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The sunshine state

24 Jan

It’s a little funny writing about Florida, especially since we’re experiencing the coldest temperatures yet this winter, but it’s also nice to think back to our week in the sunshine state. Even though Sebastian and I had originally planned to ski in Breckenridge over New Year’s, we decided to travel to Orlando instead. Winter was wearing us down a bit, and we both thought some warmer weather would do some good.

Our trip started out a little rocky, as I came down with the flu the night before our flight. Fortunately, I was able to fly the next morning, but it made for a quiet New Year’s Eve. Once we landed in Orlando, we drove to Melbourne to spend the afternoon on the beach. I spent most of the day sleeping instead. In fact, I may or may not have slept through midnight and woke up five minutes after the ball dropped. Despite being sick, it was nice spending time at the ocean. And it was even nicer waking up to a beautiful sunrise on New Year’s Day.

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We spent the morning walking along the beach, and then took a longer drive along the coast before heading back to Orlando. We stayed at the Parc Soleil Suites, which was awesome for lounging on a beach chair. Nothing better than lying by the pool, soaking up the Florida sunshine. We called it an early night because the next day we were heading to Disney World, and I planned for it to be a full day.

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We spent the morning at Epcot and had a blast. This was my third trip to the park and Sebastian’s first. Our favorite ride was the Test Track presented by Chevrolet, and it was a ton of fun walking around the World Showcase. Of course we had to make a stop in “Germany,” and even had lunch in “Italy.”

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Later in the afternoon we headed for Magic Kingdom, and boy was it crowded. I’m talking wall-to-wall people. We still had a nice time, but the kingdom wasn’t quite as magical as I remembered as a kid. The wait time for most rides was two hours, so we skipped them and explored the park instead. I got my picture in front of Cinderella Castle, and then after feeling like sardines for too long, we decided it was time to go home.

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On day three we drove to Wekiwa Springs State Park, which has, you guessed it, a natural spring. I wasn’t brave enough to go in, but Sebastian enjoyed swimming in the clear, cool water. The spring also had a wildlife center, which had recently obtained a baby American Alligator. It was the only one I saw the whole trip so I was super excited.

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We spent our final evening at Universal CityWalk and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. It was touristy, as I expected it would be, but the food was actually good. And I loved the Forrest Gump movie trivia. Sebastian was a little confused when I answered every question correctly, but who doesn’t love Forrest Gump?

It rained on our last day, which was appropriate since we were heading home to cold weather. We were glad to have chosen sunshine over snowy ski slopes. The vacation was much-needed, and we arrived back feeling relaxed and recharged. Another great trip in the books. Thanks, Florida!

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My favorite time of year

18 Dec

The house is decorated, the gifts are wrapped, and I’m eagerly waiting the coming days. This truly is my favorite time of year, and not just because it’s Christmas. The holiday season is a time spent with family and friends, and after the tragic events of last week, there is nothing I want more than to hug those closest to me.

My little brother comes home tomorrow (yippee!), and we’ve already made plans to see “Monsters Inc.” and go tubing together. A few other holiday plans include hanging out with my best friends, attending some awesome Christmas parties, a Kent State roomie reunion and of course Christmas day with my family (my favorite day!).

The best, however, comes after Christmas when Sebastian arrives back in the states (8 days and counting). Even better is that we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Florida! I’m so excited to take another trip together and spend time with my German over the holidays.

There’s so much to look forward to, I can hardly contain my excitement. So if a random girl gives you a big smile and a Christmas greeting, it’s probably me. Merry Christmas! xoxo

P.S. Any recommendations for things to do in Orlando are definitely welcome! And don’t worry, we already have Disney World covered :-)

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