Five. It's been that many years since I first thought to myself, "Wow this guy is a total dork." And guess what? I still think that each and everyday, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's crazy to me that five years have gone by and yet it still feels like when Jordan and I first started - completely head over heels for each other.


A Wedding in Vancouver

For the morning ceremony | F21
I think I've attended more weddings in my life than most people do in a lifetime. There was a time a few years ago where I attended eight weddings in one year! While I've seen my fair share of these days of joy, it's never as special as when you're sharing it with those you love. This past Saturday was the long awaited wedding of The Boyfriend's brother, Mervin, and his beautiful wife, Ingrid and I am so happy to have been able to be a part of their special day.


Paris, je t'aime

I've been sitting here with a delicious cup of cappuccino trying to think of something original to say about Paris, but I've come to the conclusion that there simply is no other way to describe this enchanting city without sounding like a total cliché. For me, Paris was everything and more! There is reason as to why it's called the "city of love." Sure, it is the destination for newlyweds to lose themselves in their romance and yes, French is considered the "language of love", but simply strolling along the Seine River with a drink in hand or just walking aimlessly through the countless small streets, you can't help but become smitten with the city. I would say one of my favorite things I did while in Paris was people watching while sitting outside at a cafe in Saint Michel. There is so much we tend to look over because we're too busy with our own agendas, but once you slow down and just take everything in, you'll be surprised at all the little wonders. I didn't have enough time to go into the Lourve when I visited during the day, but I was able to get the typical Lourve picture and also see it at night as well to see the light fixture, a red neon lightning bolt, by Claude Lévêque. And of course, I cannot forget to mention La Tour Eiffel! While I did not go see it during the day, I made up for it a million times over by visiting it at night with a few friends from Paris. The Eiffel Tower was just beautiful. I think I stood staring up at it with a giddy smile on my face for a good minute..I was that much in awe!

I did end up being able to see all the main attractions in Paris during my stay, but that was partially because I was driven around at night to see them all! Personally, a weekend trip for my first time in Paris was not enough. No matter. It is just more reason to return to the city that stole my heart.


L O N D O N : Places & Things

made my mark on the wall in front of Abbey Road Studios.
Because I haven't had time to write more individual posts on the things I have done while abroad in London, I thought I'd combine most of them into one. Here are a few images from some of the things I did during the last few weeks (minus my trips to Paris & Amsterdam!). The first set of photos are from our school trips to Stamford Bridge and Wimbledon Stadium. As a former tennis player, Wimbledon was probably one of my favorite trips from the many class trips we had. It was as spectacular as you'd expect it to be! There are also a few photos from my trip to Queen Mary's Gardens in Regent's Park. I've never been a big flower person, but while walking through the garden of roses, I was stopped suddenly by the most delicious smelling rose I had ever smelled - these were called "Chando's Beauty." Michelle and I sat by these bushes for a good 10 minutes before moving on through the beautiful grounds. The last few sets of photos are from my trip to Stratford upon Avon, which is the home of Shakespeare! We had a few hours to spend so a group of us decided to go row on the river that cut through the charming little town. Next are just a few photos I had left from my night out in Camden on a Camden Pub Crawl. While it was such a great night out, I was pick-pocketed during the time of the last few photos - my phone and some cash were stolen! I didn't really let that ruin my night...or at least I was too much in my happy place to let it bother me. Still, I had an amazing time with everyone! Finally there are a few pictures by Michelle of me making my mark on the walls in front of the famous Abbey Road Studios. As a Beatles fan, it was like a dream come true to find myself walking across the Abbey Road crosswalk. Taking a picture was impossible since, well, it is an actual road and a busy one at that. No matter, that just gives me more reason to return to London!

I still have more to share, but I've been having a hard time really getting settled down to write a few posts. At the moment, I'm signing on from Firenze! I'm very behind with what I want to share with you all, but I'll catch up soon enough. Bear with me! :)