip the crowds at South Beach and head over to Atlantic Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale for some more relaxing beach time. Fort Lauderdale’s beaches are pretty great, and the water is gorgeous. The downside is that its about 10 degrees colder than the Caribbean, but that’s still not bad! I wish California had water this beautiful. After a few hours at the beach, we sat down and had lunch at La bonne Crêpe in Las Olas Blvd. If you’re from Cali and haven’t been to Las Olas before, its very similar to State Street in Santa Barbara or Old Town in Pasadena. There are lots of cute stores and restaurants, and its a great spot to sit and people watch. Fort Lauderdale is also very dog friendly (they have a dog beach!) so that adds to the cute factor. La bonne Crêpe had a huge selection of different crepes, and if you’re a fan of gruyere cheese then you will not be disappointed. Just among our table we had variations of seared tuna, ground sirloin, and blackened chicken breast. I always want to go to Miami when I visit Florida, but maybe now I’ll choose Fort Lauderdale instead for a more laid-back weekend.
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Ahoy there! I suppose many of my friends didn’t get the memo that I’ll be on a cruise in the Caribbean all week. These last few weeks have been hectic and I wasn’t even sure until last week if this trip was happening. We flew into Miami this morning and arrived on deck a few hours ago. We’ll be stopping in Grand Turks, the Bahamas and Carnival’s private island Half Moon Bay. The boat sets sail in an hour and then I’ll be out of pocket most of the time, but I’m really looking forward to taking lots of pictures and documenting the good, the bad and the ugly about the overall cruise experience. Oh, the things I do for research! But can I just say that so far so good with everything: Miami’s weather is fantastic, our rooms have balconies facing the back of the ship (and conveniently located next to a pool and bar) and the ship looks beautiful. More updates to come soon! Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season wherever you may be.
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SantaCon is a tradition in big cities like Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, where hundreds of people dress up in santa costumes and bar hop all day.