My Highlights Of 2016

2016 was a good year filled with a lot of traveling.

It started out when I found myself back in Dublin again. The last time I was in Ireland was 12 years ago. This time I got to have some fun and check out the Jameson Distillery since this time around I was of age.

Took a cruise to the Cayman Islands and Mexico. It was my first cruise ever and I had so much fun! There will definitely be more cruises in my future. Can’t wait to see what exciting destinations I can go to and to share them with you.

IMG_9507 1I was able to attend my first Yankee Game. It is on my bucket list to attend a game at each of the MLB parks so this was another on off my list.

IMG_0566For my birthday this year, I went to Thailand. This was the biggest highlight of my year. Between going to a new country, playing with elephants, and petting tigers I had the time of my life!

I also made a trip back to Amsterdam I this year and did the Heineken Experience. It really is an experience that everyone should do when visiting Amsterdam.

Made my way to Tel Aviv in the summer. Spent the day exploring Jerusalem and had a chance to float on the Dead Sea.

I have been to Barcelona and Madrid in Spain but this year I got to check off Malaga, Spain. Malaga might be my new favorite Spanish city and I hope I can go back again in the future.

img_4060Finally made a trip back to Universal Studios Hollywood. It was nice seeing all the changes made since the last time I had a chance to visit. I was also ecstatic to finally visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I am so blessed to have my job as a flight attendant because I was able to attend 5 weddings in 5 months in 5 different states! I was all wedding out by the end of the year but my heart was full knowing I was able to be there for my friends and family on their special day.

img_6136I ended the year with a trip to Japan! I was finally able to go to Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea. This gets me one location closer to having been to all the Disney locations around the world. I also did a food tour around Asakusa which not only made my heart happy but my stomach as well.

I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for me!

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Malaga, Spain: Beach Time

Recently got to spend some time in Malaga, Spain. This beach time was just what I needed to relax from all the busy jetsetting in my life. You can bring your own towel and lay out on the sand or you can rent a beach chair for about 4 euro. The price of the beach chair will vary depending where along the beach you are.

What I loved best about my beach time are the numerous beverage options. There are little restaurant type areas along the beach you can grab a quick bite or drink. There are also people who walk up and down the shoreline selling cold drinks. It makes things a lot easier if you don’t want to walk the 20 or so yards you get one yourself from the restaurant. Just be sure to have some euro on hand as a card is not an option.

I do love the water of the Mediterranean. It was not icy cold like like water of the beaches in Souhern California but not warm like the water in the Dead Sea. It is nice and refreshing from the hot Spanish sun.

So if you find yourself in the south of Spain I recommend taking a trip to the beach. Take in the sun, work on your tan, and enjoy a drink.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Heineken Experience

IMG_1997The Heineken Experience is just that, an experience! You have the usual videos, photos, and historical facts but what I like about this brewery is the interactive actives you have throughout the self guided tour.

At the start of the tour you get a background for the history of Heineken as well as how beer is made. From there they have a hands on area where you can see what it’s like to be a brewer. You also get to sample the malt (beer before the fermentation process). The malt does not taste good but it is interesting to see how it changes into tasty beer. You also get to meet the Heineken horses but they were on vacation when I went for my tour.

IMG_2031There is a virtual video tour you take to see how the beer is made. It’s the Brew You “ride” and it’s a fun way to make learning the process more interesting. The best part comes after this ride. This is where you get to sample the good stuff!

After all the “normal” tourist brewery part comes the fun part. The interactive areas! You can try your hand at scoring a point with the virtual rugby area or record a fun little music video. There is also an area where you can see if you can make that perfect Heineken pour.

At the end of the tour you get to turn in the two chips you received at the ticket desk to get yourself some ice cold Heinekens. This really is an experience and would highly recommend it to anyone making a trip to Amsterdam.