The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I am so beyond happy to share with you my experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Yesterday was the Grand Opening, and even though I did not go for the whole day, I was able to experience it well for the first time.

The day started off with us going into Universal and getting a timed ticket in order to get into the land.

You walk into Hogsmeade, where you see the Hogwarts Express to your right and the hustle and bustle of the day. As you continue walking, it becomes Hogwarts. The castle looked exactly how I had pictured it in my mind and in the movies. It was perfect.

There are many shops where I was able to check out exclusive Harry Potter paraphernalia and I was able to experience the taste of BUTTERBEER™, which tasted exactly like I thought it would, since I was 7 years old reading the books for the first time.

Flight of the Hippogriff™, was the only ride I was able to experience due to the long lines, and the fact that I will be coming back soon because I now have an season pass to Universal Studios.

Here are some photos you might enjoy, I will keep updating later when I return to this magical world.

One month left

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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OMG, so my summer break is almost over. I’ve been working on completing my Summer Bucket List. I have one month left of summer break, since I’ve been super busy I haven’t been able to get through getting all of my photos off my camera & my phone. THAT means, I haven’t been able to post on my blog because, what’s a post with out photos!?

Anywho, I have exactly 23 days until I start school. I’ve done so many things on my list and added a whole bunch of things that weren’t! I’m really happy with this summer, although I wish I could have slept in a couple more days.

I’m about to start my senior year of college. I’m super scared about the future. I really need these 23 days to be awesome. Wish me luck!

Bucket List

This is my bucket list. It’s a list of things I want to do before I die, starting by the “general” things, then what I want to do in each country I want to visit. Enjoy.

In General:

  1. Marry my best friend
  2. Graduate from college
  3. Kiss my significant other on top of the Eiffel Tower
  4. Move out
  5. Take 365 photos in one year.
  6. Travel alone
  7. Have a dog
  8. Put a “Love Lock” on in Paris
  9. Re-read all 7 Harry Potter books without skipping anything
  10. Fall in love
  11. Be an exchange-student
  12. Become fluent in French.
  13. Go to every Disney Park on Earth
  14. Run a 5k.
  15. Ride a motorcycle
  16. Have two kids
  17. Finish a half marathon (walking or running)
  18. Go backpacking
  19. Finish my Summer 2014 Bucket List
  20. Watch a tennis match at Wimbledon
  21. Watch a live World Cup Mexico match
  22. Roadtrip across the USA
  23. Drive a motorcycle by myself
  24. Be in a wedding as an adult 
  25. Snowboard down a mountain without falling
  26. Hike the to the Hollywood sign
  27. Eat Breakfast at Tiffany’s in NYC
  28. See both of my sisters get married
  29. Achieve my ideal weight
  30. Meet Rafael Nadal ❤
  31. Learn to shoot a bow & arrow
  32. Go skiing
  33. Go horseback riding
  34. Do an extreme sport (probably paragliding)
  35. Go climbing (outdoor)
  36. Make a difference in someone’s life
  37. Be a mentor to someone
  38. Make a scrapbook
  39. Take a long exposure photo of the night sky
  40. Volunteer somewhere 
  41. Ride a hot-air balloon
  42. Buy a stranger a drink
  43. Sit and watch a sunset
  44. Watch my best friends get married
  45. See a solar eclipse
  46. Throw a party
  47. Learn how to salsa
  48. Meet a famous actor
  49. Swim with dolphins
  50. Go on a picnic with a picnic basket
  51. Knit a scarf
  52. Be in a wedding 
  53. Fold 100 Origami Cranes
  54. Fly first class
  55. Live through four seasons in a year 
  56. Pick up the violin again
  57. Conquer my biggest fear
  58. Touch a stingray 
  59. Go on a cruise
  60. Help someone in need
  61. Dress up as Wonder Woman
  62. See a lunar eclipse
  63. Get a makeover
  64. Meet someone famous who inspires me
  65. See a shooting star

North America:

  1. See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Alaska, USA 
  2. Go wine tasting in Napa, California, USA
  3.  Walk the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
  4. Road trip from Los Angeles to New York 
  5. Visit Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  6. Go to the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 
  7. Visit RISD, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  8. Watch the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, USA 
  9. Visit Holland, Michigan, USA
  10. Visit all of the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  11. Visit DisneyWorld, Orlando, Florida, USA 
  12. Visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras
  13. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  14. Visit North Carolina (ANYWHERE) 
  15. Visit Quebec, Quebec, Canada
  16. Visit Arches National Park, Utah, USA
  17. Visit the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota 
  18. Ride a trolley, San Francisco, California, USA
  19. Visit Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA 
  20. Visit Niagara Falls, New York, USA / Ontario,  Canada
  21. Visit the Barnegat Lighthouse in Long Beach Island, New Jersey 
  22. Go to Lambeau Stadium (Go Packers!)
  23. Go to NYC, New York, USA
  24. Visit the Sequoia National Park, California, USA
  25. Visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
  26. Camp at Joshua Tree, California, USA
  27. Visit the White House, Washington DC, USA
  28. Photograph the Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA 
  29. Visit Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA
  30. Visit  Channel Islands, California, USA
  31. Visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA 
  32. Climb the Stairway to Heaven in Heeia, Hawaii, USA
  33. Go to Xcaret & Xel ha, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 
  34. Visit the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  35. See Thor’s Well off the coast of Cape Perpetua, Oregon, USA
  36. Visit the ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Teotihuacan, and Monte Albán, Mexico
  37. Have a drink at the Signature Lounge at the Hancock Building in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  38. Visit EVERYWHERE in Mexico that’s touristy 
  39. Visit Redwood National Park, California, USA 
  40. Visit the Four Corners (where 4 states come together), USA 
  41. Visit Saugatuck, Michigan, USA
  42. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

South America/Central America:

  1. Machu Pichu. Aguascalientes, Peru
  2. Visit the Easter Island, Chile
  3. Visit Cartagena, Colombia
  4. Visit the Amazon.
  5. Lay on the beach on Punta del Este, Paraguay
  6. Ziplin at Baños, Ecuador
  7. See the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina
  8. Visit Christ the Redeemer, Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  9. Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina
  10. See El Salto Angel, Venezuela
  11. Visit Panama City, Panama

Europe:

  1. Go to the San Fermin Festival in Spain (Running of the Bulls)
  2. Take a photo at platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross, London, United Kingdom
  3. Visit Pompeii
  4. Drive the Autonahn!
  5. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Visit Ireland (anywhere)
  7. Visit a concentration camp
  8. See the Parthenon, Greece
  9. Checkpoint Charlie
  10. Visit my friend Hendrik in Belgium
  11. Ride the London Eye
  12. Visit Anne Frank’s House
  13. Visit the Tulip Fields in the Netherlands
  14. Explore the Greek Islands
  15. Go to the Red Light District in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  16. Go to Majorca, Spain
  17. Take a photo of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  18.  Visit Croatia
  19. Go to Holland
  20. Walk the Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine 
  21. Ride the London Eye
  22. See the Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway
  23. Take a photo of Big Ben

Australia:

  1. Visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. Photograph the Twelve Apostles, Port Cambell, Victoria, Australia
  3. Visit the Laneways of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. Watch a match at the Australian Open. 
  5. Visit New Zealand

Africa:

  1. Visit the Great Piramids at Giza, Egypt
  2. Visit the African Safari in Kenya
  3. Visit the Karnak Temple Complex, Egypt
  4. Photograph the Victoria Falls, in between Zimbabwe & Zambia

Asia

  1. Visit Sri Lanka
  2. Take a photo at the Taj Mahal (India) 
  3. Visit a Russian Castle
  4. Walk a part of the Great Wall of China
  5. Eat sushi in Tokyo, Japan
  6. See Mount Fuji, Honshu Island, Japan
  7. Visit Bali
  8. See the Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives 
  9. See the Tapei 101 Tower, Taiwan 

Wish me luck & come along if you can !!! (: