So Long, South Florida

Instead of my usual Link Love post, I’m going to do something a little different this Monday. My summer is sadly winding down. I fly up to New York on Wednesday and I start classes next week. This may be my last post for awhile, because things always get so hectic at the beginning of the year. I’m kind of excited to start studying again, but I’ve also had a great summer at home. I came back from New York with a newfound appreciation for my home. Of course, there are still the things that get on my nerves, like the heat and tropical storm updates at the beginning of every newscast. But this what I’ll miss the most:

♥ My family

♥ My friends

♥ My lovely dogs, Sammy and Lucy

♥ Publix- Where Shopping Is A Pleasure

My library

♥ Seeing college football merchandise everywhere (It’s All About the U)

Sawgrass Mills Mall

Latin American food

♥ Anything mango-flavored

♥ Always having access to the beach- even if I went once

♥ My internship and my awesome co-workers

♥ Cheap movies

♥ Marlins baseball

♥ The Y

♥ Listening to sports talk radio with my dad

♥ A/C everywhere!

♥ My mom’s Tempur-Pedic mattress

♥ Palm trees

♥ Seeing color everywhere! The trees, the grass, the flowers, the sky!

♥ The Publix Bakery

Orlando

♥ My room

♥ My wonderful high school teachers

♥ Walking around barefoot on my tiled floor

♥ Not having to pay for my groceries

♥ Orange juice!

♥ Not having to hoard bananas

♥ Watching the evening news

It’s the little things that count. What do you miss most when you’re away at school?

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See you at Christmas, Miami!

~ Sarah

“Mischief Managed”

Hey everyone, I’m back from vacation and back in the blogosphere! Before we catch up though, I’d just like to thank you guys for reading my blog! This is actually my 50th blog post and I don’t know if I would’ve stuck with this if it wasn’t for all your support. So thank you again. 🙂

My vacation was really great. I got back Monday night, but it was utterly exhausting so it’s taken me awhile to get back to my daily routine. You know how it is after a trip. My friend Daniela and I took a train from Ft. Lauderdale up to Orlando, where we stayed with our friend Brittany, who’s a student at the University of Central Florida. I hadn’t been to Central Florida in a couple years (which is a long time for a Floridian!) so it was great going back. I let my inner-tourist out, especially during our trips to Downtown Disney and the beach.

Sunday was the main event. As some of you may have already guessed from this post’s title, our trip to Orlando wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new section at the Islands of Adventure theme park. And it was an absolute blast! It may have been over-crowded and as hot as the surface of the sun (read: heat index of 104° F) but it was so worth it. The rides and the food were great, and all the detailed attention put into the park really show. It was like walking right onto the movie set- maybe even better!

Below are a few of my snapshots from the trip:

First sighting of Hogsmeade!
Hogwarts Express
Entrance to Hogwarts Castle
Because Harry Potter obviously took place in a tropical climate.
Foreboding British Clouds
The Three Broomsticks
Butterbeer!
The Castle at Dusk

If you’re going to be in Central Florida anytime soon, I definitely recommend stopping by Islands of Adventures and seeing the new Harry Potter attractions. I tend to favor Disney when it comes to theme parks, just because I feel a stronger connection to the stories and characters behind the rides, but this just blew me away. Have any of you guys been to the park? And what has everyone been up to? I’d love to catch up with my readers!

~ Sarah

 

A Vacation From My Vacation

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Just a quick note:

I’ll be going out of town tomorrow, so I won’t be posting for a few days. Today I’m busy packing and then I’m going to have an adventure with some of my best friends. I’m incredibly excited- this is much-needed! I’m not sure when posting will resume, but if you follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my blog, you’ll be the first to know when I’m back!

What are you guys doing this weekend? And can you believe it’s almost August already?!

~ Sarah