Posts Tagged ‘travel’


So, I’ve been feeling rather lazy and uninspired lately. I blame the lazy part on the days spent sitting on the beach, and the uninspired by the fact that my times been spent mostly studying rather than…well, whatever everyone else does on the beach…


For as long as I can remember my family has been going down to the beach at the same time, and as long as I can remember I had summer homework to do during those couple of weeks because I put it off through June and July. When I was young the work was easy, just reading a few book, a couple essays. Now in college it’s playing catch up and preparing for classes, and getting ready to move. This year I have the GRE to study for and I’m continuing the work from my earlier internship. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade this summer for any other, but at the same time I hope some day I’ll look back on this and recall this as an easy summer as well. (this will probably happen some time in the next couple months when I’m sleep deprived and in up to my eyeballs in school work and research)



But let’s get to something y’all are more likely to want to read about…more beach eats, from the last couple days…




Polenta on a bed garlic spinach, an topped with diced zucchini*, tomatoes*, feta cheese and an egg (could’ve gone without the egg) all beautifully lit in the morning sunlight.





A cup of roasted red pepper soup toped with chives and blue cheese, paired with a sesame seaweed salad. All courtesy Mama Kwan’s OBX mile post 11.













Lightly breaded baked eggplant on top of broiled zucchini* served with a fresh mairanara and parmesan.



Macaroni and cheese with kale, served with lima beans and topped with salt and pepper tomatoes*


*brought from my garden



I did manage to get out a bit yesterday. It rained so we (along with most everybody else on the beach) decided it was the perfect time to go see a movie. What did we choose?


Cowboys and Aliens



We’ve got Indiana Jones paired with James Bond as our two hunky tough as nails cowboys, and Tron’s new drop dead damsel for the eye candy factor. How can you go wrong with this cast? (probably by throwing in aliens)


Well unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to make my top ten but I did enjoy it. I went into it not expecting a full on serious movie, I mean they mixed a a western with a sci-fy for goodness sake, but it was fun.


It starts off with a few shots of Butch Cassidy esq scenery, a bit more violence than I enjoy and then we introduce the aliens. I cant say much more without giving away any spoilers, and I hate when people do that to me so I’ll shut up here.


~ Have you ever had to work through a vacation?

~ Harrison Ford: do you prefer Han Solo or Indiana Jones?

It’s probably not surprising that I fall into the Han Solo category…


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August??? Really!?

It’s already August! ~25 days till move in! ~50 days till my GRE!


Where did my summer go?

(it snuck on by while I was tanning in the English rain)


I still have plenty of time to finish up my summer duties (right?) Today I both finished paying (or borrowing) for this semester AND started sorting things out for my apartment. Most of my stuffs being stored in PA right now so all I can (will) work on here are the fun things, like designing my wall decorations (more on those when I actually start making them) As for now, this is going to have to be a brief post ‘cause I just got back from a run with my brother and I’ll be ready to pass out soon.


Vacation Eats (from over the last almost a week):


tonight's to die for dinner

Protabella mushrooms marinated in a aged balsamic, sitting on guta mashed potatoes, and served with sauteed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes. Oh and of course its topped with warm delicious melty feta! With this dinner I’ll never miss the meat and potatoes of my past…too bad it was ordered at (an amazing) restaurant, The Black Pelican (OBX mile post ~4ish between the beach and the main road)

last night's dinner...maybe I should lay off the cheeses for a bit...


The best ever french onion soup ordered from Jockey’s Ribs, located in Kill Devil Hills right across from the huge sand dunes.

lunch from ... ?


Home creation! (yes I still eat in at vacation, it’s just not nearly as exciting) Southern Wrap: shredded zucchini (brought along from my home garden) black beans, avocado and a little bit of shredded cheese poorly held together in an organic spinach wrap.

Indulgence (as if the rest of this wasn't) also from ?


Real live traditional mouth watering Key Lime Pie, drool… Bought from Whalebone Seafood in Nags Head, then carried out to our house (and mostly devoured by my brother)


On another note I’m trying our google reader, it’s getting to be quite the effort to go through my “blogs” folder on my browser just to be disappointed when something’s not updated. Hopefully this will alert me to updates, though I really dont like actually reading them in that format so far…I like all the individual layouts and formatting…


~Do you use reader? Something else? What do you like about it?

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Hey y’all, I realize I’ve been absent …again… but I’ve switched locations …again…


I’m now in North Carolina a little further south, a few more degrees fahrenheit and a lot more accents! It was really nice to get to go home and see my family for a few days, but it seems like this summer is all about jumping house. I should make a map:



Can I hear the Carmen Sandiego theme please?


Where in the world is Abi!? 


Hmm, just doesn’t have the same ring to it…


The Outer Banks, NC


My best girlfriend and I have been coming down to NC together since were were about 6 years old. We spend two weeks down here getting tan, playing in the ocean, jet skiing, mini golfing and consuming massive amounts of chips ahoy cookies with milk.


Unfortunately people grow up.


I’m still in school and hopefully will be for the next 6-9 years of my life (I ultimately want to earn my Ph. D.) Despite sumer internships I’ve managed to get a couple weeks this summer to spend on an actual break (or as much of one as I ever get) My friend on the other hand graduated cosmetology school about a year ago, and recently got her first real job at a salon, and she’s even more recently become floor manager (applause for my friend!) Both the salon and her position there are too new for her to take more than a weekend off at this point so this year we don’t get our beach time together.


It’s incredibly depressing. I have a double room with an empty bed. There’s no one to drink strawberry daiquiris with or try crazy experiments with my hair:


Hmm, let’s see, we’ve had it blue, red, wrapped, braided, long, short, curly, straight, blonde, brown… not all of these were overly flattering (the blue was hideous and lasted for months) but what can I say, I get bored, and my beach time is the time I can mess with it and fix it before anyone important sees it. Don’t even get me started on the changes her hair has gone through, but then again she’s wanted to be a hair stylist for as long as I can remember, and she’s good at it.


I’m rambling.


I just have to make the most of it, and enjoy hanging out with my brother and his friends this year instead.


So let’s get a bit up to speed:




Next time I'll ask for it without the ginormous egg on top...


I eat out down here a lot more than I do at home. A) I don’t have the groceries I’m used to having B) I have to go out to get produce C) I’m staying in a tiny little shack on the beach, the stove causes the smoke alarm to go off and to oven heats the whole house D) I’m on vacation!


It’s easy to gain weight while eating out all the time, basically you don’t know what they’ve put in your food and generally the unhealthier ingredients (butter, cream) help the food taste better with less effort on the chef’s part. This year I’m being really careful what I order when I eat out, but sometimes I cant resist the old favorites, like the amazing Pad Thai from Mama Kwans.


odd religious cereal


However there is also potential to try a bunch of odd local food and produce like this cereal I got to try on my yogurt. I’m not so big on scripture but the contents of the box intrigued me. It basically tastes like a not so sweet granola, and it’s a great source of fiber.















At the farmers market I bought some fresh figs to snack on (mmmmm) and some okra, a very southern vegetable. I’ve never cooked okra before, and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I couldn’t resist myself.



Being down here means a number of things:


1. I get to drink coffee from my favorite coffee cup:


I don’t particularly like cats, in fact I’m pretty horrible allergic to them though I suppose that’s not really their fault…

This cup is just the perfect size and weight and I love the colors and the rustic glaze at the bottom. I’m weird, I know.

2. I get to play in the ocean! ( I love swimming)


Did I mention I have a waterproof camera?











And by waterproof I mean underwater? Not the greatest framing but I think I’m going to have fun experimenting with this…


3. I still have to keep studying for the GRE



4. That doesn’t mean I can’t still have some fun!


~What do you do to stay healthy on vacation?

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Lake Country

Here in England I have the weekends off work, so my flat mate and I take this opportunity to travel. Today was quite sunny (you heard me right, sun, in England)! So it was perfect weather for a trip to the lake country. Now my flat mate tends to choose where we go on the weekends and when I first stepped off the train I was severely afraid she was off her rocker. I had just sat on a train for two hours and all I could see was field. No lake. No town. Not even sheep. Nothing. Fortunately once we turned around and walked down the road a bit we came to this adorable little town:


We sat down for breakfast and I got a cup of coffee. Not just any cup of coffee, but one good enough to erase the last of my misgivings about the trip.

Now, my coworkers have been recommending I try some typically British foods, one of which is a Full English Breakfast. Being that this is includes sausage, bacon and blood pudding (a type of sausage made from cooking blood until is thick enough to congeal) I thought I’d pass on that one. This place, however, offered a Full Vegetarian English Breakfast:

Eggs, mushrooms, beans, hash browns,

vegetarian sausage (or vegetarian junkfood as a friend of mine would call it)

and half tomatoes

Knowing I probably wouldn’t find this option anywhere else, and that I had a long day of hiking up and down the hills surrounding the (still illusive) lake, I decided to go ahead and try it. It was fantastic, but far too much to finish, I wish I could have take a to-go box.

So after that completely and utterly unhealthy breakfast we headed out to explore. We were winging it, but figured if we headed downhill we would probably find the lake. We followed a winding road encountering so many beautiful gardens (after years in Manhattan I think I’m finally hitting nature withdrawal)

































After about a few kilometers our logic proved fruitful. We found the lake:

Lake Windermere (the largest natural lake in England)

On our way back up a hill we decided to stop for a late lunch. They had very few vegetarian options so I ended up with more carbs, though a very delicious herb and tomato bruschetta:

I also got to try a fizzy dandelion and burdock drink, it was slightly peculiar but refreshing:

After lunch we discovered we were in the town where Beatrix Potter lived when she wrote most of her stories. If you don’t know who Beatrix Potter is, I’m sorry but you’ve had a severely deprived childhood. She wrote Peter Rabbit, and all those adorable little animal stories, as well as painting the illustrations in watercolor (a medium I have never mastered)

Jemima Puddleduck (one of my personal favorites)

So after buying a small gift for my baby sister (well kinda sister) at the Peter Rabbit & Friends shop, we set out to find Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s cottage. We found hill top on the map and started up a beautiful (but steep) road that seemed to go on up forever. At the top we reached a Hill Top road and learned from a kind old woman that we were actually on the wrong side of the lake to find the cottage! I suppose this is the sort of thing that happens to tourists who jump on a train without looking where they’re going first, but it’s all more of an adventure that way. We were rewarded for the climb when we started down and got an amazing view of the rolling hills of the Lake Country.

It was quite a rewarding trip, even though we never did make it to Hill Top. I think a day out in nature was exactly what I needed.

~ What’s best place you’ve traveled?

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