So far this vacation has been so wonderful! I spent the first week in Charleston seeing the sights, and it was such an amazingly beautiful city. (above is a picture of the sunset...umm gorgeous!) My favorite part of that trip was getting to see all the places one of my favorite movies, "The Notebook" was filmed, especially when we spent the day at Cyprus Gardens (the part where they are in the boat with all the birds, video up soon!) and got to actually take out our own boat! It was so magical cause it was like the movie! I also got to walk around downtown where they lay in the street, the restaurant Noah see's Ally with her fiance, and the movie theatre they go on their first date! Anyway, enough rambling about The Notebook (though I could all day). I loved loved Charleston so much. The city was so quaint and elegant and so old-fashioned almost that it made me feel like I was in a movie. We spent a lot of time downtown which was fun because I had liked walking around the market which was basically this long stretch of street with a bunch of vendors selling things they make. I bought this adorable butterfly ring. So other than that, we walked along the Cooper River Bridge (i think that's what it's called) and saw a great view of the city and had a beach day like none other. You Californians can attest to this ; I have never really been to the Atlantic Ocean until then and I was shocked in such a good way because the water was luke-warm. It was amazing! I'm used to the year-round freezing cold California Pacific water that you always have to take a while to get used to and are still always chilly. But for the first time, I got to swim in the water, like all the way in, diving in waves. It was the best because the beach is one of my favorite places so I was a happy camper! My last day there, we ran into Claire who is now going to the College of Charleston. We got to hang out with her and her sister and visit her bf at the Citadel where he goes to school and she showed us her dorm! (Totally Trucked video soon!) All in all my trip to Charleston was such a fun one! And I would love to go back again!
After Charleston, I flew home to Arizona where I was welcomed by 115 degree weather with no breeze. I had a great time being home. It was nice to just relax and kick back for a second cause we have been going going going for so long. I took some voice lessons, and talked to my old high school, my siblings high school, and my old youth theatre VYT about the business and it was great. My time home was nice, my parents threw me a belated b-day party and my whole family came over. It was awesome to see everyone because I missed them all so bad. Family is very important to me, and one of the hardest parts about touring is being away from them, so seeing everyone was perfect. I also got to sit in on my sisters rehearsals. Right now she is playing Lucy in "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" and she was seriously fierce. I'm so proud of her!! I also got to go Swing Dance which I have missed incredibly since I've been out on the road. For those of you who don't know, I LOVE swing dancing and have been for about 7 years. So going out and dancing was the best!! Here is a pic of me and my younger brother and sister (They are tall right??)
We have about four weeks left of this vacation, and now I am enjoying the remainder of that in NY auditioning, taking class and seeing shows. I am very happy here, but can't wait for the show to start up again! I miss it!