Well, it has been awhile since I have posted. 😦 After coming back from vacation life happened and I haven’t had a free minute to post/in all honesty I’ve been a little lazy. So here is a brief synopsis of the second half of our trip and my life since then! Beware… this is a long one! I apologize.
Smith Family Vacation Part II
From Gibraltar we went to La Coruna, Spain where we went to Santiago de Compostela. (Known as one of the top five pilgrimages in the world, the Cathedral holds the remains of St. James.) I was a little thrown off by the colder weather and rain. I was expecting a warm Mediterranean seaside city and didn’t pack any sort of warm clothes. Thankfully my mom wears the same size as me and let me borrow some jeans! 🙂
The city of Santiago de Compostela surrounding the cathedral was the most precious thing you ever did see. We explored around before stumbling on the cathedral and doing a quick run-through. After leaving the cathedral we found a man that was boiling octopus and decided to give it a try and posted up at a wine shop. Afterwards we continued to walk around the shops in the rain and eventually made our way back to La Coruna. We walked around the main street and found a tapas restaurant with wifi and sat down. By this time it was raining pretty hard so we wanted to stay under cover as long as possible before heading back to the boat.
Adventures on the Boat
Since my brother and Jacob work on the cruise we were able to get the backstage tour of the theater (to try on costumes) and they arranged a bridge tour for us. My mom and I had a great time playing dress up in all the crazy costumes that they singers and dancers wear in the shows. The bridge tour was an amazing thing to see. They explained how the ship runs and all the different safety and precaution measures they have to keep something like Titanic from happening. For being 2014 we were shocked about how their records are hand recorded and not all digital.
Overall, the cruise was wonderful and it was so great to see my brother and Jacob. After 8 months of them being away it was nice to finally see them both!
Life after the cruise
I started volunteering at Grady Memorial Hospital in the Ambulance Triage. Kind of a wild experience but I really enjoy it. I have gotten to know some of the nurses, paramedics, and front desk people and they have made such an impact on me. They are people who want to do good and help others and often times get cursed and sometimes punched at while at work. They have a calling for the job they are doing yet get torn down on a daily basis. It’s amazing to see strong men and women doing what they love and treating every person with respect without receiving any form of gratitude.
Girls weekend at the lake with 11 of my besties from college. It was so great to see them and catch up. Its crazy how much has changed in the past year and a half yet when we all get together everything is the exact same as before.
Gamecock Football has also taken over most every weekend. So far I have gone to the ECU and UGA games. This weekend I will be heading back to Columbia to watch USC take on Missouri (let’s hope the outcome is the same as last year).
This past weekend was Music Midtown and I joined my dad’s work team to do a walk for the American Heart Association. It was an absolutely crazy and exhausting weekend but I wouldn’t change one thing. This was my first time going to Music Midtown and I absolutely loved it. We went on both Friday and Saturday and saw everyone from Greg Allman to Eminem. Tip for next year: bring walkie talkies, phones do not work.
Also, big news! MY BROTHER IS HOME! He is here for about a month and a half and we are thrilled! We had a welcome home party for him on Sunday night which was around the world themed since his cruise went around the world. We are ecstatic he his home even if it is for a short time. He leaves again at the end of October to do a Celebrity Cruise in Asia.
Now that the boring catchup stuff is out of the way – the next post will be about fashion and food 🙂 My two favorites!