TU S1.2; TS 4: Sip & Cycle (Part 1) – Paris

Join me as we learn about & drink different wines. We will cycle thru Paris on a picnic-style bike with Cyclo Cafe and Tanisha Townsend of Girl Meets Glass! Part 2 will be up next week! Get your wine glass and come on ūüôā

Girl Meets Glass:
Bloghttp://www.girlmeetsglass.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/GirlMeetsGlass/
Twitter — @girlmeetsglass
Tumblrhttp://girlmeetsglass.tumblr.com

Cyclo-Cafe:
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OntheCycloCafe/
Websitehttp://www.cyclo-cafe.fr

En Vrac (includes location & hours of operation):
Websitehttp://www.vinenvrac.fr/en/

S1.2, TS2: Arab Adventures Pt. 1 “Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride” (UAE)

Hello my lovely travelistas! ¬†Please join me for Part 1 of my 2 part “Arab Adventures” series! In this travelsode of Travel Unplugged, we are going to watch the sunrise as we soar over the desert outside Dubai in a hot air balloon!!!

I’ve had a bucket list for 6 years now and was finally able to check “riding in a hot air balloon” off! ¬†I booked the tour thru Balloon Adventures and IT. WAS. AWESOME! ¬†Seriously, this ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite activities!!! ¬†It would have been perfect if I had a glass of champagne…but I’ll do that next time (smile).

Looking for a fabulous way to start your day during a trip to Dubai? ¬†Consider doing a hot air balloon ride. ¬†You start the day SUPER EARLY. ¬†I mean, seriously…they pick you up between 3 and 4am. ¬†And you know the only folks out at the time are those making bad decisions ūüôā ¬†It’s about a 1.5 hour drive to the desert lift off location so you can take a quick nap enroute.

Once you arrive, you go thru a safety training then watch as they prep the balloon for the ride.  It goes by really fast so be sure to bring your camera and GoPro to capture the memories (they also will sell you a video of your ride).

Cost is approximately $270 per person for adults.  They do have discounted pricing available for kids (ages 5-12).  Price includes transportation to/from your hotel (or a central meeting point), flight certificate and cold refreshments.

Grab your e-goggles and let’s go!

An Expensive-Ass Letter

Hi all and Happy 2016!!! ¬†I told myself that THIS year, I was going to blog on a regular basis. Now, I lie to myself so take it for what it’s worth. Anyways, I have moved to the beautiful City of Lights and figured I’d start sharing my experience with you…my peeps…my e-family.

So, being offered a job transfer to Paris was so. freaking. exciting! Then, I was like, “wait, I don’t speak French.” ¬†But immediately was like, “Self, it doesn’t matter. ¬†You can pick it up!” LIES!

I took an immersion class in Washington, DC for 7 weeks before I moved…and know how to say my name and count. ¬†I can’t tell you how helpful that has been.

French Person:  Excuse me, would you like something to eat?

Me: ¬†Je m’appelle Nikki. ¬†Neuf.

French Person:  Um, hi Nikki.  What do you mean by the number 9?

Me:  *blank stare* Deux

French Person:  Wanders off and takes away sharp objects

It is getting better though.  I am now taking French lessons twice per week and while I do get frustrated at the fast pace, it helps to push me forward into learning the language so I can assimilate faster.

Which brings me to sharing my experience at the post office (or La Poste) as it’s called here. ¬†My sorority sister requested I send a letter to her child’s kindergarten class that basically says that I saw the gingerbread man here in Paris. ¬†I write and address the letter, figure out what I need to say at the post office to buy the correct number of stamps, and head forth to bask in a moment of triumph.

Sigh. ¬†As I get to the counter, I show my letter and ask how much I needed to pay in postage to mail the letter to the United States. ¬†I hear something that sounded like “set” which I took to mean 7 (which is “sept” in French). ¬†So, I buy 7 stamps and place ALL 7 ON THE LETTER.

Did you ever read the Harry Potter books? ¬†If not, there is a passage about Molly, Harry’s best friend’s mom, mailing him a letter thru the “Muggle Post” (non-magical letter mailing, which is basically what I am doing). ¬†Since they normally use owls to deliver letters, his wizarding family didn’t know how much postage to put on the letter. ¬†It looked like this…

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What my letter looked like.

 

Which is exactly how my letter looked to travel from Paris to Indiana. ¬†When I put all 7 stamps on the letter, the address was just barely visible. ¬†I give it to the postman, he looks at me and was like, “Why are there so many stamps on this?” ¬†I was like, “Sir? ¬†What? ¬†You told me 7 stamps.” ¬†He looked at me and muttered something in French that sounded suspiciously like “bless her heart” which we all know in southern US means that person is “special.”

After removing 6 stamps, I was finally able to get it mailed. ¬†No telling where the gingerbread man is now…:)

 

 

Season 1, Travelsode 2 (The Blue Lagoon — Iceland)

The second travelsode of Travel Unplugged takes you to the beautiful Blue Lagoon! Located just outside Reykjav√≠k, this geothermal spa (which is one of National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World”) is a “must see” on your travel bucket list!

Links:

More info about the Blue Lagoon (including pricing/directions) – http://www.bluelagoon.com

Products — http://www.bluelagoon.com/shop/us/

Icelandair (stop over for up to 7 nights on your way to Europe) —  http://www.icelandair.us/flights/stopover/

Gate 1 Travel — http://www.gate1travel.com/scandinavia-travel/

Ice Ice Baby – Season 1, Travelsode 1 (XtraCold Ice Bar, Amsterdam)

Welcome to the season premiere of Travel Unplugged!!! ¬†In today’s travelsode, we will explore Amsterdam’s XtraCold Ice Bar¬†located at¬†Amstel 194-196,¬†1017 AG Amsterdam, Netherlands.

You can purchase your tickets online at the XtraCold Ice Bar’s website, Tours & Tickets, or on Viator. ¬†Going to Amsterdam to celebrate King’s Day? ¬†Check out my blog post about Queen’s Day (as it was known before King Willem was inaugurated). ¬†It is a blast!

Thanks for watching!

Introducing…Travel Unplugged

I am so excited to announce my new online travel show…Travel Unplugged!!! ¬†Season 1 premieres April 29, 2015! ¬†For 8 weeks, we will take an adventure throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. ¬†The second trailer will be released in a couple of weeks and will explain the concept of Travel Unplugged & what you can expect. ¬†Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel & blog! ¬†Thanks ūüôā

The Life of Travel Be’s…

logoTravel is like a sensuous dance choreographed to the different rhythms of life. ¬†In order to make the most of your trip, keep in mind the 10 Travel Be’s:

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Riding an elephant has been on my bucket list for years! The ultimate experience is to interact with them in either Africa or India while they are in their element.

Be Inspired

Whether it be a beautiful beach photo on social media (i.e. Pinterest), a book or movie (i.e. Under the Tuscan Sun or Eat, Pray, Love), an inspirational travel quote, or a fabulous travel blog (*waves* “hi, y’all!”)…be inspired by things around you. ¬†It can be just the boost you need to encourage you to start planning your dream getaway.

Be Independent

Most people feel more comfortable traveling with at least 1 other person while others are a bit more adventurous and prefer to travel solo. ¬†Regardless of if you are with a group or on your own, be independent! ¬†This is your trip. ¬†Be selfish and make sure you see the places or do the things on your travel bucket list for that place. ¬†This doesn’t mean you stand up at breakfast and say “Alright, y’all…you are boring and I’m gonna have to jet and do my own thing because I will slit my wrists if I have to visit 1 more museum.”..then make a dramatic exit in a whirl of scarves and your phone cued up to “Flawless” by Beyonc√©. ¬†I mean, you can do it but maybe save those dramatics for after dinner when there is mood lighting, k? ¬†Work out an itinerary with your travel partner(s) and figure out what the “must see/do” places & experiences are. ¬†Then figure out if you all want to do the same things. ¬†It’s okay if you don’t. ¬†Just carve out time where you part ways and have your own independent adventure to live the greatest experience you can dream of. ¬†Trust me, you don’t want to be on a plane flying home while giving your boo the side-eye because you gave up visiting the Eiffel Tower so he could walk around WWII battlegrounds.

Don't let this be you when your friend suggests a day of watching ESPN at the hotel when you're in Rome.

Don’t let this be you when your friend suggests a day of watching ESPN at the hotel when you’re in Vegas.

Be Adventurous

Explore the world…that’s what it’s there for! ¬†Being an explorer allows you to be bolder than you are at home. ¬†Immerse yourself in the culture, go whitewater rafting, go hot air ballooning over an African desert…whatever it is, make sure you take your sense of adventure and push yourself (at least a little bit) outside of your boundaries. ¬†Think of at least 1 day of your trip as an “adventure” and plan things that will allow you to have a “wow” experience.

Sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert of Dubai, UAE.

My view from the sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert of Dubai, UAE.

Be Innovative

I love traditional tours but always mix in something unique for each trip. ¬†While it’s a great idea¬†to start each adventure by taking a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour to orient yourself with the city, make sure you book something fun & exciting too. ¬†It could be a spa getaway, an overnight camping trip in the desert, riding camels in the Sahara, sunrise hot air balloon ride, visiting the Harry Potter movie set…you name it. ¬†Museums are nice but make sure you give yourself time to do something that will allow you to truly experience the place you are visiting. ¬†If there is something you want to do and there is no formal organized “tour”, call up the place and ask them if you can have your own unique experience. ¬†Nine times out of 10, it will work and you will have an experience that most people will wish they had thought to do.

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Research + proper planning = a fabulous trip!

Be Prepared

(Including the “baby be’s”: be safe, be knowledgeable) ¬†Research the place you are visiting. ¬†My travel boo is Rick Steves. ¬†Love him! ¬†His books are THE BEST! ¬†You need a game plan before you arrive (unless you are the type that just figures it out as you go…if that is you then know that we will never travel together because my nerves can’t take you). ¬†This will help you maximize your time, avoid tourist traps and focus on enjoying your trip. ¬†You may also want to go to the State Department’s website (www.osac.gov) and check out the country report for the place you are visiting. ¬†It gives you great info on crime and other concerns (i.e. privacy, health, etc).

Rocking the abaya in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Rocking the abaya & hijab in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Be Culturally Aware

I love being an American and am an unapologetic feminist. ¬†Even with all the struggles we have here in the U.S. when it comes to race, crime, poverty, etc…it’s one of the greatest countries on Earth. ¬†But, sometimes I don’t like some of the people that¬†live here…case in point, the current state of affairs with black men being gunned down by police officers or vigilantes who suffer no repercussions from those illegal acts. ¬†Black lives matter. ¬†I am also very aware that I am afforded rights here that I wouldn’t be granted in some other places.

With that being said, be aware that each country has their own set of struggles & cultural sensitivities. ¬†Some are stronger than others. ¬†On a recent trip to Saudi Arabia, I made sure I wore traditional clothing [a black abaya (long cloak) and hijab (head scarf)] so that I would not run afoul of their religious laws nor make people feel uncomfortable. ¬†While it was a huge adjustment visiting a place where women don’t have as many rights as men, I tried to at least blend in physically since being submissive was a bit of a stretch for me (smile). When visiting other countries in the Middle East that don’t require¬†the abaya, I made sure I was covered (long skirts/pants, long-sleeved blouses, etc). The last thing you need is unwanted attention or to be hassled by the religious police. ¬†Yes, it may be hot but you are a visitor in their country. ¬†And who wants visitors that don’t respect the house rules?

Be Open-Minded

The beautiful thing about this world is that it’s made up of so many different kinds of people (which is both a good thing and a bad thing). ¬†What is normal to you may seem absurd to someone else. ¬†That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep an open mind. ¬†For example, if you plan a trip to Amsterdam and know you have very strong views about drugs & sex then make sure you avoid the Red Light District. ¬†Please don’t tour the Red Light District wrapped in a cloak of judginess¬†(is that a word? Spell-check says it isn’t but I kinda feel that it is…hmmm…too lazy to verify so I’m making an executive decision that it’s a word). ¬†Where was I? ¬†Oh, yeah, cloak of judginess…don’t walk the RLD¬†pointing fingers at the people entering the coffeeshops or having impromptu prayer sessions for the sex workers. ¬†Know yourself and if you don’t think you can handle certain situations, avoid them. ¬†While drugs & prostitution are stigmatized and mostly illegal in the U.S., they aren’t in the Netherlands. ¬†Sex workers have unions and get benefits. ¬†Yeah, it’s weird to those of us not raised in a culture where it’s accepted as a daily part of life but I live by the motto, “if you like it, I love it.” and keep it moving.

Be Positive

This may be the hardest one for those that aren’t naturally a “glass half full” person. ¬†It takes work. ¬†My trick is to take a couple of deep breaths, fuss about it on Facebook complete with a full dramatic recap of what happened and a Meme (probably Kevin Hart). ¬†Make the “disaster” funny. ¬†Once you can laugh, you can start to get perspective. Being angry doesn’t help you fix the situation. ¬†Anger is a thief as it steals your good sense & happiness. ¬†Little issues become huge issues. ¬†Don’t be that person who has a meltdown because you ran out of gum. ¬†And, honestly, if things have gone horribly wrong…they can only get better, right?

I actually posted this to Facebook when my flight to Hong Kong was cancelled and I was told I'd have to sleep at the small regional airport I was at in Japan. Sigh...

I actually posted this to Facebook when my flight to Hong Kong was cancelled and I was told I’d have to sleep at the small regional airport I was stranded at in Japan. Luckily, I was able to sweet talk my way into a hotel about 45 minutes away.

Be Patient

Things go wrong. ¬†Flights are delayed or cancelled, that fabulous hotel that you booked actually looks like the Motel 6, or you can’t find anyone who speaks English. ¬†Trust me when I say that everything will work out. ¬†It always does. ¬†A little patience takes you a long way and can keep your dream vacation from turning into your worst nightmare. ¬†With so many travel apps and international calling plans, it’s easier than ever to get help.

Morning meditation with a yogi

Morning meditation with a yogi in Bali.

Be Kind

A smile goes a long way. ¬†It’s universal and understood in any culture. ¬†You don’t need to know the local language (but it helps if you at least learn a few key phrases like “hello”, “please” and “thank you”). ¬†I’ve had more people open up and share wonderful experiences with me just by being genuine and offering a pleasant smile. ¬†Plus, a smile makes you beautiful and who doesn’t want that?

I hope this list of Travel Be’s helps you to plan and enjoy your next fabulous vacation. ¬†Are there any Travel Be’s that I missed? ¬†Let me know!

The Exorcist Steps

So, I thought I’d take a shot at video blogging as a way to spice up my blog. ¬†During my exploration of my new hometown, I discovered that Washington, DC has a lot of hidden gems‚Ķone of which are the iconic steps from the 1973 horror flick, The Exorcist. ¬†You know the movie I’m talking about‚Ķwhere the little girl acts all crazy spitting vomit across the room and her head doing 360 degree turns? Mmmhmm, that one. I will warn you now‚Ķa 4 year old can probably edit better than me but since it’s my first try, I am going to cut myself some slack. ¬†Check me out!

Save Me…Stockholm Marathon 2014

This poor fool here…sigh. Smiling like an idiot before reality sets in.

This poor fool here…sigh. Smiling like an idiot before reality sets in.

Back in December 2013, running a marathon seemed like such a great idea. Maybe I was hopped up on candy canes and Christmas cheer which impeded my ability to reason & make sound decisions? My sis had registered to run it and the Stockholm Marathon is billed as the most scenic marathon in Europe. So, why not? I really should’ve¬†stopped to examine¬†those reasons. Instead, I paid my money and started training. Then, got a new job and relocated from Atlanta to Washington, DC which meant I took a 2 month hiatus and just did mental training runs. Yeah, I said that. I claim a run even if it is just me taking a nap and dreaming about it. Which should tell you that I was not ready for this race. But, when has that stopped me? Remember when I wrote that letter from heaven after the Warrior Dash in 2011? Or when I got Jedi mind-tricked into doing Tough Mudder? Yeah, I never learn.

So, as with my other races, I am going to take you on the race with me…complete with pictures because you know I looked for ANY reason to take a break.

The race started at noon…which was kinda weird as most races start early in the morning. But, that worked for me because it meant I got to sleep in.

The only real prep I did was pack all the necessary running equipment...I guess "common sense" got left in DC.

The only real prep I did was pack all the necessary running equipment…I guess “common sense” got left in DC.

Let’s get started…

I am all limber and ready to go by the time the race starts. I feel good because I have on my favorite running outfit, compression socks and my running belt with electrolyte tabs & GU. Mentally, I’ve psyched myself up that this is just a sightseeing tour that I’m running instead of walking or biking. See? Sometimes you gotta lie to yourself to make it thru the day. Anyway, all is good and people are laughing and running with strides like Olympians.

After the first mile, I feel good. In fact, I think I’m a beast! My pace is awesome and the breeze is perfect. Then I remember I have 25.2 miles left to go and a piece of my soul dies. But, I psych myself up…I’m running a freaking marathon. Woohoo!!! (meanwhile people on the sidelines are looking at me like, “sucker.”)

Things are okay miles 2-5, then as I get to mile 6, I start to look for a scooter or Metro station. This can’t be my life. WHY AM I DOING THIS? GOD, DO YOU HEAR ME? Surely he can hear the sound of my sobs as I struggle.¬† Then, I look at my Garmin and notice that it is tracking a half mile off from the kilometer markers.¬† WTF?¬† I can’t run any extra steps.¬† So, I’m now running with this look on my face:

Only 8 kilometers?  Whatchu talkin' bout, Willis?  That should say 12!

Only 8 kilometers? Whatchu¬†talkin’ bout, Willis? That should say 12!

Sigh.¬† Mile 7 arrives and my feet aren’t happy…even the song by Pharell can’t perk them up.¬† They are clinically depressed.¬† But, I’m talking myself thru it and focusing on my playlist…then I see a hill.¬† Lord, Jesus…WHY?¬† I grit my teeth and power thru it by just trying to sprint up as fast as I can while thinking about all the cakes and pies I’m going to eat to celebrate.

I will say that the course was laid out well and they had djs and bands throughout.¬† It was weird hearing someone calling my name over a loudspeaker when¬†I stopped for a sports drink and telling me that I’m doing great…I guess the chip in my bib transmitted my name and country!¬† Very cool!¬† That got me feeling pretty good for the next 0.2 miles.¬† LOL

By mile 8, I was certain of 1 thing —

not ready

Seriously.¬† At this point, I’m mentally preparing my letter to send to Iyanla¬†Vanzant asking her to fix my life because I am apparently the CEO of Bad Decisions, LLC.

Once mile 9 comes around, there is a big crowd and I notice they are really enthusiastic!¬† I thought to myself, “How nice!!!¬† They are cheering me on.¬† I can do this!”¬† Then, just as I’m luxuriating in all the adulation & affections, I see a Kenyan sprint right past me with a police escort.¬† Wait…did he just lap me?¬† IS HE ALMOST TO THE FINISH LINE?¬† CAN I HOP ON THAT POLICE VAN?¬† So many questions.¬† But, alas, I realized that the applause wasn’t for me…the lady who got lapped.¬† It was for the winner.¬† But,¬†lets pretend like it’s still for me, mmkay?

By mile 10, I knew it was a wrap.  I made so many errors in thinking I could run this race.

  1. First, I didn’t finish training.¬† Having my longest training run as 8 miles did not prepare me for this.
  2. Second, I have¬†¬†ran in my regular training¬†sneakers — not the new¬†ones I bought.¬† My thought process was that the new ones¬†were just like my training shoes but would be “fresh”…well, they were fresh alright…fresh hell.¬† My feet felt like I had been running barefoot over crack pipes for 10 miles!
  3. Third, I don’t really like running.¬† I mean, I’ve done it for a long time and always thought I should do a marathon…but I don’t like running long distances.¬† I’m okay with topping out at a half marathon.¬† 13.1 miles is the perfect distance and it feels like 9,658,720,148,932,451 miles anyway…so I win.
  4. It’s okay to say “no”.¬†¬†I didn’t have to run this race when I knew I wasn’t ready.¬† And, it is okay that I wouldn’t get my money back.¬† Sometimes, you gotta know when to hold’em, and when to fold’em.

So, at mile 11, I ran right off the course and into the waiting arms of a beautiful park bench.¬† I swear I could not walk for at least 30 minutes and had to take my shoes off for relief.¬† I don’t feel bad at all for not finishing the race.¬† Why?¬† Because I am alive.¬† LOL.¬† I saw so many other people had the same idea so I did not feel like a loser.¬† In fact, when I had a debate with myself about finishing the second lap, my saner side was like —

Another mile?  Bye, Felecia!

Another mile? Bye, Felecia!

The good news is that my sis did finish the race and I am so super proud of her!!!¬† 26.2 miles is a major achievement!!!¬† Have you ever registered for a race and didn’t finish?¬† Please don’t tell me I’m the only one!!!

The Beautiful Blue Lagoon

20140514-231000.jpgAfter seeing a picture of the Blue Lagoon on Crack Boards (also known as Pinterest), I was obsessed with soaking in the thermal waters that were said to turn back the hands of time like Cher! ¬†It just so happened that Groupon was offering an $899 deal for a 3 day trip to Iceland (roundtrip airfare, accommodations and some tours included). ¬†I figured the deal was too good to pass up (side note: I’ll review the trip and using a Groupon to travel in a later post). My fabulous photographer friend, Sarah (who is responsible for the profile pictures on this blog), was kind enough to join me on this amazing adventure.

Snow blankets the ground around the thermal pool.

Snow blankets the ground around the thermal pool.

The Blue Lagoon was everything I had dreamed about!  And that is saying something considering we went to Iceland in January when it was COLD!

20140514-231148.jpgNestled outside Reykjavik (on the way to the airport), this famous thermal spa is all that it advertises and more.  There are shuttles between hotels in Reykjavik to/from the spa as well as from/to the airport.  We actually spent our last day at the Blue Lagoon.  After checking out of our hotel, we hauled our luggage to the spa.  At the entrance, there is a separate building where you can store your luggage for a minimal fee.  After receiving your claim ticket, you walk thru a paved path of cleared volcanic rock towards the actual spa.

Once you are at the main entrance, you can stand in line for a ticket (or pre-pay via the website or one of the tour vendors‚Ķthe line will be long so I highly suggest pre-paying so that you don’t waste precious time waiting to get in). ¬†There are different packages available and you can also rent¬†towels, robes and shoes. ¬†I brought my own towel and flip-flops but did rent a robe (some spa packages include robe & towel rental). Once you are checked in, you are given a wristband that acts as currency. ¬†If you want to purchase anything (products, food/drinks, spa treatments, etc.), just scan your wristband and it will be applied to your account (which is linked to a credit card you provide upon check in). ¬†So easy! 20140514-215542.jpg

You are then free to go to the locker rooms to change. ¬†The locker rooms are NICE! ¬†Very clean and easy to use. ¬†After changing into your swimsuit, you walk thru to the showers to rinse off then out to the thermal waters. ¬†It was our luck that on the morning we arrived, it started sleeting. ¬†It felt like someone was shooting a gun filled with icicles at me as we were walking outside¬†to the pool. ¬†But, once in the water, it felt like heaven!!! ¬†Some areas of the pool are warmer than others. ¬†The water has a sort of “milky” texture to it‚Ķmaybe because of the silica mud. ¬†It was so soothing! ¬†Word on the street was that the spa mud was supposed to take years off your face‚Ķso you know I was caking it on in an effort to look like a pre-teen by the time we left. ¬†Didn’t work. ¬†Sigh.

After relaxing in the water for a while, we decided to take a break and get a quick bite to eat. ¬†What better way to continue to unwind than with champagne and cheese? ¬†Living the dream, y’all ūüôā Once we were full, it was time to try the sauna before heading over to the private thermal pool for our in-water massage. ¬†For regular readers of my blog, y’all know I love to go to spas in each country I visit. ¬†I’d like to say it is because I am a connoisseur of fine spa experiences. ¬†But, honestly‚ĶI just like getting rubbed on‚Ķwhich is what got me in trouble in Bali. ¬†Ha!

20140514-231051.jpgAnyway, each time I visit a spa, my goal is to try a massage or treatment that I’ve never experienced before. ¬†The Blue Lagoon offered an in-water massage where you lay down on a floatation device and are covered with warm towels (for 30 or 60 minutes). ¬†The masseuse will use silica mud or oils to exfoliate/massage your body. ¬†In traditional massages, you always start face down on the table so they can start with your back. ¬†Here, you are always laying on your back but the masseuse (who is wearing a wetsuit) can go under water to massage your back and legs. ¬†It is so cool!!! ¬†Who doesn’t want to get a massage in warm water? ¬†Even when the sleet turned to snow while we were outside getting our massage, I didn’t care. ¬†It was like kisses from angels‚Ķthat water got to me y’all. ¬†I know I sound crazy but by the time they are done using magic to relax your muscles, you don’t want to leave the pool. ¬†I felt like I was floating on a cloud with not a worry in the world. ¬†Sigh. ¬†I miss the Blue Lagoon. 20140514-231130.jpg