Hello Gentle Readers!
The summer has officially begun and to kick off the summer I went to Paradiso. This is a festival in Central Washington and is held in the Gorge Amphitheatre which is considered one of the most scenic venues of the world.
Before I decided to come to the US I would have never considered going to a festival like Paradiso. Why not you asked? Because it is an EDM(Electric Dance) festival. Are your jaws dropped on the floor yet? I know, me, Kayleigh, hater of electric, techno and house music going to such a festival? I would have never guessed it myself. Despite my aversion of this kind of music I had an amazing time. The campsite reminded me of the fourth Harry Potter movie when they went to the Quidditch match and there were tents everywhere. The festival attracted over 16.000 people so you get the image. I met so many people there and it was just a blast. I danced for two days straight and my body made movements I didn’t even know I had.
Even though I am still not a fan of the music genre, I had a really good time and I’m happy my friend persuaded me to go. What a great experience to kick off the summer!
Hello Gentle Readers,
My first year of college has come to an end and the summer has begun and what better way to talk about it than with a Top 8 list of things I have done during my first year of college.
Over Spring Break I traveled to LA with a couple of friends. Before I visited this city I had this idea in my head that LA wouldn’t be the city for me and that everyone would be covered in fake tans and had some sort of plastic surgery done to them. While this is probably true I did not see much of that and instead I had a fantastic time. I spend time on the beach, went biking from Venice Beach to Santa Monica, visited the Hollywood Boulevard and even did one of those cliché Hollywood bus tours.
3. Winter Road trip
Over Winter Break my friends and I went on a road trip all the way to Minnesota. It was a long drive and unfortunately the weather was not in our favor which caused us to having to spend the night in a sketchy motel in the mountains of Montana. Despite of the setbacks, I did get to see a big part of this country which was incredible. Once arrived in Minnesota we went skiing, enjoyed some time in a hot tub and visited the biggest mall of the US.
4. See my family
From Minnesota I flew to Florida to see my family. I hadn’t seen my family in give or take twelve years so it was great to see them again and meet my nephews and my niece. Another great thing was that my dad, stepmom and my little brother also had come to Orlando to see the family, so we had one big family reunion. I got to go jet skiing, spend time on the beach and visit downtown Disney (I didn’t spot any gators though… Too soon?).
5. Spontaneous trips
One of the best things during my first year of college has been all the spontaneous trips. My friends and I rarely planned something and most of the times just jumped in the car and off we went. These trips include camping (A LOT), Rattle Snake, Portland, Golden Gardens, Vancouver and Seattle. I loved these spontaneous trips because nothing was planned and that is, in my opinion, the best way to truly experience things.
6. Meeting new people
During my first year I have met so many new people. This college has a big International Program and I think that’s great. The college frequently organizes different events and has an introduction camp for new international students; because of this I have met people from all over the world. This has really expanded my knowledge about different cultures and people.
7. Stepping out of my comfort zone
Before coming to the US I made a pact with myself that I would step out of my comfort zone and do things that I normally never would have done. One of these things was taking a drama class. I know it sounds weird but standing and talking in front of other people is a thing I was never comfortable with. Taking this class was one of the best decisions I have made. I became more confident, open and I made new friends in this class.
8. Crossing things of my bucket list
During my stay I got to cross off a lot of items on my bucket list. I went to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show, got a new tattoo, went on a big road trip, I walked on the Pacific Crest Trail, I saw an Ice Hockey and a Baseball game and many other things. You can check my bucket list on my blog.
This first year has been amazing. As you can read I did a lot of things and I think this year has changed me for the better. I am truly thankful for the people that have made this all possible. I won’t get to mushy because I still have six months to go but I just wanted to get that out there.
‘Till next time!