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10 Best Travel Moments in Iceland

August 24, 2015
Looking back on my two week trip to Iceland with Rachael, there were so many incredible moments. I decided to pick my top ten and share them here.  It was hard to choose, believe me! Iceland is one of the most stunning places that I have ever visited in terms of natural beauty. In some ways, it reminded me of New Zealand's South Island. Without further ado, here is my list!

1)  Soaking in the natural hot springs at the Secret Lagoon. Of course you have probably heard of the Blue Lagoon, which is one of the top attractions in Iceland. While we did go to the Blue Lagoon and liked it, both Rachael and I much preferred the Secret Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is touristy, expensive, and crowded while the Secret Lagoon is smaller and in my opinion, more relaxing. The Secret Lagoon is located in Fludir which is not far from stops on The Golden Circle tour. It was a convenient place to go for us since we had just spent the day taking in the sights on this popular day trip. At the Secret Lagoon, we were enjoying ourselves so much that we lost track of time. Before we knew it, there was no one left but our group and a few other stray couples. It was a great way to get in some hydrotherapy and unwind!

2) Making friends with Icelandic horses. On our road trip, we decided to stop and pet some of the horses we saw in passing, and Rachael and I also spent a half-day going horseback riding through the lava fields. The company we went through is called Ishestar, and it's easy to go while staying in Reykjavik. We were considered beginners and had no problems, and everyone was divided into one of two groups so that the advanced riders could go faster.

Icelandic horses are known to be rather friendly and are exceptional because they know other gaits besides the traditional ones like walk, trot, canter/gallop. This is a very pure breed because no other horses are brought into Iceland. Once Icelandic horses are exported, they are not allowed to ever come back into the country in order to prevent diseases. Icelandic horses are generally considered to be small and sturdy, but we were warned by our Icelandic guides to never confuse them for ponies! We were also told that Icelandic horses are special because a rider's body can easily move with the horse, which allows for a smoother ride.

3) Exploring Reykjavik. Besides the first three nights of our trip, we stayed in Reykjavik the whole time. Although we went on many daily excursions, we still took the time to explore this quirky city. While in Reykjavik, we spent a night out on the town, ate at plenty of tasty restaurants like Le Bistro and Laundromat Cafe for brunch, tried several coffeehouses, went shopping for some souvenirs, toured Harpa Concert Hall, went to the top of Hallgrimskirkja (aka "The Big Church") for some stellar views of the city, explored the harbor, went to Nautholsvik geothermal beach, and took a free walking tour of the city. We did leave the city frequently, but I liked having Reykjavik as our "home base."

4) Admiring waterfalls. Don't tell TLC, but a big portion of our trip was spent chasing waterfalls. Even though we made it a point to see some of the top waterfalls in Iceland, many of the ones we saw just happened to be ones we passed by randomly on our road trip! My personal favorite is the majestic Hraunfossar, which translates to Lava Waterfall.

Beautiful waterfalls like the one pictured below are common sights in the southern part of Iceland.

Other waterfalls we visited included: Oxararfoss in Pingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Skogafoss, Svartifoss, Barnafoss, and Bjarnarfoss, to name a few more. Seeing these waterfalls was one of my travel experiences of all time--maybe it's because my middle name is Lynne, which means waterfall. :)

5) Learning about Icelandic culture. Our road trip was great, but I learned the most from my Reykjavik Excursions guide when I went to Snaefellsness Peninsula and to Langjokull Glacier, which I hope to write more detailed posts on later. Lolly from the free walking tour in Reykjavik also taught me about traditional Icelandic food (sheep testicles fermented in milk, anyone?), history, and politics. Kaelene had some insight about Iceland since she has lived in Iceland for more than 22 months now. For example, did you know that gender equality is a big deal in Iceland? Kaelene informed us that in primary schools, boys are encouraged to talk about their feelings and play with typical "girl" toys like dolls while girls are given "boy" toys.

One of the stops on our Free Walking Tour: The Parliament Building where the Prime Minister resides

6) Going inside a volcano- We went on the Inside the Volcano tour and got to go down into the magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur, a volcano that last erupted 4,000 years ago. While visiting other places, you might get to hike up a volcano or go into one of the craters, but going this deep into a volcano can only be done at Thrihnukagigur. We took a specially designed, open air elevator down 120 meters and got to stay and explore the magma chamber for about 35 minutes. The colors were just incredible!

7) Taking in the scenery at Gjain. I have to thank Kaelene for blogging about this lush valley because otherwise we would have missed it. It is not well known, but well worth the trip. Actually, part of the reason why Gjain is so remarkable is because there aren't many tourists there. When we were hiking around, a group was just leaving and we were the only ones there!! That meant we got private views of waterfalls and the gorgeous surroundings.  Four out of four of us said that Gjain was one of our favorite stops in Iceland.

8) Heading out to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. I have never seen anything quite like these icebergs that have broken off from a larger glacier. Our friend that went with us compared them to mint chocolate chip ice cream. If you look closely at this wonderful setting, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of a seal or two. 

9) Walking on the black sand beach at Vik at sunset. After a long day, our group headed to the picturesque town of Vik to wind down for the evening. We were tired from our trip, but had a hearty meal and then we meandered down to the beach for an evening stroll on the beach, which was just what we needed. Not only was the sky beautiful, but the basalt columns added to this amazing setting. 

10) Touring Snaefellsnes Peninsula- Known as a miniature version of the whole country, Snaefellsness did not disappoint! We visited a volcanic crater as well as the black sand beach with wreckage from the ship Epine-Grimbsy. Additionally, we admired waterfalls and the small villages along the way. The best part was taking a hike along rugged coastline and seeing the lava cliffs between Arnarstapi and Hellnar. 

Is there anything on this list that you would like to do? Have you ever been to Iceland? If you have, what would be on your list?

Reading Into My Psychic Reading

August 13, 2015
Have you ever gone to get your tarot cards read by a self-professed psychic? My friend and I were in Salem, Massachusetts; we thought we would do it "just for fun." The only thing is that my reading turned into something that stressed (and is still continuing to stress) me out when I think about it sometimes. Then, the other half of the time I will just laugh at this and dismiss it as not true at all. 

The psychic started off by introducing herself and asking my age. Then I pulled a bunch of Tarot cards from the deck, and she told me some information about myself that was accurate.

"You're really good with balancing money." My mom always says that one of my sisters blows all her money, the other one is frugal, and I am the perfect balance. I would agree with that...you know, except for when I pay $40 for a 20 minute psychic reading. Wow, good one, psychic! One point for you. 

"Are you in a relationship?" When I told her no, she did not let it go and kept pushing because I had pulled the death card which she said meant death of a relationship. I told her that my last relationship of five and a half years did not have an official end date, but that we hadn't seen each other in over a year and hadn't texted since February. I also mentioned to her that I was going to China, and she said the card meant that once I go to China it will be like this relationship is truly over because it will be like me taking the next step that I need to take to move on with my life.

"You have a lot of guilt over your last relationship, but it's not your fault." That is also true, but I think anyone who talks to me for more than two seconds on this topic could pick up on that. Even when I know someone is not right for me, I just hope that they will be the one to break up with me. Major character flaw alert... Break ups aren't easy, but I really struggle with dumping people because I feel way too anxious and terrible for "breaking someone else's heart," even though the alternative is us being together with at least one of us being unhappy, which is probably far worse. I tend to stay in relationships longer than I should. 

The psychic asked me about my astrological sign and also which sign my ex was. When I told her I was an Aries and he was a Leo, I started by saying that I knew Aries/Leo were supposed to be good matches based on every astrology site/book I've ever looked at. She told me that it can be a good match if the Aries talks the Leo up and gives the other person lots of compliments and reassurance, but when the Aries does not do that, it won't be a good relationship. She then said that Leos like to stay at home, but Aries like to go out and have adventures so that is another difference that can cause problems. What she said did describe my last relationship, but of course she knows I'm adventurous because I told her I was going to China! 

"You try too hard to please others, but you need to think about what you want and do it. Don't let other people decide for you." This is kind of an ambiguous comment, but I took it to mean that I tried working "a traditional job" in my home country, and was hoping to "settle down." This is what others wanted for me, and I decided to try it out, but wasn't very successful. (Don't you love how I mold these statements into something that fits my situation?)

"The very first Tarot card you drew was the World, which means that China will be very good for you and that there will be many opportunities. This card means that someone is ready to move on and start something new, so it's telling that this is the first one you picked." Really, I couldn't think of a card that would better represent where I am in my life right now.

So far so good, right? Well, here's the part that I didn't like so much...

"I don't see any kids in your future. Sorry."  I guess I must have seem startled because she said, "Well, let me double check by looking at your palm." After looking at my palm, she said, "I just don't see it. Sorry again." Yes, I'm not stupid, and I know that I'm 34 and single so there is a chance that this will be true, but I guess I just didn't expect to hear this in the shop. You know like in the sense that if a so-called psychic "sees" that you will get hit by a car, then she will leave that out as to not upset you? I expected the same courtesy. Of course this prompted me to Google things like "palmistry" and "children lines" and upon examining my own palm for awhile, about the only thing I wanted to do with my palm was to hit myself in the forehead with it for even Googling that in the first place.  

I don't even know for sure if kids will be right for me, but I want to be open to the possibility. I felt kind of like Carrie in Sex and the City when she realizes that Aleksandr Petrovsky might not be the one because being with him would mean the decision to never have kids would be made for her.  I don't just want to be told no, never. Hmmm...clearly, I should just run out and have a baby to prove my psychic wrong. 

As if that wasn't bad enough, then she said, "You won't ever get married or have a husband." At that point I must have looked distraught, because I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to find someone that I loved enough to be my husband one day. After all, isn't love what practically all humans basically strive to find in their lifetime? She did add, "At age 37 you will find a life partner. He might not live with you, though." Is it just me or does that sound like a gay BFF? ;) Not very encouraging! 

Okay, I don't totally believe in this stuff.  Again, I just thought it was going to be light-hearted and amusing...not full of information I did not want to hear because at my age I already sometimes worry about those things. Even though it wouldn't be the end of the world if I was single/childless forever, there's beauty in the unknown!

The friend who I was with told me not to freak out and that it was a bunch of malarkey, but she did admit that if she was told that she would never get married or have kids that she would also be concerned. I really do not think that the psychics in the shop we visited go around telling people that they will have no marriage/kids on a regular basis because otherwise they'd probably have bad reviews on Trip Advisor, and this shop has hundreds of five star reviews.

Obviously what I want to do now is go to the Savannah psychic my friend knows about and go for a reading so that hopefully she can contradict what the other psychic has told me! HA! This is very tempting, but in another sense, I know that I'm being completely ridiculous.

At the end of the day, do I KNOW what she said is true? No, of course not. Did she say some things that were upsetting?  Yes, but should I waste my time worrying about these "predictions" or should I be living my life #theadventurousway (had to promote our wonderful Instagram hashtag!) and making my own fate? I think I'll take the latter.

Have you ever gone to a psychic and not liked what you were told? 

Preparing for Life as an Expat

August 12, 2015
I just got back from traveling for three weeks, so it seems crazy that I will be moving to China in nine days.  NINE.  I have a lot to take care of before the trip, so I thought I'd generate a list to help myself and hopefully others prepare for the plunge!

Get your doctor/dentist appointments in. Before I move overseas, I try to do this beforehand. Of course it is possible to go to the doctor's office in other countries, but I like to go to someone who knows my medical history while I can. It's also just one less thing you'll have to worry about when you arrive in your new environment. 

Start scheduling visits with your friends/family members. There are so many people I want to see before I go to China for a year.  Of course, my friends are spread out in Ohio and in the South. Since it's still the summer which is peak vacation time, I probably should have contacted my friends more in advance. Don't wait to start arranging your visits!

Sell what you will no longer be using. For me, I have to sell my car because I have nowhere to store it while in China. I'll also be selling my phone because I have to get a new one in China. Might as well try to make some cash!

Get a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees. In Iceland, every time I used my card, I was charged around 50 to 75 cents per purchase. That adds up, and I know that I don't want to have to pay that in China every time I use my card. Rachael used the Capital One Venture card in Iceland and wasn't charged any fees, and our friend just told us about Chase Sapphire Preferred, which is what I'm leaning towards!

Call your bank/credit card company and let them know your new location. Having your cards frozen overseas is a royal pain! I've had it happen to me, so if anything can be done to possibly avoid this then take those measures!

Figure out where you will store the items you will not take with you. Will your parents or other relatives let you keep your stuff with them? Do you need to pay for a storage unit? If so, what is worth keeping and what should you purge? You should have a plan for this.

Arrange for airport pick up, if needed. When you arrive at your final destination, you're likely going to be tired and have heavy suitcases with you. To alleviate the stress, it's a good idea to have someone meet you there. Luckily, someone from my school will be there to meet me when I arrive.

Cancel services you will not be using anymore. This includes utilities, car insurance, cell phone services, etc. Decide ahead of time when it's appropriate to cancel each service and set aside time to do so!

Get a VPN if you think you'll be using public Wifi frequently or if you'll be going to a country where big sites are blocked. For China, this is pretty much a necessity for me since everything from Google to Facebook is blocked. However, you still may want to consider downloading a VPN app for your phone/computer so that your online transactions are more secure if you'll be using public Wifi. I just read a great blog post by Nomadic Matt who explains VPNS in detail.

Make copies of important documents. Since I'll be going to China to work, I'll need copies of my passport (this is obviously in addition to the real thing!), teaching license, diploma, etc. I'll also be leaving a copy of my passport with my parents, just in case. 

Print out flight itineraries. Maybe this is old-fashioned, but I like to have a hard-copy of my flight schedule with me at all times since I've had technology fail on me before. 

Invest in a guide book. I'm not going to pretend that I know Shanghai like the back of my hand. I'm going to need a lot of help when I first arrive to find my way around and to decide where I want to go, so I will be purchasing Lonely Planet's Guide to Shanghai. Unless you know the place you'll be moving to well, a guide book could really be a useful resource to have around. 

Stock up on hard to find items to take with you.  Just thinking about everything I need to buy for China is stressing me out! I feel like if I was a petite girl, this would be WAY easier because I have to come prepared with enough clothing for the entire year knowing that I can't really just go to the store and buy what I need. I should have enough shoes, work outfits, regular outfits, bras, socks, underwear, etc for the whole year. Other items that aren't so readily available in China include: deodorant, tampons, razors, certain branded makeup products from the States, and so on. No matter where you go in the world, you'll likely be missing something from back home, so find out what those items are and bring extra.

Change your address. I'm having all of my mail forwarded to my parents' address and am using that as my "home address" in the States. That way, my parents will be able to send me any important documents that I need, and I'll still be allowed to keep my U.S. bank account.

Register with your country's embassy.  It's just always a good idea in case there would be an emergency. Plus, you will be sent any relevant travel alerts. 

Have you ever lived in another country for an extended period of time? What are your suggestions to help the move go smoothly?

New York City Recap

August 10, 2015
I just got back from a whirlwind of a trip with Rachael! We spent the past three weeks in New York City, Iceland, and then Boston. Both of us decided not to bring our laptops, but truthfully it was nice not have to worry about them and also freeing to have a break. It even feels a little weird typing right now...like my fingers lost some muscles from not being able to do all the typing I usually do. I guess I'll have to build them back up starting with this post, ha ha.

Anyway, I thought I'd recap our trip to New York City first! Let me just say that while I have been to NYC three times before, I felt that this was the first time that I wasn't running around doing touristy stuff the whole time. That's why I loved this trip to NYC so much, even though our start to the trip was a little rough and there were a few ratchet moments.

Rachael and I met at the Cleveland airport and we were both pleasantly surprised that we did not have to pay to check our first bag. I just assumed since JetBlue was pretty cheap that we would be forced to shell out the cash, so it was nice not to! We flew into Boston where we had a layover. Originally, we were supposed to get into NYC in the early afternoon, but they e-mailed us and changed our flight so that we would be arriving after 5 pm. I didn't even get the e-mail--it must have gone into my junk folder, so I'm glad that Rachael was on top of it. We were nervous because we had already purchased tickets to a Broadway show for that evening, and arriving at NYC during rush hour was going to be pushing it if we wanted to get to the show on time. We saw that there was an earlier flight leaving from Boston and tried to get on that, but the JetBlue representative wouldn't let us because we had already checked our bags on the later flight. We sat down at our gate and had a lot of time to kill. We were just chatting when we noticed that our flight had been canceled and no one was at the desk or anything! Both of us saw that the earlier flight to NYC was boarding, and once again tried to get on. At first we were not going to be allowed, but then a more competent man came over and said that we were actually put on this flight anyway since ours was canceled. Well, I'm glad we took it upon ourselves to immediately go over to that gate!! We asked if our bags would be transferred and we were told most likely yes, but that the airline industry couldn't 100% guarantee anything. Oh, and the day we were flying out of Ohio was very stormy in our home state and all over the east coast, so flights were being delayed left and right. The flight we were put on had been delayed several hours, so tons of people were in a bad mood. Also, the flight was really turbulent to the point where I broke out into a sweat and was gripping the seat next to me at the end. When we got to the airport, our bags didn't show up, but there were about 10 others who had the same problem as us. Luckily, our bags were delivered to us at 3 AM the next morning. It was kind of annoying to have to go to a Broadway show in not the best clothes and to not have our toiletries available at night, but these things happen.

Our first night, we stayed at the Wyndham New Yorker, which was actually free for us because Rachael had earned some points for a blogging campaign she did.  Awesome! We went out and got pizza by the slice (which was absolutely delicious), and then went right to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre which is where Finding Neverland was playing. This was Rachael's first Broadway show and my second!! My friend Scott is an actor and goes to NYC all the time because his brother lives there. He has probably seen over 50 shows or more, but he said that Finding Neverland was one of his favorites. After we watched the show, I could see why! It blew the other show I saw on Broadway years ago (Cabaret), out of the water! I mean, it's just a great story, but it was delivered so well and the actors all did a wonderful job. We were both beyond satisfied with the show.

The next day, we had to get a taxi and move our stuff into our AirBnb. Rachael had stayed in an AirBnb in China, but this was my first time ever staying at one. We were a little disappointed with the location because we were in Harlem in not the best neighborhood, but Rachael said it was advertised as being very close to Times Square.  I never felt unsafe, even though maybe I should have felt unsafe because other reviewers later wrote that it was not a good location for female travelers. The bed was really small, and Rachael and I practically slept on top of one another...helloooo Rachael. It was a good way to save some money, though! One night was $90 and there were at least some free granola bars. Something we thought was weird is that they didn't give us a key to their place. At first I was annoyed, but they promised that someone would always be there to let us in, and they always were, so in the end we didn't care that we didn't have a key. There was also a warning posted to just say that we were friends of the hosts and to not admit that we were AirBnb guests to the neighbors, hmmmm. Thankfully, no one asked us! The other odd thing was that there was this girl with pink hair (who will from now on be referred to as Pinky), and she never introduced herself to us even though we think she lived there. I mean she was always there no matter what time of day or night it was. Also, I'm not quite sure that Pinky had a bedroom because she was always watching t.v. or sleeping in a room by the bathroom that was maybe supposed to be the living room (??). I guess we would have just felt better if she said who she was or tried to talk to us, since we had to pass by her when we went to the bathroom. Then we wondered if the room we were staying in was actually her room since she didn't seem to have anywhere else to go. I seriously felt so awkward by her! The actual AirBnb host was really nice and friendly, but I only saw her a couple of times. I would have asked her about Pinky if I had seen her again. I guess it wasn't the worst AirBnb experience, but it probably wasn't the best, either!

The next day, we woke up bright and early to get some breakfast and to take the Sex and the City tour. Rachael was in her glory shouting out answers to the trivia our tour guide asked us. We went all around the city and saw Carrie's stoop, the park where Miranda met Steve's new "hot" girlfriend, to Aidan's bar to have a cosmo, and many other locations from the show. We were brought to the Pleasure Chest since Charlotte made a purchase there, but I didn't feel right going in because someone was in there filming the guests for a show and if I ever do decide to work in public ed. again...well, it's probably not good to be on tape in a sex toy shop. The good thing about the tour is that they played clips from the series before we would go to the next location. I really needed some refreshers since the last time I watched the show was in 2007!  All in all, it was a fun tour and now I want to re-watch every Sex and the City episode from start to finish!

Later on for dinner, we met Rachael's sorority Little who moved to NYC to work on Off-Broadway. It's funny because she showed us selfies with Chris Noth (aka Big from SATC.) The three of us had dinner at an awesome Mexican restaurant called Mojitos close to our AirBnb. Their sangria was really good, and our waitress even said a whole round of drinks was on her. Rachael and I thought that was so nice, but Rachael's friend told us that a lot of places do that as a tactic to get customers to stay there longer and to order more drinks.  Either way, I'm not going to knock a free drink!

After dinner, we went downtown to a place called Pioneers Bar. This bar was awesome because they had all kinds of games to play!! They had jumbo Connect Four boards, Jenga, playing cards, etc. At first we played the games by ourselves, but then we met some strangers and joined in on some of their games. It was an easy way to meet people and tons of fun.

The next day, Rachael and I decided to check out the Birchbox Store! We mainly wanted to go to the braid bar, but I tried to book appointments at least 5 times online and by calling with no luck. Our other reason for wanting to go was to build our own Birchbox! For $15, you head to the back of the store, grab a box, and you pick one sample sized item from the following categories: hair, makeup, skincare, and body.  The 5th item can be any item of your choice. 

That evening we decided to sign up for this BlogHer event in which we could screen Grandfathered, a new show that will premiere this fall. The show stars John Stamos and Josh Peck and is about a self-centered bachelor (Stamos) who finds out at age 50 that he is not just a father but also a grandfather. We watched the pilot, and although I usually like darker shows, this one was one I would watch for a few laughs. Josh Peck was also there to talk about the show and answer questions. Some of the other bloggers were freaking out about him, but truthfully I hadn't heard of this dude until that day! Rachael knew of him because of a show on Nickelodeon that he starred in called Drake and Josh, but it aired long after my childhood was over, so I was not familiar. In the Q&A, Josh was hilarious and down-to-earth and talked about some of his struggles with weight. Even though I wasn't a fan, I became one after listening to him.

The next day, we woke up early and headed to the Hilton Midtown to go to the BlogHer conference. After our breakfast, we listened to a small group of women pitch their business ideas to a panel. Basically, the winner would get support/funding for their idea. It was pretty inspiring to watch because many of the women had wonderful ideas, some of which would help at-risk students, those living in high-poverty in the inner city, or those affected with HIV/AIDS. Afterwards, there were a lot of seminars to choose from, but we decided to go to one about search engine optimization. While the speaker was qualified and gave many tips about what Google likes, the set up for this event was very poor. There were a bunch of tables all pushed together and it was extremely hard for each group to hear their speaker. The whole time I felt like I was straining to hear and Rachael and I would look at each other and ask, "What did she just say?" I also went to the How to Build a Media Kit, presented by Erin of Scandalous Beauty. While Erin was delightful and had good advice to share, again, I really could NOT hear. At first it was because of the loud music and then it was because of the other groups/too many side conversations. I ended up getting frustrated and left a little early and just went through the Expo to meet the sponsors of BlogHer. It was really not what I expected, but I didn't really have much of an idea of what to anticipate, since this was my first ever blog conference. I thought that different companies would be there and would be looking for bloggers to work with, and while maybe there was a little of that going on, mostly it was representatives from such-and-such company trying to tell us about their brand. Many brand representatives were giving away free stuff and doing giveaways. Rachael got a years supply of toothpaste and won a FitBit. We both left with samples of SheaMoisture body oil, Toms products, some organic snacks, and so on. I wish I would have known about all the free stuff--I had to pass up on a lot of it because there simply wasn't room in my bag since it was full of everything I needed for Iceland. Oh well, you live and you learn.

For the closing party, we headed out to Pier 84 to go to a concert sponsored by McDonald's. We were greeted by all of these young, attractive males holding trays of chicken McNuggets. hamburgers, and cheeseburgers. It made me a little uncomfortable because the less attractive and bigger people were hidden in the food tent making fries and burgers!  What?! I told Rachael that I thought McDonald's had hired talent and that none of those guys actually worked for McDonald's. She asked them, and they confirmed this. The concert was actually pretty enjoyable--if you haven't heard by now, Boyz II Men performed along with DJ Spider and Nick Cannon.  Rachael and I met up with fellow blogger Rachel of Small Towns and City Lights and had a good time getting to know her.

All and all, I really just wanted to learn about blogging, so that's why I signed up for the conference. While the events were fun and the speakers were interesting/passionate about their causes, I do not feel that I gained many valuable insights about blogging from this event.  If I ever go to another conference, I'd like to make sure that it is more focused on how to grow a blog. Also, every single blogger I've ever met in real life has been beyond fabulous, but BlogHer had its fair share of ratchet bloggers. (Interrupting the speakers at the sessions over and over, being pushy, etc.) One example of this was my run-in with a real-life Hamburglar. At the McDonald's party, I went to grab a cheeseburger off of one of the trays and apparently it was the last one.  This other blogger saw that it was, and bolted in front of me, grabbed it out from underneath my hand, took it, ran away, and then turned around and laughed at me. Lady, if a McDonald's cheeseburger means that much to you, then you can have it!! Rachael witnessed the whole thing and said, "I cannot believe she did that to you!  The laughing was beyond rude!" Looking back, it is kind of funny, but I wish I knew where that lady blogged at, ha ha.

Overall, we had a good trip, made some memories, and laughed a lot! This time it's okay that I didn't learn a lot about blogging. Like I said, next time I'll research it more.

Have you ever gone to a blog conference? What did you think? What do you like to do in the Big Apple?