Sunday, February 26, 2012


Living in Pittsburgh is wonderful because it is such a cultural city that offers everything from Broadway shows, to ballets, to symphony's and the list goes on.  This past weekend I had the chance to go see an orchestra perform the world known and beloved Vivaldi. 
Normally when I see a ballet it is accomanied by an orchestra, but this was the first time I was going for just the music itself, so I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to feel about it, or if my attention span would hold.  But to be honest, it was one of the most mesmerizing experiences ever. They played Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', and it was truly incredible how the same instruments can immitate the thought of fall, winter, spring and summer so perfectly.

I wasn't allowed to take pictures with my camera inside, hence why these are all iphone shots!

Here is a little taste of the lead violinist at his finest!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carnaval - Sitges, Spain

The entire last week all anyone was talking about was the celebration of Carnaval in Sitges, Spain.  Apparently it is something you have to experience at least one time in your life, which I now realize is so true.
But since my midterms were this week, I never really even planned on going because I thought it would be a better idea to study.  But after some convincing from a friend of mine, I realized:
1. My classes all are pass/fail here, so my grades don't matter (as long as I pass)
2. How often does an opportunity to travel to Sitges for Carnaval come around ?
3. You only live once
4. Studying < Getting dressed up and parading around in a mask
So off Maggie and I went, with a party travel bus to Sitges, Spain, where the amount of glitter, drag queens, and dancing is limitless.

It is so true when they said that this is something you have to experience, although I was 'out of commission' the entire next day, it was definitely worth it.  Carnaval was one of the craziest nights, the things I saw were indescribable, not to mention I don't think there is anyone that can party like drag queens can!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Running through Barcelona

For the month of January my form of exercise consisted of walking to the pastelleria to get a chocolate pastry or practicing yoga to relieve myself of my oh so stressful life.
Right before I came to Barcelona I specifically bought new running shoes so I could explore the city through my favorite form of transportation, my feet. Sadly my shoes didn't hit the pavement until last week. But as soon as I started running, I remembered how good it felt to just get out there and go. While my month long break from running was relaxing, there is just something about lacing up my shoes, getting sweaty, and torturing my body for miles on end that sounds so perfect!
Today I went for a run. Didn't have a planned out route, nor have my watch, because I just wanted to explore; to my amazement I ran across some pretty incredible things all within a lovely nine mile run.
This is what I look like when I practice yoga.
I like big butts and I can not lie.
Side note: The name of the artist who created this structure, is Santiago.
Big shout out to my shoes, and taking me away to all these great sites! You're the best.
By the way, every single picture from this post was taken with my iphone as I was running. How incredible are iphone cameras?!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Lisbon, Portugal

I had so many incredible photos taken in Portgual that I just couldn't choose a handful like I normally do, so I decided to post them through this slide show instead, so you could see how wonderful of a time I had, from the beautiful hostel we stayed at, to the delicious breakfast crepes, blue waters of the sea, cute shops with hand made goodies, jaw dropping churches, trams, and beautiful walkways.
 I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do!


Portugal Parte I - Cascais

This past weekend my girlfriends and I went to Portugal to celebrate Maggie's 21st - and she surely did pick the right place to spend it.  At first I was a bit nervous to go to a different country where I didn't know the language and stay in a hostel, but it ended up being one of the best experiences ever.
What was my favorite part of the trip??? Well I can't decide between, eatting dinner at the hostel (we had a chef, Pedro who cooked incredible food), roaming around the marble-like floors, going to Cascais, or sightseeing through a walking tour, but I'll let you decide.

Here's some Cascais.
 I decided to go with the hippie/gypsy look.
 Nothing reminds me of my Abuela more than this thing.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bo de B = Bo de bomb

I know I know, as if I don't already post enough about food.
But I mean, come one, how often do you get a sandwich with freshly grilled chicken, avocado sauce, garlic, cilantro, olives, legumes, corn, manchega spanish cheese, and onions on soft and freshly baked french bread?
I have come to the conclusion, that the absolutely best places, are little hole in the wall gems.
This sandwhich was so flavorful, my mouth was in heaven.

Off to Portugal for an exciting adventure with my girls this weekend <3
See you all next week!