“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”—Abraham Joshua Heschel (via emotional-algebra)
here I am, back at school. Spring Break in South Beach, Miami, was unreal. From frolicking along the beach to face-sized margaritas, electric bikes and $20 concerts with Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Gotye, & Martin Solveig…oh, and did I mention we danced with Paris Hilton? :) well, she was in the room at least…
It was interesting since it was the week right before Ultra Music Festival, and so the Winter Music Conference was going on - making it hard but not impossible for us ladies to go dancing for cheap, but was an experience.
The Clay Hotel was PERFECT, right on Espanola Way where we had Tapas and Cuban food daily, along with Sangria and got to listen to fun Spanish music. Our little room had a tiny fridge which was perfect for stocking the necessities (fruit, water, some chips, & of course other drinks :) ). We gave the extras to the Italians/French/Russians we met who are living in the hotel for a year.
WHICH is interesting in itself - these kids come from Milan, Paris, Dubai, etc. who are in their 20s from all walks of life, and are paid to attend schools in Miami to learn English! Most use it as an excuse to get a Visa and explore America, which I am super jealous about…why can’t we have that kind of program!? It was funny though since they told us how they “LOVE AMERICA” and want to be “American Boys”, but really Miami is the only city they’ve seen. And that, is definitely not America. We told them to go to NYC or DC to see how it really is, maybe even Wisconsin if they really want a good view, but the European party scene of Miami paradise was new to all of us.
On the way to work today I felt like I was taking the Polar Express. Passengers wearing Santa hats, and just taking the train in general, having my dad drive me to the station & watch to make sure I got on OK and just see the train was really nice. I love being home :)
Surprisingly, though, the conductors never asked for my 4 dollars.
today was an interesting day. most of the office let out early, but our section couldn’t - we still got out an hour early, which was nice, but at least an hour before that would have been really nice..but anyway…
on the way home I took the metro & going up the escalator was a man with one of those fluorescent yellow vests, “street sense”. I realized he was one of the vendors, selling the homeless newspaper which comes out every 2 weeks. So, with my 4 dollars, I stuck it into his barrel.
He smiled and was really excited, saying how its a great paper, and if I turn to the back, he’s on the back cover! I said thank and was on my way, until I read where his picture was - a Christmas collage with a photo of him there wearing a Christmas tie. He seemed so happy wearing his Street Sense vest, I felt sad that he was homeless but at the same time has so much dignity, which is great.
I then spent the rest of the day buying gifts for my dad with my mom, now baking desserts & watching the Grinch. Christmas has definitely arrived. <3
I really haven’t updated this in a very long time. a lot is new, but this isn’t really the place to talk about my life in depth….however I did almost get shocked by lightening today driving home from dinner with my sister. the bolt went right in front of the car - pretty cool.
last night we went & saw the new Harry Potter movie, Saturday after it came out which meant the theater was PACKED - no surprise there, but it was surprising that no one cheered when Ms. Weasely said “bitch”… & how Longbottom was one of the people who outshone Harry in the movie, one of my new favorite characters :)
When I was younger I wasn’t really into the books as much as many people, but I did read up to 3 1/4 and did enjoy them. The last movie surprised me since it was so good as well - I think the last 2 movies were the most captivating, and the directors did a good job of keeping them flowing so it was difficult to zone out. Fake beards to make them look 19 years older along with look-alike children was very clever - how’d they find a Potter Jr. with the same eyes as Harry?!
I’ve always been interested in yoga, but never realized how much so until I bought the book by women’s health on it. I attended a class last night from a family friend, and she recommended I look at workshops (since I think being a yoga instructor would be so fun! it’s something I’ve always wanted to try..). It sounds so fun - you have to do community service, teaching yoga at different places - cancer survivors, homeless, teenagers, etc - in order to graduate from the class. that’d be amazing!
and it’s for all body types, which is great too! I just need to get better at it before I try to teach it - wouldn’t want my students to be too much better then I am, or that’s embarassing..haha. I’m trying Bikram next week to see how that is - yoga in 105 degree heat, so cool!
If I had the time, learning Sanskrit and the sutras would be so fun - that’s what she did, and learned the class on the beach in CA! that would be amazing..if only there was more time this summer!
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or noteworthy, but it’s always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.
- Love Actually — one of my top 3 favorite movies.
It’s true - why for some people is it right before you die that you make that one last beloved phone call, telling your dad you really didn’t hate his guts all these years or your long-lost love that you still love them? why can’t we gain the courage to say those things on a daily basis? maybe it’s because I’m starting to learn yoga today, but it really is surprising.
Lately I’ve been hearing news from friends and the news in general about the current state of the world - the predicted retaliation of Osama’s death, Nigerian sex traffikers abducting college students, natural disasters, family members in depression, etc. What I forget to realize when this large strand of bad news just keeps on growing is how in the US, (especially montgomery county), we live in a bubble of naiveness to the world around us. These troubles are faced by everyone in the world at large, and just seem unfathemable to us since we do not recognize tragedies when we see them; we try to push them back behind the next big game or someone’s birthday. maybe that’s better - ignorance is bliss - but I think the key is to embrace these tragedies; not only to help those involved in them, but to bring aspects of love into them so we can be more connected. maybe then the US won’t be seen as such a bitch.
it’s also really paradoxical, this bubble, since the US is deemed as the most dangerous country in the world, with guns/rape/murders everyday. also, white people make up the majority of those who are depressed in the world. maybe since we really aren’t that connected with the world or ourselves at all.
on another note, if I see one more stink bug I think I’m moving to Canada where hopefully some old woman didn’t think it was cool to bring a Japanese plant back to the US which coincidentally had a stink bug in it. so creepy looking!
Alright everyone, lets see if I can pull this off. Below I have posted the 31 day blog challenge for international travelers. In an effort to minimize the sappy going home blogs* and maximize the number of stories (believe it or not, I actually have some good ones that somehow never made it on…
Finding time to sit down and explain my adventures in Barcelona and Europe over the last few months is extremely difficult - especially since it’s summer…really wish I kept up the blog I started at the beginning of the semester =/
Nonetheless, my link to the left of these posts, “elaine in barcelona”, is where I would like to explain these adventures; any ideas on how to make the new linked page the same format - ability to post text, photos, etc. the same way as on here?
Pulse 1 cup frozen berries in a blender, a little at a time. Once blended put aside. Pulse remaining cup frozen berries in blender, little at a time. Add yogurt, sugar and vanilla and blend. Remove from blender & stir in remaining cup of berries.
Freeze in a container.
Calories: 54.1 per serving
just was thinking about getting some of this today :)
I haven’t been on this in awhile - well, more than awhile - and alot has changed. I’ll just start from now, here, near the arc de triumph in Paris, France with my family after a life-changing fabulous chain of events in Barcelona, Spain, where I studied abroad for the last 3 months.
And I just found out today I’m officially interning for the state department this summer. I guess dreams really do come true.
Bought my first Hemingway book from Shakespeare & Co. of his short stories which I plan on reading ASAP - I’m a new woman.
as I have planned, I will officially be having a productive summer.
from taking a class, interning for Dog Meets World (an organization I am so happy to be apart of, promoting photo diplomacy around the world), & working at a cabana at a country club. YES.
I also want to explore DC more, learn how to DJ, learn how to play guitar, learn how to do yoga, run daily, start the diet my family has begun to try (15g of sugar per day), and reminisce (sp?) with old friends. So ready, but will miss everyone here and SDT dearly.
I can’t stop thinking about this summer, but must get through Tuesday, the last day of exams - which of course is the hardest, Microecon. ugh.
Economics is NO my forte’
BUT extremely excited to see John Mayer at Hershey Park in July :) Tried to get backstage passes to finally meet him for my sister & I, but apparently are not available to the general public. Huge pity since that WOULD make both of our summers…especially since we listen to his music daily/the Where The Light Is concert video is what puts us at ease. NBD.
Train will be epic too :)
&& I’ve decided my future plans are to become a Diplomat. Yes, it will be hard, but hopefully grad school at Georgetown University for Foreign Policy, then travel the world for the rest of my life. My amazing love can tag along as well once I find him.