Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Best Friend

My best friend, Linsey, is going on her mission next week. I'm sure I've mentioned her before, seeing as though we have been best friends for quite some time and have roomed together for the last three years. I just wanted to give her a little shout out before she left.

This post is going to sound cheesy so get over it. But this girl is amazing. Not only is she involved in and exceeds in so many different things (taekwondo, photography, singing, clogging, percussion, volunteering, and lots more), she is one of the most humble, loving, non-judgemental, smart, gorgeous person I know. I honestly don't know where I would be without her. I specifically remember this one time freshman year when I came home one night extremely frustrated, and worried about who knows what and while I was complaining, she had gone in our room and put up little notes of encouragement and for the next week she was continuing to ask how I was doing. This has happened numerous times and she has always been there for me. She has always been the "more-liked" person within our roommates because she is always so nice and forgiving. I look up to her in so many ways.

I have seen this girl grow and progress so much this past year as she has been preparing for her mission. She truly is going for ALL the right reasons and the people of Argentina are going to be blessed by her presence.

Although, it is going to be weird not having her here, I am so happy and excited for her.

These are only a few photos among the hundreds of weird pictures between the two of us. We even have a video made of all our weird photos....

Love you, Linsey Spinsey!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I am here in London town!!! It's such a beautiful city filled with fabulous architecture, museums, shops, and many many other lovely things. I got here last Saturday after a week in Paris. Before I talk about London I want to share 8 things I learned/noticed about Paris

1. The Eiffel Tower is MUCH bigger in person. And gorgeous lit up and sparkling :) Probably one of my favorite parts.
2. The underground metro is simply amazing. You can get anywhere and the stops are literally on every corner!
3. The little baguette shops are so cute and we got at least one pastry every day....;)
4. The Mona Lisa is a bit smaller than I expected. However, still very cool to see it in person.
5. The Pompidou Museum had a whole chunk of the art that I have studied in school. Nothing better than seeing the art you have studied or replicated in person.
6. Trying to skip down a few set of spiral stairs in tight pants is not as glamorous as it sounds. It may cause a ginormous rip down the middle of your pants and a few passerby's giggle.
7. DO NOT book a trip to London a few days before departing. The ticket may cost over $200. I learned this the hard way.
8. There are so many cute little parks in France. Almost everyday we made a stop in a gorgeous garden or park. So fun to enjoy a nutella crepe surrounded by lovely manicured gardens.

We had a blast in Paris. Sydney and Ben were so gracious to have Brittany and I stay at their flat during our vacation.

After missing my train to get to London and waiting in the station for a few hours, I made it to London! I got in and dropped off my bags and went into the city. My first impression of London was coming out of the Tube station seeing a naked bike ride parade. Quite the first impression! Haha it was quite different but we had a good giggle out of it.

I've done some sight seeing, still have TONS more to do, but mostly been focusing on getting settled and learning my new internship position. I am working for an interior design shop called Helen Reed Designs. It is NOTHING like I expected. In a good way :). Some days I kind of feel like I stepped into the movie The Devil Wears Prada, because my boss is kinda similar :S, she is a bit nicer though. It's been a little bit of an adjustment but ready or not here I come! This is going to be an experience of a lifetime and I am very excited about learning and growing. I miss home a little bit, some times more than others, but hopefully I will get used to being on my own in due time. I am off to go out with some friends but I will post pictures later.

Congrats if you made it to the end!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011


The time has now come my friends. I could not be more excited/scared/nervous/anxious/thrilled to be going to London. This has been a long time coming...The idea of doing an internship abroad came into my head about a year ago and went undergo in December. Since then, I have had so many ups and downs about this whole thing. Between the cost, not finding out where I am working until three weeks before, visa shtuff, hours and hours of phone calls, school lectures and prep courses for going abroad, and many, many other things, this has been a LONG time coming.

Needless to say, I feel so blessed to be able to be in the position to participate in this experience. I know this will be such a big learning experience and I am ready to start on this big adventure.

Wish me luck!!

P.s. I am making a pit stop in Paris before I head to London. Anyone want anything from the Eiffel Tower? ;)