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Two Vanilla Lattes: Part I

The say that in order to become a better writer you just have to write. Not sometimes, but all the time. In order to get better at your craft you have to practice every day. So, I decided why not use this blog as my muse? Why not bring love to life, create imaginative places and escape from reality every day for just a moment? Why not right?! So, today I am introducing a new blog series! Welcome to the first edition of the “Let love in” short story series. I’m shooting right now to do this once a month, but if I’m inspired you may get more thrown in between. I will post part 1 on Wednesday nights and finish the story out the following Sunday. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!!

Two Vanilla Lattes

I had never felt freer than I did out on that water. The wind blowing through my hair as the docks drew closer. Soon enough I would once again find myself on the sands of that small Italian town where it all began.

It had been 10 years since the last time I had felt the waves of the Adriatic Sea splash upon my skin. Where I, a shy eighteen-year-old Manhattanite had once survived the humidity that suffocated my first summer out of high school. I was undecided. While all of my friends were preparing for fall at their respective prestigious universities, I was still trying to figure out who I was. Chasing sunsets across the Atlantic Ocean in search of the part of me I never knew.

My mother left when I was young. I think I knew even then I’d never see her again, but a part of me thought I would find the missing pieces in the place she called home. So, when I stepped off the boat for the first time all those years ago, I was always expecting to find a part of me. Instead, I lost myself in his eyes and after all of these years, though I tried, I couldn’t run. That feeling I had felt back then, splashing in the sea as he carried me, it never disappeared.

The morning that New York called me back home, I sat with him outside at our favorite café. We sipped vanilla lattes. He held my hand as tears streamed from my eyes. It was then that we had promised to chase our dreams and only look back should 10 years pass. If we had yet to find that forever love we were both to come back to that same café. We were to sit at that same table with our vanilla latte and hope that by the last drop we wouldn’t be drinking alone.

In these past 10 years failed relationships had come and gone. Some I had thought were love and others simply a hand to pass the time. No lips I had kissed had made me feel the way his did even though I tried. So, here I was stepping off onto the dock with my roller bag following behind me. I could see my hotel set atop the hill. The village was bustling with vacationers. I pushed my way through admiring all that had changed yet somehow remained the same.

The summer heat was just as I remembered it, but the sun would be setting soon. Just like it did all those years ago, a cool breeze from the sea would blow through. I had spent many nights enjoying the chill upon my neck while he walked beside me barefoot in the sand. I turned towards the beach remembering the nights we fell asleep under the midnight sky. I smiled, then began the journey up the long staircase to where I would rest my head. When morning came would he be there waiting? Would he arrive before the waiter came to take my empty glass or would I simply leave as I once did before, with tears flowing into the sea as I said my goodbyes? Only one final sunset stood between me and the reality of what was to be.


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Royal Caribbean Cruise Recap

I am back on land from an AMAZING 12 day Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. We set sail out of Barcelona and took an overnight flight with United. They had USB ports to charge your phone and TV’s at each seat so I watched quite a few movies to help pass the time.

Jessica and I got incredibly lucky by having our airline rows to ourselves, so we were able to lay down and get a few hours of sleep. I didn’t end up buying a sleep mask, but I’ll tell ya if I take a long flight again, I would absolutely get one.

We arrived in Barcelona at around 7:55am. At the airport we dropped our luggage off with Bags & Go. I’m not going to lie, we were very very nervous about leaving our bags with them, but they had great reviews. They take your luggage directly to the cruise ship so we weren’t going to see it again for another 10 or so hours. Since we had the whole day to explore Barcelona though we didn’t want to have to roll our luggage along everywhere.

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For about 6 Euros we hopped on the Aerobus from the airport for a 20 minute ride to city center. From there we walked over 10 miles, sipped some fresh squeezed orange juice in a local cafe and eyed the amazing architecture of things like the Sagrada Família Basilica and Casa Mila. Around 4pm we made our way to the cruise port. The check in process was so easy and very organized. It took less than 10 minutes to get onto the boat and into our cabin where we were still crossing our fingers our baggage would follow. 


Barcelona 2This was my 3rd Royal Caribbean Cruise and again, I really enjoyed it. Our captain was awesome at keeping us informed and even participating in nightly events to meet guests. With activities such as beach volleyball, rock climbing, a comedy show, movies, cake decorating, dance lessons and more, there was never a dull moment.

The first night on the ship is the only night we ate in the dining room. Every other meal we ate at the Windjammer which is a buffet. The dining room food was great, but it was just nice to be able to eat whenever we wanted and not have to make a reservation. It was also nice not to have to choose off a menu. Options at the Windjammer ranged from an omelet station to a crepe bar and a sandwich station to make your own pasta. We did NOT go hungry. Oh, and did I mention the self-serve ice cream station at the pool? That was a daily stop for me.

Jessica and I enjoyed ourselves so much, we were already looking for our next cruise before we even got off the ship. And for those of you wondering, our luggage made it to our cabin safe and sound!

Are you thinking of taking a cruise? Where do you want to go? What questions do you have? Comment below!

And stay tuned next week for a recap of our first stop. Can you guess where?