Boston- My first solo trip

Boston is officially my first solo trip. I have been so nervous to do this, but yet excited. I picked Boston because I love American history and I know people who live here. I had an ex and an old roommate who lives in Boston. I knew that could be my safety net if I needed anything. I also picked Boston because Southwest Airlines had a great last-minute deal on the flight. I booked the flight while I was in NYC and it only cost me $165! How could I say no to a deal like that!

Where I Stayed


I loved the hostel in NYC so much, I decided to stay at HI Boston. I stayed in an 8-bed female dorm. The bed was amazing for a hostel. The blanket was a down comforter and was given 2 pillows. The location was great. The hostel is located in Chinatown, a block away from Boston Commons where the green and red line have stopped. Having the T (what they call the train) near the hostel was great. But I honestly walked everywhere unless it was on the other side of the river.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route that leads you to 16 historically sites. You can walk this yourself if you want. There is a red brick-lined route throughout the city that guides the way. Or you can do what I did which was pay $12 and go on a guided tour through the visitor center at Boston Commons. The guide is dressed in 18th-century costume and is very informative. To find information about this tour, click here. I suggest buying your ticket in person since they only take printed tickets. Here are some highlights of my tour:

My Guide
Granary Burying Ground
Site of the Boston Massacre
Old State House

On the guided tour I suggested, you will not see all the sites.  The visitor office does sell mp3 audio guides to help you have an understanding of all the sites.

Fenway Park

I decided to pretend that I cared about baseball on my last day. I don’t really understand baseball and never grew up watching it. I’m more of a football girl. But I had heard that Fenway was a must see. Fenway Park is the oldest running baseball field in the country. It is over 100 years old. I’m sure if I was a baseball fan I would have been more blown away, but I did enjoy it. It was interesting to seat on the green monster and also see the great views of the city. The tour is $20 and runs every day at the top of the hour. For more information, click here.


In Boston you need to have:

  • Lobster Roll
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Oysters

Here are some of the restaurants are checked out:

Neptune Oyster


When I told people I was going to Boston, everyone told me I had to go to Neptunes. I am so happy I listen to them! It was probably the best meal I had while in town. The building is very small. I went around 3 pm and was lucky, I got a seat at the bar easily. I got a half dozen of the local oysters. I love oysters, so I thought they were great. I also got a lobster roll as my main dish. The lobster roll comes 2 ways, hot with butter or cold with mayo. Pick the hot with butter, so delicious! It comes with an order of fries, but I subbed it for a salad.

Union Oyster House

The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S.  The doors have always been open to diners since 1826. Before going, I was told that this place was kinda touristy. I didn’t feel this way stepping in. It had an old time feel to it. I sat at the oyster bar, which is a C shaped. The employees were very friendly and entertaining. I ordered a half dozen oysters, a lobster roll (served cold with a mayo base and a side of fries), a cup of clam chowder.


  • hated the lobster roll and it was hard to finish
  • oysters are always good
  • had better clam chowder at the Boston Public Market.

If you can only afford to go to one go to…… Neptunes!

If you are looking for a local, cheap meal go to…. Boston Public Market

This is a year-round farmers market located in downtown Boston. There is a mix of different food choices at a good price. I had some clam chowder from a fish market in the food court area. It was so good! I think this is a great for a quick bite and for the budget traveler still looking for local food.


For more information, click here.

Night Life- Pub Crawl


One of the great things about HI hostels is that they host pub crawls during the week. As a solo traveler, I would I not felt comfortable going to bars out on my own. The pub crawl made it safe and easy to experience. I’m going to highlight on some of my favorites.


Beantown Pub– “The only pub in the world where you can drink a cold Sam Adam’s while viewing a cold Sam Adams” This bar is located on the Freedom Trail facing a cemetery. What I liked about this bar is

  • they serve a full menu till 1am
  • its a large bar, so you don’t have to fight for a drink
  • pool tables
  • good serve

Green Dragon Tavern- I went to this bar due to the history of this site. This bar was the secret meeting place of the Sons of Liberty. Some would say it was the headquarters of the revolution. As an American history buff, I had to have a beer here.


I went on for a beer on Super Bowl Sunday. It was not crowded, so the bartender took the time to tell me a little bit about the history. While on the hostel pub crawl the night before we had tried to get in, but the place was packed. The bar is on the Freedom Trail and a nice place to grab a beer and take in history.


Scholars– If you are looking to dance but not a nightclub this is the place.  I had an amazing time. Its walking distance from Beantown Pub if you are looking to do a pub crawl.



Super Bowl

I booked this trip without realizing the Super Bowl was that weekend. The game was the Philly Eagles vs the New England Patriots. I hate the Patriots. They kicked the Jaguars out of playing in the super bowl. I also don’t like when the same time wins over and over again. It doesn’t make for good football. Anyway, I wasn’t going to let the fact that I was in Boston sway who I’d be cheering for. The hostel was throwing a Super Bowl party, so I decided to watch the game there. In hindsight, this probably wasn’t the best idea. There were a lot of people at the party, but only myself and 2 others that seemed to be into the game. The hostel did make dinner. It was a cheaper way to watch the game and I still had a good time. After I went to a local bar with a New Yorker at the hostel and had some drinks with locals.

Paul Revere’s House

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere

Paul Revere’s Ride, written in 1860, 42 years after Revere’s death, made him famous. Paul Revere was a silversmith turned Patriot. Visit his house located in the North End to see how he and others from that time period lived. For $5, cash only, it is inserting but not a must. For more information, click here


Unofficially Harvard Tour

HI Boston is one of the only companies that does tours that are not done through Harvard. It interesting but it you don’t have a lot of time in Boston and Harvard is not a must on your list, skip it.





Welcome to New York- Part2

Jerry’s Grand Tour


This tour had great reviews. Maybe it was great at one point, but I wouldn’t say it is now. Jerry, the guide, gave no true facts about New York. He would just randomly talk about things or tell stories that had nothing to do with the tour. The only positive was that he was able to navigat us through the city to see a lot of sites. I will say that this tour could have been 3 hours shorter. It goes at a slow pace.


The tour is $10. The tour begins at the hostel in Harlem. From there we took the subway to Brooklyn. This took a good 20 minutes. Once off the subway, he walked us to a local deli to grab lunch to have a picnic on Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Pretty sure he got a commission from that place, but I still enjoyed my sandwich.

The Brooklyn Promenade

The Brooklyn Promenade is a 1/3 mile walk along the East River. You will see the best panoramic view of the city from here. You can see the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge

After lunch, we walked to the Brooklyn Bridge. We entered on the Brooklyn side at Tillary Street and Admas Street. It takes about 25-30 minutes to walk the 1.3 miles across the bridge.

National September 11 Memorial

There were only 3 Americans on this tour. Josh and I cried at the mere sight of this. All the feelings of that day came rushing over me. As shitty as our guide was, he actually had some good facts about 9/11. He pointed out a name and began talking about them. He said “Isn’t that a nice name. Think of the life they could have had.” That is just when couldn’t control myself and just started crying. One of the girls on the tour told me that seeing the emotion of Josh and myself made the memorial more real. I would say that this is a must see! It is free to see the memorial. The museum is $24 to go into. I did not go to the museum, but I have heard it’s moving. For more information, click here.

Wall Street and the Bull

Wall Street is the center of the financial center of the USA and home of the New York Stock Exchange. While you can’t go in and take a tour, (the floor has been closed to the public since 9/11) you can walk around the outside. The street is cut off from cars for security reasons.  To the left of the stock exchange is the site where George Washington was inaugurated. The is a statue of him there to honor him.

The famous Wall Street Bull is not on Wall Street. It is located on Broadway & Morris.

Ferry Ride⛴

Our tour guide, Jerry thought it’d be a good idea to see the city lite up at night from the water. The ferry is free. The ferry departs from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. While Jerry was off about a lot of things. He was right about how beautiful the city is at night. You can always see the Statue of Liberty 🗽 from the ferry, which was a highlight. If you have 20 minutes to spare, why not do this free activity.

Time Square

A tour of New York wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Time Square. Most subway lines have a stop in Time Square, so it is easy to get too. I would walk all the way to the red stairs and then take a moment to to take in all of the lights. With the stairs behind you, you can see the nye ball. Also just walk past all the people in costumes. If you take a picture, they will charge you.

Central Park

My hostel offered free tours of time square on Tuesdays and Saturdays. I think a tour is the best way to see Central Park. I tried to wander around the park myself the day before the tour and just felt lost. If you do try to explore on your own,  start from the southern end of the park. Here are some highlights of my tour.

Strawberry Fields.

Located on the west side of 71st and 74th streets. You will find the famous imagine mosaic in honor of John Lennon.

Alice in Wonderland

Located on the east side of 75th street is a large bronze statue that was gifted to the children of New York in 1959. When I had seen pictures online I had no idea how big it was!  You can climb up on it like I did and get a great picture.

Central Park Zoo

On the east side of between 63rd and 66th street is the Central ParZoooo. I did not go into the zoo, but I did walk through to see the clock. The Frederick G. R. Roth’s Honey Bear and Dancing Goat bronze sculptures dance on the hour and half hour from 0800 to 1700. For more information on the zoo, click here.

Wollman Rink

Even if you don’t like to ice skate, you need to come for the beautiful view. Located on the east side of 62nd and 63rd street is Wollman Rink. For prices and hours, click here.

Bow Bridge


This romantic bridge spans over the Lake, located midpark at 74th street west of Bethesda Terrace. The bridge is a great backdrop for pictures.


The People

Coming into this trip I thought I’d probably become better friends with Josh and see some sights. I never thought I’d meet the amazing people that I did. I am so happy that I made the decision to stay at a hostel. If you ever get the chance, DO IT!

I just want to thank everyone I met on this trip. I feel like I have a better understanding of myself and the world around me due to each and every one of you. From hearing about life in South Africa.

To hearing about what life was like in a communist country.

To just having fun with people all around the world.

I want to gave a special thanks for spending your time with me. I hope that we will see each other again ❤


Welcome to New York Part 1

Of all the places I’ve been, I have never been to New York City. I remember the times I’ve been to Europe and telling locals I’m from the states and them asking, “Oh how is New York?”. When you think of America, you think New York City. I felt it was time to finally go! I had a break in my work where I had 5 days off, so this time seem like the perfect time. This trip was originally going to be a solo trip, but my friend Josh said he’d come.

Where I Stayed

I stayed at a hostel for this trip, HI New York City Hostel. I have stayed in a hostels before in Europe. This trip I took full advantage of the hostel experience, I signed up for the events and tours the hostel was hosting. I was open to meeting and connecting with new people. Josh was worried about staying at a hostel at first, but by the end of our stay, he was in love with the idea. I stayed in a 10-bed female dorm. Josh stayed in a 4-bed male dorm.

One thing I love about this hostel is that you are able to get to a good cheap breakfast every morning at the cafe downstairs. The prices were right and the coffee wasn’t terrible. However if you hate their coffee, there is a Dunkin’ Donuts right across the street.

My only complaint was that you could not control the temperature in the room. Some nights I’d be so cold I’d wake up in the middle of the night. And others I’d be hot and just use a sheet. But there were extra blankets on the lockers I learned later in my trip. For more information click the hyperlink above.

Top of the Rock

Located in Rockefeller Center (look for the red carpet), the Top of the Rock is in my opinion, the best view in NYC.  There are 3 levels of observation. The 70th floor is an open-air roof deck. What I think makes this better then another building is it’s free of a cage enclosure. It is surrounded by glass. This makes it better for pictures and to see the city.

I went at night with my friend, Nikki. It was nice to see all the lights of the city. I would like to someday go up during the day to get a different view. They actually have a ticket option that lets you go up during the daytime and the nighttime. Basic tickets start at $34. I would buy them in advance online to skip the line.

For more information, click here

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center

When I think of New York City in the winter time, I think of ice skating in Rockefeller Center.

As you can see by this video I am not that good, but at least I didn’t fall and I had a blast! It was a little pricey for how long we actually were on the ice (30 mins).

$25 to skate, plus $12 for the skate rental. To me, the $37 was worth it to live out one of my New York Dreams, even if I wasn’t as graceful as I hoped.

For more information, click here

NBC Studio Tour

I love the news. I love politics. I get my news from NBC News and MSNBC. So you can possibly already guess my excitement about this tour. I went on a Sunday at the 12:40 tour. I would highly recommend going on a Sunday. Most of the shows are not in production on Sundays. This means that you will be able to see more studios. They do not allow photos so I have no cool pictures of all the stages. 🙁 I got to see The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Nightly News, and the most exciting, SNL! At the end, they have an interactive studio interview. I, of course, volunteered to be the host. If you’d like to see me look ridiculous click here, nbc show

The tour is $33 and lasts about an hour or some. For more information click below

Broadway 🎭 Wicked

When going to New York City, you have to see a Broadway show. I saw Wicked on a Friday night.

After the play, I learned of some ways to get cheaper tickets. Wicked has a lottery where you can get 2 lower level tickets for $35. Enter the lottery at this link.

I paid $141 for my lower level tickets from is more expensive, but they have a good seat guarantee. For example, when I first booked my ticket they gave me a refund because they found out a prop blocked my view. I think that is a good thing for the premium price.

But if you are on a budget, go can go to TKTS. TKTS Discount Booth is located under the red stairs in Time Square. You can get same-day tickets for up to 50% off. The only catch is that you need to get there early.

ChinaTown-Dim Sum VIP

Take the Subway to Canal Street and you’ll end up in Chinatown. If you are looking for a bargain or knock-off handbag this is the place to go. Just know as you walk you will be asked “handbag, glasses” a million times. If you are there just to walk around and get food, just keep on walking. I think its worth the walk.

The Streets of Chinatown
Fake Handbags for sale on the streets

I knew I wanted to get lunch when I was here, so of course, I look up the best place on Yelp. I found DIM SUM VIP. The information below from YELP

I had never had Dim Sum before. I would compare it to tapas, but Chinese. The food was great! Know that when you go to Chinatown, most places are cash only


Little Italy – Caffe Roma

After lunch, Nikki and I wanted coffee and dessert. What better place to go then Little Itay! We went to this cute little cafe, Caffe’ Roma. This place is cash only. For a cappuccino and a desert it was under $20 and the servings were filling.

Empire State Building

For $37 you can go to the top of one of the most famous buildings in the world. Built-in 1931 in only 11 months, was the tallest building in the world till 1970 when the World Trade Center was built. Towering over 1,250 feet in Midtown Manhattan, you get a great view of the city. Before you go make sure to download the audio guide app. When you get to the top there are numbered signs that go with the app that will tell you what buildings you are looking at. I found this helpful and interesting.  For more information or tickets, click here.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah- How to Get Tickets

The First thing to do is to go to this website to get tickets to The Daily Show. Click on the date you want and pick the ticket. There are 2 tickets you can choose from, guaranteed and standby. Both tickets are free I got my ticket a month in advance, so I had to get standby.  How standby work is: doors open at 5pm for guaranteed tickets, once all these people go in, they will start taking from the standby line. I got there at 4pm and there were around 20 people in front of me for the standby. IT WAS SO COLD! I waited about an hour and a half before I knew if I was going to get in or not. Once you know you’re in there give you this ticket.

After you get this ticket, you wait another hour while you go through security. Once in the studio, you wait another 1/2 hour or so for the “opening act”. The opening act is a comedian that does a set to get the crowd “hot”. Once he starts, no photos are allowed. They are serious about this and will ask you to leave. After this, the show starts. They film the show straight through. The show is around 21 minutes.

SO is all this wait worth it?
Yes and No. If you are like me and grew up watching The Daily Show, then yes. I lived out a dream of mine seeing this show. I do wish that Trevor Noah would have interacted with the crowd more. But I understand its a taping, not a meet and greet. That being said, I would have paid to have had done that.


To see the show I watched live, click here

Kate Spade Flagship Store

If you are into fashion, there is probably a shop in NYC for you. I love Kate Spade. I like that her items are reasonably priced, good quality, and some of her designs are fun. As a fan of the brand, the store was an amazing experience. I highly recommend finding your favorite designers flagship store in New York and checking it out. And yes I got a bag. 💁🏼

Booking a flight

Everyone wants a good deal. There are so many places I want to go in the world. Where I go first a lot of the time depends on the deal I can get.  I am going to share with you some of the tips I use for getting a great deal on plane flights.


Skycanner. This is, in my option, the best search engine for finding flights. Skyscanner can also be used for hotels and car rental. If you used the website all three functions are available there. If you are using the apps, you will need to download each app to assess each service. One feature I enjoy about the flight app is  the whole month chart view. It shows you the cheapest dates to fly. This is great if you are flexible with your dates.

Book Direct. Skyscanner is a great starting point when booking a flight, but I always book directly through the airlines. Once I find the flight I want on skyscanner, I go directly to the airlines site and book through them. I do this for many reasons

  • Hidden Fees. When you book directly with the airlines the fee are more visible. Budget airlines like Frontier (which I am not a fan of) and Spirit (which I like) tack on carrier one fees and seat fees. While they may have had the lowest rate at first, after adding all the fees a major airline like Delta, that includes 1 carrier one, maybe a better deal.

Know When to Book. The best day to book is the best day to buy airline tickets is Sunday, especially if you’re booking more than 21 days in advance. Purchasing tickets over the weekend more than 21 days in advance can save more than 30 percent to Europe and 17 percent on travel domestically, according to Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation.

Red Eyes. Red eyes leave after 9 PM and arrive before 5am. I love red eyes. Since they leave later in the day, I can get a extra day of vacation before my flight. On top on having almost an extra day of fun, red eyes tend to be cheaper.

Happy Booking!

1 Day in Venice

I have never been the biggest fan of Venice. I visited 2 years and a lot of problems with lodging, which just put a dark cloud on the whole trip. This visit was far better and enjoyable.  But I will say that Venice is worth adding to your Italy trip with a day. With one day, you can do the major sites.

Where We Stayed

Best Western Hotel Bologna



This hotel is the perfect location. I found that it is easier and cheaper to stay outside of Venice. The room was clean and the staff was friendly. One thing that was nice is that they offer a car service pick up from the airport. It is around the same price as a taxi, (40 euro from Marco Polo). I decided to use this service because we got in around 2300 and I was worried about the buses running. The bus was still running when we landed. The money was worth it because it my mom feel special.

Getting into Venice

There are 2 ways to get into Venice, bus or train. For this trip I took Bus #2. The bus stop is right outside the train station. To buy your bus ticket, (which is only good for an hour) go to the local cafe. You can purchase a 24hour pass for €20 that covers the bus and water taxi. We ended up buying accident later on. If you only place to be in Venice for a day, just buy one ways, it’s cheaper. The bus will be packed in high season, so learn to be ok with being close to people. The bus ride was around 15-20 minutes. When you get off go to the waters edge and purchase a 1 hour pass. This will give you enough time to get to the center of the city, St. Marcos Square.

Grand Canal

Rick Steve’s had a grand canal audio guide for the water taxi ride to the center. Make sure to listen to which taxi to take. You have to take the slower one to listen to the tour. The audio guide is worth listening to because it lets you know what you are looking at.

St. Marcos Square


St. Marcos Square is the main attraction in Venice.

Ride on a Gondola

It will cost you €80 but it may be worth it.  My mom loved every minute of it. There are gondola service centers where you wait forever to get on the boat. I recommend walking around the city streets. When you happen to find one, get on then. There’s no wait and you won’t be in the same herd of gondolas as every other tourist.


I personally am not the biggest fan of Venice. The city does have not many locals. Most of the time tourists out number the locals. Venice does not have a heartbeat like other cities in Italy. Venice feels like a tourist trap in the making. But if you have never been to there, I feel that it is somewhere you have to go, for at least a day stop.


4 Days In Amsterdam

We flew into Amsterdam via Orlando➡️Reykjavik➡️Amsterdam. We flew Iceland Air, which is my favorite airline to fly over to Europe. The prices are great, they have red-eyes, and their Iceland layover deal. You can have up to a 7 day layover in Iceland for free. After the layover,you continue on your journey. I did this last time I came to Europe for 2 days. I did not do it this time, but I recommend to everyone. Iceland is a beautiful, amazing country.

We landed at AMS around 1400. There are 3 ways to get into the city: bus, taxi, or train. I picked the train. If you are using a US credit card you will have to go up to the desk and get your train ticket. If you know your return date, buy it then as well to save time. The train ride to central station is around 15 mins.

Where we stayed

We stayed at the Flying Pig Uptown.


For 3 nights it cost me €65. We are in a shared dorm room that sleeps 14. I have never stayed in a hostel before. Having the other people in the room didn’t bug me. The people that work here were very nice and welcoming. The price came with breakfast in the morning. Breakfast is just cereal, boiled eggs, juices, and bread. But that is enough to fill you up and get ready for the day. There is a bar and a smoking room to enjoy whatever you partake in. I would recommend this place if you want to be close to the museums and park, while also being on a budget.



This was our back yard for our stay. The park is a great place to go and have lunch or a snack after you go to the local market. I suggest afterwards walking around and looking for Picasso’s fish.



Red Light District


I can not recommend Rick Steve’s  guides for planning a trip Europe enough. He has a free audio of the red light district. While yes there are hookers and weed all around, there is a beautiful church in the center of it all.



Rijksmuseum is dedicated to Dutch art and history. I recommend buying your tickets online before you go. This way you can skip the line Tickets are 17.50 euro. Do not pay the audio guide. Download the free Rijksmuseum app. It is the same thing as the audio guide they are selling and does not cost you a penny. The app does need Wifi, but luckily the museum offers free Wifi.

The famous “NightWatch” by Rembrandt is located here. And of course, like any-other 20-something, I took a selfie in front of it.


If you walk around the entire museum, plan to do this all day. It took my mom and I around 4 hours.

Van Gogh Museum


The museum is located at the museum square, close to the Rijksmuseum. It is best if you purchase your ticket in advance online. It will give you a time that you can go in and skip the line. Tickets are 22 euro with the multimedia guide. I recommend getting the guide. There are no pictures allowed in the museum. If they see you taking one they will ask you to stop and delete the picture. Starry night is not located here, but my favorite painting is:


Van Gogh always painted multiple version on his painting. The one above is the version  the museum has in its collection. The museum gives you a better appreciation for the troubled artist. Allow 2 hours for this museum. FUN FACT: they are open late on Friday nights and have drinks available for a cocktail hour.

Walking around Amsterdam

One of the best things you can do for yourself in Europe is download the Rick Steve’s Auto Tour. They are free. There are 3 guided walking tours for Amsterdam. It’s a great way to walk around the city and not get lost. We did the City Walk, which starts in Dam Square. The tour ended near the flower market. Holland is knew for its tulips. Tulips are in season mid-March to the end of May


Make sure to try to herring. My mom did not like it very much, but I did not find it that bad. The dutch way to eat it is by holding the fish by its tail, dipping it in onions and letting the slippery raw fish then slide into your mouth.

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Canal Tour


At first I was worried this would be super cheesy, and some of the jokes were, but that being said you have to see the city from a boat. I picked Blue Canal Company. The pick up site is right outside Vondelpark, near the Hard Rock. The tour is 75 mins with an audio guide that is available in 21 languages. For 14 euro, I got what I wanted, to see the city by boat. I also learned a couple things along the way. Plus my mom loved it, which made it worth every penny.


Windmills (Zaanse Schans)


When you think of Holland, you think of tulips and windmills. I could not leave Amsterdam without having my mom see this. While this place is a tourist trap, it is worth seeing. To get here you will need to take the train. The easiest way to do this is to go up to the ticket office and say, “I would like to see the windmill.” They will understand where you are trying to go. Go to the platform that says it is going to “Urgeest”. The stop you will get off at is “Koog Zaadijk”. It is around a 15 minute ride. When you get off the train, follow the yellow brick road then you walk till you see a fork in the road, turn left. After a couple minutes you will see a windmill and know you have arrived. You will then cross the bridge on the right. Make use to take picture on the bridge. It has a great view of all the windmills.


After  you cross, on the left will you the little village with green houses. There are little shops that sell little thing. The two places to go are the cheese shop and the show making. The cheese shop has free sample and so many different kinds of cheese that if you have one of each it will full you up for lunch.


Every hour there is a demo on how they make the traditional dutch shoe. It is actually pretty simple and only takes 5 minutes. Its worth it to wait for the demo before heading back to Amsterdam.



Amsterdam was amazing as always. There’s a reason I end up always coming back here. It’s more the the hookers and pot that everyone thinks of. It’s a city full of history and life. My mom fell in love with Amsterdam and said she’d retire here if she could. Amsterdam you have our hearts, till we meet again.

My Week in DC

The last week I have been in DC visiting an old campaign friend, Sana. 

I flew out of Orlando into Regan. There are two airports for DC, Regan is the most direct. The metro ones straight into the airport which makes it really easy to get to your hotel or wherever you are staying. Sana lives near DuPont, which is on the red. I just had to change metro lines once at metro center. The metro system in DC is very easy to use. If you are ever having a problem on how to found your way around DC download the official metro app or use google maps and pick the public transit option. 

My flight arrived around 8am. It only took 30 minutes to get to DuPont from Regan. I broke one of my number rules of travel Don’t over sleep! I had been up since 12pm the day before due to working night shift and having errands. I told myself I would just sleep a few hours… Which turned into 6 hours! While I was discounted in myself, it made me rested for my night out on DuPont.  One tip I like to give to my follow travels is to dive deep into the city. If getting coffee, don’t go to Starbucks. Don’t go to places that you can go to in your hometown. 

Nightlife in DC

I experienced two different bar scences:

DuPont and U street 

U street reminds me of the college bars back home. Where it’s all frat boys and you can’t move in the bar. I don’t know about you, but I like being able to breathe. We went to Brixton on U Street.

 There was a 30 minute wait to get inside. My friend sweared that this was a great place. I forgot that she loves college bars. The bar had three levels, 1-bar 2-dance floor 3- roof top bar. All were too crowded. We tried to dance, but after the 5th frat boy bumped into me I was over it. 

[Sana and I at Madhatter]

DuPont was more my style. It was young business professionals. My favorite bar of the night was Madhatter. 

 I liked the theme, the drinks were good, and it was not super packed.

Winner: DuPont. You can find U street at home

National Mall-

This is an all day event, but don’t skip it. Seeing all these monuments is moving and gives you a feeling of patriotism.  I worked the whole thing and it took around 4 1/2 hours.  Make sure you walk on both sides of the reflection pond. I missed one of them to the left side of the Lincoln monument. Also remember that the new MLK Jr monuments and others are across the street (riverside) from the Lincoln monument. My favorite monument is on this side. 


FDR is my favorite president. As you walk those and read all of his quotes they still are true today. I recommend that you read through the all the monument to get a real sense of each person.

National Zoo

I spent the whole afternoon here. If you have been to a big zoo before I would skip this zoo. Actually I lied, walk in, go straight to the baby panda, then leave. 

The baby panda makes it worth it. I think I probably stood there for 15 minutes watching the mother and baby play together. The zoo is a mile walk from the Woodley metro. When you exit the metro take a left and after a mile it will be on your right.

Be Basic and Do Brunch

Brunch is a way of life in DC and I LOVE IT. Brunch is my favorite meal. Most places only do brunch on the weekend. You will need a reservation if don’t want to wait 2 hours for a table. Sunday we did brunch at 

Founding Farmers

I had been to this place for dinner before years ago, but never brunch. I had the crab benedict with cheese grits (what southern girl doesn’t add cheese?!?). 

It was amazing. The egg was the perfect amount of runny and I actually enjoyed the grits. As a southern girl, I judge breakfast places by their grits. I feel if you can not make grits right, then you can’t make anything right.

Le Pain Quotidien

I loved this place so much that I ate here Monday and Tuesday morning. My waiter,  Keyed, was the nicest man. We bonded over the love of hot sauce. Which their hot sauce is on fire, use sparingly. Monday I got the goat cheese and much room omelet with a iced mocha.

This was amazing. The goat cheese and muchrooms went some well together. I could have done without the bread.

Tuesday I had

The salmon and chive omelet. This was also delicious. I do not understand why this place is only a 3 star on Yelp. I thought the service and food made this worth a stop. Between these 2 meals, I would get the goat cheese again.