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Italy! :)


2014
06.26

We were at it again! The three amigos made their way to beautiful Italy for spring break. After a long flight to Frankfurt airport, (And grabbing a nice pretzel to go!) We flew to Rome, I breathed in the smell of Rome, it smelled like old books and churches to me. Rome is a place where you walk down a couple of steps and BOOM there is a great mansion or church from hundreds of years ago! Its a place where history and the present day are so wrapped up together. The sculptures, statues and architecture is a sight to see! One was the Trevi fountain, a beautiful piece of work. It had one neptune and triton statues looking proudly across, made with exquisite detail and design. We also saw the calcium, many museums, and bakery shops!  We also met up with grandma! Next, we travelled to the Amalfi coast. We stepped out off the train to see a breathtaking view, a clear blue sky with bright houses all along the beaches and cliffs. Almost like it was a shot out of a movie! We hopped on a boat and whizzed our way to our little cozy apartment, overlooking a big church and 7,000 fresh lemon trees. We spent our days in the Amalfi coast sitting on the balcony or in the cafe sipping tea and reading a good book with the sound of the crashing wave. It was a realaxing spot, to prepare of for…. Naples! I have to say that at first the sound of how many pick pocketers and scammers were going to be there, it did not sound very pleasing. But my family and I kept our stuff together and on the very first day, (After an hour and a half wait) we got into the best pizza restaurant in town! My favorite one was a huge pizza with fresh tomato sauce, cheese, and spicy salami. There was no conversation going on when we ate, it was every man for himself when we dived in to grab a mouthful. We saw the massive volcano of Vesuvius. The volcano was a great looming mass of rock in the distance while we overlooked the old little town of Herculean. When the volcano erupted, sending out hot ash and smoke it was so sudden the people did not have any chance of survival, like the city of Pompeii, right next door.

Another amazing trip I will never forget!

-Sydney

China Alive! Day 2


2014
05.14

Day 2: Today was just as good as the first day, but with more hard work! We woke up, then went in the Tong Lu city to have our breakfast. This may of been the best breakfast, because it wasn’t a hotel style breakfast, it was street food! My friend and I shared a big bowl of noodles, a bowl of pineapple, and an egg pancake. It was delicious, and it cost under 20 kuai! After that, we headed down to a town where we would begin our farming work! When we reached the town, we went to the tour guides uncles house, and the chaperones explained how the day would work, we would work, and then get a token saying how much money we earned.

First we planted crops, this may of been the hardest out of the day, but it was fun! We had to bend over with the hot sun beating down on our backs. We first made the soil rid of rocks and plastic, then leveled it. Then came the hard part! We had to plant the crops, and stuff them into the ground then run to the get buckets of water, it was a lot of hard work but it was nothing compared to the next activities. After planting the crops, we hiked up to the mountain to pick tea leaves. After about a 15 minute hike, we went up into the mountains to start picking. It would of been lovely, relaxing, and beautifully sunny, but of course with the good, comes the bad. Bugs. Bugs, and more bugs. The were coming at us that we were on Americas Next Top Model, and the most attractive people on earth. After coming back down from the mountains, we had some lunch and then set beck to work. Making Pens. This may sound boring, but trust me, this was. We all sat in a sweat shop, and made pens for the community. 0.1 Kuai was four pens. OH JOY. I mean sure it was OK, we got to socialize, but it felt like we were forced to do it, I mean we were, but anyways…

After the fun of pen making we didn’t have many more jobs to do, so we hunted around for jobs, and we found out about one good one, BRICK CARRYING! We all got gloves on and set to work. We had to carry the bricks up a hill and up some steps we had counters, and we started with an assembly line but then split solo. I ended up carrying about 100 bricks out of a thousand, with no breaks carrying 3-4 bricks each time. I carried five sometimes, but decided 4 was more than enough. Some of the boys even carried 7!!

After a day of long and hard work, we added up all the money we earned, and gave it to the farmer, who gave us our dinner. It was delicious! The second day was just as good as the first and little did I know, I still had more to come.

 

PS: PHOTO’S WILL BE ADDED LATER

 

 

China Alive! Day 1


2014
05.12

Hey there! Sorry I havent been on for a long time! I would say I have been busy, but really I have no excuse, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

Last week I was on CHINA ALIVE, which may be the best part of the year. I went to Tong Lu, China, The most beautiful place in China. China Alive is a week where we get away from our parents, go somewhere in China, experience the culture, and most of all, have fun. So I think the best way to tell you about my trip is to go through it day by day, which might sound boring, but trust me, its not.

Day 1: We got on the bus at 8:00, and got to Tong Lu at about 12:30. It was a long bus ride, full of singing and laughter, HannahPower:TongLu:Rollingand lots of funky jokes. When we arrived in Tong Lu we got off the bus, and walked into a beautiful restaurant, when we sat at the table we got to eat lots Tong Lu specialties, and they was delicious! After that we got back on the bus for 15 minutes and went to the bottom of Da Qi mountain. Then it was time for the hike, I wasn’t really looking forward to hiking, but afterwards I was glad I went. We started to hike up and I really got to see how gorgeous the Tong Lu mountains were. We hiked for a while before reaching the beautiful green plants and blue water. There were so many photo opportunities, and only they can really explain how beautiful it was. As they say, a picture is worth one thousand words! When we reached the top of the mountain, we knew it would take hours to walk back down, so we decided to take the fast way down, the roller-coaster! Well, I dont think I can really say roller-coaster, more like fast crappy Chinese ride that was way more fun than you would think coaster type thing. I got on with, Joon Soo, Kaitlyn, Aniketh, and me. You pushed the levers down to go fast and pulled them to break. Guess what we did the whole way? Top speed of course! I was a blast! When we reached the bottom we got to play at a wooden play ground. That was really fun, especially being at a playground right in the middle of the mountain. Finally we ended our exiting hike, and went to the hotel. My roomie, Kaitlyn and I went for an explore around the Villa, and thats when we really found out how big it was! I was instantly in awe! It was high up walkways that lead into the cabins, and the reception was in a cabin not in a classy building. It was amazingly unique. After dinner we played an exiting game of hide and seek all around the villa. I was running around with Adeena, and we both felt like spies! I loved it so much!

 

Maldives


2013
12.23

Winter break has finally reached us folks! No more tests, quizzes, or exams, no more homework pilling in our schedules. This is the time for real relaxation! Because my family and I, are big travellers it was only a matter of time before we went over to the beautiful Maldives in the Indian ocean. You have probably seen the classic island in the movies, with the white sand and crystal clear blue waters, and the towering palm trees. And guess what? It looks exactly like that!

We arrived at the airport to see a bunch of boats in the harbor, they call the “Taxi boats” and they take you to the hotels on the islands. The boats not only caught my attention, but the water! The water was a blue and as beautiful in the movies, I looked down and I could see the rocks on the bottom of the sea. We then climbed aboard a small speed boat and zoomed off to our hotel. We arrived to a warm welcome at the Holiday Inn, they took us to our room and let us get settled. Throughout the trip we snorkelled and saw lots of beautiful fish, with all sorts of colour and sizes. We fed them crackers and they started to circle us trying to get a piece cracker. I held out a piece of bread and watched in awe as a gorgeous fish swam up and started to nibble at my palm.

One night when we finished our dinner, and headed out to the beach, they started a shark feeding, in which they threw out meat to lure the sharks in so we could get a glimpse of the fascinating creatures. They causally swam up, careful of what might to come, they took the meat and quickly swam off.

This trip was a fantastic one, filled with many adventures and memories that I will always remember.

Taylor Swift tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2013
02.25

Taylor Swift has released her new album red, I listen to it every single day. I’m a swiftie as many of you know from previous posts that I absolutely love Taylor Swift she is my role model and I’m a true fan. I begged and begged my parents for the red concert tickets, I HAD to have them! I NEEDED them! I told my dad for my birthday all I wanted is Taylor Swift concert ticket. I had chosen a bad time to break the news for that my dad was on his iPhone 5, (talking to siarrie) which he got for Christmas. I could tell from the absent look on his face that he did not hear ANY word I said. I decided to trust him and hope that he got the messege and was working on it. But soon I got anxious and wanted to make sure he was 100% working on this. So I did my part of reaserching and gave him he website and begged and begged and begged that I really wanted these concert tickets. He finally gave in, I was proud of myself and started back to clean up the kitchen. I heard my dad call my mom over, I could only hear their faint whispering, I sudenly got really exited and had to keep my cool. They both walked in and said………. “You now have Taylor Swift concert tickets.” I could barley contain my enthusiasm and started to jump around in circles yelling “THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU”

My New Cat!!!!


2012
09.08

I’ve had a few cats in my life. There was Omaley and he was such a lazy laid back cat, that kinda walked around our house like he was the king. And there was Ramsey, who was always looking for trouble, and would eventually end up falling into the bathtub! I dearly loved both of them, but Omaley had to be put down because he had a terrible gum disease. And Ramsey we had to give him away, because he was very depressed and he wanted to be outside but we lived in a apartment and so we gave him away to a family that had a backyard. All of these incidents caused days with oceans of tears, and I felt like I was just a horrible owner. But very recently me and my family have moved into a villa. And decided we could try to look for the right kind of cat. One day when I came back from my friends house, my parents sat me down at the table. “Sydney, we found some cats on the feline friends website, and they wanted us to give our quality’s in a cat.” My mom said, I was already glowing with excitement, “And we want you to fill it out.” Dad added, “Because we want you to take owner ship of this cat.” Mom concluded. So she handed me the computer that had questions written on it and a box to say yes or no. The type of quality’s in a cat that we were looking for were… Lazy, laid back, not hipper, and is loveable. My mom approved it and we sent it to feline friends. They got back to us a couple of days later with a list of cats. The one cat that caught my eye was Posh, a laid back cat, that is used to being left alone. So we set up a date to meet and visit Posh. As the days went by, we were contently thinking about her name. We didn’t want to keep it posh, and we had already thought about naming her Charles Wallice, but she’s a girl, so we had to think of something else. Out of all the names we had, we finally found one….. Mrs. Charles Wallice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know its a mouth full, for a cats name, but we could not come with another unique name for her. Finally after grueling days of waiting and waiting finally the time was here,  possibly to  get my future cat! Ding! Dong! Went the door bell, me and my parents were standing outside the foster parents house. When they opened the door a beautiful cat welcomed us inside. She was white with orange spots on her back and tail. We sat on their coach and stroked her soft fur, and asked many questions on of she is, and what is she like.  Everything happened  so fast I barley knew what was going on. First my mom was talking about “The price”  but I was to busy admiring the cat I hardly noticed my parents grabbing the food and her litter box. “Mom whats happening?” I asked as she put the squirming cat in her cat box. “Weir taking her!” my mom exclaimed, I felt my heart pounding, would this be the cat? We piled all of her stuff in the car, and drove to our house. She was meowing and meowing like crazy! Till we opened the front door and let her roam our house. She sniffed every crack and corner and it felt like we had finally found the right cat, and it felt like she finally found the right home.

Olympics!


2012
08.06

I can’t believe the Olympics has started. The Olympics is were all of the best athletes come together and compete! The games took place in London this year. The opening ceremony was super exiting. As the queen was going to the opening ceremony in her private helicopter, Mr.Bean showed up. Now if you guys don’t know who Mr.Bean is…. Well he is one of the most funniest guys on TV, (British humor.) After he did his act, the queen was skydiving out of her helicopter! Me and my family gasped, as we saw the souring queen above every one! Wow I still can’t believe that the queen did something like that! And made me wonder would president Obama skydive off a flying helicopter into the Olympic games? Anyway, I had never REALLY watched the Olympics before and diffidently not the opening ceremony, and I was shocked to see this amazing Olympic start! The ceremony kept on getting better and better, there was dancing and big changing of the stadium, and big choirs that made our school choir look like a spec of dust. After the wondrous ceremony, the games begun! I love swimming I love the competition, and sport. So I was super exited about the swimming. I’ve always been a really big Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. And to see them swim head to head, giving it all they got, kept me on my toes the rest of the night. And the gymnastics are completely utterly AMAZING!!!!! They are soooooooo strong, to lift their body up, and over the poles, and to spring them selves with such force and landing on their own two feet, and beaming at the crowd like it was no big deal. And the cycling! Man, how to they peddle for hours and hours nonstop, against the pounding wind and the twisty roads. That’s all I have seen of the Olympics and I’m exited to see who will win!

floating in Wyoming!!!!!


2012
07.31

Me and my cousins, Luke and Tobey, went tubing. (And just to give you in over view of my cousins they argue like 24/7!) Anyway we drove down to Salt River, to go tubing. floating is where you sit in a tube and just float down the river. Lucky for us we got good weather, the sky was a brilliant baby blue, and the clouds where so white and fluffy they looked like a giant cotton candy ball. As soon as we got plastered on with a TON of sun screen, we set foot in the icy mountain water. OMG!!!!! That was super duper burning cold water! I tried to be cool about it, but I was sure after a couple of hours I was going to flip out! As soon as I was getting used to the tube, Luke got Caught in the river, and for some reason we started floating with out him. He was screaming for us, and we were all screaming for him. I was getting worried now, “Daddy, where is Luke!?” I said looking around for Luke. His dad found him and brought him back. I was still wondering what if that happened to me next? The rapids were very fast, the rushing water pushed you down this little water fall and down you went! We also had this little boat that you have to paddle to get moving. We stopped at a bank and I trudged up the rocks, I could not feel my feet, or my hands. I was shivering like a naked polar bear in the winter. So I got to paddle with Mary (Luke and Tobey’s mom) there sun on my body sent warm sparks through my body. After a couple of hours we finally got to the end of the river. We drove home but on the way we all got a delouse creamy milkshake for our hard work! 

wonderstruck


2012
07.20

I’m a HUGE Taylor Swift fan. I dream of someday meeting her in person! And the reason I like her is because she is so cool in her own skin, and expresses her inner self. Guess who got to see her live in concert? My best friend Hannah.So jealous So Taylor Swift released her new perfume Wonderstruck! I spent hours dooling over the computer watching the girl open the beautiful box and reveling a sparkling purple bottle! I was staying with my aunt and she drove me to  Denver where my mom was. When my mom flew back from London, (Don’t ask….. business trip) me and her went shopping with my aunt. When we were driving to the mall, I noticed a gigantic bill board with big red letters, MACY. No way I thought, this couldn’t have been true!  “Mom Wonderstruck is in there!” I said urgently, I could just picture me holding the one the only WONDERSTRUCK!!!!! As we walked into the mall I was all set to make a dash for Macy’s. But of course no! “Syd, we’ll get the perfume after weir done shopping” mom said looking at the mall map. Ugh! I don’t know about you but I’m not so keen on “SUMMER SHOPPING” especially since there is a perfume in this mall that I’ve been drooling on for months. I was so glad we weir done shopping… (because I was the one lugging all the shopping bags, and waiting endlessly, playing the only game on my moms phone…. pocket frogs!) so I ran all the way to Macy’s. I was frantically searching the shop for any signs of Wonderstruck. I ran up to the closest clerk… “Um excuse me, do you know where the Wonderstruck is?” I said politely. “Yes I think we do” she said and walked over to the counter. I took a deep breath,”please, please, please!” I mumbled, as I walked towards the counter. There it was, sitting there, the beautiful cap decorated with little golden designs all over it. Three golden charms hung down, a cage, a bird, and a star. I could see the golden words printed out: WONDERSTRUCK……. I reached out, I grasped the bottle, and took a big long sniff. Wow! It had that warm cozy scent, with apple blossom, green apple, peach, and freesia smell. I ran up to my mom and begged her and begged her, she finally broke down and I got the one the only WONDERSTRUCK. I certainly will be waring this perfume a lot! 

Greece part 2


2012
07.18

Me and BFF Hannah were living summer to the fullest! Talk about 2 ice creams a day, going to the beaches, eating delouse greek food, and watching tons of TV!!!!!  Any way me and Hannah one evening were walking down the steep,  streets of Greece. Kim said that there was going to be a local party going on, with something about kids and fire. So we walked into the party, the lights were all hung on the trees, and many people were busy chattering away, not taking ANY notice of me and Hannah. So we sat and waited on a rock waiting for some signs of fire. But nothing came, so me and Hannah gave up and slumped back up to the restraunt. Sadly disappointed we told the grown ups what happend. But Kim was so sure that the party had to have some sort of ritual with fire, and she made us walk back down to the party with the her. As soon as we walked into the party we could see  we see the dancing flames sprouting up from the wood, and many kids running with full speed and leaping over them. For several seconds we stood there mouths open and trying to interrupt what we were seeing. Someone told my dad that this was a ritual that they do at the beginning of summer. We went along with it, and pretty soon we were in line for our turn to run into the burning, crackling fire. “Dad should we be doing this?!” I whispered. Me and Hannah, like any person would take another thought about this whole jumping over fire thing. “Syd, just do it” dad instructed, like a good sensible parent, letting their kids jump over fire. Finally the moment came, it was our turn. Me and hannah took a deep long breath and jumped. I had to say it was a splendid feeling. It felt like you were souring above a death trap, and feeling very powerful once you reached the other side. That night me and Hannah drove home with fire singes crisped around our flip-flops.