Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Travel Diary: St. Augustine Pt. 1

Every once and a while you just have to pack up your duffle bag and get on the road for a weekend with your best gal. In my case, this past weekend was my time for a getaway to beautiful St. Augustine, Fla., to see my best friend from home, Dana.
Backstory — When I say “best friend,” I’m not just referring to that chick in high school that was in all your classes, involved in the same clubs and happened to sit next to you at the football game every Friday by choice. No, I’m talking about the bear-it-all-and-love-it-all best friend. The one that knows your secrets, burning questions, concerns, stupid thoughts, and will never judge you for suggesting to eat all day while watching The Voice battle-round videos on YouTube. She’s practically part of my family. No, scratch that. She IS part of my family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So, when my work shift ended promptly at 6 p.m. on Friday, I hustled to the gas station across the street to fill up and make moves. In my striped maxi dress and listening to Avicii radio on Pandora (Random I know, but it keeps me awake/pumped when on the road… and I’m starting to like it. I’ll admit it.), I started off for a fun-filled weekend of non-stop laughs and throwback tunes.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, you know this girl is your sister when you’re greeted at her place with fresh caprese salad, italian bread and strawberries (with chocolate dipping sauce, of course). Did we eat all night and gossip? You betcha. Did we almost eat the entire loaf of bread because we dropped half of it on the floor? Damn straight — five second rule, people. Did we judge ourselves for a hot minute? Eh maybe, but no regrets (or should I say, no ragrets). Did we watch Kevin Hart’s stand-up comedy on Netflix after? Wouldn’t have been a normal day if we didn’t. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m a goofball. Like actually a 4-year-old at heart that never wants to grow up and acts like an adult only when necessary. I’m up for pretty much anything you’ll throw my way, and luckily Dana is exactly the same. Anywhooooo, our first evening together of the weekend was pretty #basic, but sometimes you can’t help it, okay?
Fast-forward to Saturday morning… PANCAKES AND BACON. If we did nothing else that afternoon, I would’ve considered it a fab day just from that breakfast. But, we’re adventurous, let’s not kid ourselves. So we started our day at the farmer’s market with fruity drinks (non-alcoholic, though they looked differently) and an acai bowl before a few hours at the beach. Following our tanning time, I received a private tour around Flagler College, which is where the lovely Dana attends school. Don’t get me wrong, I love the UF campus. However, I couldn’t help but adore the character, details and colors of the Flagler buildings. The intimacy of the campus felt homey and welcoming, not to mention some areas reminded me of Harry Potter — always a plus.

After touring the campus we strolled around historic downtown St. Augustine for some more sight-seeing, including the Lightner Museum area, random shops and the Castillo de San Marcos. Plot twist – we also got henna tattoos that afternoon en route to the fort. Told you we were adventurous…

As the sun began to set, we made a rational decision that anyone would make; time to head to the liquor store and buy some wine for the evening to complement the brownies we made earlier that day. **Disclaimer: I also ordered us a large pizza because why not? #romantic
The rest of the evening consisted of stuffing our faces, endless snapchats, making another batch of brownies (this time with peanut butter!), an impromptu dance party in the kitchen to 2000’s hip-hop radio and watching She’s The Man — word g’man.

As I sit here recounting the details of my weekend with Taylor Swift’s new album on repeat, I can’t help but laugh hysterically as I’m reminded of the dumb jokes and embarrassing times that I can only share with someone special like Dana. Side note: I’m liking T-Swift’s new album. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of a lot of her work since I was in my teens, but I’m feeling her new vibe. Favorites so far include Blank Space, Style, Wildest Dreams and Bad Blood (it’s great blogging-while-hanging-in-your-room-and-procrastinating-from-studying-music).
Curious to know how we spent the rest of our weekend together? Stay tuned for Part Two!
xx, B

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