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surviving summer

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June Bootcamp 2014: Nothing’s Going to Break My Stride
Striding ahead

It’s already the end of the month and I still haven’t written anything! It has been a great month, I traveled to Edinburgh for a weekend, met with friends, ate good food, enjoyed the cooler weather (although it was pretty warm!). Then the week after I went to Chiang Mai (Thailand) with a friend and we had a wonderful time. Playing with tigers, riding elephant, ziplining, lots of massages and good food again! Apparently Angelina Jolie stayed in our hotel while we were there for 1 night with some of her kids. Loved this place so much, keep thinking of it every day this is how much I want to go back!
Then last week I had a training on “Effective presentation” and I was just expecting a good time out of the office, but I got so much more. I felt motivated and I didn’t feel this for a long time now (yes, time for a major change soon), we had wonderful trainers and a great group. And it was fantastic to see how much all of us improved in just 3 days!

visit Edinburgh

I loved this city! It’s so green and fresh, Royal Mile is beautiful, loved all those all houses! And here the green really is greener! Would love to go back, and that time also explore more of Scotland! Didn’t get to try the fried Mars bar (although I cooked it myself some ears ago), but I did try the banoffee pie!

May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)

I went to aerobic twice! I know it’s not a big deal, but I am just restarting with the healthy lifestyle, and it feels good that I won over laziness!

Read 'The love detective' by Alexandra Potter
Alexandra Potter: The love detective

Wow, this was an amazing story! I love who you can find a bit of mystery in all of Alexandra Potter’s books. Ruby, the lead character lost her faith in love and happy ever after, however through a journey through magical India she finds it and herself again!

May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)

I started taking vitamins and I was able to get enough sleep, so I am feeling better. I am ready to get back to active life and for today I have an aerobics session planned and a massage after that. Can’t wait! I love Saturdays.

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
16. Manatee

I have seen them! There is a park in Mexico called Xcaret and they have 2 there. They were so cute! I really wanted to swim with them and was thinking to “accidentally” fall in the water but I chickened out. So I still have to make the trip to Crystal River in Florida to actually swim with them.

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
15. Mexican cemetery

Beautiful!!! This is how all cemeteries should be!

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
14. Casinos in Vegas

I have never seen so much casinos in my life. From the time we landed at the airport through all the hotels it’s casinos everywhere. We tried but I can’t understand why people are so besotted with them, it’s boring and you are only loosing. Or I am simply useless at it!

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
13. Boutique hotel

In Mexico City I decided to book one of the boutique hotels as we have never stayed in one. There were only 2 comments on Tripadvisor, both very positive, but it felt still a bit risky. However it turned out to be a very beautiful little hotel in a good area, so I am happy I booked it. Service was great, the room big and comfy and they let us check out late.

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)

We had our first all inclusive experience. It was literally including everything. Cancun has many hotels that offer this. We had all the meals, buffet and some other restaurant in the hotel and in partner hotels (which we didn’t use), fully stocked minibar and resort credit. As we were staying only for 4 nights, our resort credit was 750 USD which we could use for tours or spa. Had we stayed one more night, the credit would have been double. We had all alcohol in the room and we didn’t even touch it! Except for some beers for my husband. It was delicious and comfortable, but by the end I could hardly wait to get out. Too much. :)

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
11. Polynesian dance

Wow, this was the sexiest dance I have ever seen! Those beautiful girls put Shakira to shame with those booty shaking!

accomplish 101 things in 1001 days (read all 5 entries…)
101 things done in less than 1001 days

I am done! If I look back at the things I have done in just over 2 years, it’s pretty amazing how many goals I have accomplished in so little time! It has been an intense 2 years for sure! Well done, me!

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
10. Seeing manta rays

Bora Bora is one of the places where you can see the manta rays. They are the biggest rays. We stopped at a spot with very deep water and didn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes until we saw the first manta ray gracefully swimming below us. It was huge. Then we saw a second one, slightly smaller. They are beautiful! (Looking like Batman)

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
9. Touching stingrays

It was at the same place in French Polynesia where we were swimming with the sharks. There were many friendly stingrays passing by and you could touch them. They are very soft but the string is hard. Great experience!

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
8. Swimming with sharks

We stopped at a shallow sport where the blacktip reef sharks are fed and thus there are lots of them there all the time. It was a very interesting experience when I went into deeper water and there was around 6-8 of them swimming around me and in the same time it was relaxing. They were around 1.5 meters in length.

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
7. Experiencing US airlines

It was truly an experience, especially US Airways (Jetblue, Delta and United slightly better)! I guess I am used to traveling with European and Middle Eastern airlines and considering it normal to have food, blankets and entertainment system included. Not on US Airways. We had a 6 hours flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and in the beginning of the flight we noticed most people are coming on board with food and drinks. Later we found it out there is no food at all. You could buy on board if you wanted, they had 2-3 shitty choices. There was a drink service once, started a second time but stopped because of turbulence right in front of me, and they didn’t bring a water when I asked because we started landing. The flight was freezing, but if you wanted a pillow and blanket you had to purchase a set. No entertainment system at all. But most shocking of all was that when we landed the crew didn’t stand to say bye to the passengers, all were sitting in their seats furiously tapping on their mobiles! Then we traveled with United where they announced it’s a water only service, we didn’t really care because it was a one hour flight. But then there was nothing in the end. And here if you wanted to watch movies, you had to pay. We tried Jetblue for a short flight, they had drinks and snacks, and good service. Then finally we had Delta, they had blankets and drinks and snacks twice during a 5 hours flight and good service. So this was still the best, however no entertainment system here as well. Luckily for them no competition within the US as more or less all are the same, but I guess nobody in their right mind would use them when traveling internationally as lots of better choices there!

43 new experiences in 2014 (read all 16 entries…)
6. Eating cactus

We visited a small family business near Mexico city and they offered us cactus salad there. Was it delicious! I loved it!

May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)
Getting better

Since we came back from our trip I wasn’t able to adjust my sleep back to normal, I usually slept from late afternoon till midnight and then couldn’t sleep at night. Now it finally seems to be getting back to how it should be. Today I am going to clean and from tomorrow restart with sporting life and healthier eating.
AC of the car is working fine now, only upholstery and service needed now. Upholstery will be this week, service at the end of the month.

travel to 100 places or more (join the Travelers' Century Club) (read all 23 entries…)
9 more to go!!!

Only 9 more places to visit and I can join the Travelers’ Century Club!!! :)

Read 'Revenge wears Prada' by Lauren Weisberger
Lauren Weisberger: Revenge wears Prada

This was a great story! Although not that much of it was actually connected to the Devil, but still it was very enjoyable! And I re-watched the Devil wears Prada just to refresh the beginnings. It was a good choice for a holiday read!

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