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Strawberry Season!! 

Today at a local berry farm it was the first day of strawberry picking season! I went with my friend Abby to the farm to pick a bucket full of strawberries! It only cost $12 (almost $2-$2.40 a pound) for a bucket filled with 5-6 pounds of strawberries! I had seen on Facebook that today was the first day and knew I had to go! 

When we got back from the berry farm we had so many red (on the inside too, normally they are almost white when bought at the store) juicy flavorful strawberries we had no idea what to do with! We decided to make strawberry muffins, such a good decision! 

If you have the chance to go to a berry farm definitely go! The strawberries taste so much better than the ones you would get from the store!!


Hailey Heavens 

Me · Personal · Summer · Travel

Rome, Italy

May 21st, 2015

Starting out our day we got off the boat and headed straight to the train station. The train took us into the heart of Rome. The first stop we took was to see the Vatican. It was one of the most interesting buildings I have ever been in. With handpainted walls and ceilings that are centuries old. Although for having a limited time in Rome it took up the majority of our time. We spent a solid 2 hours inside, with no air conditioning in the heat of the summer.

The Vatican


After visiting the Vatican we headed over to a huge disappointment. We went to see the gorgeous Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately it was under construction. The whole fountain was drained and covered.

We proceed to find a spot to eat lunch. For the first time I had authentic Italian food! IMG_4477

After lunch we decided to explore the city! We walked to the streets and we visited the spanish steps! I am bummed because we didn’t reach the colosseum which was probably something I was most excited for. Although I did take some awesome pictures whilst enjoying the perfect streets of Rome.


Spanish Steps

We then made it full circle back to the train station and got on the train for our hour journey back to the boat.

Summer · Travel


Day 1- 5/18/2015

Arriving in Barcelona I didn’t know what to expect. After traveling all night I was exhausted but that didn’t stop me! We got to the hotel and changed into fresh clothes and went straight to town! We decided to walk the streets of Barcelona. The hotel we stayed at was The Hotel Royal on La Rambla street. La Rambla street was pretty neat! There were a ton of vendors technically in the middle of the road. The roads were divided by a walkway I guess you could call it. We walked all the way to the Casa Batlló.

Casa Batlló

After walking to the Casa Batlló we decided to grab lunch. We decided to have tapas from Trotamundo Tapas.

Trotamundo Tapas

Over lunch we decided it would be best if we got on a “hop on hop off bus” instead of walking. It was a great decision considering we only had a limited amount of time until we had to leave for the cruise ship.

On the tour we saw so many different things! We first stopped at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and it had the most amazing view of Barcelona! We also got to see La Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction and has been for the last 131 years. The we also went to Castell de Montjuic which was a castle and it had an amazing view of Barcelona as well!

Day 2 – 5/19/2015

On this day we walked around and did a little shopping. We went shopping at the famous Desigual. The store wasn’t really my type of clothing store but it was very interesting and my mom seemed to love it! I had to go inside a few other stores, I bought a pair of pants at a store called _____ and I am obsessed with them! After shopping in the clothing stores we decided to walk down La Romblas. Whilst walking we discovered The Mercat de la Boqueria of Barcelona. There were so many different things inside. I have never seen such a thing. It is basically like an outdoor super market. There was fish, meats, and candy being sold there.

For lunch it was a very excited time for me. I had my first Margarita!!! I am 18 years old and that is the legal drinking age in Europe so I thought why not obey the law!

First Drink!!!



Lake House!

After driving 130 miles (the most I’ve ever driven) I got to the lake house I hit the ground running! I put on my swim suit and hopped on the back of a jet ski! I was a nervous with my driver, Sara. After about 15 minutes on the jet ski’s we got pulled over.. The boat officer asked Sara how old she was and he had radio the Illinois police to pull up her license.. He said she looked like she was 10, I jokingly told Sara it must’ve been the no makeup look, they weren’t amused. After we got that cleared up we went home and I saw there was a paddle board which I’ve always wanted to try and I jumped right on it. At first I was nervous and was sitting but then I gained the coincidence to stand up and start paddling.


Right away we went boating. Of course I had to go tubing with my best friend. My back still hurts from my legs flying in the air as I try to hold onto the tube! To finish off the day we had a relaxing night in the hot tub.


The next day was quite eventful. We woke up and got right on the jet ski. This time I drove myself and it was scary.. Especially because the water was extremely choppy. We decided to head in after a while because of the water.
It was super hot outside and we decided to lay out. When we figured there wasn’t to many boats Sara tried to knee board which was scary as a boat rider. She face planted into the water and she hurt her back really bad. We called it quits at that point!

Our last day was on a Monday so we decided to take the boat out one last time! There was only a couple boats out and we knew it was perfect knee boarding water. Everyone knew boarded except me, (I wasn’t scared.. I promise!) I just wanted to relax on the boat. After some relaxation me and Sara took the jet skis out and cruised along the water to look at the gorgeous houses on the lake. We packed all our stuff and made our way home. I was passed out because I had to take Dramamine. I get car sick and I had sun poisining!

ALWAYS wear sunscreen!!