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#AdventurousApril: Amna & Lili Eating Adventure

23 Apr

Hello!!

This Adventurous April, Amna and I *Lili* wanted to step out of our boxes and try a cuisine we were not accustomed to: Ethiopian food!

We went to Zemam’s 2, and it was an amazing experience!

Here is a video we compiled of our eating adventure!

It was a fun time, and the food was delicious!

We definitely recommend coming to Zemam’s and trying their sampler platter!

Have an amazing adventurous April!

-Lili & Amna

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#AdventurousApril: Spring Break Traveling

12 Apr

My boyfriend, Tyler, is a college baseball player and for our freshman and sophomore years, he was at a school only a few hours away. This year he transferred schools and is currently at a school in Idaho, about a 19 hour drive from UA. Needless to say, we don’t see each other much, so for spring break I decided to fly up to Idaho and spend part of the week with him. Take my word for it though when I tell you that small town Idaho isn’t the most exciting place to spend your spring break. That’s why for my Adventurous April, I set out to have an adventurous spring break in Idaho.

My first day, I woke up at 4:00 am to head to the airport. I flew from Phoenix to Seattle and from Seattle to Lewiston where I landed at around 11:00 am. Originally I was going to Uber to my Tyler’s apartment since he had to be in class for a big test review, but he surprised me by picking me up at the airport and we went to lunch together before heading back to campus for his next class. He toured me around campus and it was cool to see a school so different from ours and get to see where he spends a lot of his time. We also walked along the river where Lewis and Clark came through.IMG_5904.JPG

The rest of the day, we had dinner (we shared a burger bigger than my face, I’m not even kidding), watched a movie (The Emoji Movie per Tyler’s request, so bad), and went bowling (we both bowled personal bests). While not the most “adventurous day”, it was nice to be able to just have a normal day together.

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The second day was mostly school work. Tyler had a midterm the next day so while he prepared for that, I caught up on some online homework I was behind on (I’m a huge procrastinator so online classes can be both my best friend and my worst enemy). That evening though, we went up to a hill overlooking the city. It was so beautiful to see the lights over the whole city and the mountains in the distance. We also danced to The Greatest Showman soundtrack and Disney music which was so fun.

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After that, we went to the grocery store to get ingredients to make tacos. Making dinner turned out to be an adventure in itself, because as we got back to Tyler’s apartment and asked for a knife and cutting board to cut the onions and garlic, I was handed a butter knife and plate. Apparently Tyler doesn’t cook much because he actually didn’t even own a cutting knife. So I spend the next 10 minutes cutting an onion and garlic with a flimsy butter knife. Even I was impressed that I was actually able to do it and pull of a decent dinner.

My third and fourth days were the more adventurous days of the trip. The third day, Tyler and I went up to Washington State University in Pullman because my mom wanted me to visit the campus as I’m thinking about grad school. The drive from Lewiston to Pullman was beautiful, and it was fun to walk around the campus. After that, we went to Tyler’s favorite BBQ restaurant and then went swing dancing. Now, if you’ve ever met me and/or Tyler, you’d know that I’m an awful dancer and he’s a great dancer. So it was both fun and hilarious having him try to teach me the various swing dances and line dances, and it was really fun to be able to meet all of his friends and see what his Thursday nights usually look like. The only downside to the evening was that Tyler dropped and broke my (very expensive) glasses. Luckily, I had packed my contacts but Tyler felt horrible. Side note: don’t worry, I got the glasses replaced for free under my warranty a couple weeks later.

The last day we woke up and had breakfast together, then Tyler took me to the airport. It was a sad goodbye, since we weren’t (and still aren’t) sure when we’d see each other next, but it was a great week to make up for it. From Lewiston I flew to Seattle and from Seattle to Portland. In Portland I had a 6 hour layover, but this was actually perfect because my Godparents live in Portland. I was able to see them and walk around downtown Portland. We went to a rooftop bar and had some delicious appetizers and got to see the city from a few hundred feet up.

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We also had an amazing dinner at an Italian restaurant that was probably the best food I’ve had in a while (which is saying something because I eat a lot of good food). This was really fun because I’ve never been to Portland and it’s such a different city than Phoenix or Tucson. I really liked enjoyed it and it was great to be able to see my godparents.  From there I headed on a plane back to Phoenix and landed just at midnight.

It was a great spring break trip, even if it wasn’t the most adventurous trip I’ve ever been on. It showed me that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can have adventure in doing anything as long as you’re having fun and with the ones you love.

Hope the rest of your April can be filled with fun and adventure!

-Jess

#AdventurousApril: A Mountain “hike”

9 Apr

This year for Adventurous April, I decided to take advantage of the beauty nature has to offer right here in Tucson. Even though I was born and raised here, I had never gone up to the top of A mountain. Here’s a photo I took at ENR2 of it from far away, if you don’t know what it is.

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I wasn’t too sure what the experience would be like, and I wasn’t disappointed in the end. We decided to park as close to the top as possible because even at 9AM it was ridiculously hot (I can’t handle the heat once it’s past 75-80 degrees). The trail was pretty clearly paved, but there were a few points where we got confused about whether we were at a fork in the road or if it was runoff from summer rains. Overall, it was a very good way to dip my toes into hiking. The trail was pretty safe, except for a few parts where we came upon a few loose rocks.

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Looking NW at the top of the mountain.

When we finally got to the top, it was a really cool view! I never really realized how spread out the city truly is. It was nice to sit up there and just breathe for a little bit. We even met a nice family with a small child that kept trying to venture to the edge, it was a little terrifying. When it got unbearably hot, we went back to the main path that we had taken and kept going to see the actual “A”. It was not as fun to look at as when it was painted more colorfully in past years, but I am glad that I did it.

-Gabriela

 

#AdventurousApril: Pink Hair, Don’t Care

20 Apr
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Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to dye my hair. Unfortunately, I never did it because my mom would always give me reasons of why I shouldn’t. She never wanted me to damage my long brown hair. At the beginning of this year, I took a very large step and got a blonde balayage in August. I loved this look at first but after having it for awhile, I knew I needed a change.

Recently, I have been looking online and have fallen in love with hair that has dramatic rainbow colors in it. I think it is super bold to do and up until now, I was always weary of changing my hair dramatically. My favorite color is purple and after a long time thinking about this change, I finally decided to do it.

When I scheduled my appointment, I was nervous and I had to wait a few days until they could get me in. During these few days, I kept going back and forth between what I actually wanted to dye my hair. I was debating between cutting it and going to a lighter blonde, adding purple, or going to a darker brown. After changing my mind for the 10th time, I decided to just go for it and add purple to it. I figured that this is the time of my life that I could change my hair dramatically before I have to worry about looking professional all of the time.

The day of my appointment, I was excited but nervous as well. I was nervous that I would not like it and regret changing my hair completely. My stylist’s name is Stephanie and when I told her what I wanted to do with my hair, she was super excited. She has worked with vibrant colors before and she assured me that it would turn out great, especially with a balayage. Unfortunately, it did not turn out exactly what I envisioned because my stylist did not have the purple that they usually use. Instead, she mixed colors together to try to get the purple what I was looking for. My hair turned out to be a pink/raspberry color, but I was not upset about it.

I love the color that it turned out to be and Stephanie made sure that I could go back in and get the purple that I originally wanted in my hair. She said that she could redo the entire thing, but I am just going to add some purple in and leave some of the wonderful raspberry color. I am so excited that I followed through with my plans of getting it dyed dramatically because I think it fits my personality perfectly.

I would suggest if you want to try to change your hair by cutting it, dying it a random color then to do it! There shouldn’t be anything holding your back because college is about finding yourself. It’s about expression and this is the best time to take risks and chances!

Best,
Courtney

#AdventurousApril: Sorry Dad, I Got a Tattoo

20 Apr

April is a good month for being adventurous. The weather is nice, flowers are blooming, and getting over that mid-semester lull is essential. I decided April 14th, 2017 was a good day to get my first tattoo.

I am a Chemical Engineering major here at the U of A. I enjoy math and science (a little too much) so it made perfect sense to get a tattoo related to those fields. I decided to get a vector. In math, a vector is defined as having a certain direction and magnitude.

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Since I’ve learned about vectors I’ve always found that somewhat poetic. I want to live my life with a certain passion and purpose, just like a vector. I wanted my vector to point forward to always look towards the future. I don’t want to dwell on the past I want to keep pushing forward to reach all my goals.  For all of these reasons, I decided to get a tattoo of a vector on my right ankle.
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Getting the tattoo was a weird experience. I felt nervous but at the same time, I was very calm. I knew that this was something I really wanted so it kept me calm, but I was still very scared of the pain. The person giving me the tattoo could tell I was a little tense so he gave me a test run. He put the needle on my skin and it really didn’t feel all that bad. Once I gave him the okay he started the tattoo and it wasn’t that bad for the most part. The only thing that really hurt was when the needle crossed my ankle bone. At that part, it felt like my ankle was on fire! It hurt really bad, but it was only for a minute then it went back just to my skin which was a lot easier to handle. IMG_6322.JPG

The entire process didn’t take more than a few minutes. It only took a few minutes for me to do something scary and exciting. The next part was definitely the hardest part of the entire process, telling my dad. My dad is not a fan of tattoos and I knew he wouldn’t be too happy that I, his only daughter, got one. When I showed him, he didn’t overreact like I thought he would. He just asked me questions to make sure this was something I wanted forever. I assured him it was and the whole tattooing experience came to a close.

My tattoo is almost completely healed and I have to say, I love it. I love that it’s not perfectly straight and that the arms on the head aren’t perfectly symmetrical. I wanted this tattoo to be as real and unpolished as the person who has it. We’re both just doing our best. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Any sort of discomfort or unpleasantness was completely worth it. I definitely have tattoo fever and am so excited for my next one!

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-Alyssa

 

#AdventurousApril: Exploring Tucson’s Culture

20 Apr

If you don’t already have a “Things to do in Tucson before I graduate”  bucket list, you should think about making one. For Adventurous April, I decided to cross one item off my list: explore food and art in downtown Tucson. My friend and I met up on University and took the streetcar down to Congress to find different murals from the Tucson Mural Program created by the City of Tucson. Many of them are tucked away, but if you search for murals in downtown Tucson in Google maps, their locations come up.

We spent the day wandering around to the various locations to appreciate the artwork. Pro tip: bring sunglasses if you are doing this when there is no cloud cover. I was blown away by how massive these pieces were! What I loved about the murals was how you could see that there is a story behind them for each artist. My favorite was painted by four different artists; their sections came together flawlessly while still showing off each artist’s individuality. Whenever we saw a restaurant nearby we’d never tried, we stopped in! I got to try Thai and Ethiopian food for the first time and I was surprised by how similar the flavors were to other foods I’d tried before.

If you have a spare weekend, I’d highly recommend grabbing a friend and heading downtown to soak in the culture!

-Gabriela

#AdventurousApril: The Mach 1

19 Apr

If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m all about individual development and personal growth. With that being said, what better way to spread your wings than to face your fears! Although I am not completely scared of heights or being swung around in the air, there are still some carnival rides I have refused to try because they just seem utterly terrifying. So for this Adventurous April, I decided to go to spring fling and try a carnival ride that I have been too scared to try since I was tall enough to enjoy the big kid rides, the Mach 1.

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Once I arrived at spring fling, I had a game plan to spark up my courage by going on semi-intimidating rides first. Beginning with zipper, then the G-force, leading to the ride Insanity. None of those rides were scary to me at all, I just found them to be extremely thrilling. Luckily, my friends and I got there early enough that we only had a 20-minute wait for these rides. After that, it was time to ride the biggest, baddest one of them all -the Mach 1. Although I just wanted to get this ride over with as soon as possible, I ended up waiting one hour until it was finally my turn. (Below is not a picture of me, but this is what the ride is really like.)

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All I have to say is, the Mach 1 is by far the scariest but most thrilling ride I have been on. Compared to the others, this ride actually feels like you are flying, for real. Though even with the nose dives, falling upside down, spinning at fast speeds, I do have to say that ride wasn’t all that bad after all. I probably will even go on it again! In the end, you realize facing your fears isn’t so bad after all. You’ll never know what you are capable of until you try, so do what scares you most! Who knows, you might even become fearless after all.

-Shannon

#AdventurousApril: Solo Date Night

18 Apr

The past few weeks have felt like an extremely busy time for me in comparison to other months. Because of some annoying but very necessary time-consuming activities, my adventurous side had to take it a bit easy for this month’s blog. Despite how much I wanted to go sky-diving or back-pack through the jungle for a few days, I decided a much better and more efficient use of my time was to go see a movie. Solo. A solo date night at the movies, if you will.

Now, I’m not against spending time alone. In fact, I absolutely love it! It’s actually incredibly beneficial and important for people to learn to spend time alone comfortably. However, I had yet to go out and do things, other than grabbing a bite to eat, I would normally do with friends by myself. So, the movies seemed like a great way to get started.

It was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. I watched Beauty and the Beast (again, because I love it so much), had my own little popcorn and drink, and no one to focus on other than myself. Of course, it’s normal to feel a little bit uncomfortable at first. You’re in a public place, doing an activity that is usually done in pairs if not larger groups of people. But you soon realize that it doesn’t matter and, in all honesty, that the people around you don’t even care.

If you’re ever bored or just want to spend some alone time with yourself, I highly recommend going out to see a movie. Maybe even start out a little more slowly by grabbing lunch or dinner. There’s really nothing better than being comfortable in your own space doing whatever it is that you feel like doing!

Take it from Alan, he has a right idea…

-Diana

#AdventurousApril: Table for 1

17 Apr

This April I decided to do something a little outside my comfort zone. Or A lot.

I decided to go to a restaurant and eat all by myself for the entire meal. Now, this may seem like no big deal to some people, but for a person that constantly thrives and survives off the energy and company of others, I was pretty nervous.

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So I put on my favorite pair of jeans on and headed out to a casual, but still sit down themed restaurant. I picked a favorite Vietnamese restaurant close to the University, and decided to go for dinner.

At first walking in I scoped the place out, since it is usually bustling with groups and couples. But to my surprise, there were very few people in the restaurant, and even a person or two eating alone.

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“No biggie”, I thought as I walked up to the counter to order my food. I chose some very delicious egg rolls with rice and a milk tea boba with a little ice on the side.

As I sat down to take my seat, I chose a table meant for two, although only one would be occupying the space for the night. Before I went in I promised myself I would try to limit the amount of time I spent on my phone, since I felt that it was like cheating to use it as a distraction. As I waited for my food to arrive, this is when the nervousness set in.

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What the heck was I suppose to do? Look at the ceiling or the walls? I started to feel a bit impatient since the food was taking a tad longer than usual. I truly had no idea what I was supposed to do. I opted to just play with some chopsticks and tried to relax as I waited.

Around 8 minutes later the food finally arrived and I dug in. This part wasn’t too uncomfortable since I was so distracted by the food, but I did miss the lively conversation that usually accompanies dining out, and to be honest, I felt a bit lonely. I finished my food and sat there for a couple more minutes letting everything settle in. I tried not to think too much about what I looked like or what I was doing, but it’s weird to be alone sometimes, you feel like everyone in the room is watching you, when honestly probably no one is.

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In the end, I didn’t really like eating alone. I know that some people love the quietness and relaxation that comes with solo dining, but honestly, it wasn’t quite for me, and that’s ok!

Everyone told me that it would be no big deal, and it really wasn’t. But I also didn’t really like it enough to want to do it again by choice. Being with friends and families while eating is almost just as important as the food you share! Eating out might have not been this crazy adventure, but it was something I had never really done before either, and to that, I would say I conquered this theme for the month.

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~ Mandi

#AdventurousApril: My First Time Trying Sushi

16 Apr

As many may know I am not the biggest fan of seafood but, that’s mostly because I’m allergic to it…..well for the most part only crab, lobster, shrimp, and salmon. For the most part, my allergy has caused me to miss out on a lot of the foods that my friends love. One food in specific that I really wanted to try for the first time was sushi. After talking to my friends I took it upon myself to try sushi for the first time.

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This last Saturday my friends and I went out to a restaurant here in Tucson called AZIAN.  My friends all insisted that they had the best sushi so I said why not? Especially since this would be my first time having sushi, I wanted to make sure it was worth the experience.

Jumping right into it, I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of sushi. There’s the most common raw sushi but you can also have it cooked! For the most part, I didn’t really enjoy the raw sushi. The taste was unique and very distinctive I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because I wasn’t used to the taste.

healthyContrarily, cooked sushi was AMAZING!!! it taste just like grilled fish and the taste was quite similar to bbq. Luckily, I was willing to try the cooked sushi after my friend convinced me it was not as bad as the raw sushi. She was right!  I spent the rest of my time at the restaurant stuffing my face as if I hadn’t eaten in weeks.

The experience was nothing less than amazing. And most importantly I didn’t have an allergic reaction to it!

Hope you all enjoyed my experience!

Until Next Time,

Darius Amos