Last year I was invited to a big company event at our office in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I decided to parlay the free airfare into a solo European adventure. First stop: Dublin, Ireland. I spent Day 1 on a walking tour, followed by a Guiness Connoisseur experience: 90 minutes in a small group with a skilled bartender tasting the finest Guniess beers. I met a father and son from Dublin who had never been to the Storehouse. They were so amazed that I was traveling alone, as a woman, at the age of just 25. I was too! I’ve never even gone to the movies by myself! Day 2 I did a day tour of the Wicklow mountains, spending a lot of time by myself. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a spiritual experience.
The rest of the trip was a series of first. First time sitting a table drinking Vodka with Russians. First time sitting at a bar drinking Vodka with Australians! I walked around Saint Petersburg appreciating the beauty of the city. I even went to Amsterdam and enjoyed the coffee houses :) But nothing will come close to my experiences in Dublin, where I realized I have the strength to be alone.
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Last year I was sitting at home watching House of Cards (diehard fans know it premiered on VDay), when I heard 2 loud bangs on my door, and someone screaming “Josh!” I open my door and look to see another neighbor looking around as well. Then… The fire alarm. I walk over to my neighbor and he said someone kicked his door open then that maniac pulled the fire alarm. Long story short, I come to find out my neighbor’s BF got drunk, threw her against the wall, hit her across the face, and broke her coffee table, before throwing a soda at my door and kicking in my neighbors door. He also stole my neighbors keys and told her he was going to wrap her car around a tree. Luckily the police caught him outside the building. I spent the rest of my night with the girl in my apartment talking to the police and sitting with her until a family member came to get her. I’m a final twist, I realized I remembered his name because I was drinking a bottle of “Joshua” wine. Now I can’t drink that wine. Not the most tragic part of the story though. I saw her moving out with him a few weeks later. I will never judge her for staying with him, but I just hope others have the strength to leave. Happy VDay to all the healthy, honest lovers out there.
Can someone please do this list for other shows? Like Mad Men, Dexter, etc?!