Jumping Out of Planes

16 Jul

Hello all,

I haven’t written on this thing in a while because I’ve been busy doing crazy fun things all summer long and preparing for my epic move to the Wild Wild West. As many of you know this blog started out as a documentation of my experiences while studying abroad. After that I kind of fell off the wagon and didn’t write much on here. To be honest that was because nothing else in my life was thrilling enough to follow entries about riding camels in Morocco or pub crawling in Ireland. But now I am back with the most ridiculous tale to tell because I, Megan Delano, have jumped out of a moving airplane at 10,000 feet in the air. 

Okay so I definitely made that sound so much more badass than it actually was. Of course I was strapped to a professional skydiver and didn’t actually jump, he pushed me… but it gained tons of points on the badass scale. Some may say “no way. you didn’t. that’s crazy. you’re so cool.” trust me, I know. And I have pictures to prove it! 

Below is the precise moment when I almost threw up, followed by about a 45 second long free fall through the clouds  and then a lovely pic of me waving to my people down below. 

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Overall I have to say that skydiving is definitely for those who are a little bit crazier than the rest. It was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life and to be honest I cannot wait to go again. This is for my sister who called me a baby my whole life. We finally did it Sarah!

Stay tuned for what’s next on My Life as Meg.

 

 

Coloradoooo Rocky Mountain High

24 Mar

Hola amigos,

I realized I suck at keeping up with blogs now that I’m not frolicking around Europe. However I have great and exciting news to share (which I’m sure all of you already know). As you all know, in a few weeks I will be graduating from undergrad. Crazy, I know. And everyone is always like, “what will you do after college blah blah blah.” Well I have had this planned out for a while. I would apply to grad school somewhere else, get out of Boston, and continue my education. I was referred to a school out in Boulder Colorado that specializes in exactly what I was looking for in a graduate degree. I applied to this school, and no others, for their Transpersonal Counseling and Art Therapy masters program (which I’ll explain what that means another time)

In February I got an email that I was invited to go out to Colorado for an interview. I was beyond ecstatic but also it had been a very difficult few months for my family so it was hard to get excited about it at times. I then reminded myself how mad my sister would be at me if I did not jump at this opportunity. She was one to NEVER miss an opportunity handed to her. After some minor travel obstacles my mom and I were finally on our way to Boulder for my interview and a week of relaxation. We began our adventure Boulder so that I could scope out the area and a potential apartment  (in hopes I would even get in to the school). To sum up the first day I was cranky because it was snowing, we kept getting lost, and I was suffering from altitude sickness. However the tables turned when we went to look at a potential apartment that I fell in love with. 

The next day I had my interview that went so well. They seemed so impressed by my experience and I felt like it was such a good fit. After a long day of interviewing my mom and I went out to celebrate at a place called the Boulder Dushanbe Tea house where we had amazing hummus and their famous chai tea.  

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The rest of our time in Boulder was absolutely perfect. It was about 60 degrees everyday and gorgeous. One afternoon we took a drive up to a little town called Estes Park. (Fun fact: this is where the hotel is that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining.)

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On our last night in Boulder we treated ourselves to a night of shopping and a delicious meal. Possibly one of the top 5 best meals I’ve ever eaten and that says a lot because you all know how much I love to eat. Here is an awesome pic of our steak bracciole and wine. 

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After Boulder we went on an adventure down to Colorado Springs which was beautiful. We explored the Garden of the Gods and ended up staying in an amazing hotel called the Antler where we got awesome breakfast in bed and had an amazing view of Pikes Peak mountain. 

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Needless to say we ate well and had an amazing time in Colorado. I definitely was not ready to come back to New England after 70 degree weather in Denver that’s for sure. But we flew back and vacation was over 😦 A few days after I returned I got a phone call from the school out there. I GOT IN! COLORADO HERE WE COME! I am so beyond excited and nervous and everything all at once. I know that my sister would be so proud of me for chasing my dreams. I also know she is thinking “well of course you got in.” So as scary as this all is, at least I have a beautiful guardian angel watching over me where ever I go. Someone has got to supervise me right?

So I put in my notice of when I will leave work and got on the wait list for an apartment in Boulder. Now all I have to do is survive my final semester of senior year and do all of the things in Boston I meant to do in the past 4 years. 

I couldn’t agree more. Love you mama<3

5 Feb

Found a fantastic compilation of all of the reasons Moms are the best.

16 Things We Forget To Thank Our Moms For

I’m back!

3 Feb

Hello loyal blog followers,

I’m back by popular demand. This time I’m just going to ramble about life and how sometimes it’s fantastic and other time’s it could not possibly get any more shitty. If i have learned one thing this year it is that life is a crazy thing because you truly never have any idea what is going to happen in the next year, week, or even minute. Life can go form being the most blissful to the most painful in such a short amount of time. You have all (maybe) followed me on my journey through europe where I had the most amazing adventure of my entire life. Life could not have gotten any better. Nearly half a year later and my world is shatter into a million pieces in an instant. As many of you know, I recently have lost my sister to a tragic accident. She was the best friend I will ever have in my entire life and forever my guardian angel. I will never again meet another human being as spontaneous, loving, daring, or inspirational as my big sister was. Not a day goes by that I do not think of her. Everything I do, every breath I take, every ounce of energy I exert is to keep going for her. As her younger sister, all I want to do is make her proud. I know that she will be with me every step of the way as I end one chapter of my life and graduate, and as I enter a new unknown adventure. She would want me to follow all of my dreams no matter how crazy or difficult they might be because that is exactly what she did. You know you have big shoes to fill when you’re older sister was a pyrotechnician who also dove with sharks and played with jellyfish for a living. As for me I was always the baby who played it safe. But from now on I don’t want to play it safe. I want to live just as freely and fully as my sister did. Which is why I have volunteered (by volunteered i mean forced) to live out my sisters bucket list. When I first signed on for this I was under the impression that it was just fun things like six flags and taking a painting class (which we have already accomplished). However, I have recently discovered a whole new level of her bucket list with her fiance which includes sky diving and white water rafting down the Colorado river. So, as I accomplish all of these crazy adventures and check off my sisters bucket list, I will keep you all updated.

Where’s the fun in living if you can’t brag about it somewhere right? 

As for now I am in the middle of planning my post undergrad life and trying to figure out what the hell i want to do. It’s in the making but when I have more of a plan I will let you know.

Until next time wordpress<3

Update

5 Jun

After being home I’ve realized how many people actually read this thing. For those of you still interested I decided to give you a little update on my life back in the good ol’ U.S. of A. I had a lovely 25 hour trip back to the states where I did a whole lot of crying and a whole bunch of eating chocolate. I’m still not used to wifi everywhere, having manners, or not having food that comes for free with my drinks.. It will take some time I suppose. As for my life back in Boston.. I recently discovered the family I work for is moving to Providence (in like a week) which means I get a new job or commute to Providence everyday. On top of that I spent 3 days cleaning my apartment to get it back to my OCD standards. This cleaning spree lead to an endless fun game of finding surprises all over the house which included moldy cups in the cabinet and a bag of rags that were used to clean up throw up 😀 Glad to be back to real life. Also glad animals were living my my apartment. America is great.

And Here is The End…

23 May

I cannot believe this day came so quickly. Just like that I’m saying goodbye to a place I’ve called home for 4 months and just like that I’m a senior in college. Now my bags are all packed in just a few hours I will start this journey back to America. Unfortunately it’s time for my final blog. These past four months of my life have been absolutely incredible. There are no words, pictures, or souvenirs to do these experiences justice. I have travelled to different countries, immersed myself in new cultures, opened my eyes to new views on life, and most importantly, learned a lot about who I am as a person. I have learned to let go and appreciate the simple things more. I have learned that stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way you can really grow. I have also learned that being a little crazy makes life all the more interesting. I have met the most amazing people from all over the world who I will never forget. 4 months seemed so long for everyone wishing I was coming back home sooner, but for me here it was a short experience. I remember the first day I moved into my apartment and nearly had a panic attack because I realized I was in a different country where no one spoke english. I had no idea if I was going to make friends, survive my classes, or even like it here at all. That seems like it was yesterday and now I’m all packed up and feeling like I’m leaving home again. Granada will always have a special place in my heart. Its one of the most amazing cities with the most amazing people and I will miss it so much but I know this will not be a ‘goodbye’, but more like a ‘see you later’. Luckily I can take all of the experiences I have had and bring them home to still grow from them. I will never forget the places I’ve been or the incredible people I have met and how they have changed my life.

My incredible roommates and Senora<3

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And our homie Juan Miguel (aka host dad)

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and our amazing neighbors with our favorite little spaniard Nacho<3

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Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of my family and friends, the amazing program directors I had, professors, my host family, and everyone who has helped me along. So for all of you who backed me up, who kept in touch, who mailed me care packages, who listened to me complain when I was homesick, who donated to my trip, who loved me unconditionally even when I was across an ocean and didn’t forget about me…(and for those of you who did forget about me but are just catching up on my blog now. go away. you don’t deserve to see my cute pictures) all I can say is…

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And that’s it. I love you all and will see you tomorrow America. I hope everyone enjoyed reading my blogs and hearing about my adventures. I know this won’t be the end of traveling and I know I have a lifetime of adventures ahead of me. I want to see and experience as many cultures as I can. I want to have mind blowing experiences around the world. I want to experience life in the only way that I know how which is exploring the unknown.

First I just have to go back to real life and get this school thing over with;)

#Thingsmyroommatesays

22 May

Hello everyone. Here I am still actively avoiding studying. Every 5 minutes or so I have decided that I deserve a break so now I’m going to write an entertaining blog of the hilarious things my roommate has said throughout this semester. I love my ridiculous Dominican princess of a roommate, Jorgelina. She is my Spain roommate soulmate. This semester would definitely not have been as entertaining, unpredictable, or absolutely crazy if we did not live together. Luckily she lives in Boston so she can never get rid of me.

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So here are the best quotes by the one and only, Jorgelina:

1. “It would be so good to have a noodle right now..(really long pause)…. just one damn noodle.”

2. “Why is Enrique Iglesias eating at Red Lobster? He’s better than that.. The world is coming to an end.”

3. “Let’s go to a One Direction concert.”

4. “It’s just so hard to get out of bed unless Ricky Martin is playing.”

5. (after watching a Taylor Swift music video) ” I need to have a stuffed animal party. That will be the first thing I do when I get my own apartment. I can’t wait.”

6. “Should I wear things humans wear?”

7. (after I asked where she’s been for the past few hours.. aka still no explanation) “There was no room so they put the two polish girls in the trunk.”

8. “When I grow up I want to be Adriana Lima.”

9. “My biggest accomplishment in high school was that I kissed a French guy.”

10. (from a girl who spends half of her life in one of the poorest parts of the Dominican Republic)
“Even as a small child I always had high standards of where I would sleep.”

11. “I think I might have thrown up on that charger. I don’t know why it doesn’t work.”

12. (in the same conversation as the previous) “What if I threw up on someone though?”

13. “I will never eat at Grasshopper again. There was legit an animal walking around all over my plate.”

14. “I don’t like those things with the faces..”
me:”you mean the shrimp?”
“Yeah I like it when I can’t tell what kind of animal I’m eating”

15. “There was no paper toilet”