I didn’t think that I would be able to travel to the Scandinavian countries so early in my European tour, but I’m so happy that I was able to do it while completing a big milestone in my life. Denmark was a remarkable place that’s full of rich history and a lively culture. The first couple of days were spent in preparation and execution of our wedding ceremony. Michael and I had spent most of our first day running around making sure that we had everything lined up for the big day, from our cake to our marriage documents. The second day was our BIG DAY! We spent the first half getting married, and then the rest of the afternoon in the City Hall, the Botanical Gardens, and at a restaurant for dinner. We did make it out to have just one drink after our wedding, and then racked out from our big day. We spent the third day driving to Sweden, which was only a 45 minute drive away, but I’ll write about that in a separate blog. The second half of that day, we spent going around Copenhagen eating at Paper Island, it's famous for it’s street food. On our last day, we went all over Copenhagen to see as much as we could. Hopefully this blog helps you plan your trip to the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark
Where we stayed: First Hotel Kong Frederik - Vester Voldgade 25, 1552 København V, Denmark - I was able to book a bundle through Expedia which included this hotel. The location of the hotel was perfect for our wedding because it was only a 5 minute walk to the City Hall. It was also centrally located to the downtown shopping area, and many of the sites that were worth seeing. You could tell that the hotel was dated, but it was very well kept. Our room was fairly well-sized, and we had a view of the Queen’s Garden, which was the courtyard shown in most of the photos on Google. Since the days were very sunny, the courtyard was lit with natural light, allowing it to light our room.
You could tell that the hotel was a little dated, but it wasn't less than what I expected. Taking showers was a really loud ordeal, because you could hear the water going into the pipes or something like that. The tub didn't have a curtain, it had a small glass window that only covered the first fourth of the tub. Water was still spilling over onto the floor, but there was a drain so it wasn't a big deal. The bed was comfortable and the linens were clean. The amenities were shops that were NEAR the hotel, not in the hotel itself. I was able to get my dry cleaning expedited by the people next door. I just dropped it off at the front desk and they were able to get it back to me the same night.
The hotel had a restaurant called “The Italian” attached to it, and breakfast with an additional fee, unless you upgraded your booking online for it to be included. The staff were very pleasant people who helped us as we scurried around the hotel in preparation of our wedding day. They allowed us to keep our flower arrangements and cake in their cooler. They gave great recommendations of what sites to see and where to eat. They even posted a short story about us on their Facebook page!
How we got around: We flew into Denmark on SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). If I were to choose to go back to Denmark, I would try to look for another airline carrier. Not that Scandinavian Airlines was bad, but it ended up becoming very expensive. We had to pay to book our seats because they weren’t included in the initial payment to reserve a SPOT on the aircraft, and we had to pay 70 euro for our check in baggage of 23 kilograms. And like most airlines now, you have to pay for food/snacks that you want on the plane. The only two beverages that were complimentary were coffee and tea; not even water.
We walked most of the time we were in Copenhagen, except for the last day when we took the car to drive to the Little Mermaid and to the harbor. I think that the only con about staying in our hotel was that parking wasn’t included in the price. We were required to park in a garage about two blocks away. The distance of the garage wasn’t bad. We had hoped that there would be closer street parking, but we were out of luck. And the biggest downfall of parking was the price. It was about 280 DKK to park for 24 hours, and if you left your car in the garage for the hourly rate, it would be 40 DKK. If you do the conversion, it’s about $40 per day or $6 per hour. Which may seem like it’s not “too bad”, until you realize your rental cost $80 for 4 days, and your parking cost $160. Long story short – Don’t rent a car if you don’t need one. Also, if you do decide to rent a car, make sure that you stay there long enough to see how much they are going to charge you, and get a final quote face to face. Don’t allow them to say “we’ll send you the invoice at a later time” because then they’ll be able to bill you whatever they find and you’ll be countries away before you can do anything about it.
Where we ate:
Where we visited: I would go into great detail about the places we'd visited, but I'm not, because this blog is already so, so long! So here's a list of where we went instead!
Click here to view our Flickr album of Copenhagen!
I wasn't planning on going anywhere far... but how could I turn down a paid trip to Switzerland? I was kind of bummed that my friend Allie couldn't come, because she'd been wanting to go on this trip for so long. At least when we do go, then I'll know where to take her.
Our morning started very early. I had worked the night before, and had gotten into bed at 10PM just to wake up at 2AM to start getting ready. We had to be at the bus by 3:30 AM, and it would be a 5.5 hour journey to our first tour destination, The Cailler Chocolate Factory. German law required our bus to stop at the four hour mark, after we had crossed into Switzerland. The rest stop we were at was extremely nice. It was like a mini-shopping mall. Everything inside was very overpriced, so we just decided to grab coffee, and I grabbed my traditional postcard for my collection. From the border, it was about 1.5 hours to Gruyere. I was a bit dismayed with the weather. The rain was pouring and the clouds covered up the view of the surrounding Alps, but we didn't think of this while we were in the chocolate factory
Maison Cailler - Rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636 Broc, Switzerland - When we got there, we were able to skip the line. If you plan to go, try to see if you can purchase tickets online to save your self some trouble from standing outside. When you enter, there's a giant section of chocolate to the right for purchase. Don't get too distracted that you don't look up. Giant chocolate decorations were hanging from the ceiling, and the scent of chocolate overpowered the room. The tour has an audio guide available for your language convenience, but if you travel in a group, then each room is spoken in a certain language. The tour is a timed tour. You move through different rooms, a short history about chocolate it said accompanied by moving pieces in the room, and then the door opens to the next section. This made it easier to get through the Maison without getting too distracted.
Towards the end of the tour, they have a room where you can see, touch, smell, and even taste the ingredients being used. Just make sure you're grabbing from the correct bin when you're trying the ingredients. You don't want to eat something everyone hands have been on! There's a clear wall separating the tactile room and the factory. You can actually watch small chocolates be made, and at the end of the line, you can grab a sample! Enjoying your piece of chocolate from start to finish. Then comes a long hallway, that will tempt you with chocolate at the beginning. It'll instruct you to savor the chocolate by first looking at it, smelling it, biting it but not swallowing it, letting it melt, and then finally enjoying it how chocolate should be enjoyed - or devoured for that matter.
You're led into a small room with trays of different chocolates. If you want to try a chocolate twice, try it twice. You don't get to go back around for seconds. There are two different rooms for tasting. One room is already prepared chocolate, and the second room is where you'll see chefs preparing the chocolate in different ways - like French macarons... French macarons I didn't get to taste. So if you're on a guided tour, make sure you have ample time to indulge in the sweet, chocolate goodness.
La Maison du Gruyère (Fromagerie) - Place de la Gare 3, 1663 Pringy-Gruyères, Switzerland - A trip to Switzerland wouldn't be complete if we didn't go indulge in salty, cheesy goodness. (Today was a great day for the salty & sweet combination, + wine). This fromagerie was only 10 minutes away from the chocolate factory by bus. It was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be, but when we went inside it seemed like it was so much bigger. The tour wasn't long either. They gave you an audio guide, and the character of the guide was very funny to listen to. It walks you through the different ingredients used to make Gruyere cheese. You can smell the ingredients, some smelled great, and some made me feel like I needed to throw up. The second half of the tour, you could see the factory.
Did you know that it takes 400 L of milk to create one 35 kg round of Gruyere cheese? Can you imagine having to try and make a batch of 20 rounds? That's a lot of milk! The cheese is turned in these large barrels for quite some time, and then poured into containers where they're shaped and turned every... 16 hours I think? They get run through a salt bath, and then are placed on shelves. I was able to see the robot they use to turn the cheese. It goes up and down the aisles and spins and turns the cheese so everything is... even? I don't know. They can tell if the cheese is done by the elasticity and the "bounce back" of it. It's really interesting...
The only thing was the cheese tasting was only given in a small packet of cheese that had 3 different ages of Gruyère. I ended up buying two slices of cheese because it was so good. I would've liked it more if it were like the chocolate factory, and you lined up in a room full of cheese.
We ate brunch there, kind of. I had a sorbet, my mom had leek soup, and my aunt had a mixed salad. Everything there was very overpriced, and everything was covered in cheese. The food was pretty good, but not good enough to spend hundreds of Swiss Francs on. After our snack, we ventured into the town to explore.
I woke up this morning excited to get out of my little apartment and see some nature! Our plan was to leave around 10 AM, but with my excitement, I was up at 6 AM on my laptop searching for things around the area. Today didn't work out as I'd hoped it would have, but it's okay. Being from Washington, when you say the phrase, "let's hike," I automatically picture being lost in the woods going in an upward direction. I pictured breaking through the treeline and seeing grandiose views of the mountains or a glacier lake. I think of small deer trails that you can follow and it'd lead you to somewhere cute. Today, I went on a walk. I over packed for sure. I brought snacks, extra clothes, and hygiene stuff. All of which I didn't need.
It was funny, because everyone started showing up at my house at 10. Ash came before 10, Laura came at 1005, and then we were just waiting for Allie. No one had heard from Allie since 7 AM. So as soon as 1006 hit, we all were like, "uhhh.... Allison hasn't texted anyone or even looked at the messages." But luckily, she pulled through and texted us back!
Geierlay is about an hour and a half away North from where I live. It's located in the little town of MÖRSDORF. There are a lot of hiking trails in the area, but when it comes to German trails, a lot of them tend to be walking trails. By walking trails, I mean paved sidewalks that you can walk on through their fields and behind their houses. So we parked at the visitor's center, and from there, it was about a 2 kilometer walk to the bridge. All of which was paved. I don't know if you can kind of tell my disappointment through my writing, but I was definitely a little disappointed.
The bridge itself was actually really cool though. Along the trail, there were little stops that would teach you a little history about the town, and then showed you pieces of the bridge and how it worked, and another one showed how windmills worked. There were windmills all around us, which was actually pretty neat! The Geierlay Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Germany, at a length of 360 meters. There were a lot of people there when we arrived, which made walking on the bridge a little trickier. The bridge swayed in the wind, but overall, it was a pretty neat experience.
I would take my visitors here just for the photos, and if I ever decide to go again, I'll plan on taking a scenic hike to get there. It kind of reminds me of Vance Creek Bridge in Shelton, WA. Although sadly, I believe they've taken that railway down because of the illegal visitations people continued to make, since it was private property. Oh well.
I think I'd rate this... 5/10.
Walk way: Paved
Parking: Plenty of lots (Euro coins needed)
Final note: Do it for the photo, not for the hike, unless you take a different route that I took.
Traveling around Paris is as magical as people make it seem. It was like walking in a fairy tale with all of the lights and Parisian architecture. Being surrounded by such a rich history gave it a different, cozy type of feeling. The buildings there told their own stories. It's definitely at the top of my list when it comes to places I've visited. Surprisingly, getting around the bustling city was easier than we thought it would be. I've included some helpful hints to navigate through Paris.
Where we stayed: I used to book a lot of my travels through sites like Expedia or Travelocity, but being in Europe, I found it better to stay at places I found on Airbnb. Airbnb has become my companion when it comes to looking for good apartments to crash at. It was my second time using it, and so far so good! It may seem like a big jump if you're coming from the United States and you aren't used to the concept of staying in someone else's home, but Airbnb does a great job of rating hosts and doing reviews.
We stayed in Château de Vincennes. It was a quaint apartment that was located in a quiet neighborhood accessible to restaurants, small boutiques, a market, and the train station. It was about a 15-20 minute ride to the heart of Paris, depending on what train you took. Our host had her mother greet us on our way to the apartment, and she did an amazing job of pointing out where things were in case we needed anything. They explained to us how to ride the train, and where to grab fresh food, and gave us their information in case we needed anything.
How we got around: I bought the tickets to Paris at my local train station in Germany. If you're starting off in Germany, then I suggest that you go in and book your reservations. If you have a DeutschBahn 50 card, it will only work on the tickets you purchase from your local train station to the connecting station where you'll get on the train to Paris. So we took the train to Saarbrucken, and got on our train to Paris. The ICE train from there takes about 2 hours. You have a reserved seat, so there's no need to worry about getting their extremely early. The trains leave on time, so make sure you aren't late!
When we got to Paris, we were confused on how to use the machines, because we didn't know what any of the choices were. We went up to the counter and there were prices for 1, 2, 3, or 5 day passes. We got the 3 day pass, and I believe it was about 30 Euros for each. This would allow us to travel from our Airbnb to the city (Zones 1-3). We didn't go outside of those zones. If you plan on traveling outside of those zones, then it would cost about 50 Euros for a 3-day pass. For more information, or if you want to grab tickets ahead of time, click here! It really isn't hard to grab tickets for your stay when you arrive though, so no need to rush!
I think my biggest tip is to just carry a map of the metro with you so you have it readily available and you don't have to be at the station to look at it. Most tourist coming from the states don't have international data, so don't think you can rely on Google Maps to get you around. We found that it was similar to the NYC subway system. Many lines stop at the same stations, but if you look closely, some lines stop less frequently. So when we would want to get home faster, we would take the A line. If we didn't mind the time, and the M line came first, then we would get on that one.
If there are big events, like NYE when we went, they will close some of the stations down because there are big crowds outside, and for security purposes. Make sure you look this up ahead of time on which stations are closed, and if you can't understand the overhead announcements, it's okay to ask someone. We rode the train back and forth on NYE because we didn't know when it would stop. Learn from our rookie mistake!
One more thing about the metro is a lot of the stations are designed differently! One of the stations near the Louvre have artwork posted around the tracks. The Bastille station has a lot of graffiti work. It's interesting. Don't hesitate to hop out and explore the stations too.
Where we ate: Everything in Paris is delicious, from the pastries to the entrees. Here's a small list of restaurants we stopped at.
Where we visited: There's so much to do in Paris, and it can be overwhelming if you only have a few days there. Planning ahead will work in your favor. Looking up times, prices, and route planning has never failed me yet. Make a list of what you want to visit, plug the addresses into Google Maps, and send yourself the route. It makes it easier when you change the mode of travel to public transportation. It'll give you the metro lines you need to take! If you're lucky enough to have international data, you can load your route onto your phone, and get real-time updates on transportation! Here is a list of places we were able to visit during our stay:
Most importantly, have fun! Don't be afraid to do something just because there isn't a blog about it. Submerging yourself into the local culture is the best part of traveling. Hope you enjoy Paris as much as I did, and I hope this was at least a small bit helpful!
Growing up as a military brat was the best opportunity my parents gave to me. I was able to travel to so many different places, meet all kinds of people, immerse myself into so many different cultures, and so much more. The one downside to being a military brat was having to pick up my stuff and move somewhere new.
The first PCS move I remember doing was when I moved from the warm weather of Hawaii to the snowy region of Bavaria, Germany. I was in the fourth grade. Making friends was something that was easy to do at that age, so the move wasn't all that difficult. I had attended two schools in one month, and that's when I started my life in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
I remember when I first moved to Graf, I made friends with two girls named Kayla and Lizzie. They introduced me to so many people there, and you can imagine how happy I was to have made friends so quickly. I was in Mrs. Schneider's class for forth, fifth, and sixth grade. I thought this was unusual to have the same teacher, but I guess she liked our class so much she decided to do whatever it took to stay with us. My time in Grafenwoehr Elementary School was filled with "Caught Being Good", hopping my fence during Field Day to get popsicles, and playing that one game where the person who is "it" had to close their eyes to find you. I think it was called Darkness. When I think about it now, if I were to see kids the same age as me back then, now, I would probably have mini cardiac arrests watching them play. The stunts we used to do as kids would send any parent screaming.
My house became the center point for everything. Whether it was my friends, my brother's friends, Filipino parties, or car club meetings. Everyone was at my house, and it was always full of laughter. When I went to visit this house, I saw a "Seahawks" flag hanging from the door. I would be lying if I said I didn't cry at the sight of it. I spent almost my entire childhood in this home, and it was nice to see a little reminder of where my family was at now. I actually wanted to go ring the doorbell and introduce myself and ask if I could see the inside, but I thought that it might be too weird. Maybe next time, I'll do that. By then, I'll probably be with my mom.
It's a nice feeling being a military brat, and being able to see where I grew up. That doesn't happen very often. When I went back to Hawaii, they tore down the housing area I lived in, and replaced it with newer houses. I can't say that I was too happy about it...
But the main reason I went back to Grafenwoehr was to find this bench. Back in 2007, my family left this bench behind. This bench was in the front of our house. My mom had a small tag made dedicating this bench to my brother. "Live Life to the Fullest." I asked Facebook if it were possible to have a full heart, but have it break all at the same time... but I knew the answer to my own question, and it's yes. It's possible. The feeling of seeing this bench still there made my heart soar, but it also made my heart ache. The memory of my brother lives on in Grafenwoehr, and every day I wonder if people sit at this bench and wonder who David was, and why he was so important.
When it's warmer, my mom and I plan to go back and fix the bench up. Wash it off and repaint it maybe. Talk to the pastor and everyone in the church and tell them who this mystery man was, and the impact he had on Grafenwoehr. This was the best day in Germany. Coming full circle to this point, I just wish my brother were here to see me.
It's been 8 years since I went to my last Christmas market here in Germany. I remember when I first moved to Germany in the 4th grade, it was around this time frame. I was coming from Hawaii, and I felt like I was in the movie Johnny Tsunami, but worse. For those of you who aren't familiar with that movie, a dad makes his son move from Hawaii to Vermont. My situation was worse (at the time) was worse because I moved to a completely foreign land. I couldn't adjust to the weather, I didn't understand the language, I didn't do well with the time zone change; nothing was going right for me. Shortly after me moving there, I had started to like Germany. I made friends that invited me to these types of festivals. I remember going to Christmas markets for field trips as a kid, and all we did was eat, drink hot cocoa, and run around looking for Santa.
Going to my first Weinachsmarkt as an adult was such a nostalgic feeling. When we got there, not too many people were around yet. The best time to go to the Christmas market is when they light up all of the town with Christmas lights and there are Kinder choirs. It's literally the best feeling! We walked around Bernkastel, drank Gluhwein, and ate lots of yummy German food.
It was Laura's birthday today, so we made sure we got her to have some fun on her first trip to a Weinachsmarkt. I was really happy that all of us were together to celebrate the day. I can't wait to find more adventures during this holiday season.
So spontaneous adventure time, Haizel, Linda, and I decided that we wanted to road trip it to Mount Rainier. The drive actually wasn't too bad for us, so the trip was well worth it. We took the back roads instead of taking I-5 so it seemed like a longer drive, but it probably saved us at least 1.5 hours. Plus it was a scenic route compared to going on the freeway, so it was like we were already on our adventure. We started late in the day again because we thought we had other things we had to do at 2PM, but it actually worked out. It wasn't too hot when we got there, and there wasn't too many people. On our way up the mountain, a lot of cars were already starting to drive down. There's a $20 fee for those who aren't Active Duty military yet, so make sure you have that ready.
Once we got through the gate to Rainier, we had about a twenty minute drive to Paradise Valley. There's a lodge and I think restaurant there in case you want to stay overnight, but we didn't get the chance to check it out after our trail walk.
The trail itself was really clean, and I'm glad we went so late in the day because foot traffic wasn't bad at all! We only got caught up in groups when we decided we wanted to stop to take photos, but even then there wasn't a problem. There were different trails you could go on, and we decided to take the lighter route and go to Myrtle Falls. It isn't a very far hike, and it's very easy to do. It leads to the waterfall that goes under a bridge to other hikes. The view of the wildflowers was spectacular. I'm sure that when they're freshly bloomed, it's an even better photograph, but this one will have to do.
The view of the wildflowers and clear skies made Linda feel like she was in the Sound of Music. I wouldn't blame her... if I could hold a tune, I would've been prancing around and singing too.
The view of the mountain was clear the entire time we were there. It made me really regret not taking the time to actually go to Rainier and try to climb it. I have an associate who is training to climb the mountain with Olympia's Mountaineering Club, and I should have joined when I had the time. It's a lifelong goal to summit some of the world's finest mountains. I guess I'll have to start my trek in the Alps, but I'm not complaining. I'll just come back and make climbing Mount Rainier look like a piece of cake.
Another good hike, PNW. You still continue to amaze me.
Haizel and I pretty much decided that we wanted to take entire week off from responsibilities. I guess we both have been trapped in our houses lately with cleaning and packing or unpacking that we needed to see some sunlight before we lost our minds. We started a little late in the day, but we made the drive to Lake Cushman anyway.
My first time going to Lake Cushman was after Michael and I tried to climb Mount Ellinor with my family. We didn't actually go into the lake though. This time, Haizel and I came ready to float in the river. When we got there, it was $9.50 to get in, because they give a generous 50 cent discount to military, big savings!
There were a lot more people than we expected to see on a weekday. There were families all over the picnic area, and we had to settle for finding a little "shore" on the lake. When I say little, I mean big enough for our towel, and that was it. The river was really nice to float in, and even though it was painful at first to get in because it was cold, it was well worth it. Lake Cushman is a clean glacier lake that is about 20-30 minutes away from Mount Ellinor's trailhead. You have a great view when you are in the lake. A lot of people brought floaties, kayaks, and a few people had boats!
We stayed for almost 4.5 hours, and came back at least 2 shades darker. I can't wait to go again.
My little family and I decided that we wanted to take on a little more challenging hike. Today was Okami's first hike, and second long journey away from home. She does so well in the car that it's actually really surprising to us. With the amount of energy that my Shiba has when she's let loose, she's totally down to snooze the entire way to wherever it is we're going. I'm very grateful for that, and I can only hope that when I have kids, they'll be just the same.
Getting to Long Lake was a bit of a drive, and we were a little bummed when we got there. We always mess up and either forget the Discovery Pass, or we bring the Discovery Pass, but the park doesn't use it. Today, we brought our pass, but we ended up having to buy another pass. It's frustrating because we could have gotten the pass for free if we had just planned ahead. Lesson learned, hopefully. When we finally got started on the hike, it was a pretty clear trail. We did run into a few groups of people every now and then, but they were mostly headed down the mountain.
The first half of the trail was pretty simple to climb. There were a lot of switchbacks, and a lot of areas where there was wood for reinforcement. It got steep in some areas, but it wasn't too bad. There were areas where we had to cross water, and Ami was not having it at all! She would walk through it like she was disgusted at the fact that it was there. I wish I had gotten a photo of her doing what she does when she steps in puddles. At about the last third of the trip, we hit a bunch of rock. The trail was just jagged rock all the way to the lake. It made it really difficult to keep Ami moving because she was not fond of trying to get over the bigger rocks.
At this point, Ami was covered in dirt, but didn't care about getting wet anymore. So once she got back into her groove, we were moving along just fine. We moved at her pace because she wanted to be the leader. What was funny was when Haizel would try to pass her up, she would start darting to the front and dragging me along with her. When she was in the front, she would always pause momentarily to look back and see if all three of us were with her. Such considerate, much love.
We made it to Lake 22 in about an hour, which was a lot faster than what it seemed. I thought we were on the trail for at least 2 hours at the longest. The fog cleared up when we got to the lake and it was AMAZING. The sun hit the water just at the right angle, and kept us warm enough to be comfortable near the glacier lake. The temperature was refreshing after hiking through all the trees. There weren't too many people there. There was a group of what looked like teenagers there, and they were loud and boisterous. Kind of annoying when we were trying to enjoy the serenity of the lake.
We stayed awhile to rest, and made sure that our hike up was well worth it. We had brought a bunch of snacks like cheese sticks, apples, beef jerky, squid, and trail mix. Okami decided that she had enough of the hike, and that she no longer cared what she looked like, so she parked her entire right side into the mud and just chilled there. It was funny just watching her trying to stay out of the water. She was so tired, trying to stand up and keep from falling asleep. Her personality is something else. We packed up after about 45 minutes, and made our way down.
After the hike, we decided to grab Poke at Greenlake in Seattle. We took another walk, and made stuffing our faces worth it. We got home pretty late at night, and stayed up to watch a movie. This was our last day spent with Okami's daddy before he left for work, and I'm glad it worked out so well. We miss and love you so much daddy, and we will see you soon!
Getting to the Tulip Festival was actually a really difficult task for us to accomplish. We were supposed to get there yesterday, but we ended up going today because of all of the traffic that was happening on I-5. So we just decided that we would check in at Seattle last night. Today we started with brunch at a sushi restaurant in Bellevue. It was actually really good. We hit the road shortly after, and there wasn't too much traffic until we got close to the Tulip Festival.
I started to get really nervous because when we got to the tulip fields, there were no tulips to be seen! We were following the signs that pointed to the tulip festivals, but all we could see were dirt fields. I was saddened with the thought that I was so close to going, but I just missed it. We would go during the last weekend of the Festival though, so that would be just my luck. Fortunately, we found a group of cars going to this brightly colored field, and luckily we had emergency cash on us because we totally spaced on bringing cash for parking.
When we were finally in the fields, there were so many people on the trails! We originally came to the festival so I could take senior photos for announcing my graduation party. It was really hard to take photos though because there was a guy riding around on a four-wheeler telling people to get out of the fields. So when we would take my photo, I would run in, he'd snap the photo, and I'd run out. There was a guy in the middle of the field who would pop up every now and then until he got caught. He was so clever ducking from the guy riding around. It was entertaining to watch. We got some pretty good photos, but the one photo I really liked is the one below this paragraph. I love how we take photos like this when we go to nice places. We always forget, but when we remember to take them, they always turn out nice.
Michael bought me an ice cream cone because we weren't able to get different colored tulips at this festival. There were only yellow tulips left, and I wanted pink tulips. So Michael bought us ice cream, and afterwards, we drove around to another festival. We were able to buy three bouquets of tulips in all different colors! I have the greatest man ever. Thank you love for taking me to the Tulip Festival! It's been on my bucket list since I moved to Washington. I miss it every year because of school. I'm so glad I was able to do this with you!