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Waikiki Beach & Diamond Head :)

We came back from Hawaii yesterday. It was just amazing! Everything in one place – blue crystal ocean, mountains, white sand and lots of green… We had a great time, partly lazy and partly active. We rented a car and went round the Aohu island. Our hotel was located on Waikiki beach so we had amazing view from our balcony- on the ocean and on Diamond head. It was one of the best vacation ever! :) Just see some of our photos :)

Nice wide view

Nice wide view

View from our hotel - wow!

View from our hotel – wow!

Sunset at Waikiki

Sunset at Waikiki

Diamond head and me :)

Diamond head and me :)

 

Hawaiiiiiii :)

Hi! :) It will be just a quick note to tell you that we are going to Hawaii today to celebrate Michael’s 28th birthday :) Wow…. ! I just can’t believe in that, it seems like going to a paradise :)  We’s have a direct 6hrs flight and we’ll stay there for 8 nights. Sounds great and I think it will be ever better, wow! That’s a nice place for birthday :)) Here are some pictures of Honolulu, as we’re staying there:

Hawaii - Honolulu Airport

Hawaii – Honolulu Airport

Hawaii - Honolulu

Hawaii – Honolulu beach

Hawaii is so beautiful! :D

Hawaii is so beautiful! :D

My first acupuncture! :D

Today I had my first acupuncture session! It was pretty cool and I really enjoyed those peaceful moments of relaxation with needles in my body ;) When the lady inserted needles in my body after a minute I felt sooo good and somehow joyful :P I cannot explain that but it was like my body was saying that it is beneficial. I had about 10 needles – in my hands, feet, one in head and one in ear (!) :P  I was left with them for 30 minutes in a peaceful, cozy and warm room with a relaxing music. Mmmm…. that was a great experience! :)

Acupuncture is not as painful as it seems! ;)

Acupuncture is not as painful as it seems! ;)

Business Administration course @ University of Washington

As I’m finishing my bachelor in Management at Warsaw School of Economics, I thought it would be a nice idea to start something else… again :P  I’m now attending  in Business Administration at University of Washington. And it’s REALLY intensive! :P Much too intensive than I expected it to be ;)  Still it’s cool to learn new things, especially about how things work in the US. Here leraning is much more hands-on. You learn mostly by reading cases and appropriate lectures before class and you are expected to come to the class with that knowledge! The aim of the lecturer is mainly to guide you and answer some questions in case you have them.  It’s a totally different approach than in most of European countries, where we get veeery deep into sophisticated theory and there is not much time left to see how it all works in real life.

I’m not sure which method is better. InPoland I sometimes felt like a master of theory but had no idea how to implement it in life situation. Here, from time to time, I have an impression that I read interesting and cool things but in the classrom we end up talking about basic silly things or we are given very brief or no explanation as maybe we won’t get that anyway? ;)

Despite all, I enjoy that course a lot! :D  Here are some nice pictures of UW:

University of Washington during Spring :)

University of Washington during Spring :)

University of Washington - fountain and Mt Rainier

University of Washington – fountain and Mt Rainier

It's really beautiful there!

It’s really beautiful there!

 

Nature near Las Vegas – Valley of fire

When we were in Las Vegas it was soooo hot that during the day you had to be either gambling in a casino or in a car with excellent air conditioning ;) As we wanted to see as much as we can, we decided just to drive somewhere. Exactly – just somewhere. We just picked an area quite close to Las Vagas that was green on the map (we were thinking of a forrest!) and there was a lake nearby. I took my sweaming suit and we went!

As we were getting closer, there was still nothing green on the horizon! What is more, it was becoming more and more… unpredictable ;)

Getting there! :)

Getting there! :)

When we got to the Valley of fire state park and we just couldn’t believe our eyes! Wooow, it was soooo amazing!!!! :D Just have a look :)

Valley of fire - drive thru ;) #1

Valley of fire – drive thru ;) #1

As it was so freaking hot, we did most of the tour as drive thru :) Actually, it was really cool as there were nearly any cars and in fact  you could see most of the things while driving :)

Valley of fire - drive thru ;) #2

Valley of fire – drive thru ;) #2

Me and red mountains :)

Me and red mountains :)

What we liked is the fact that everywhere where the view was really nice there was a huuuuge parking lot. You may say it’s logical but believe me – not in every country ;))

Valley of fire - drive thru ;) #3

Valley of fire – drive thru ;) #3

That was for sure one on the best spontaneous trips we’ve ever made! :D Valley of fire is definitely worth seeing :)

Chicken salad with celery

Selery is, to put it mildly, not my favorite vegetable ;) However, I’ve been since a long time intrigued by the green celery. That’s how I started thinking about this salad :)

Celery

Celery

Here are the ingredients:

  • chicken breast fried with curry and other spices
  • half of chinese cabbage
  • can of pineapple – chunks
  • can of corn
  • 2 celety – slieced
  • gouda cheese – diced
  • mayonnaise
  • salt, pepper, curry
Chicken salad with celery - stage #1

Chicken salad with celery – stage #1

Chicken salad with celery - stage #2

Chicken salad with celery – stage #2

Chicken salad with celery - stage #2cd

Chicken salad with celery – stage #2cd

Chicken salad with celery - stage #2cdcd

Chicken salad with celery – stage #2cdcd

The layers look really good, however I decided to mix it. If you want the salad to stay crispy and better-looking for a longer period of time, maybe you should consider keeping it just in layers ;) All in all, it was absolutely delicious!!! :D  I’m not afraid of celery anylonger (at least not of the green one :P)

Chicken salad with celery - ready :)

Chicken salad with celery – ready :)

Chicken salad with celery - ready :)

Chicken salad with celery – ready :)

Las Vegas is amazing!

Although the temperature in Las Vegaz was extreme (113F) and was not significantly lower at night, it was absolutely worth to go there!!! It was just amazing, I was definately not expecting something like that ;) Casinos EVERYTHERE and THOUSANDS of people playing just round the clock. It was really difficult to say what time is it by assesing the amount of people in casino;)

We were living close to Las Vegas Downtown and it had really cool atmosphere. We also went to saw the Strip and hotels there were just unbelievable-the Mirage, Venetian… Ican’t imagine how it was done and… what was the cost of it ;)

Here are some of our pictures:

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

 

The Venetian - can you beleive that it is 2am ?? :)

The Venetian – can you beleive that it is 2am ?? :)

 

Las Vegas Downtown

Las Vegas Downtown

 

Just an ordinary casino

Just an ordinary casino