Last summer my family and I took a trip to Paris and afterwards flew to Spain for an additional three weeks of fun. We stayed in beautiful San Sebastian and Barcelona. When we arrived in San Sebastian we were in the middle of a tropical looking area at a sketchy small airport. We took a cab into the city and eventually found our smaller than expected apartment. Once we all got all unpacked and ready to be comfortable we found out that there was no wifi!…
To make up for no wifi the family and I went to the beach daily and went out to dinner. The beaches in San Sebastian were among the prettiest iv’e ever seen during the day time, but undoubtedly are prettiest at sunset. San Sebastian offers so much to do, like go to concerts or hike to the top of the local mountain and go inside the old military fort that once defended the city from invaders. all of the food was very fresh from the sea and prepared expertly at almost all restaurants. while in San Sebastian I was forced to use the little Spanish vocabulary I had, but I did learn a lot too.
After our amazing time in San Sebastian It was time to head to Barcelona and experience some big city culture. We did much of the same stuff but this time we had wifi:) The food was honestly even better in Barcelona. We only stayed in the city for one week but
During the recent winter break, I took a snowboarding trip up to Mammoth Mountain ski Resort to get some pow in with my buddy Matty! We drove from Santa Barbara, CA to Mammoth which took about six hours of watching old kids movies while fading in and out of consciousness in the middle of the Mojave Desert.Once we arrived in the middle of the night at Matty’s condo we quickly fell asleep.
My first day was more of a time to relearn what skill I previously had, since I hadn’t beed snowboarding in two years. It took me a bit, but eventually I was able to do everything I used to be able to do, at the expense of a couple falls. It wasn’t long before Matty was taking me into the glades(trees). We also met up with some other friends who were on the mountain hitting a jump they made. By the time I wanted to try the jump I luckily had some tricks to land it from previous natural jumps and terrain Id been dropping off of in the glades.
The scenery was amazing! Practically everywhere you looked were trees frosted in sparkly snow crystals, giving the felling of being in a truly magical place:0 the days that it was snowing was very unreal! It looked like sparkles falling from the sky, that would melt once they hit your body. If you go to mammoth your self, be prepared to see snow covered bras and other miscellaneous things hanging from the trees along the ski lifts…
At the end of each day, granted a feeling of great accomplishment, along with fatigue, and hunger!, but just to be able to have the amazing thrill of snowboarding makes it all worth it. One of the days it was so cold and windy that the my breath through my face guard cause it to freeze to my face! The feeling of being in such an intense climate while shooting down a snowy hill dodging through trees and other people provides an unexplainable experience. Even Just the feeling of sliding effortlessly is something Ive been awed by every time I go snowboarding, and snowboarding or skiing is truly something everyone should be able to experience at least once in their lives.
Go outside and find something that truly amazes you, wether it is going to the snow or just experiencing something new that gives you a thrill.