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Looking Back...Final Thoughts.
I have really enjoyed my different experiences on the AT, or the Appalachian Trail, which is an east coast mountain range that runs the length of Georgia to Maine. My first adventures started in a previous blog, which you can read here. I try to be a stickler on my mileage as I’m hiking, but enjoyed the daily-occurring spurts of spontanety. That could be stopping to chat with someone in a shelter, listening to the wildlife around me (NOT rattlesnakes!), listening to other's conversations, hearing the background of why people are on the trail, and even smelling nature.
7/11/2022 Feeling super jumpy and weird. Like a void is about to take me in. Idk. Like anxious. But it’s SO FUCKING BORING to be anxious all the time, you know? Like… enough is enough.
TRIP GONE WRONG
So first i wanna just say me , my cousin & my best friend decided to book a trip to DR Punta Cana just to celebrate graduating . We arrived to the Punta Cana airport on Wednesday July 6th around 10:50am. After we went through customs and tsa we began to look for the company that was transporting us to the airport . A man driving a taxi got out the car started waving us down and hollering “here ladies here ladies come with me” we replied you aren’t our transportation can you please leave us alone. 5 minutes passed and he’s still harassing us to get in the car with him , a police officer noticed something was going on . The police officer asked us to see our confirmation for the transportation as the man is continuing to still harass us , moments later the police officer asked him to step away & leave and showed us to the correct transportation. As we are walking outside there is groups of men outside the airport just standing to the side yelling screaming at us to come with them or to come here so we then continued walking & the man that was checking us on the bus then asked for my id , passport & phone number . I told him any information that you need should already be on file from us booking the transportation before hand and he also had a paper in his hand with our info on it to check us in. He then said was i wanted to see fasure that the company has all my information and still continued to ask for those documents. another guy walks and proceeds to whisper in his ear & pulls his phone out . at that moment we checked in with another employee from the company so we could get on the bus . When we finally arrived to the resort Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana we walked into what we thought was the main lobby & the guy proceeded to ask us where we were going and we said to check in . the transportation company took us to the incorrect spot of the hotel . we then got checked in , went to our room got settled then we proceeded to go to the pool . before we could get to the pool we have employees video taping us as we are walking around the resort , asking us where our room is multiple times & just being followed . on our way back from the pool we were followed by a man in red shorts that worked for the hotel as he constantly asked us what our room number was . when we got back to the room after the pool our initial plan was to get dress to go to dinner because we hadn’t ate . we then come in the room to baby lizards all over our floor near the hot tub . i then called the front desk and she told us she would send someone . when the maintenance man knocked on the door he said he was here to remove the lizards after he removed the lizards he stood at our door and held his phone out . we began to think he was recording us or maybe taking pictures . moments later we noticed a swam of mosquitoes over our beds , after that we started to notice bumps on our skin . we then called the front desk once again she proceeded to say she would have someone come spray . we requested for a room change because the Mosquitoes , gnats and ,lizards we’re just infestation in our room. then we got a knock to the door it’s was 2 men standing in our door way we then asked what were they there for . they both proceeded to look at each other and laugh say no Espanol ? we said no ingles ? they both pulled there phone out and showed us a translator saying “what do you fantastic girls need” so we pulled our phones out to translate about the bugs ,they then stood in front of our door on there phones just staring at us . they walk in the room and grab the phone to call the front desk i tried explaining i talked to the front desk so who sent you here . he picks up the phone someone on the phone and starts laughing the other man is on the other side of the room texting and taking photos of us . they then keep telling us they don’t speak english . he pulls his phone out again and asks can he leave ? they then left the room. we didn’t know what to do so i called my mother to let her know everything that was going on . so i called the travel agent to see maybe if she could get us a room switch , they called up to our room saying they will let us know when our other room is ready. then an hour went by still no call we notice feet in front our door so when we stopped music and noise we noticed it was those same guys standing out front of our door . hours went by it is now 2am and we still were in the same room , the front desk didn’t answer our calls they refused us room service and we hadn’t ate all day because we never made it to dinner . fast foward 3am came we noticed feet outside our door again but no voices this time we began to push something in front of the door because those 2 men were still waiting for us to come out the room . We then booked a flight for the next morning so we could get home safely . we felt very uncomfortable being in this hotel & being harasses pretty much since we got there . Around 7 am we notice my cousin arm was swollen and numb to touch , & her eye was swollen . we then packed our bags to get ready to go to the front to catch transportation to get to the airport . a lady named Danielle that worked at the resort stoped us and asked how was our experience, we then began telling her what happened she replied with “i know i work here but you guys are 3 young lady’s , this hotel is known for women trafficking & having pedophiles & men who dress up like they work for the resort but they are really human traffickers” she then proceeded to tell us the building we stayed in has a high infestation for mosquitoes lizards and gnats and they couldn’t change our room because we got what was lastly available and that is always building 1 . i just wanna say BECAREFUL PLEASEEE
On the Road (Again)
I am a fifty year old woman who has recently been ousted from a homemaking life. I’m getting divorced and it’s probably a good idea. I outgrew my husband like a person does who keeps evolving. He is old skin and my new skin has combination brakes composed of hydraulics and air. My new skin is shiny and tough. My new skin could break through cinderblock and come out looking pretty good. Maybe a little dusty. My new skin can move at 75 miles per hour hauling eighty five tons, screaming by on a midnight highway like an eagle and a torpedo had a baby.
The Joy of Travelling on An Aircraft
When I went to Canada, I wrote John a letter (email) every day. In this way, we felt we were travelling together. This is part of my first letter to John, and I wrote it while sitting on an aircraft flying from Brisbane to Sydney.
A friend of mine recently offered to do a tarot reading for me. They asked me to close my eyes, arrive on a situation, and then they would pull some cards. I closed my eyes, my mind wandering (as always) towards love when someone offers me a reading. Relationships and crushes have been circling my brain since I realized that sometimes, when I look at someone, I feel flutters in my stomach and my mouth zips up.
Breezing through Barcelona - European Exploits
"Our summer vacay has officially begun!" hollered Raina as we squeezed each other’s hands in delight outside the Barcelona El-Prat Airport. After withstanding the inclement weather in Amsterdam and Paris, we were ecstatic at finally being able to whip out our bikinis and breathe in the crisp Spanish summer air.
Farm life in Hawaii
Growing up in a metropolitan city I never would have thought I'd relocate to a farm for a period of time. As a kid/teen, I loved going to the mall, the movies — I relished in all the luxuries of city living. But as I grew older, and my college graduation date was within arms length, I developed an ever-growing sensation for something entirely different.
【 dessert 】 Ottomans spread royal iron moon desserts: rose milk skin (güllaç)
Since roses are produced in Turkey, of course, there are also rose products. Flower season tourism is also very popular. Visit this section for a group trip with you - yourself. This is an introduction to a traditional dessert related to the hunt for money, rose milk skin (güllaç). - Yes. Compared to other snacks, note that there are many fatty and sweet Turkish snacks, and rose milk skin is relatively fresh, so it was considered a regular snack of the prayer moon. Muslims will keep the health during the prayer moon, and the dietary life will change, and will not eat for a long time. In addition to supplementing the sugar and having some nutrition, this dessert will not be too heavy for the body.
The Dutchest City in The Netherlands
As a Vietnamese who had never set foot outside of Asia, I was pretty excited to go to my first European country, where I'd be spending my next three years of college.
Searching for who I am.
Being someone in a world with billions of people makes me wonder if I’m where I’m meant to be and If I am who I’m meant to be. Trying to find who you are can be hard but I guess I’ll start with a road trip. Around the world, in a small caravan. Maybe If I find a place to call home, then I can find out who I am.
Virtual Reality, Venus, & Venice Venetia
Venice was more magical than I had ever imagined. In truth, I had never imagined it much. I just knew it was a place that I wanted to go. That it was special, and unique- interwoven with water and gothic architecture unlike anywhere else in the world.