One Insane Month! Wait…We’re Not Done Yet. Vegas.

Cobblestones - makes for hard walking

Cobblestones – makes for hard walking

One month flew by SO fast. Sometime tomorrow I will be in Vegas. Even saying Vegas makes me quiver in fear. I don’t know why I thought it was such a bright idea to end my month long trip in Vegas. I will die. This I am sure. So just have my red bull ready because I need to be mentally prepared to end my trip with one crazy, insane and wild weekend with some of the best girls.

I am going to miss the beauty and charm of Europe. But…we’re not done yet! Because Vegas. Here we go!

*Liver dies a little.

There's nothing I love more than wandering around an old school and library - Trinity College, Ireland

There’s nothing I love more than wandering around an old school and library – Trinity College, Ireland

 

Trinity entrance

Trinity entrance

I see London, I see France…

Cheerios!

Cheerios!

This past weekend I hopped on a plane and flew out to London. It was a great weekend of hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones. By the end of it, I was exhausted and running on probably an average of 3 hours of sleep a day. But all of the late night drinking, bad hangovers and the feeling of restlessness was all well worth it for the new friends I’ve made, laughter we’ve shared and the memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. That doesn’t happen by just sitting around.

London Love - Night out in Soho

London Love – Night out in Soho

I learned a lot about myself on this trip:

On London:

I learned that although London completely fascinates me, but like New York, I don’t think I can live there for more than a year. San Francisco will forever have my heart. It is my home.

On Traveling By Myself:

Even though I’m having the most amazing experience traveling on my own, I get homesick. I miss my friends. I miss my family. But I also know that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m very fortunate to be able to do all of the things that I do so I’m soaking in every moment that I have right now. My friends seems to think that as you get older, doing stuff like this becomes harder. I sure hope that is not the case.

On Drinking:

I quit.

Probably not.

On Life:

Life simply just gets better…only if you let it.

On Relationships:

I’ve seen relationships fall apart, I’ve seen how guys talk about girls, how girls talk about guys, sometimes good, sometimes bad, the happiness and the heartache that comes along with it. Relationships aren’t perfect. It is hard and it takes a lot of work. But I’m sure that once you find the right person, it’ll all be worth it. I am just not sure how I feel about it at the moment for myself.

On Friendships:

I miss them. My friends back home.

Grateful for the new friends that I’ve made along the way.

They are what water is to plants. I can’t imagine my life without them.

Best Summer in 7 Years

Mi-hal (Spelling – Michal – It would be too American of me to actually say Michael), the host of the wine mixer, walks towards the blonde girl sitting next to me and he leans in to fill up her glass. She politely puts up her hand and says:

“I am fine, thank you.”

“Ah” he says in his thick Polish accent “But you could be better.”

We all burst into laughter.

Friends from Google Dublin

Friends from Google Dublin

I finally was able to leave the office a bit early today and got in some sun. I’ve been told that this year is one of the best summers in Dublin. They haven’t had warm weather like this consistently in over 7 years. I guess global warming has its perks.

Today was good. Rooftop party, wine, great food and even greater company. I didn’t realize how much I missed the taste of alcohol until my lips touched wine.

I couldn’t ask for a better life than this.

Close to 10pm and still light outside.

Close to 10pm and still light outside.

The sun decided to come out and play today!

The sun decided to come out and play today!

 

Tomorrow I leave for London!

 

Ello gov’na! Or is that British?

Dublin - why so gloomy?

Dublin – why so gloomy?

I arrived in Dublin, Ireland on late Sunday night and it feels good to finally be settled in to one place for the next couple of weeks. I can breathe a sigh of relief. No more lugging my heavy backpack around, no more running around frantically trying to catch a train and no more getting lost. I’ve never been so happy to start working in my life.

I’m staying in an apartment located in that red circular building that you see in the picture. Luxury apartments. Ooo la la. I have one roommate from Tokyo but she’s not much of a talker. She’s currently hiding in her room and I’m so tempted to knock on her door and ask her out for a Guinness. Super nice girl though.

The Google Dublin office is pretty awesome. It’s like an international hub. Everyone there speaks a different language and has a majorly cool accent when they speak in English. The problem with that is I find myself slowly mimicking their accent. It’s like that one episode from Friends where Ross is trying to transition from his British accent to an American accent during one of his class lectures. Except with me it’s the opposite. Gah! Damn it! I can’t help it. I did this before when I went to London last with a few of my girlfriends. By the end, I was speaking in some kind of British-Southern-Australian accent. It was a total mess, but entertaining nonetheless.

I love the vibe, the culture and the people. I’m also reminded as to how cool this company really is. Truly grateful to be working at such an awesome place.

*Drinks kool-aid.

Pho in Brussels!

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Feet!

Amazing architecture design

Amazing architecture design

Europe you may have amazing architecture…but we…we have the food. Food is something that I truly appreciate when I go back home to America. We truly live in a melting pot and food is something that I can say that we have the best of! Usually about 1 week into traveling, I start to crave other types of food. Today it was Pho. While exploring around the back alleyways of Brussels, I came upon a pho restaurant. Wait…pho? Had to do a double take. Finally something to ease me with the comfort of being at home again. It was ok. It’ll have to do for now.

Pho - just like at home - but not really.

Pho – just like at home – but not really.