Thursday, April 17, 2014

That Time I Went to India

Growing up I never really went on family vacations to exotic places like a lot of my friends. I always dreamed of the amazing places I could travel and made a long list of places I wanted to see when I was in elementary school. Years later, when I was a sophomore in college I saved up enough money to study abroad.

I remember being at work at 4:00am and with my sanity slowly slipping away I found a program entitled "Indian Art & Culture." Anyone that knew me at that point in my life knew I was the biggest germaphobe ever so the choice to go to India was an odd one. The application was due in the next few days so during that overnight shift I submitted the required materials and hadn't thought about it until I received an email of acceptance a week later.

Having never left the country before, I quickly applied for a passport, bought luggage, and loaded up on lots of hand sanitizer. 
I was a broke college student so I couldn't afford the $300 travel doctor visit and thought I'd take my chances with Malaria (in hindsight this was incredibly dumb). Being the procrastinator I am, I arrived to JFK Airport just as my plane was about to board and was the last person on the plane. 18 hours later, I felt like I landed on an entirely new planet. 
I took this photo just after the plane landed in New Delhi and we were headed to the hotel. The first notable thing was definitely the smell, but after a few weeks I didn't even notice it anymore. 
Overlooking the balcony at the first hotel in New Delhi.
The smog was so thick that it blocked out the sun until almost noon. TMI: The air pollution was so terrible that anytime I blew my nose the tissue would turn black.
I will post more details and pictures of my trip later!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Summer is Coming

This weekend was full of diners, beers, gardening, and some dangerous hangs.

I'm not entirely sure whose idea it was to climb the ladder then chug a beer, but it quickly became a competition. This then prompted "Somerville Fear Factor".

Sean's love of Michael Jordan and need of a haircut were merged this weekend. #23!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Week One Year Ago...

This week one year ago I was still living in Paris and going to pick up Jared from the airport. Having not seen him in a few months, I was shaking from nerves and excitement.

We obviously did all of the touristy things Eiffel, Louvre, crêpes, etc. Jared had never been out of the country before so I was not going to miss a thing.
In the ten days that Jared was in Paris, we ate fondue three times. (We're disgusting.) We also went to this certain crêpe place twice. If you're ever in Paris, you're silly not to go to Au P'tit Grec. I found it one night after going to a bar nearby and it was the best drunken decision I had ever made. It neighbors another crêpe place, but Au P'tit Grec had a line almost down the block while the other was empty, so the choice was pretty much made for me. I've tried quite a few crêpes all over the city and this was by far the best. If you're ever in Paris it is near Place Monge on Rue Mouffetard!

My favorite part of Jared's trip to Paris was drinking on the Seine. The Seine is the large river that runs through the middle of Paris where you will frequently see tour boats (Bateau Mouche) going back and forth, couples adorably alongside it, and young adults drinking with their feet hanging over the edge. One evening Jared and I grabbed some beer and a bottle of wine and planted ourselves on the Seine, just near Pont des Arts. We had some great conversations and made promises to each other that this would not be the end of our traveling adventures together.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


In honor of UConn making it to the Final Four today, here are some of my favorite photos and memories from past games.

Winning the March Madness tournament had to be the highlight of my freshman year. We would wait for hours outside the games in the rain and snow just to score good seats. Also, don't mind me being a crazy Kemba Walker fanatic. I made the news for being the creepiest fan girl ever and I'm actually quite proud of it.

Anyways, go Huskies!

Packing Tips

I am the queen of forgetfulness and an expert in procrastination, two qualities that do not fare well together when packing for a big trip. After lots of trial and error, I've begun to master the art of packing. Here are a few of my tips:

  • Before you begin to pack, plan and lay out entire outfits. Just throwing a bunch of clothes in your suitcase will force you to have to take time out and choose outfits once you arrive, when you should be exploring instead.
  • Pack a disposable camera. iPhones break, batteries die, memory fills up, but film never fails.
  • Dry shampoo is a life saver, may I recommend Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
  • Scan a copy of your passport/ticket/license and email it to yourself and a friend.
  • Do not pack anything you've never worn. This is pretty important because in the middle of touring a new city is not the best time to discover that your shoes kill your feet or your new jeans are way too tight.
  • Bring a plastic grocery bag for your dirty laundry. Keep that shit separated.
  • Stuff your socks into your shoes, not only does it safe some space, but it helps your shoes keep their shape.
  • Wear your heaviest items to the airport. I'd much rather wear my coat and boots than have to carry them in my luggage. It also means you can better avoid having overweight luggage and are forced to wear seven layers of clothes, like my friend Mary and I.

A true friend will wear all of your clothes before letting you pay a 50€ overweight baggage fee.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Brief Introduction

Hi there! First of all, thank you for reading this you're a doll. I've had several blogs in the past, but I am finally streamlining all of my ideas/photos/memories into one. For those reading that do not personally know me, my name is Erin Stansbury and I am a 22 year old living in Boston. I'm from New Jersey, (but don't tell anyone please) and recently graduated from the University of Connecticut. I love crafting, traveling, cooking, and drinking lots of beer.
 Get pumped for more to come!