Day 1

Good morning!

Yesterday was pretty fun. I walked almost 11 miles. Hahaha!

Yesterday I woke up at 7ish and went to the main guest house for breakfast. A bakery down the street supplies the hostel lots of bread every morning and the coffee shop across the street supplies reaaaaally good coffee.

Afterwards, I got ready to face the cold and headed out to Stump Town Coffee. I got an almond milk cappuccino and it was nice!

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As I was drinking it I decided to head to Forest Park next. I figured out what bus to take and sort of just hopped on. Luckily, the bus driver was super nice and she helped me out a bit.

Once I got off I had to walk up some huge hills to get to the trails but it was worth it.

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I decided against walking all the way back so I requested my very first Uber. It was convenient and cheap, but Uber is pretty evil sooooo…

I ended up taking a nap at the hostel because I was tired and cold. When I woke up, I headed to the coffee shop across the street for a pick me up. The coffee really is so good. And they had vegan pastries! This one is a banana chocolate chip muffin. I’m pretty sure Portland is more vegan friendly than ATX.

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Afterwards, I called yet another Uber to take me to the Historic Mississippi District. There were LOTS of funky shops and I went in and out of almost all of them. I decided against getting another ride home so I walked back to the hostel. It took a while! I got to cross the Mississippi River by foot which was pretty neat.

I think that I like the Pearl District the best… It reminds me a lot of S. Congress!

After I got home I walked some more to Trader Joe’s to buy stuff for dinner! The hostel has huge fridges and kitchens so that you can actually make things! I ended up eating veggie patties, vegetables, and pita chips with an obscene amount of hummus.

It gets dark at 4:30ish here so I kind of holed up inside because I was cold and tired and I had gotten a really early start! I got a lot of sleep though and I feel really good now!

I’m thinking I may run to Washington today!

Love,
Juliana

12 Hours Later

Almost 12 full hours after leaving my apartment, I have:

Flown from ATX -> SFO -> PDX.
Taken my first solo taxi ride.
Checked into my hostel.
Met a recent UT grad! \m/
Showered.
And now I’m ready to rest up for whatever tomorrow brings.

I’m really hungry, but this still rocks so hard.

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Greenbelt Adventure Run

Holy guacamole guys. I just had so much fun! Yesterday I headed to the Greenbelt here in ATX for a trail run, but I was getting eaten up by mosquitoes so I called it quits after only 1.8 miles. So today I headed there again covered head to toe in sunscreen and bug spray (welcome to TX)!

I ended up getting pretty lost, running into some obstacles, stumbling onto some homeless camps, seeing some beautiful stuff, and STILL getting attacked by mosquitoes…

Nonetheless, it was awesome and I swear I will know the trails like the back of my hand by the time I graduate UT.

Rather than try to ramble on what I can remember, I’m just going to throw a bunch of pictures at you and comment on them!

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The Greenbelt! The way you access it is important because it’s different everywhere you go!

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Awesome rock painting!

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Rock face.

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Lost selfie. I had just climbed up that “path”… And by climbed, I really do mean climbed! It was way steep.

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Not 100% sure what this was, but I think this is what I free climbed for a bit.

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THIS BRIDGE. Oh my word. Okay, I was seriously lost on what I thought were trails  – word of advice: Just because it looks like trail DOES NOT MEAN IT IS ONE. 😉 I crossed it once, ran for about a half a mile until I dead ended at a homeless camp. I filmed it the second time I crossed it but the video is blurry because it was on my phone. The smart thing to do would have been to climb down into the ravine and then climb back up the other side (it was about 4-5 ft down) but instead I did what any reckless adventurer would do and decided to cross the dang bridge. It rocked.

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Some flowing water yo.

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I LOVE seeing these things! They crack me up.

It was an awesome time! If you’re ever in Austin and want a Greenbelt adventure buddy then just hit me up! We can run or hike or whatever! 🙂

Love,

Ju

Good Vibes

Today has been busy busy busy.

No joke.

Every single day is like that. Although, today is a rest day so at least I’m not squeezing in a sweat sesh! Early tomorrow morning though I am meeting Lynde for a 5k run and then BREAKFAST TACOS! I only have one class, then I’m going on a bike ride and/or swim and chilling for the rest of the afternoon.

It’ll be glorious.

Guys, my life has been full of such good vibes. I’m a firm believer that if you give good vibes, you’ll get them back. For real though.

Life is so so sooooo good. As long as you decide that you want it to be! I could be up to my eyeballs in stress right now, but I’m not. Instead, I’m taking things as they come with a smile on my face.

Life

🙂

Now I’m off to do some homework, maybe go to HEB, and then surely pass out.

Talk to you guys later!

Ju

Summer Recap

Hey hey! Here I am, drinking my first pumpkin latte of the season and I’m feeling festive. 🙂

Today I thought back to how phenomenal my summer was; surely the best one yet. So, to celebrate the unofficial beginning of autumn, I’ve decided to make a list of my summer adventures!

In chronological order (mostly):
Won 3rd place at Autism Speaks 8K
Turned 19 🙂
Visited McKinney Falls for the first time
Bungee jumped
Kayaked and paddle boarded on Town Lake
Vandalized on the graffiti wall
Finally visited the pecan place with the giant squirrel statue
Went on a road trip trough NM to Colorado
Had Amy’s ice cream for the first time
Trained my bootay off and got very tan in the process
Camping trip in NM
Galveston day trip (complete with hennas)
Got new running shoes
Had a hilarious GNO with my best friend
Took a 40 mile bike trip to Hamilton Pool
Swam at Krause Springs & Reimer Ranch Park
Went on a Blue Bell tour
Moved out of my first apartment ever
Solo camped for 4 days in the heat
Visited Sabrina, Mathew, and Bolt in Cali where we hiked, longboarded, and chilled

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Moved home for a few days before finally heading back to ATX
And then I started school

Aaaaand I got a bit lazy on the blogging front… But check out my Instagram to see pictures of said adventures!

🙂
I want to go bungee jumping again soon!

Haha!

Love,
Juliana

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Airport Adventures

Good morning!
I haven’t even been awake for two hours yet but I’ve already had quite the adventure.

It started off with a 2:30 am wake up call. Yes, 2:30. My flight leaves at 6. What can I say? I like to be on time! 😉 Anyway, I stayed in a king sized bed at a La Quinta and it was so nice. As can be expected, considering I’d been camping the past four days!

Anyway, I quickly changed, packed anything I had taken out of my little bag, brewed one of the free cups of coffee and headed out the door! I had a White Chocolate Macadamia Luna Bar (which is amazing when dunked in coffee), but I’m going to try to get something else from one of these cafés before I board my plane!

I got to long term parking and waited at one of the shuttle bus stations… And I waited. And waited. All the buses seemed to be going to every other lot but mine. I called to ask if the shuttles were running to my lot (which “well they were earlier”) and the man said he’d send one my way. 20 minutes later, I decided to find a shuttle myself. I hopscotched and hiked from lot to lot until I finally tracked one down.

I entered the airport, but TSA was still closed, so I sat down in an empty cafe seating area. A woman came and sat next to me, tapped me on the shoulder, and shoved her boarding pass in my face. Please keep in mind that at this point I have still only had one cup of very weak coffee, so I was majorly confused. She spoke only Spanish. She needed help understanding her ticket, so using the Spanish I could recall from the depths of my brain, I helped her. Funnily enough, the airport vocabulary I learned in Spanish 2 that seemed ridiculous at the time would’ve been really helpful… If I had remembered it.

We continued to talk communicate and this is what I took away:
Her name is Maria. She’s 25 and from Ecuador. She has a 5 year old son and her husband was waiting for her in NY. He had been there for 4 months with a visa.
Aaaaaand that’s about it. She asked to borrow my jacket because she was cold and I told her she could keep it. I felt fine and it was like a $4 Old Navy jacket that I had dug out from the depths of my car yesterday.

Now, enter Mark. A 28 year old from New Hampshire (that is actually walking towards me as I write this, holy guacamole…) that was visiting Texas for the first time. Mark had something a bit peculiar about him, but I listened intently as he told me about all the things he had done while in Texas. Apparently there’s a Texas railroad that you can ride on?!

Finally, he abruptly told me bye and walked away. By the way, all he did just now was walk by and say “hi Juliana!”

I got up, said by the Maria, and went through security. I was full body scanned. Actually, it seemed like everyone was getting the scan. After I walked through, a lady patted down my hair and ponytail. It was odd. Especially since I just haven’t been in an airport in years.

And here I am, sitting at my gate, waiting for a cafe to open so that I can caffeinate. T minus seven hours until Cali! 🙂

I’m hoping to chat it up with whoever I sit next to on the plane, but considering this flight is so early, I think the whole flight may just be asleep.

Talk to you soon! (Probably in Phoenix!)
Wish me safe travels!

Love,
Juliana