Boston, Massachusetts- June 2017

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Let me start this one by saying I love my friends and family. They support me and my crazy. Truly, I am blessed.  When I decided to buy tickets to see my “boyfriend” perform in Boston, plane tickets were immediately booked. I think it was more so they could watch me drool, more then anything.  I LOVE Leslie Odom, Jr. He’s not my “boyfriend”, as he has a beautiful wife. And besides, I moved on this his piano guy, Michael Mitchell. More on that later.

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Leslie was performing with the Boston Pops. Couple that with the opportunity to see my favorite German. DONE!  I loved my friend’s Bruce’s answer, “is there a question?” It was a corporate event, so I ended up with 10 tickets.  Enter in my super supportive friends, Natasha, Jan, Carrie, Nick, Michelle, Beth, Rob, Megan and Drew. What a night.

It was pretty amazing. Watch the piano guy. That is Michael Mitchell.  Hmmm…… Again, back off Beth, he’s mine. Lucky for him, I was still in my boot, or I would have rushed the stage!  The finale was super cool. They performed the Star Spangled Banner. And since we were inside they released balloons.

The owner of the New England Patriots was a guest conductor for the last song.  So Pat the Patriot came out. My friend, Carrie, has the biggest crush on Tom Brady.  When I saw Pat come out, I thought she was going to launch herself off the balcony.

We actually did a little sightseeing in Boston as well. It was actually a really nice visit.

Stay tuned…… Safe Travels!

 

Adventures in Australia- May 2017

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My little accident resulted in me having to cancel my planned trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Since I was not planning on being in Brisbane, I decided to head to Melbourne for a change of scenery.  I booked into the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.  It turns out that was a blessing in disguise. I was practically unable to walk.The poor staff had to put up with me whining for the week. They were fantastic! Once the managers, Jessica, felt bad that I was missing my trip to Vietnam. So she arranged for Vietnam to come to me. Best hotel stay EVER!  Even if the lounge staff was trying to force feed me bananas and yogurt.

My Australian parents, Jenny and John, were heading off a 7 week trip of the world. So as one does, I decided to join them on the first leg of their trip. I actually surprised them at the airport, and flew with them to Sydney. I do sort of admit this is taking Bon Voyage a little too far.  But hey why not?

For some reasons, the hotel rates in Sydney are really high. So I used my points to book into the Park Hyatt Sydney. Big Mistake!  I got lucky and they gave me an upgrade. The pictures show just how horrible it was……

That view…… so funny thing the hotel is only 4 stories. I was on the 2nd floor.  When I woke up I opened curtains and saw this. I sat up to take a picture. I had no regard for the fact people walking right below could see me clearly. Oh well.

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At the end of May, I was scheduled to fly back to Chicago. I was booked on Qantas to Sydney, then United to LA then Chicago.  I am not a fan of the day time flying, so I did not sleep much night before. Plus I had a 6:00 am departure.  By the time I arrived on the United flight to LA, I was ready for a nap. We were originally delayed for 30 mins, then it was hour and then well, 4 hours later, it cancelled.  United was AMAZING.  Seriously, I was laughing with the flight attendants and the ground crew.  It was not ideal, but they made it fun. And the best part? I got to go to Vivid Sydney with my friend Madison.

52 hours later, I arrived in Chicago. I went to follow up with my Dr. regarding my broke ankle. I ended up back in the ER, again. I had developed a blood clot, that was the horrible pain I had in Melbourne. Let this be a lesson, GOOGLE is not a doctor. Don’t be stupid, if you don’t feel right. Seek medical attention immediately. I am not being funny.  Seriously, my clot is pretty much my whole leg. I am currently taking blood thinners and I have to wear a compression hose.  It’s not fun.  So my PSA, if in doubt get checked. Don’t trust google.

Until next time, Safe Travels!