This is incredibly unacceptable for me to let happen! Do you have ANY idea how guilty I feel for not posting as promised, for 3 months?! Of course not! Because you would have seen otherwise; but I DO feel terrible. It’s not much of an excuse that my summer classes have been super stressful- I mean, they’re online classes for Godssake, they’re supposed to be slickin’ easy! “Uh…no?” say my eyes that have been on fire- not the kind of fire that is supposed to be filled with determination and passion to fulfil your dreams though…they’ve been drained tired; like all the cheese that turns tasteless when the brine goes …weird…
Well, the GOOD news is that I am typing this, yet again, miles up in the air (feeling totally sick, that I cannot eat anything) ; but I’m going back home to Dubai for the summer. And this time, I’m not heartbroken; I’m on cloud 9. Well, technically, cloud billion maybe… LOL. I’ve been telling the whole world that I’m going home to surprise my mum for her birthday! Anyway, as usual, I’m going to base this post around a quote just a little bit… One of my professors or teachers had once mentioned,
“One of the best ways to get to know a person better is to travel with them.”
So as I had mentioned that I had mentioned earlier (see what I did there? Mentionception!:P) ,I took liberty of my reading break and turned it into Spring break! *party poppers burst* My school friend Chin, from the fourth grade onwards and I had been planning a vacay trip together for a while. I decided to take off to LA, where she was, and also to Vegas.
Skipping forward to when I met with Chin… First off, I ate this MOUTHGASMIC shawarma, which I marked as a fantastic start to the trip! :D Somehow, we did not want to go check out frat parties that night… Something just automatically led us to buying a 4 pack of Smirnoff Ice and hitting the roof top pool at night. Oh goodness gracious, it was simply blissful! An open LA sky stretched out, twinkly above us, a meek chill around, and two friends catching up in a warm pool over drinks! Eventually, only our noses and eyes immersed out of the water; all other sounds drowning out. We were lost in the beautiful black blanket-y stretch miles up north. I was thankful already.
We woke up in a burst and head out to Vegas. I think you get the idea- two friends away from home. On a road trip. Top down and music audible from miles away (I still don’t like the idea of miles though). So Chin kind of mentally messed up her exam dates and so she had to study for a bit of the drive. Another obvious one there, guys! I got to take the wheeell! No I’m not Jesus (Carrie Underwood reference, though. And we have GOT TO talk about my music jukebox moments some other time!) Oh boy, I LOVED the Mustang! Vegas seemed a little dull that night, maybe because we hadn’t reached THE DESTINATION yet, haha. We went to party at the Bellagio. Now now, don’t expect me to disclose what happened in Vegas, because it stays there! Maybe if you ask me personally I could spill ze beans ;)… To sum it up, it was one of those nights where we just let go. You know that moment where you have no care in the world, you take everything in humour and deep inside yourself, you are just one happy person!?! Yes, that’s how I felt- elated to the max.
I still remember loop playing ‘You and Me’ (flume mix) and ‘Highway to Hell’ in the car. And of course, the whack duo making their lungs work the unattainable pitch on the road. No stress, girls just having absolute, sheer, fabulous, sunny fun. I had my first time filling gas on my own though, which I totally screwed. It was worth videoing. What was even hilarious was that the guys filling in gas ahead of us, who by the way, were balling at me, drove off with the nozzle in their tank! They literally yanked it out and then realised so. Now THAT was worth the hysterical laughter and probably a youtube upload too! ;)
I learned though that Chin is nearly a coffee addict! I think if I mention the things we bonded over, I might be asking for death a little too soon. She’s not scary though, just taller than me and I’m a tiny little penguin (not because I walk like that. I couldn’t think of anything else miles above the ground). Nevermind! We talked about our silly little get togethers post exams and crazy birthday parties, all of which consisted of us mostly dancing; how in school, I made a girl cry, and ALSO when I cried because Chin wasn’t in my group for a school picnic (yes, grade 4 and sensitive much!). *rolls eyes* I still don’t remember crying over that! Moving on…more driving took us to Chin’s friend, Lukas’ place at Ocean Side. I remember being mind blown by how lovely his home looked. We walked in on a hearty family scenario, where I was super awkward at first but soon I found myself chiming into their inane sarcasm and jokes being thrown around. They were so welcoming and totally themselves.
Spring sun reflecting on glistening skin.
Arms working its strength with a paddle.
Duckies floating around and flipping under the water when they would see us coming…
Ah, I don’t even know why I panicked in the first place! You see, I don’t know how to swim but kayaking was ABSOLUTELY FUN! A great arm and core work out plus a delicate but refreshing wind despite the mild California sun… What can I say, it made us sing “On an Island in the sun, where we’re playing and having fun” I’m sure fellow beachers and sea pilots had a good laugh at our American idol skills! It didn’t matter anyway- we were on our peaceful island, rowing and chasing duckies, laughing out loud, sort of missing a chilled beer (okay not beer really) and being total bros, you know? That’s how we rolled (paddled). The feeling of having dragged a kayak several hundred metres and then throwing ourselves into gorgeous beach sand was literally the most relaxing thing ever. You take comfort in nature- the sound of the soft waves washing sand with its frothiness; surfers caught in the lustre of the waves; and then there’s you, watching it all with barely open eyes feeling incredibly blessed to be a part of it. I couldn’t believe I was having such an amazing time!
Chin and I! <3
Vinci and I! <3
Sadly, days went by soon and then came the night before I headed back to Canada… also the day Chin had one of her midterms. She took me to Venice Beach later. Goodness gracious, making new friends, tandem riding into the sunset and sitting on swings reminded me of the younger days. A pub and house party later, it was time to get back to Chin’s apartment and pack. I totally did not want to leave the next morning, but like all good things come to an end at some point (so do the bad), I had to leave. It was such a delight spending 5 fun filled days with the gorgeous Chin though, I tell ya- deep conversations, insane screaming over the radio, watching out for each other in Vegas, ragging on each other and reviving school days- oh and not to forget the occasional bitching! They were priceless; and needless to say, I look forward to travelling with her again!
However, my break wasn’t over. I flew back to Vancouver and spent the weekend there with my girl Vinci and Gloria. Vinci and I always have great times when we travel together. Those are stories for another time. But I will tell you this- it’s genuine and crazy. At some point I need to consider introducing Chin and Vinci to each other though because it will be kickass!
Pardon my constant drifting away from the topic, which I doubt I will ever stop but like I quoted earlier,
“One of the best ways to get to know a person better is to travel with them.”
I feel we get to know people even more when we travel. Issues like money, personal budgets, sharing things and overall different expectations from a trip play a huge part in your experience with friends. Moreover, either you become better friends or it reduces. I won’t get into the details but I’ve seen it many a time. I can tell however, that my friendship with and love for Chinmayee and Vinci will keep flourishing. These two are definitely my travel buddies, haha! Adventurous, completely chilled out, fun loving and always having my back, travelling is definitely one of the best ways I got to know two amazing friends even better.
Do you agree that travelling is one of the best ways to get to know a person better? I would love to hear some of your experiences that developed or reduced your friendships due to travelling.
You GlOw summer!
PS- I am wondering whether to make a checklist for things that people don’t look out for when travelling with people. A little help on whether to go ahead with it or not please, friends and fellow bloggers? <3