This summer, I twirled to lots of live music during happy hour, recreated the 4th of July with a family barbecue, visited a wild cat sanctuary, went to a speakeasy, boated to an island and floated in the Gulf of Mexico with my family, drove up to Tallahassee and pretended like I was in college again, celebrated my university, FSU, with all of the Tampa alumni, drank local at a microbrewery 30 minutes from my house, went to a college football game (even if it was to root for my rival team... yuck!), drank butterbeer in Hogsmeade and explored Hogwarts at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, cheered on my football team at the FSU bar in Tampa, and threw a "Hotoberfest" party with my friends and family.
I'd say it was a pretty successful summer.
Tampa's SOHO - live music, craft beer, and good friends. What else could you ask for in the summer?
I was craving American BBQ the entire time I was in Spain, so I naturally requested it for our first family dinner with my aunt, uncles, and nana!
I really enjoyed visiting the Big Cat Rescue! People from all of the country and world come to my hometown just to visit this wonderful sanctuary. It is only a 10 minute drive from my house, but I had never been before. The stories were so sad. It was an eye-opening experience to truly understand how much abuse these gorgeous animals go through at the hands of roadside circuses and irresponsible owners.
Although it had been raining NON-STOP in Tampa day after day, we got really lucky with the weather one Saturday and were able to go out on the boat! We boated to Egmont Key, and then floated in the water for hours. Perfect Florida Saturday if you ask meee. :)
Another fun night out with my girlfrienndssss!
Girls night at Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club was a real highlight of my time at home. I had so much fun getting all dressed up and drinking cocktails with my girlfriends.
Drinking locally at the Dunedin Brewery with some college girlfriends!
Reunited with my lovely friends in Tallahassee at my favorite bar, Proof!
Crawling around Tampa with some great girlfriends from college. GO NOLES!
I'm so happy I got to a college football game before going back to Spain, even if I had to wear orange and blue...... Go Gators?
Drinking butterbeer in the wand shop in Hogsmeade with some wizards. :)
HARRY POTTER WORLD!
Watching the first FSU game at the alumni bar in Tampa. :)
The summer ended with my Hotoberfest party! I made some beertails (beer cocktail) that you will love!
- Cinnamon sugar rim
- 3/4 pint glass pumpkin beer
- 1/4 pint glass sparkling cider
- Slice of lemon
I had such a wonderful summer at home that I hardly wanted to leave Florida, but am now looking forward to fall in Madrid!