#25 : Swim With Dolphins

Published April 3, 2018 by Brownie

What I expected: To be able to touch a dolphin, and just be in the water with it.

What it actually was: A large water mammal propelling you through water at (what feels like) record speed.

Would I do it again? Nope!

Info: I did this at Dolphin Cove in Negril, Jamaica in 2013. This was about an hour’s drive from our resort in Montego Bay. Transportation & admission was arranged through the travel desk at the resort, so I can’t recall any of the costs.

Now.. I’m already hesitant to be near ANY animal capable of inflicting deadly harm. But for the sake of good times, I pumped myself up & I was ready to be in the water with a dolphin.

I thought we were just gonna chill, though. Maybe he would squirt some water from his blowhole, he’d do a dolphin laugh like dolphins do, then we’d part ways. I had no idea I’d signed up to let this motherfucker swim up behind me at full speed, then propel me through water for 50 feet. Anyhow, I survived it. I chose not to purchase the video of my dolphin ride – I’m sure the Dolphin Cove employees watch it for laughs when they’re having a particularly shitty day. You can also swim with sharks here and interact with stingrays.

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#19 : Attend a Native American Pow Wow

Published October 14, 2017 by Brownie

What I expected: Sweat lodges & psychedelics.

What it actually was: A very well-organized, peaceful gathering of several different tribes in traditional garb. Singing in drum circles, dancing, selling handmade goods, telling stories, and spending time with their friends/families.

Would I do this again? Absolutely. I’m kind of obsessed with learning about & experiencing other cultures.

Info: This annual pow wow is held by the San Manuel band of Indians. This year it was held the weekend of October 14th at Cal State San Bernadino. Parking is free. No entry fee. They hold opening and closing ceremonies on both Saturday and Sunday. You’ll want to catch at least one of these. Some vendors accept credit cards, yet some are cash only. Event is family friendly. However, there’s not much to keep the kiddies entertained besides face-painting and plenty of space (indoor/outdoor) to run around.

 

#64 : Have A Beer at Oktoberfest in Germany

Published September 16, 2017 by Brownie

Woot woot! Spent a week in Munich for Oktoberfest, and had so much fun.

What I expected: A city full of people drowning in beer, and partying from sun-up to sundown.

What it actually was: A week-long carnival (with lots of beer) founded in tradition.

Would I do this again? Yup. Munich is idyllic.

Info: Oktoberfest kicks off with a parade followed by the tapping of the first keg. There are no entry fees. However, you do have to pay for food, beer, and carnival rides/games. The bahn (train) will drop you off within a few blocks from the Oktoberfest grounds. The bahn system is very easy to navigate (I traveled all over the city without knowing any German). The hours of operation are approx. 10am – 1am. Beers are only served in steins, so be prepared for drunkenness to ensue. The sing-alongs in the tents were awesome. It would be beneficial to learn some of the drinking songs before you go. And have some idea about what the song is about. (I later learned that the song I was singing FOR DAYS was about a big-breasted prostitute lol).

**Most importantly** Beer is only served INSIDE the tents, and ONLY if you are at a table. While the tents hold hundreds of people, the tables can only accommodate about half that number. In the most popular tents, people make reservations for these tables a year in advance. Essentially, you have to make friends to get a beer! We did this pretty easily in every tent, but this may be more difficult for a guy trying to squeeze in.

 

#23 : Drink Absinthe

Published June 26, 2017 by Brownie

What I expected: Hallucinations & for things to get weird.

What it actually was: Just a smooth buzz. Not a unique experience.

Would I do this again? Not without wormwood.

Info: I was determined to make this happen on a girls’ trip to Vegas. I found a bar on Fremont Street called Downtown Cocktail Room. Dim lighting, comfy seating, & several absinthe cocktails on the menu. They make their absinthe cocktails traditionally – with a contraption involving a low flame, a sugar cube, and a special absinthe spoon. However, as you may know, it is now illegal to serve absinthe with wormwood (the hallucinogenic component). Making this cocktail not much different from any other.

My Bucket List

Published February 14, 2017 by Brownie

No more New Years Resolution’s for this girl! Instead, with the help of the inter-web, I decided to create a bucket list. A list chock-full of events I’ve always dreamed I’d be able to experience. Why have I waited so long to fulfill my heart’s desires? Mainly, hesitance & fear of traveling alone. The anxiety of having to engage strangers alone in foreign places. I’m going to conquer those feelings going forward. Because there’s a real possibility that I’ll never accomplish any of these things if I continue waiting for others to be as passionate as I am about realizing my dreams. Ideally, I’d love to have companions to experience this journey alongside me. (LMK if you’re interested.) I’m hoping this will inspire others to do the things they’ve always wanted to do.

I will add items as my dreams expand & also cross off items (+blog about them) as I achieve them. Here’s my bucket list!!

Microbiology Unknowns

Published January 13, 2014 by Brownie

In Microbiology last semester, I had a difficult time finding photos of the common positive/negative test results. The textbook results are picture perfect, and didn’t help much when I was trying to differentiate between two very similar organisms.

So, in the hopes of helping future Micro students with their unknown identifications I decided I should photograph some of the tests, innoculations, and streak plates that were performed by me- a student. Not a professional microbiologist. In retrospect, I should’ve opened the streak plates to photograph them but live and learn.

Good luck with your unknown IDs. And enjoy the photos!
*See my experiments here*

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Published March 3, 2013 by Brownie

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I’m preparing for my summer vacation in many ways- one of which is improving my skin tone. So I decided to undergo laser skin rejuvenation. I stalked Groupon for a few days until I found a clinic I liked in Long Beach. (You can view their website here.)

Prior to having this procedure done, my main concern was not f*cking up my face for life. I did some research and found a lot of “OMG. Best procedure evar!” or “I’LL NEVER DO THIS AGAIN.” reviews but that wasn’t enough to put my mind at ease. So hopefully this blog will give more insight to those considering having it done. Read More..