Lauren BernalComment

Leaving the Bulge Area

Lauren BernalComment
Leaving the Bulge Area
 

The last week of a city is always a little stressful: what first seems like a long month in a new city quickly comes to a frazzled mess of "WHAT HAVEN'T I DONE ARE YET LET'S DO EVERYTHING IN 5 DAYS WAIT ARE YOU GOING TO THAT PLACE I HAVEN'T GONE TO YET? CAN I COME LET'S ALL GO LET'S PLAN A TRIP THE DAY BEFORE WE LEAVE". This week I:

  • Attempted to get a "fish pedicure". Tiny little fish gnaw at your weird gross feet and this is supposed to be something that people pay for. It only happened because I was trying to get an eyebrow wax, and the guy said it would be 30 minutes, but that I should "try this while I wait". A fan of apparently doing super weird shit, I did. And the water was cold (because fish LIVE IN THIS WATER) and it tickled way too much and I made him let me stop without paying. Just thinking about it makes me shudder. Wiggidy woogedy woo. 

GET THEM OFFFFFFF

  • I started a new job and got my first client, who is amazing. Matchmaking is hard. But it's fun to meet people and try to play love doctor for them, even when I can't play it for myself. 
  • Passed this ad on the way to the workspace and I've never been more confused/amused. Remember when I thought I was going to do a series on ads around the world? So far, this is the extent of it. Advertising hardly exists here, but when it does, it's really odd.

Went on a bike tour (finally) and became Snow White; a bird ate out of my hand and I sang while riding so that counts, right?

 I biked through these. Yeah. 

I biked through these. Yeah. 

 And these!

And these!

  • Rode a trolley to a warehouse and had our farewell party that Aaron DJ'd. It was, as the kids, say, lit
 DJ AA-RON

DJ AA-RON

  • Played and won a game of Twister at this party after I had two strong whiskey drinks. At one point, this bartender just said "tell me when" as she poured the handle of off-brand Jack Daniels into a plastic cup. She wasn't playing around.
  • Decided to go on a trip to a winery (duh) and the Rila Monastery (because it was on the way...) with a group of people who know how to plan things better than me. We took a van and got to see the gorgeous paintings, had lunch, then hightailed it to a winery where we were more interested in actually drinking the wine than seeing how it was made. But we took some fun pictures.

Can my house look like this? V funky.

 The paintings were unreal.

The paintings were unreal.

Smokeyyyy.

The day cleared up and ended up being perfect for some wines!

 I really liked this truck. View's not bad either.

I really liked this truck. View's not bad either.

Typical Sunday things.

 Love at first sip.

Love at first sip.

 Everyone look away!

Everyone look away!

 Casual.

Casual.

  • Spent a good amount of time at beer bars, aka my heaven on earth. You guys can really tell I've cut back on my drinking, right? This particular one, Vitamin B, was a block away from my house and I actually made friends with the girl bartender there. Also checked out another beer bar, KANAAL, but I ended up liking the other one better. Check out this naughty beer I drank:
 Say WHA?

Say WHA?

 Anything named this had to be good. 

Anything named this had to be good. 

  • Got on a plane to CROATIA! More to come on that.

Short post, but it did the job and I'm currently sitting on the airport trying to bang out five blog posts because I don't want anything escaping my memory and also maybe my grandkids will thank me or something. Until next time...

 

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