Archive | April, 2012

Announcements from Hawaii

29 Apr

Announcements from Hawaii

Before I get into the nitty gritty of how awesome it is to be in Hawaii, I have a couple announcements to make.

First, it took me about nine times to spell announcements correctly (not a hard one).

Moving on. As you see above, Zach Galifiaonoauwoehfkus, that hilarious guy in Tim & Eric and The Hangover dyed his hair red and is staying at the same resort. Holy star struck!

For those of you who may not be as chummy with Zach as me, here are some things you should know. First, Zach is a lot different in real life than in the movies. For example, he doesn’t try to be the center of attention. I always thought a star of his caliber would try and make everyone laugh by doing really hilarious things like interviewing famous people between two ferns, or referring to everyone in the group as the wolf pack. Also, he doesn’t have a camera crew. This really surprised me, because why else would Zach Galifianoeaghkus be in Hawaii, other than to spread his hilariousness with the world? Finally, his name is Mike, which really threw me off guard.

That’s all for now. More on Hawaii soon.


Engaged Shimmy! Best travel shimmy of life!

26 Apr

I guess I should post my favorite shimmy in my favorite place with my favorite person.

I was on business in Europe for almost a month, and Brandon flew out to surprise me with this stunning ring from Wal-Mart (bringing a real ring = not a good idea).

Brandon knows how much I love Russia, how enchanted I am by the Candy Castle (aka St. Basil’s Cathedral), and how much I love to shimmy.

It was the perfect proposal.

3 days before my next adventure…can you guess where it is?

24 Apr

Well, it’s only 3 days before my next adventure (I can’t reveal where that will be, or it will ruin all the fun).  In anticipation of all the fun I am about to have, or to help me not get too excited, I decided to focus on a few things that I love about the right here and now.


An example of good grass

Grass in Utah — I don’t mean any type of crazy weed, or anything.  I am talking about actual grass.  I don’t know what the deal is, but grass is just not the same in other parts of the world.  When I lived in Russia and Belarus, grass equaled weird green weeds.  Any time we went to a park to play sports, we played on a field full of green weeds.  Also, the ground was never even, so 9 times out of 10, I would land my skinny running bum in some sort of pot hole.  I am glad that there is good grass in Utah, so when I play sports (which is pretty much never), I don’t have to fall into a pot hole, or worry about getting a rash from poison ivy.

J-dawgs — I know of no other place in the universe that you can eat a good J-dawg, other than Provo & Orem.  When I go on my vacation of awesomeness, I won’t be able to eat a J-dawg, and that will be sad.  Well, it will be sort of sad.  Actually, I won’t think about J-dawgs at all, because I will be eating other delicious things.  I just like J-dawgs, okay.

My Husband — Unfortunately, my husband won’t be joining me for this next adventure, which is a major bummer.  While I will be having fun in undisclosed location, he will be here working like a dog.  He is a winner, and I will miss him, which makes me a good wife.  Even though, I’m actually a bad wife for ditching him in the first place.  And it’s over his birthday.  Oh man.  He gets a BIG TIME FREE PASS.  Why is he a saint?

Um, that’s all I can think of to celebrate.  I think that will get my mind off the excitement of my next adventure for the next few days.

If you can guess where my next adventure is, I will mail you a Charleston Chew and a Flat Stanley.  If you already know, though, you can’t guess.


Travel memories

21 Apr

I wish I had a shimmy video for every adventure I’ve had with my friends. I can’t think of a better video to represent that than the Amber and Ashley Shimmy. This shimmy has been around since the early 90s, so I hope you enjoy it.

Just want to give a quick shout out to rad vacations with friends.

San Diego (x3) – Zach
Seattle – Amber (shimmy girl #2)
Havasupai & Idaho – Annie
Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Hawaii, & Miami – Tiffany
Eastern & Western Europe & Mexico – Jeni
Mexico – Julie & Stacie
Denmark – Havilah
Turkey – Nadya & Yulia
Thaliand – Emily
Russia, Poland & Mexico – Brandon & Christie (Christie not in Mexico)

I’m sure there are many more fun adventures in the future.

I think some of my favorite memories include:

1. Stepping in barf not once, but TWICE, in Russia with Jeni, and having Jeni try and wash it off with that stupid fizz water. Why the rest of the world thinks bottled water should have carbonation in me is beyond me.

2. Feeling like a queen at Atlantis in the Bahamas, and almost getting eaten alive by a pack of dogs on our “hike” to the light house that “wasn’t THAT far away.”

3. Random Mexican festival Julie and I discovered while riding our scooters in the middle of nowhere in Cozumel.

4. HIking to Black’s Beach with Zach, and literally being shocked to death to learn that it was in fact a nude beach. Ew. I must say, though, the rock that is a marine biology factory with all the crabs, sea urchins and sea life was freaking cool. I felt like Ariel..Ariel that happened to land on a beach full of weirdos.

5. Paying 10 dollars for table water in Denmark with Havilah and Jeni, and that was probably the cheapest thing we bought there. Also, laughing really hard and immaturely at the word “fartplan” that appeared everywhere. Who knew Danish was hilarious?

6. Hiking out of Havasupai in the middle of night with water socks, starting my (.) and nearly dying from exhaustion with Annie. That strong kid had to come get our packs on the last .5 mile, because we were so tired, we almost died. Yeah, this is one of those “we will laugh about it later” activities.

7. Going scuba diving in Turkey and getting a little smooch from my handsome scuba instructor. Also having to communicate in our common language, “Russian.” This was my first of many diving experiences.

8. Getting engaged on Red Square to my sweetheart of life, Mr. Brandon Cummings. Best day of my life, and the start to my favorite adventure and favorite person to have adventures with…I love you, Brandon.

Free Travel Guides

19 Apr

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to a site with some awesome free travel guides. These are a great resource when you are trying to figure out exactly what you want to see, where you want to eat, and what you want to do.  There is nothing like hoping off the plane in a new destination and having no idea where to go.  Make sure to do the research before you leave and you will definitely have an itinerary chalk full of great places to go.


Poland Shimmy

19 Apr

Well, folks. Here is my Poland shimmy. This is back in the day when Brandon still thought my shimmy was embarrassing. Now that he is married to me, he loves it. Yeah, pretty sure that’s how it works.

I gotta say that Poland is one of my favorite Eastern European countries. I was surprised at how awesome it was….probably because I spent 2 years living in Russia, which is not as clean as Poland.

Here are some of my favorite things about Poland:

Krakow — holy radness! This city is so cool. I only got to spend a few hours there, but there were tons of cool things right in the center of town. I feel like I could spend a week just getting lost in this enchanting city. Go there.

Doner kebabs — There are doner kebabs all over Poland and they are so freaking good. I want to eat one every day.

3 Bit — Best candy bar of life. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Poznan — Poznan had a fun market and a fun city center. We were going to check out a jazz club in this cool castle, but it was closed. That was a bummer. Make sure to do your research about when things are open. The taxi driver kept trying to tell us it was closed, and we kept telling him to take us there. We didn’t figure out what he was saying till we got there and it was closed. Oops…I guess I should learn Polish.

Getting locked in the mall — No really, we got locked INSIDE the mall in Poznan. There is this old brewery/new mall with all this rad art and fun shopping inside. When it closed, we exited only to find out that the shut the gates and we were locked in. We did some awesome jimmy rigging to get us out…climbed over the fence all ninja style.

Getting lost at the train station — Thank you, dear Poland, for changing the platform on us every five minutes. It’s a miracle we made it to Krakow and didn’t end up in some random town in France like me and Jeni did that one time when we got on the wrong train in Switzerland, and had to sleep on the floor at the train station. Yuck. Glad that didn’t happen.

Castles, castles, castles…I want to see more castles. I want to go back to Poland right now and go on a castle hunt, because I am a princess and I belong in castles.

We also visited Auschwitz, which was the saddest place on earth. If you are going to go to Auschwitz, make sure to bring a very reverent and respectful spirit. Also, prepare yourself emotionally. It is important to remember the Holocaust, but it is completely shocking and really hard to deal with emotionally.

I definitely would recommend Poland to anyone. Poland has a rich history, great architecture, amazing food and is interesting through and through.


Travel to Cancun: Montezuma wasn’t kiddin’ around

19 Apr

To be perfectly honest, when all is said and done, I don’t really like Mexico. It’s not very often that I just don’t enjoy a new destination (in fact, this is the first time I haven’t enjoyed a new destination), but Mexico is one place I would never return to.

Two reasons for that: it’s dirty and the food is swimming with parasites and amoebas.

No one can argue that the beaches in Cancun aren’t beautiful, but if you step out of the Hotel Zone, it’s just dirty. Additionally, you’ll be hard pressed to find food that isn’t going to give you the runs.

Seriously…that Montezuma was serious about the whole revenge business, and I’m not even Spanish. Not cool. I could just slap him in the face.

If you can manage to stay away from nasty food, then there are some cool things to see and do in Cancun.

X-caret — X-caret is awesome. It’s like a zoo and natural water park all meshed into one. You can also swim with dolphins, which is radical.

Chichen Itza — This is a beautiful Mayan pyramid. We were there during the equinox and so we got to see the snake come down the pyramid. Go there. They’ll tell ya all about what that means. Also, there aren’t really jaguars there. They are salesmen blowing these really annoying jaguar whistles. Bring ear plugs.

The beach — the beaches really are as blue as they look in the pics. You can enjoy some awesome water sports, or just relax with a book.

Well, that’s all I can tell you about Mexico, because right after, my husband and I got ridiculously sick, and had to come home. from our honeymoon. early.

Big time bummer.

If you go to Mexico, bring your own food, stay in the Hotel Zone in a NICE HOTEL (don’t skimp on hotels like we did). If I were you, or a wiser version of my younger self, I would just save yourself the trouble and go to Hawaii.


New York City Shimmy

18 Apr

Shimmyin’ in New York City with Ashley R. Cummings, and Jonathan and Michael Ruesch.

I thought I would start out this blog with none other than the great New York City.  No matter how many times I go to New York, I always come back looking for more adventure.  I just can’t seem to get enough of this place.

Some of my favorite places to go are the Met, Yankees Stadium for a good ol’ American baseball game, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, and BROADWAY. Visiting all of these places is kind of a no-brainer.

I also like to save a bunch of time to discover something new.  There are tons of amazing restaurants, art exhibits and cool venues to explore.  There is nothing wrong without having a plan when you go to NYC, because the second you start walking around, you will have one.

I’m excited to post more shimmy videos in the future.  Stay tuned!

Well, here goes nothing!

17 Apr

I have been writing bunches of guest travel blogs lately when I realized…why don’t I start my own travel blog?  So, here I am.  I want to share with you all the wonderful places I’ve been, some of the best kept travel secrets that I was lucky to stumble upon, and want to encourage you to share your stories with me as well. E-mail me at

I heart traveling.  Do you?