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Pinball Hall of Fame

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Because there is such a place! Outside of Las Vegas, NV is a warehouse type building, not eye catching from the outside, but walk inside and you are step by in time before PlayStation, Xbox 360, and the Wii.

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Have you ever stepped inside an arcade? You might see Dance Dance Revolution and a basketball hoop that will move once you swipe an access card. However, years ago, arcades were filled with pinball machines. This is a world where games were played in a physical ball and physical machine. No HD graphics, no computer systems. Just a spring, a ball, and maybe some flickers on the side. The goal: to get the ball to bounce throughout the machine hitting specific walls and stumps to gain points.

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Outside Las Vegas, NV, on our way to the airport we were able to pop in and get a glimpse of pinball games over time. Including one of my life long favorites: Whack-A-Mole. Where you hit the “mole” that always looked more like an alligator when it sneaks out of its hole. The Pinball Hall of Fame is filled wall to wall, corner to corner, with old school games of this nature. Gamers of all agers were putting quarters (yes actual quarters, not credit cards!) into machines and testing their skills.

Travel Rule #2: Traveling with Family can be fun (no seriously)

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(How I wish I was there right now…)

Hi all!

My family travels a lot. My dad is from Peru and my mom is from Canada (how they met or where I come in is still a mystery). We have family in almost every continent except for Asia and Australia, so traveling is kind of a necessity over the holidays. We have this tradition of having a warm Christmas, and a cold Christmas. For a cold Christmas, we either stay in Chicago or go to the boonies of Canada (limited wifi…) to visit my Grandpa for Christmas. A warm Christmas comes next year, and this is the time when we travel. Last year, we went to Costa Rica and sat by the beach while it was -15F outside. I came back to school with a tan (okay sunburn)…My family has become much closer this way. Sure, there are times where we want to rip each other’s eyeballs out in the middle of the airport because someone ate the last poptart, but we always make up.  There are so many stories I could tell you, but that would make this post too long.

Another aspect of family is your friends. I go to school 8 hours away from home. It’s hard being without my family, so my friends have taken place. We’ve all become so close, and we’re always going on adventures. Take Friday night for example. A group of us decided to go to a bigger town about an hour from where we live so we could go extreme trampolining. The place was closed, so we just drove around the town. At a red light, I scream “Chinese Fire Drill!” For those of you who don’t know, a Chinese fire drill is when you are sitting in a car and then you have to jump out and get in a new seat.  Well, my roommate lost her phone that night in the middle of the intersection. We didn’t find out until we were back on campus, around 11:30 at night. So we drove back… and had fun the entire way. Did I mention that they are also slightly illegal and I don’t condone it?

So in short (or long), traveling with family can be fun. Whether it’s your biological, adopted, or friends that strike resemblances to your mother, if you travel with them, you will find adventure and fun in everything.

Go forth my wanderlust friends!

-Anna

 

 

 

So Many Things to do in Vegas…

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We were only in Vegas for 3 days, yet there was so much to do. What did we decide to do?

Since it was my first time in Vegas in years we traveled to the most touristy places. We weren’t staying on the Strip so we drove there first. There were so many people for New Years, it was insane! Anyway, we took pictures of the famous Eiffel Tower.

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I’m very proud of this picture, one of few photographer-type-pictures. We then went to the Bellagio. This hotel is GORGEOUS! So fancy and luxurious.

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The real reason we were standing there was for this:

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Every 15-30 minutes there’s a fountain show. It’s so cute and well worth the couple minutes it lasts. Next, we went to Caeser’s Palace. This hotel is even MORE BEAUTIFUL! Out of all of the hotels, this was my favorite! So luxurious, and there are so many stores in there! I think I could have stayed there forever.

The next, day we went to the famous roller coaster: New York, New York.

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It was only $14 per person, but we had coupons from our hotel, so we got them for $7 each! My sister and I climbed on and it was so much fun! It was freezing, around 40 degrees and with the breeze blowing in your face, our faces were numb!

That same day, we went back to our hotel and despite it being in the low 40s, my sister and I wanted to try the water slide that goes through the shark tank.

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The pool was heated so we were able to withstand the cold when we were inside. We were able to cross that off our bucket list.

Another thing we were able to cross off our bucket list was to try Earl of Sandwich! Delicious!

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We ordered the a sandwich with bacon that I can’t remember what it was called, but I remember how it warmed me up! There are only a selected few throughout the country, some of which are in Downtown Disney in Disneyland and Disney World. We had heard everybody talking about this restaurant and we were expecting something amazing, and it definitely met the standards.

Can’t wait to go back to cross off more things from our bucket list. We still have the Stratosphere to visit, see the original Las Vegas sign, see a Circus de Soleil show, visit the Mandalay Bay Aquarium, and have dinner in the sky (the Stratosphere).

Best Doughnuts in Portland? It’s Debatable.

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Before coming to Portland, I was constantly told that I need to experience Voodoo Doughnuts, “the best doughnuts in Portland”, and just as often, if not more, they would just leave it at “the best doughnuts”. I feel like half of my conversations about Portland have included, “Have you been to Voodoo yet?!”

And yes, I have. And I enjoyed it. Quite a lot, even. I had a bacon maple bar, apparently a classic, and I was pleased. I was also blessed enough to be able to sample from friends a few of the other doughnuts, including dirty snowballs (Chocolate cake doughnut with marshmallow topping, dipped in coconut and peanut butter in the middle), Arnold Palmer (Plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and lemonade/ice tea dust), and Dubble Bubble (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, bubble gum dust and a piece of bubble gum).

And it was yummy.

And the decor of the different Voodoo Doughnuts locations in Portland I have been to have been equally wild. The atmosphere is eccentric and fabulous, and totally in the spirit of their product, which was at times questionable, always wild, and definitely delicious.

One major thing Voodoo can brag about is that they have a LOT of options, even for those who are vegan! A full list of their doughnuts can be found here: http://voodoodoughnut.com/mobile/doughnuts.php

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But, I have noticed some contention about the whole “best doughnuts in Portland” thing.

Some people seem to think otherwise.

The other contender being “Blue Star Donuts”.

And I’ve also had Blue Star. And yes, it is good. Really good, even.

Blue Star is a bit more refined and they have less options. They stress “quality over quantity”, using a “classic brioche recipe that originated in the south of France”.

Like Voodoo, they also have some Vegan options. A popular vegan option is their “Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Hibiscus”.

You won’t find a doughnut with chocolate frosting, oreo and peanut butter, like at Voodoo, but you will find something just as flavorful and rich, such as their Cointreau Creme Brulee.

For me, my favorite would have to be the Buttermilk Old Fashioned. You can’t go wrong with that.

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When it comes down to it, I like both. A lot. And there are times where I crave Voodoo, and others when I crave Blue Star. And I think people on both sides of the debate have good reasons to favor one over the other. That being said, both sides need to be humbled and realize that crepes are the ultimate dessert.

Travel Rule 1: Travel Often

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Rule 1. Travel Often

Hallo there everyone! Currently, I am on a coach bus driving eight hours to Nashville. Last weekend, I was in Arizona for a college audition, and the week before I was in Indiana for another college event. I literally haven’t had a weekend at home with my puppy since before Christmas break, and won’t have one until Spring Break! While most people would hate this and wonder why I’m driving myself insane, there are the few who understand the love of travel, or the fact that colleges won’t take a recorded audition…

This brings me to my first travel rule: Travel Often. Maybe not as often as I am right now, but that’s okay. Even if it’s go to a new town outside of your normal area, it’s still considered traveling. Travel is not about where you go, it’s the adventure of it. There are still areas of the Windy City that I’ve never been to (partly because those are scary areas, that’s another story). One rainy day I’ll just hop on the train downtown and explore those areas, or take my car (A 2006 Passat named Fran) and go explore Illinois corn fields. That’s the cool thing about my travel, I’m lucky enough that my family can go on adventures to Australia or Costa Rica, but I still love exploring my town and towns around me. And you should too.

Go forth my wanderlust friends!

-Anna

Audition map

9 weeks, 11 states…who knew being a music major was tough?

 

 

PS. I actually wrote this post almost a year ago. Things got really hectic, and now I live in Kansas….I’ll still travel, and hopefully be able to write and tell you about the rules. I just want to apologize for not keeping up with things. But on the bright side, all of that weekend travel I did last year (every weekend from December to March) has earned me lots of airline miles, which brings up a side rule. SAVE AIRLINE MILES!!! You can use them for quick trips to visit friends or family, or use them to go exploring on a weekend. It also makes life a little cheaper when booking airfare/hotels. I personally like American, because I have the most miles with them (and also flights from Kansas City to Chicago run every hour and are cheap) but Southwest and United tend to have good deals too!

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