Mexico? Life?

Hello hello!

How is everyone? Good? Living? Recently I spoke of how I really don’t know what I’m doing. I had a thought of moving to Mexico…then an issue arose. I found it is very hard for people/Americans to find a job there and if they do it probably won’t pay well. You usually do not see Americans going to work in Mexico because of this issue. Mostly for vacation. The cost of living in DF is kind of high compared to other places in Mexico. You can relate it to living in Los Angeles but with its own spin. My job hunt ended rather…well you can say disappointing. For now I think my best bet will just be visiting as much as I can. Maybe, live there for a short period of time. Who knows!

Thought of the day: just because things don’t work out, doesn’t mean you should give up.

-Alanna

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Chaos

Hello!

It has been some while since I have written, two months roughly. Right now my life is in a bit of a chaos. The high from traveling is no more and I am beginning to see reality. Right now my travel plans are on hold as I am unsure of where I will be going or if I am going. I think at this point in my life I have many things to figure out, then maybe I can travel. No matter where you run or go your problems will follow.

I think all college graduates go through this, an initial reaction of wtf am I doing with my life? It’s one of those things that is not talked about much, people just say enjoy your years of college as it will be the best years of your life. When you’re in college you think no way how can this be the best years of my life? Quizzes, tests, research that’s no fun (sarcasm). When you look back though you will realize it really was, the best years of your life. College was one of the best learning experiences and I made life long friends that made it even better.

Now, I can only hope and pray for the best to come. As my future is unknown but I will keep looking for what is right. Remember, always do what makes you happy!

-Alanna

My life is a movie?Ā 

Only 2 days left before I return home. It’s crazy how fast time goes. Summer is almost over and soon I’ll have to start my real adult life. I still cant believe I graduated college and will not be returning. 

Lately, I have been thinking a lot of what we humans are really capable of which is anything. We can learn to adapt to so many different things it’s amazing. When people say that what you wanna do is impossible, it is possible. When you know what you want you will do anything to get there, even if that involves momentarily discomfort. I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my life. I want to learn how to speak different languages, meet new friends,achieve my traveling dream etc. I know this new chapter means I will win some and loose some. I will loose friends, meet new ones, find bad ones, but eventually find those who are great for me. I hope to be more involved with my family and be great full for all I have. 

Ending note..go to Croatia it is the most beautiful country I have ever been to! I really love Split and Dubrovnik has very great islands and history. Budapest is also one of my favorites it’s a hidden gem! Sometimes this all seems like a dream and it is unbelievable! I am so happy I did this I will never forget. 

CroatiašŸŒ“

Today is July 16th, 

My trip is almost over but I am ready to return home and begin my new life. I found backpacking is quite the experience but I more enjoy staying in one place at a time for a certain time period. I am excited to go home and eat loads of ketchup and drive a car yet again. Plus not being lost all the time lol. 

What have I learned from backpacking? I learned that anything in life is possible if you want it enough. Dreams only come true if you make them. People always say o my gosh you’re so lucky to go there and there. However, traveling is not always cake and ice cream. There is difficulties such as being lost, not being able to find your hostel, not knowing what the hell people are saying, missing your flight, paying extra fees or hidden fees. I find now through most situations i just stay very calm and accept the fact that it’s happening, as long as I tried there is no more I can do. You must accept the things you cannot change. 

On another note, traveling is a lesson and a great experience. I have now seen some very beautiful places that not many people see. I am blessed as not everyone has this opportunity. I have met great people from all walks of life and made some great memories. I also learned how much I take things for granted when I don’t have it. I have only about 100 dollars left and its interesting trying to make it all work. Though it would be nice to just to go straight back to Mexico or Barcelona to live, I can’t. Unfortunately, in life you have to work for what you want. I have hopes of moving to one of these places in the near future. Just know anything is possible. Money is important but it doesn’t need to determine your happiness. 

Service announcement if you have not yet been to Croatia, GO!!!!

Xoxo, 

Alanna

Amsterdam xxx

It’s currently 2:50 am and Iam sitting at Starbucks inside the Amsterdam airport. In a few hours Iam going to Barcelona. Btw Starbucks here has way better flavors just saying. 

Let’s talk about the trip so far. On late Saturday I went to the airport at about 3am. I left Mexico and got to Fort Lauderdale at about 9am. I then sat at that airport until 10pm. Ya I know crazy long time. Then I flew and got to Copenhagen at about one. Then finally arrived to Amsterdam around 6pm. It felt like the longest trip of my life. I had met a girl from England on the way to my hostel she was hilarious. She actually came with me to help find my hostel. Which we laughed when I found my hostel was in the red light district. 

My first night I met two girls from Denmark.  We went out and walked through the red light district. It was pretty awesome and full of life and activity. Here there is many coffee shops, food, tattoos, and whatever possible. The streets were packed like walking through Times Square but only through a more narrow road. I found a shop only dedicated to ducks and cows lol. There is also many cheese shops and it tastes so wonderful here. 

The second day. I actually met a girl from Houston and she gave me some travel tips. I then went on a free tour of the city. After I ate some popular Dutch food. Which was good I love there things that look like waffle cookies haha. The supermarkets here have some really delicious food and it’s incredibly cheap. I tried this chocolate with Oreos and it was so good!!! I also then went to the ice bar. This was cool they gave you some free drinks and you could freeze for a bit. We then went looking for this bar and on the way it started raining. We then got lost and I was drenched, when we finally found it the line was so long! 

Today, I woke up and had to hurry and check out of the hostel. Which I recommend if you ever stay in Amsterdam go to the youth hostel meeting point. It’s a great place to stay and good beds. After checking out I was supposed to go to a canal tour. I was going then I got lost lol. I said f it and ventured to find the Amsterdam sign. And vondal park I believe it’s called. I  really love that park it’s so soothing. I sat there and ate bread while looking over a pond. 

The architecture is amazing in Amsterdam. You will see some houses lean forwards or some are just leaning. If they lean forward it was done on purpose to help get things through the window. If sunk and leaning that just means to much moisture happened beneath. I will be back on Monday. I can say this has been amazing and still hard to believe it’s actually happening. Much love! 

– Alanna


Adios…

Time has flown by I can’t believe it. Living in Mexico was one of the most difficult but best experiences I have ever had. I will be back as I have hopes of living here soon. For now I am just trying not to have a heart attack because I leave tonight. This is my first big travel and I will be alone for a few days. I’m trying to stay calm and go with the flow. 

Yesterday, my family had a fiesta for me and it was fabulous. I ate so much food it was dangerous haha seriously. Let me just say here in Mexico I eat a lot…and we had cake which was fabulous as always. We danced and ate a lot plus took many photos. 

On Thursday, we went to a museum. And ate ice cream which was okay. It was American so it tastes differently here. Other than that I haven’t done much. I play a lot of basketball with my cousin..just a few updates so talk later or as soon as possible! 

TimeĀ 

Time where has it gone? 

So much has changed for me in the last year. I lost people and gained some people. My mistakes have taught me to know better. I am glad everything happened as I wouldn’t be who I am today. My stay here in Mexico is almost up, meeting my family for the first time, only speaking Spanish it was amazing. I will miss them but I will be back. My life will no longer be the same in two months. I am excited and scared for the future. But have high hopes for great travels and meeting new people. 

Shout out to my few best friends and family for being the real mvps! You will always be in my heart and be with me wherever I go. I am thankful for you all. So sappy I know. Haha. So cheers to lost pathways and new beginnings. 

Love, 

Alanna 


A photo in Veracruz