While my trip to California was short-lived, it was nothing but fun. Through turbulent plane rides and time changes, to walking myself to death and taking too many selfies… this trip was a once in a lifetime experience, and I am so glad that I went. Although the main purpose for traveling to California included presenting research at a pharmacy convention, I left little space for time to rest in the hotel room.
On our first day in California we basically adjusted to the time difference and became easily exhausted from the plane rides. I am a beginner at navigating airports but decided it’s better to start at some point in my life, so my roommate Lauren (who has never flown alone) flew together. I think we did pretty good making our way through all of the checkpoints and still enjoying time for celebrating before getting on the plane. The layover was in Las Vegas, which only lasted about 30 minutes… Basically we had time to run from one end of the airport to the other and drop a dollar in a slot machine to say we at least gambled in Vegas. After finally arriving in Orange County we luckily got a shuttle (and bypassed everyone in the reservation line), which was surprising. It was not surprising that as soon as my head hit the pillow that night, I was out cold.
Sunday was our one day without plans. So this basically meant Lauren and I wanted to shop and explore the area. Cabs and traffic seemed a little bit ridiculous, even coming from a Pittsburgh girl (I have never seen traffic so bad)… so we decided to just walk everywhere we went. We thought this was a good idea at the time, because it’s a workout and free transportation, but as I sit here right now my feet are STILL killing me. I may need better walking shoes.
So anyways, we shopped, we walked, we talked, we enjoyed numerous happy hours on this trip…. and we even got to swim (which seems extremely sad considering I am looking out the window at a dreary Pittsburgh with snow falling). I even found the Sephora in Downtown Disney… of course.
On our actual presentation day we were overwhelmed thinking the day we’ve prepared for is finally here. Let me just give you a little insight… I have spent almost a year working on this project, getting it approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), writing all of the documents, actually performing the methods, and getting the poster approved to present. UGH. Talk about a time consuming process. But it was all worth it, and sadly over within one hour. Although all of the hard works payoff was short-lived, we went out to celebrate – what else would we do?
For our last day in Orange County we went to Disneyland. I advise anyone that wants to go to this park to get either a 1 day, or 2 day hopper ticket. There was so much to do that we didn’t have time to see everything, especially all of the shows. But the tickets are pricey so we just went for the one day ticket in to both parks. Highlights of the park included the food (it was actually really good at ALL of the shops we went to in Disney), meeting the Marvel superheroes (of course I would love this), the laser water show at the end of the night, and just spending time in a happy atmosphere. After all, they do say it’s the happiest place on earth…
Just thought I would give you guys a recap on where I have been and how my trip went. Has anyone else traveled out that way for similar reasons? Lauren and I had so much fun, we are already trying to decide places to go for our next trip – that is NOT pharmacy related! Any ideas? 🙂