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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Harry Potter World - Orlando

The magical world that is Harry Potter. As one of the BIGGEST fans I had to make my way to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. It's really everything I want and more. I truly felt like I was walking into Hogsmeade and meeting my friends Harry, Ron and Hermione for Butterbeer. 


My real life fantasies came to life in Orlando. Magic was in the air and the smile on my face was permanent. 

I started at Universal Studios and entered Diagon Alley. All your favorite shops were down the cobble stone and even in 85 degree weather, I felt like I plopped right in the heart of London on a crisp winter's day. The amount of detail that was put into the structure and planning is unbelievable. 


I made my way to Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts ride (which was my favorite).

We took the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade on the Island of Adventures side. I almost believed that I would be meeting Hagrid on the other end and finding my acceptance letter... :) 

The castle was bigger and better than I could've imagined but the greenhouse was my favorite - mostly because Herbology is one of my favorite classes! 

If you get the opportunity to visit this magical, mystery land jump. It's an experience like nothing else. To me, Harry Potter is more than just fantasy. It taught me to be brave and fight for the ones I love; to value my education and that it's ok for girls to be smart and successful; and above all else, to love and support your family and friends for they are the ones who will be there until the end.

Weekend Trip to Colorado

For my 25th birthday I decided to spend the weekend out west. I knew I wanted to spend time in the mountains and have amazing weather. So what better place to visit than colorful Colorado?

I fly into Denver but immediately made my way to Boulder. The short drive was beautiful with the mountains guiding the way. 

I ate at the classic 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' the Sink. The restaurants is filled with old graffiti and is bustling with college students and yummy grub. After meandering downtown Boulder, we made our way to the gorgeous Mesa Trail. There are different levels for your desired workout and I took the medium trail. The views from above the city were breathtaking, and I even saw a double rainbow. 



I drove up to the very top of the mountain after and breathed the cleanest air. It's amazing all the people that live up the mountain, and sure takes some serious guts! I'd be lying if I didn't admit that driving up and up on the gravel road didn't make me nervous. But holy moly, was the view worth it. I could a storm and snow in the distant, and was able to walk out to the cliff edges. 



On the second day, I traveled further west to Glenwood Canyon for white water rafting! It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Floating between the canyons and pushing my limits in the rapids was thrilling and adventurous! Except the water was so cold! On the drive to Glenwood Canyon we drove through Vail and other ski towns, which only intensified  my desire to come back in the winter time for winter sport action. 

On the third day, I went back to Denver but visited the much anticipated and well-known amphitheater  Red Rocks. 

It so reminded me of my time in Arizona and how I wish there was a concert that available that night. The rocks are breath taking, the view of Denver is a sight for sore eyes, and the venue is just cool with so much musical history. We browsed through the store and exhibits of all the infamous talent that has made its way to Red Rocks. Such an inspiration.


I did get stuck a storm during the hike through Red Rocks and had to hide under a rock until the rain lightened up -- but so worth it!

As always, my trips are too short and want I want to do more, see more, and learn more. I'll definitely be back Colorado.