This week has been pretty busy with schoolwork. There’s nothing terribly exciting, so I figured I would take a break from blogging about school stuff and share my experiences of Arizona so far.
Be warned, some of these pictures were taken with an old camera phone, so the pictures may not be the greatest.
The first picture I want to share is the first picture I took once my mom and I got off the plane. We sat at the airport for about two and a half hours waiting for our ride. During the wait, I kept commenting on how warm it was and how great it felt (my mom likes cold, so she vehemently disagreed with me).
After moving into my dorm and exploring the campus a bit, I decided to walk around and see what was nearby. Another UAT student and I walked to the Arizona Grand Resort. It’s a beautiful place, and I especially loved the fountain they had there.
During that first semester, I got to visit the Grand Canyon! The only downside was that we went at night, so all the pictures were dark and black and you couldn’t actually tell that I went.
Another time, we tried to see the Grand Canyon during the sunrise, but there was snow covering the ground and we couldn’t actually make it there!
Each December, I visit downtown, where the streets are decorated for Christmas. They have this huge Christmas tree in a courtyard in the center of downtown.
In high school, I didn’t really go many places, because Jacksonville didn’t have a lot I hadn’t seen. That totally changed when I came to UAT. My friends were always coming up with crazy things for us to do. For example, one friend dragged me along to a small concert, which was really cool because we got to stand right in front of the band.
During the first semester, my friends and I started something called “Random Phoenix Adventures.” Since none of us were from Arizona originally, we wanted to explore and see what was around. The rules of engagement: Grab a bus ticket, hop on, get off at a random stop, and find something to do. Usually it involved finding food and then taking pictures of awesome things we found along the way.
On one of our random Phoenix adventures, we walked by the Herberger Theater Center, which has about a dozen sculptures of dancing people outside of it.
Something else we liked to do was visit the park. The park was a nice break from the rest of the city because it had grass and water.
My favorite park is Kiwanis Park. It’s got a huge lake in the center, hills, a playground, a soccer area, tennis courts, and all sorts of other things.
Overall, everyday Arizona is a really nice place. It has desert:
It has ducks:
It has rain (sometimes!):
And it has cute little animals: