Happy Birthday Gaudí!

While I’d like to think I can shut myself off from technology while on vacation, it’s not true. Sad to say I’m addicted. However, today’s post is quick and semi-informational. My friend alerted me to the fact that its Antonio Gaudí’s 161st birthday! The Catalan architect was extremely influential in the designs and architecture of Barcelona and obviously had a big impact on my time in Barcelona. Continue reading

Santa Clara, It’s Been Real

I’d say I’m sorry for so many posts about Santa Clara, but then again, that would be a lie.  Santa Clara was a huge part of my life and I think college is the perfect time to learn about one’s self and grow.  The past few days have certainly been crazy – between packing, graduating, celebrating, driving home, and unpacking.  I’ll be back in action soon with some tips on the best places to explore, tips for making the most of summer, and even some delectable recipes.


Graduation as a whole was a complete SUCCESS!  There were honors ceremonies scattered throughout the day on Friday, along with one last liturgy.  Remember, we are a Jesuit university.


The weather was gorgeous, around 75, not too bad for the viewers or those of us decked out in all-black attire.  Apparently last year, the temperature was up to the 100s at 8:30!


To start the morning off, I met my dad at the local bar, the Hut, along with hundreds of other grads for the annual “Dads & Grads.”  Now, I’m not much of a drinker, especially morning/day drinking, but hey, the experience had to happen and certainly something to put in the books.

As you can see, people are packed inside.  A few were trying to leave their lasting legacy at the Hut, by placing dollar bills with their names on the ceiling.  Apparently it’s tradition to also put your first business card up there.
My dollar was quite thematic, don’t you think?

From there, I met the rest of my friends at our cafeteria – Benson.  Sort of neat to start one’s freshman experience in the cafeteria, wondering who to sit with and then finish it off with one final meal there.  I actually skipped out on the food as the line was out the door and my stomach was churning from the nerves and excitement.


My friends and I (along with most of the senior class) ignored the rule to sit in numerical order and instead decided to sit next to one another.  I’d say it was a smart choice 🙂 Anyways, we had cards with our names printed phonetically so that the reader could announce our name correctly as we crossed the stage.  For all they know, I could have walked with Arts, Engineering, or Arts & Sciences.  Hey, I could have walked with all four schools, given they didn’t catch me walking up multiple times 🙂

IMG_3325 IMG_3310 IMG_3334Pulling a “Lochte” moment with my business honors medal.
IMG_3340It was only necessary to take an honorary Theta picture with my grandma Nance, who is my Theta sister.  She’s lucky I didn’t make her throw up the Theta kite. 😉IMG_3373IMG_8404IMG_3389

And of course one with the family…the one’s who made this all possible 🙂
I’ll be taking a break for the next couple weeks to celebrate the end of my undergraduate career.  We’ll be exploring the United Kingdom (London + Scotland) and so I’ll have lots to share when I return.  For now, keep it classy and enjoy the summer!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

WIAW #43 – Graduation Celebration Eats

Today’s edition of WIAW, hosted by the wonderful Jenn at Peas & Crayons will be a tad different.  Instead of showing you one day’s eats, I’m including a wide variety of celebratory foods and happenings from my last few days of college.  Enjoy 🙂 I know I did.
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Winchester House…Check!

I’m sure everyone has a bucket or life list of some sort. If you don’t, I highly recommend putting one together.  It makes life a little more interesting and if you have a type-A personality like me, checking things of the list is a wonderful feeling. 🙂 Continue reading