Charleston

What to do in Charleston

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South Carolina is an extremely beautiful state. It's literally shaped like a diamond. I recently went to the city of Charleston and spent some time there and came up with a list of things to do when you visit the historic city yourself!


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  1. Take a Walking Tour This is one way to learn about the history of Charleston. You can take the tour on foot with a guide who will show you along the streets of the city. There are also carriage tours as well. 
  2. Stick your feet in one of the fountains. On a hot and humid day in Charleston, you'll want to cool off in one of the fountains near the shore. I dipped my feet into this pineapple one, and it felt extremely refreshing
  3. Go walking at night While you can see a ton of cool things during the day, the city gives a different experience when the sun goes down. 
  4. Stop at the Market The market holds so many local vendors and it's really fun to see how creative people can be! 
  5. Visit the Hunley An old submarine was found right off the coast of Charleston, and you can visit it and take a tour to see it
  6. See Rainbow Row It's kind of a landmark, and you have to do it! 
  7. Grab some ice. There are shaved ice carts all around the city, I believe they're all students raising money for college (which is actually located in Charleston itself!) 
  8. Visit Plantations There is an entire street loaded with plantations that guests can tour. Though I didn't go on this trip, they look amazing and I would love to the next time I'm around! 
  9. Eat at Jestine's and Hyman's. I can't mention one and not say the other, as they're both my favorite spots to eat in the city! 
  10. Visit the Churches. It's not called the 'Holy City' for nothing! Charleston is decorated with amazing architecture and the churches are so pretty. 
You can find a ton of information just by googling some of these spots! I loved spending time in Charleston, and while I may have been there a few days too long, I would still go back! 
Have you ever visited a holiday place more than once? Where do you always go? Where would you love to return to? 
Let me know in the comments! 
x Kenzie

Britain

Where Will Life Take You?

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I'm not really sure how to start out this post. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage, (I'll have a chai tea) your favorite snack, relax because it's time for a little story. I promise it won't be too long. 

9 years ago in 2007 (yikes that's a lot.) students in the 6th grade were asked to write a letter to their future selves in 8th grade and they would be given that letter when they were off to high school. The list we were given was a simple outline of favorite questions from "Who is your best friend?" "What is your favorite color?" "Where do you live?" "What is your dream job?" and on and on. One of the questions (always my favorite) was "What are the top 3 places you would like to visit?" I can tell you the answer to this question, for me was Italy, Hawaii and London. (I can tell you that because I found my letter last summer how cute.) 

Anyway, little Kenzie, in her world of travel would get the chance to visit the beautiful islands of Maui and Oahu in Hawaii in 2010. And she would get to experience real Italian pizza in Rome, see the remains of Pompeii, and swim in the sea off an island in Greece, and taste wine from Turkey in 2012. 


In 2011, when I was almost done with high school, I started to really think about wanting to study abroad. I always knew, for some reason that I really wanted to go to England. I can't explain it in any other words, other than it's like not giving a kid a piece of chocolate cake but they really want to experience the cake and taste it and it's agonizing. There were a few times when I thought I would never get to go to England. 
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In September 2015, I could look at programs. picking one of two was the hardest part. In October, I started to plan classes around potentially studying abroad. but I couldn't apply until January 2016. In February I started my application, and continued daydreaming (and google mapping) places to visit. In April (yea just months ago). I finally got the response. 

Congratulations. It said. You've been accepted. 

That's right. I'm finally writing a blog post I have been waiting so long to write. Cover your ears because i'm going to scream now. IM GOING TO ENGLAND!!!!!! 
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I cannot wait to (work all summer and raise money) to travel all over. I do have a few places and people I want to visit. It's crazy to think, a year from now I'll be in Europe. It's also terrifying but exciting at the same time, as I haven't been away from my family for an entire four months before, let alone an entirely different continent. 

So cheers mate. 
See you in January England. 
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Have you guys travelled abroad by yourselves before? Any tips? If you live in the UK do you have any places I have to visit? I kept this secret for so long, I really wanted everything to be 100% before posting it and I'm so happy I can finally tell you! 

Charleston

King Street Market

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I love traveling, having just been in Charleston in June you've probably gotten sick of all of the travel posts by now. There was so much to do down south that I have a lot to share. 
Remember when I said we were stuck in Charleston? Down south, they have a law that says nobody can work on Sunday, therefore our truck wasn't going to be done until Monday which left us a full day in downtown Charleston. 

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Having unplanned extra time on a trip, meant we really had no idea what to do. Luckily for us, Charleston has a street market every second Sunday of the month during the summer on King Street. They block off the entire street and allow food trucks to park there. Crowds of people join in for the fun. 
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Market

I even found some Macarons from a French pastry stand. It was salted caramel and it tasted delicious! 


King Street

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They even had a spot where you could stop and pet some adorable puppies! 

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Having the street closed off, meant I could get cool photos down other streets like this one! 

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I also stopped for some lemon ice on our way back to the car. 


Being stuck in Charleston may have prolonged our vacation, and could have caused us a ton of stress, but we could have been stuck in the mountains somewhere between Kentucky and Tennessee. Having an extra day to explore was great, and it'll be a memory that I won't forget anytime soon! 
I hope you're enjoying these posts! Did you visit any street markets this past summer? Hope the weather is staying warm for you all as well! 

Make sure to follow me on instagram for more fun photos from my trip! 


Food

SoHo South Cafe: Savannah

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Walking around downtown, historic Savannah Georgia can really work up an appetite! We wandered around the parks, looked at historic homes and gravestones, and our growing appetites lead us to a charming restaurant called SoHo South Cafe. No, we weren't actually in New York City. 


If you've been following my adventures in the south, you could have maybe guessed that we came to this place by a recommendation. Once you walk into the Soho South Cafe, you're instantly met with it's charm. There's a beautiful bar area with blue chairs and fancy lights, and a cute dinning area right ahead. 
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Soho south

We were seated at a table in the middle of the cafe, each table has unique chairs, as we settled in, we realized how hungry we were. 
Having a few picky-eaters in my family, we had to find a place that could accommodate them. And luckily for us, SoHo south cafe, had a long list of food they offered. 
Southern Food

I've said this countless times before, but my favorite meal by far in the south was always shrimp. Shrimp, and fried okra. And sweet tea of course! 

Savannah

The above picture, is a shrimp po-boy! One of my sisters favorite dishes. 
The meal was so great, the atmosphere was lovely, and the bill even came in a cute little mason jar! 


I loved everything in this restaurant, the decorations, the character and the friendly staff! I hope when you go to Savannah, you'll pop in for a meal! 
What is your favorite meal on vacation? What is your favorite seafood dish? 
Thanks for reading as always! 
x Kenzie


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Road Trip Tunes

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Road Trips call for two things: Great people and good music. While I took my roadtrip earlier this summer, I came up with a list of songs that I listen to when I drive from home to university that I love! 



1. Drag Me Down by One Direction
2. Fire by Ed Sheeran
3. Hello by Adele
4. Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez
5. Cake by the Ocean by DNCE
6. Pillowtalk by Zayn
7. Viva La Vida by Coldplay
8. Sorry by Justin Bieber
9. Chandelier by Sia
10. I took a Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner


These are just a few of the songs I've been loving at the moment, usually my playlist changes every month! What kind of music do you like to listen to in the car? Depending on how I'm feeling sometimes I'll just listen to one artist. 
I hope you're all having a great day! Thanks for reading! 
x Kenzie


Cheese

How To: Eat Grits

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I love recreating dishes that I've had on vacations. One of my favorite dishes, and one of my family's favorite dishes while we were in South Carolina was Shrimp and Grits. Grits are a popular item down south and if you've never tried them, I would highly recommend that you hurry down to the southern states and try some. 

Shrimp n Grits


So, what are Grits? Grits are corn that is coarsely grounded and boiled. They're delicious. 

One night, we decided to recreate our favorite meal. With some hush puppies from Louisiana, cheesy-garlic grits from South Carolina and some shrimp, we started cooking. 

When we first arrived in Charleston, and went down to our hotels breakfast, a woman told us about all the different ways they eat their grits. 
Fried Grits
Grits with Cheese
Shrimp and Grits
Grit Cake

The list was really long, and I'm sure there are a million ways you can make them!
We made our shrimp and grits spicy, which isn't for everyone but there are a ton of other ways you can eat it! It didn't take long for the grits to be done boiling, and the sauce to be made, so this dish is pretty simple and easy! 

Here's what we did:
We had bought garlic cheese grits at a country store in South Carolina, and the package said to just boil the grits and cheese for about 15 minutes.

Making the sauce:

What you'll need:
1 large pan
 2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Add all ingredients into pan and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add in the shrimp, mixing until covered by sauce. 
Shrimp n Grits

It might not look totally appetizing, but let me tell you, it was amazing! 


Shrimp and Grits

We also made cheesecurds with our meal, as we were using the deep-fryer anyway! 
What is your favorite meal to recreate? If you could recreate any meal that you've had what would it be? 
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments! 
x



22

Feelin 22

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For some reason, I've been having a hard time writing this post. Not because turning 22 is scary, or that I'm avoiding it. Just because, I really don't know how to write this post. 
I could write a list of things I've learned in the past year. I could write an entire post to summarize going from 21 to 22. It's honestly not that different. 
I can still legally drink. 
I can still legally drive in the United States. 
So, what is new? 


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I'd like to think that this year, I was more grateful. 



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I felt lucky. A lot. 
To be able to take a driving trip with my family down south. 
To be able to do something (announcement coming soon) that I have been dreaming of for a really long time. 
To go skydiving to end the 21st year. 
To be able to feel the sunshine on my face on the beach. 
To be able to come home. 


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It might be because I've seen a lot of people pass away too young in the past year, and that all makes me think that you literally do not know when life is going to end. You just don't. So why not enjoy it while you've got it. 



I hope the 22nd year, is just as great. 
I hope that I will have time to read more books ( I literally read 3 this past year). 
I hope I discover something new
I hope I enjoy all of it, even if some bits are bad. 
I hope that with each post on this space, that I get better at writing. 


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The hardest part about turning a year older, is that when you realize you really don't need anything and each year it must be harder to come up with a birthday list. Other than peanut butter cake, or red velvet cake. Life really is great. 

What is your favorite birthday cake? What are some goals you have for yourself? 

Beauty

Doors of Charleston

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Walking along the narrow streets of Charleston, South Carolina it's easy to see how different and unique every house is. Aside from street numbers, almost every house has a different door color. For some reason, I said "I really like doors" and the entire time we were in Charleston everyone pointed out different doors for me. They were really beautiful, and I have enough pictures of doors to build a village...almost. 

Historic Door

Doors

After walking around the streets looking at all of the different doors, I started to really like the red doors and wanted my photo taken in front of one by the end of the trip (so pic credit to my mom!) 

Rainbow Row

Famous Door
This door might look pretty familiar to you if you have a pinterest account, my sister had one bucket list item to see while we were in the city, and it took us the entire 2 weeks to find it on our last day. This was the most excited she had been the entire trip. 

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17 Tradd Street

 I mean, I don't blame her, this house has such beautiful color and character. Shortly after leaving this spot, I thought about the person who lives there and how it must feel to have a house that is so popular and pinned countlessly by the internet! We also saw a few doors at dusk, which was a lovely time to walk around the city as it wasn't too hot with the sun in the sky! 

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Night

Charleston

 I've talked a lot about the history of Charleston, but it's so interesting to me and I really enjoyed every minute that I was there (aside from being stuck at an auto shop for over 3 hours). While nobody invited us inside for iced tea or lemonade, we had a lovely time taking it all in. 
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I hope you enjoyed this post! Time goes by so quickly, and being away from the internet world and leaving my phone tucked away helped me take in, and enjoy every second. Make sure you've checked out my instagram for more fun photos from the trip, and follow me on facebook and bloglovin! 

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