Home for the Holidays

Well. Kinda? I’m spending the rest of this week back home in Chicago.. going back to the Bay Sunday.. and then working.. and then flying back to Chicago.. and then to Portland for a few days.. and then back to the Bay.. and working.

Wow. Typing that just made me tired. Whew.

Anyway, this month has A LOT in store for me, but that’s what makes like fun! My caffeine levels are definitely going to skyrocket.. but hey, coffee is delicious.. so that’s 100% ok with me!

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Before heading home for the week, I was in Santa Cruz watching the sunset on the beach (which I will probably write a post on). Fast forward a day, I was sitting on a plane watching the California sunrise behind me.. only to wake up to a white landscape as the plane began its descent into Chicago. Such a strange feeling! One moment the sky is pink and purple.. the next it’s all white and gray.

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Once in Chicago, I was immediately greeted by the ever so familiar chilled wind. I almost forgot how cold it gets in Chicago, but rest assured, I quickly remembered. lrg_dsc05897

Due to the insanely uncomfortable temperatures from this week, I have been spending a majority of my time indoors. While this is certainly not ideal for me, considering that I am someone who has a difficult staying indoors for long periods of time, I have been enjoying spending time with the dogs and admiring my mom’s Christmas decorations.

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To keep myself busy, I have been spending my time reading, catching up with my family, actually watching TV, and photographing my dogs for this year’s Christmas card.

lrg_dsc05939 Fergus (the darker Irish Wolfhound picture on the left), is not very fond of getting his photo taken.. but Seamus (the lighter Irish Wolfhound) did not mind me snapping away. That being said, most of the photos that turned out were of Seamus.

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Now that I only have a few days left at home before heading back to the Bay for work this upcoming week, I have been trying to spend as much time as I can with my family. I have also been trying my best to sleep in.. but these past two days have consisted of early mornings due to Everett’s (my brother) Lasik surgery. Thankfully, his surgery went well and his eyes seem to be recovering just fine 🙂

As for other new news, I actually have some very exciting news… I am getting my own very first.. puppy! He will be coming home December 29th and I am beyond excited, and a little nervous, but mostly excited 🙂

img_3506.jpgHis name is Winston and he is a Saint Berdoodle. “What the heck is a Saint Berdoodle?”, you may ask. Well, to answer your question, Saint Berdoodles are half Saint Bernard and half Poodle. In other words, he’s going to be a giant fluff ball. I am stoked!

That’s all for now!

Talk soon,

Britt

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Castle Rock State Park

Before moving to the Bay Area, I had never been on a hike. It wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I went on my very first hike and quickly fell in love with the outdoors. While there are plenty of hiking spots here in the Bay, I am not always impressed by them. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to a good trail and mine tend to be rather specific. I usually look for spots that are:

  • GREEN- the more trees, the better in my opinion
  • Relatively challenging- I usually prefer somewhat of a challenge. Increasing elevation makes a hike more rewarding.. however intense hikes can take the fun out of a hike. So I usually aim for balance, especially when hiking with friends.
  • Free or with inexpensive fees
  • Scenic – this usually goes hand in hand with lots of trees, aka “neature” (sorry, I’m referencing one of my all-time favorite Youtube videos – Neature Walk), but also includes ocean and or mountain views. I prefer more of a natural landscape over urban trails overlooking cities.

That all being said, Castle Rock State Park has always been a favorite of mine.

img_3425My all-time favorite hike at Castle Rock State Park was a morning hike I did with a few of my friends two years ago. The fog made the hike feel a little eery and prettier in my opinion.

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Although I usually hike on the trails starting at a lower elevation.  I managed to miss the trail head yesterday and winded up in a random parking lot overlooking the hills below.

6663c826-9737-430e-987b-8e4892d458deWanting to try a new trail, my friends, Maddie, Angela, and I chose to explore Castle Rock starting on a trail at a higher elevation. Well.. to be quite honest.. we were tired of driving around.. with absolutely no service.

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Maddie having a little fun on our hike

Although the views were not as pretty as the ones from the main trail, I still enjoyed the views from above.. and goofing around with the girls.

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I was also pretty proud of my sloth socks.

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Castle Rock Overview:

Location: Los Gatos, California

Hours: sunrise – sunset & open all year

Camping: permitted in designated camp areas. First come, first serve.

Trail Length: 5.49 miles (partial loop)

Hiking time: takes around 3 hours to complete loop

Trail head elevation: 3090 feet (elevation change of ~1170 ft)

Difficulty: Moderate

Features: a waterfall, great variation of trees, lots of rock formations great for bouldering.

Fees: There is a $8 vehicle day-use fee. [Regular Sized Auto: $8 (Senior $7, age 62 or older); Bus Parking (10-24 passengers): $50; Bus Parking (25+ passengers): $100]
*Bring cash*  (If you do not park in the main lot, there is usually no fee for parking)

Dogs: Unfortunately, furry friends are not welcomed here 😦 However, Sanborn County Park is nearby and allows dogs.

Horses: Oddly enough, horses are allowed.. on the Saratoga Toll Road.

Trail traffic: Light to moderate. More people near beginning of trail.

Watch out for: ticks, poison oak, western rattlesnakes, and mountain lions. (I have yet to encounter any of these, but there are present in this region).

Website: click here for the park’s website


 

For more information on this hike, I highly recommend checking out the Bay Area Hiker’s post on Castle Rock State Park. I love how her site is organized and is very rich in helpful information. She also has a maps section where you can click on trails closest to you.

Well, I hope this post was helpful for those of you looking for a new hike to try out in the Bay Area!

Have you ever hiked Castle Rock?

Tell me about your favorite trails!

~Britt

Christmas Tree Farms in the Bay Area

Ok. I am not going to lie.. I’ve been listening to Christmas music for the past.. um week two weeks. It’s bad. I have a problem. But hey, out all of the problems to have, being overly enthusiastic about Christmas doesn’t seem soooo bad.

Anywho! This year I chose to get my very first Christmas tree. Wanting to make the most of the experience, I decided to go all out and actually cut down the tree. My mom now calls me a tree murderer, but I’d like to think otherwise.

With that said, finding a tree farm required some research. So, to make all of your lives easier, I have compiled a list of tree farms in the bay area and a little information about each.

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Christmas Tree Farms in the Bay Area

↟ Santa’s Tree Farm ↟  *Farm I visited this year*

Location: Half Moon Bay

Prices: ranging from $59.63 to $75.39 depending on tree type, but height does not affect overall price. Douglas Fir trees (most common) are $59.63.

Services: Provided handsaw and twine, delivery options (if needed), tree cutting assistance, credit/debit cards accepted, picnic tables, flocking (spraying tree to imitate snow), netting, fire retardant, free apple cider, Santa visits on the weekend (from 10:30a-3p until Dec. 17th).

Tree availability: Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Concolor (White) Fir, Noble Fir, Redwood and Monterey Pine.

Website: click here

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↟ Black Road Christmas Tree Farms ↟ 

Location: Los Gatos

Prices: All trees are $60

Services: Provided handsaw and a picnic area

Tree Availability: Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, White Fir, Sierra Redwood, and Scotch Pine

Website: click here

 

↟ Patchen Christmas Tree Farm ↟

Location: Los Gatos

Prices: 

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Services: Daily bonfires at 4pm, wine tasting Friday afternoons, picnic areas, dogs allowed on leashes, gift shop open daily, free wifi, free hot mulled cider, free photos with Santa, free candy canes,

Website: click here

 

↟ Crest Ranch Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm ↟

Location: Santa Cruz

Prices: Douglas Firs, Pines, Cedars, and Cypresses:
$51.00 to 5 feet, $3.50 per additional 1/2 ft.

White Firs and Greek Fir Varieties:
$58.00 up to 5 feet, $4.00 per additional 1/2 ft.

Fresh Pre-cut 8′-9′ Noble and Nordmann Firs
$85. – $90. (available Nov. 30th while supplies last)

*BRING CASH*

Services: Free parking, saws are provided, free net wrapping and twine, tree carts are available, snack bar, picnic area, beautiful views, over 20 varieties of christmas trees, and dogs are welcomed

Tree availability: Douglas Fir, White Fir, Arizona Cypress, Austrian Pine, Sugar Pine, Atlantic Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Sierra Redwood, and Scotch Pine.

Website: https://www.crestranch.com/

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Other Farms to Consider :

↟ Skyline Ranch Christmas Tree Farm | La Honda, CA

↟ Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm | Castro Valley, CA

↟ Summit Christmas Tree Farm | Los Gatos, CA

↟ Battaglia Ranch Christmas Tree Farm | San Martin, CA

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I hope this list helps those of you looking for some festive fun. Ian and I ended up having a blast picking out this year’s tree! If you’re looking for a good workout, I would definitely recommend cutting down your own Christmas tree this year!

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~ Britt

Reporting to You from the U.S of A

Hey, wassup, hello!

Ok, ok. I know… it has been a while. Just over a year to be exact. Rest assured, I am back and reporting to you all of the U.S of A. With that said, my posts going here forward will be focused on fun things to do in the Bay Area of California and documenting my adventures as a recent college grad. I will also do a few throwback posts focusing on things I learned while studying in France as well as any college related pieces of advice I may have. So stick around and let’s have some little fun!

Traveling on a Budget

“How can you afford to travel so much? You must be so rich!”, exclaimed one of my friends as we chatted about our travels while cooking our dinners. I shrugged, “it’s because I make it a priority”, and continued on making the fifth pasta dinner I’ve had for the week.

After being asked time after time how I manage traveling nearly every weekend, I have decided to write a post on how I have made all of my travels possible. It seems to be a common misconception that traveling requires being rich. While being rich does definitely make traveling a whole lot easier, this isn’t a reality for most of us.. especially as students. However, traveling shouldn’t be obtainable, if planned right. Before I get started, I’d like to thank my mother for inspiring me to pursue traveling as well as for her continual support. I owe a large part of my success to her. So thanks mom!

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(pictured: my lovely mother having some fun in Germany)

Britt’s Tips and Tricks for Traveling on a Budget

So you want to travel? That’s awesome! Traveling is rewarding in so many ways. However, you need to figure out how badly you want it. Traveling is not easy. It’s going to wear you out, feel stressful, and deprive you of things most people have. With that said, here is how I have managed to afford all of recent adventures:

  1. Save beforehand. I spent a majority of my summer interning. My hours were awful at times (one time I worked from 10pm until 6am.. not including the commute there and back) and my days were long. It was hard watching my friends sleep in until 8 am and enjoy their weekends off as I woke up anywhere from 3-6 am and had to sacrifice going out with them for work. However, my internship paid me very well and I knew that. So I saved as much as I could and spent as little as possible.
  2. Prioritize spending. I think this is where I have set myself apart from most of my classmates. You would not believe the number of people who have said to me “I can’t afford to be taking all these trips you take” and then proceed to drop hundreds of dollars at the mall. I see this happen over and over again (mainly with girls). If you want to travel, don’t spend money buying new clothes that you’re probably not going to wear in a few years. This also goes for eating out. A few of my friends like to make fun of the fact that I eat the same thing almost every single night- pasta- but it saves me so much money. To put things into perspective, one meal at a restaurant is going to cost you around €20. One bus ticket to Paris from Lille costs €9 and a bus to London is around €25. In fact, I have seen flights to Milan for only €8. So be sure that you out eating out for a good reason, because that one meal that lasted an hour or so could have taken you to a whole new city.
  3. Plan ahead. This is where I struggle. I am so bad at actually organizing myself. I love doing things last minute. I prefer to just go places on a whim rather than actually planning things out. My friends know that I usual wing half of the adventures I take them on (hi Paige!). However, this is not a good trait to have when it comes traveling abroad. Not properly planning leads to problems such as missing your bus and having to buy train tickets in addition to the bus tickets you already paid for.. yes, I made this mistake my first week abroad. So, it is very important to organize yourself and sort out the details of your trip in order to avoid situations like me missing my bus. Additionally, planning ahead will save you money on transportation costs. Flights are a lot cheaper if you book ahead. However, sometimes universities make this difficult to plan for. I know that many of my friends abroad would agree with me in the disorganization of classes and final exam schedules. Things are always changing, so sometimes it is very difficult to plan around an uncertain schedule.
  4. Don’t be a prince/princess. What I mean by this is don’t expect to be traveling in luxury. Don’t waste your money on staying in a hotel. Use Airbnb and split the cost with your friends, it’s a lot cheaper. You could also try staying at a hostel, but be careful where you stay. I have heard of people getting bed bugs after staying at hostels in Paris. This also goes for transportation. There are quick ways in which you can travel, however, sometimes this can cost more. For example, when I was planning my trip to London, I knew that the train would only take an hour and a half to get there.. but for around €300 round-trip. The bus on the other hand, was $60 round-trip but for 5.5-6 hours. I didn’t like the thought of a 6 hour bus ride, but I knew that I’d rather use that €245 or so, on enjoying the city and another trip.
  5. Utilize resources. If your residence offers free breakfast, take advantage of it. Most of the residence halls here in Lille, offer free breakfast Monday- Friday. In my building, they set out loaves of bread, jam, Nutella, orange juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and milk. Super simple, but super helpful. Whenever I have a long day of traveling ahead of me, I toast their bread and put a little Nutella on it. I then pack one or two sandwiches with me (depending on length of travel). This then saves me from buying overpriced food at airports. It also keeps me from being hangry, so there’s that. This also applies for Airbnb reservations, there are a good number of places that offer free breakfast with your stay, so take advantage of it!
  6. Use ATMs. This is super helpful. Using your debit card abroad charges you an additional interest rate. I think my card is 3%, which doesn’t sound like much, but it all adds up. By using the ATM, I avoid that interest fee and my bank actually covers ATM fees. So it’s pretty nice! As for other banks, do your research before heading abroad. If your bank doesn’t wave ATM fees and charges you interest, open an account with a bank that does. You can also open a bank account wherever you are living/studying.
  7. Make grocery stores your bff. If you are on the go and find yourself getting hungry but don’t want to spend a lot on a meal, visit a local grocery store! They have pre-made sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and varieties of yogurt to choose from at a very low price! I think the Carrefour Express by my residence hall charges around €1.40 for a ham and cheese sandwich. Add a fruit or yogurt to that and you’re looking at €3 max for a meal on the go.
  8. Skip the metro. Whenever you can walk somewhere, do it. I avoid using the Metro in Lille at all costs. Yeah, it’s faster and easier than walking but it costs anywhere from €1-1.6 each ride. In a city like Lille where everything is accessible by foot, there really is no reason you should be wasting money on a metro ticket. Not to mention, it’s healthier for you to walk. Take in the beautiful sights around you and enjoy the fresh air!
  9. Don’t bring your debit/credit cards to clubs. Just don’t. This is something I’ve been doing since I’ve been back in California. If I want to drink with friends, I will drink beforehand. Or, if I know that I want to buy a drink later, I will put a few dollars in my phone case or my pocket but I NEVER bring my cards with me. For many reasons. One, it eliminates the temptation of me using it for overpriced drinks. Two, it prevents me from misplacing it. Three, it is safer. I never carry anything but my phone when I go out. The last thing I need is a group of sketchy people seeing a 5’5 friendly looking girl walking with a purse of potential items to steal. I try to draw as little attention as possible to myself when walking at night. With that said, I never look at my phone while walking in the dark. I hide it in my pockets. I suggest you all do the same. There are a couple girls here I know that have been mugged because of holding their phones out while walking in the dark. They then had to buy new phones, order new cards, and they lost all of their cash. So if you want to save your money and maybe even your life, be smart and always be aware of your surroundings.14666282_10154471813040874_7126852470033695164_n
  10. Order drinks. Ok, this kind of contradicts the last point I just made, but not really. This point applies to socializing with friends during the morning/afternoon/evening. It’s hard to save money when people always seem to want to hangout at a restaurant and order food. That’s why, when my friends ask me to meet up with them, I always suggest meeting up for coffee or a beer. By sipping a coffee and chatting, I am spending around €2.5-3 opposed to ordering a meal for anywhere from €8-20. Beer is slightly more expensive than getting coffee, but a lot of places offer happy hour specials for €3 for a pint. Otherwise, it’s usually €5 for a pint. Regardless, it’s easier to save money by meeting up for drinks rather than food.
  11. Bring a reusable water bottle. For some reason, Europe doesn’t seem to like giving people free water. I made the mistake my first week here by asking for water at a restaurant. To my surprise, the waitress returned with a cheap-looking (I may add) water bottle and poured it into my glass before I could even utter a word. Shockingly, that water bottle cost me €4 or $4.35. Huge rip off. I could have ordered almost two coffees for that price! With that said, bring a bottle with you. It will be better for the environment and for your wallet.  
  12. Buy the bare minimum. You would not believe how many things I tried going without when I came here. I was so determined to save money that I refused to buy a pillow. I guess I didn’t feel like spending €10 on a pillow that I would throw away in 3 months. Fortunately for me, after a month of sleeping without a pillow, my mom found out how ridiculous I was being and brought me a pillow when she was in Germany. Looking back, I don’t understand why I thought saving €10 on a pillow was a big deal.. but hey, at least I know now that I don’t actually need a pillow to sleep? Anyway, please go an buy yourselves a pillow. However, keep in mind that you can save money by sharing things such as cooking utensils with friends. I bought one pot, one bowl, a wine opener (it’s France, how could you not?), two containers, and a travel mug. One of my friends bought a set of forks, knives and spoons, so she gave me one of each. While this might not seem like much, I have gotten very creative with what I have. I think the funniest thing for my friends to watch, was when I insisted in making quesadillas in my pot and used a pepper shaker to flatten it… But hey, it worked so I’ll probably do it again. With that said, let yourself get creative! You will Be surprised by how much you can do with limited tools. It’s also entertaining for other people to watch 🙂
  13. Use a student card! Whether it’s from a few years ago or from your current university, use your student ID whenever possible. I have saved so much money using mine when getting into museums! Some countries also give students discounts on their public transportation, so look out for opportunities for discounts!                       14433185_10154419326170874_2961357694314440234_n
  14. Visit family and friends abroad. If you have any extended family or friends who live abroad, take the time to visit them! It will make them happy to see you and you will have the best tour guide to show you around! Not to mention, you can save money on rooming. Most importantly, be sure to cherish the moments you have together and to thank them !

 

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Alright, well there you have it! Those are some tips and tricks I have been using while here in France. While these are great ways to save money, don’t worry about letting yourself indulge in a night out with friends! Traveling should be fun, so do not completely deprive yourself of good food and a fun time with your friends.I usually treat myself to good food on the weekends when traveling or whenever it is someone’s birthday. Sometimes I will treat myself to a treat from a local patisserie if I’ve had a very long day. It’s all about balance 🙂

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I guess my main point is that traveling is always possible if it becomes a priority. Before ruling out traveling as a possibility, look at your spending habits and look for areas of improvement.

Hope this helps any of you who are traveling on budget or plan on traveling/studying abroad in the future!

What is your favorite way to save money while traveling?

Be Yourself Café + Travel Preparations

Hello friends!

I can’t believe that it’s already November, which means it’s practically Christmas. Am I right? Or am I right?

Anyway, today was a pretty chill day. Spent the morning watching Netflix, aka my newest best friend, and then made my way to one of my French classes. It is the only class I have this week, so I felt very productive after attending one class. Not wanting to return to my room and be engulfed in Netflix, I decided to head to one of my favorite cafés here in Lille to be productive. I have been wanting to catch up writing in my journal, but I’ve been super lazy and unmotivated lately. So today was the day. I actually got a lot done, go me!

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While, I would love to say that I caught up in documenting all of my experiences and travels while being here, I only made it up to recapping my first month abroad. Needless to say, I have a lot of work to do.

However, I did manage to plan for my next upcoming trip! I booked bus trips to and from the airport. All of that planning and coordinating gave me a headache. There were buses that cost €20-40 just for me to get to the airport. Um, no thanks. Lille to Paris should not cost that much. After some digging, I was able to secure bus tickets for €9 each way. Not too shabby. The only downside is that there is only one bus leaving the day I need to fly out.. and it is super early in the day. My flight is at night, so I will be sitting around in the airport for at least 5-6 hours tomorrow. Yay!

Anyway, traveling is hard. I still don’t know how exactly I will be getting from the airport to my Airbnb.. shall be interesting. But hey, I always manage to figure it out somehow.

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Ok, so besides rambling on and on about the stresses of traveling, I wanted to chat with you all about one of my favorite cafés here in Lille. Before arriving in Lille, I had absolutely no clue what was around me. No one ever gave me a list of cool places to try or any advice on how the schooling even works here (it’s awful by the way). So I hope that this blog can help future students planning on studying in Lille OR give some tips/recommendations to those of you who find yourselves in the beautiful city of Lille.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetWith that said, here is my favorite study spot. The decorations are stylish yet cute and cozy.

IMG_5610.JPGThere are plenty of tables for studying. The tables along the window have outlets as well, however, it’s really unenjoyable sitting there in the middle of the day when the sun is out. It gets super hot and the light is somewhat blinding. So definitely sit there at night.

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I also like how there almost always somewhere to sit. There are two floors of seating plus outdoor seating, so I’ve never had trouble finding a nice place to sit.

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So, if you are looking for a nice place to catch up with friends, enjoy some nice coffee, and/or study, this may be the place for you!

◊ Be Yourself Café Information ◊

Location: 2 Square Morisson, 59800 Lille

Specialties: salad bar, bagels, bagel sandwiches, sweet & savory pancakes, eggs & bacon, smoothies (more like juice than smoothie-like to me), coffee, pastries/desserts.

What I recommend trying: coffee (obviously. they also put a chocolate covered marshmallow like thing on a stick and then put it in your cup. If you look at the first photo in this post, you can see it), soup (great if you are on a budget like me!), bagel sandwiches (super filling and not awfully priced). I have yet to try their breakfast food, but I read reviews from other people saying that it’s good. I, however, have very high standards when it comes to pancakes.. so I am a little skeptical.

Reservations: You can make them if you have a large group of people.. but I wouldn’t bother. There are so many tables to choose from here.

Wifi: Free! And it’s super fast!

Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Halal

Payments Accepted: Cash (Euros), Visa, Master Card, Discovery (not common in this area), and Check

Peak Hours: Lunch time. It gets pretty busy then, so studying may be a little more distracting at this time. I prefer going in the late-afternoon to evening.

Website: click here

*disclaimer: I was in no mean sponsored or even asked to write this post. Opinions are purely my own.

Your turn:

I love discovering local cafes, sooo I want to learn about some of your favorites!

What’s your favorite local café?

What recommendation would you make for a visitor?

Halloween Festivities Abroad

Hi friends!!

Hope you all had a fun time this Halloween! I saw a lot of Snapchat stories from this past weekend back in California and missed home a little bit. Halloween has always been a very exciting holiday for me. I love the chilled weather, autumn leaves, Disney classics (Halloween Town High and such), pumpkin everything, free chocolate, and children excitedly running from door to door. I still remember the excitement after trick-or-treating as my siblings and I sat on the floor with a massive mound of candies. I would always trade my Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups for Almond Joys or Crunch bars. Good times.

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I also remember the times where my mom would make me wear sweatshirts under my costumes and it drove me crazy. I also remember being annoyed with the number of photos my mom insisted on taking of us in our costumes. Today, I am so thankful she made us take those photos. Now, I am the one bothering everyone!

55218_1215723009453_2028069_oMy mom also did a great job at drawing moles and crazy eyebrows onto our faces. It’s safe to say, we have always been really into Halloween in my Family.

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Even our dogs celebrate Halloween with us, haha.

Anyway, so I think you all get the picture. I really like Halloween. With that said, I knew I had to bring some Halloween spirit here to France. My friend Nadine, from Germany, had never actually celebrated Halloween and was so excited to celebrate it here this year.

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With that said, we decided to do a little bit of celebrating (partying I suppose..) last Thursday night as well as having family styled movie nights with Halloween themed food. This year, I dressed up a mouse for the sole purpose of not wanting to buy anything I wasn’t going to use again. One of my friends had some mouse ears she wasn’t going to use, so I decided I would be a mouse.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetLast night we decided to stay in and have a girls night. A few weeks ago, I found a recipe by Delish.com and knew that I just had to try making it. Elizabeth, Aytaj, and Nadine were all game.

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Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetNot to mention, they were absolutely adorable.

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After making the peppers, we all watched Hocus Pocus while eating some pumpkin bread I baked. It was so fun having them try pumpkin bread for the first time and watching their expressions while watching Hocus Pocus.

So there you have it! I was sad to miss celebrating Halloween back in the States, but I loved sharing this holiday with my friends from Germany and Azerbaijan.

~ I hope all of you had a wonderful Halloween!