Skiing

I went skiing on Saturday, March 5th 2022. It was fun, it was my first time going skiing ever. We went skiing in Cascade Mountains, which is in Wisconsin. Since it was my first time going skiing, I had to take lessons. My instructor was kind, and taught me the basics of skiing.

In addition to skiing, I also got to go on a ski lift, which took me to the bunny hill. At bunny hill, I learned my turns in skiing and just overall skiing. It was a fun adventure. Sadly, less than an hour after I put my ski’s on for the first time, it stared raining so hard. SO we had to leave.

That concludes my Ski time.

Trip to India during COVID

Today I am going to tell you about my trip to India during the COVID pandemic.

Let’s get there!

Packing bags took a long time. There was lots to take! We packed and packed for hours. There was a lot of last minute packing too!   Once all was packed, it would be soon time to travel to India. I was so excited. 

As soon as the 2 large SUVs arrived we started to put all the luggage in 1 of the SUV’s. The other SUV was the one that would take us to the airport. As we rode in the SUV to the airport, I was so excited! I would get to see my grandparents and cousins. 

As soon as we reached the airport, I was bubbling with excitement; but I had a lot of traveling in front of me. 

As soon as we got inside the cold airport, we started to look for the Emirates business class counter. There was NO line in front of the Emirates business class counter, but the economy class line was HUGE! I  could not believe my eyes. 

As soon as we reached the counter the person behind the counter asked for our passport, RT-PCR covid test, OSI, and some other stuff. We had to show it all. Then it was time to check in our bags. The whole entire process took about 25 minutes. Now, imagine the people standing in the economy line, if there were 5 people in front of you it would have taken SO long. 

After we were done with check-in and getting our boarding passes, we walked to the security area. The line was long (there was no line for the business class passengers) but it moved fast. Security went pretty fast, we got to the counter and put all of our carry-on luggage on the machine and walked through the scanner. 

Then we started to head toward the business class lounge. As soon as we got there we started to eat and hang out till in the lounge till boarding of our flight. I ate lots of snacks. 

I drew and wrote in my diary in the lounge as I ate. The lounge was small for a business class lounge though. 

An hour or so later, we went to board the flight. As we were reaching the gate, the air hostesses started to call first class and business class up, and we boarded the flight. 

The business class seats were nice in my opinion ! There was 1 very big screen, 1 medium sized screen, and a control. The seat could recline all the way to flat. There was an awesome travel kit too. The food was horrible though, I absolutely hated it. The thing that really got at me was having to wear a mask for such a long time. 

 I watched 4 movies, slept, ate, daydreamed, during the flight. 

After a long 13 and half hours we landed in Dubai. As soon as we got off  the plane, we headed to the business class lounge, for some time. Our flight would start boarding in about an hour or so. The lounge was so much bigger than the Chicago lounge. We ate middle eastern food. (Better than the flight’s food.) 

We boarded the 3 hour flight to Mumbai soon afterward. The flight’s business class was the same, but the food was still horrible. 

After we landed, we went through imigration and they checked if you had an Indian visa, and if you had a criminal record and stuff.  Then we went to baggage claim and claimed our bags. It took a lot of time, because someone took our bags out of the carousel.

Then we got all of our bags and went through a security type of thing. Afterward we went to find our chaffers and we booked 3. We found all of them, and loaded all of our bags into one of the cars, the other 2 Mercedes we loaded ourselves into. I went with my dad in one, and my sister and mom went into the other one. 

We drove to my mom’s mom & dad’s house. 

WE reached home, and chatted for a little while then slept.

I will now tell you about what we did.

FOOD: 

I ate lots of awesome food on my trip, below I will list them. 

  1. Vada Pav:  a deep fried potato put between a bun. 
  2. Idly: a savory rice cake consisting of fermented black lentils and rice
  3. Dosa: a thin type of pancake consisting of lentils and rice
  4. Grilled Sandwich:  Vegetables put in between 2 pieces of bread and grilled
  5. Mendu Vada: South Indian Fritter made in a doughnut shape
  6. Samosa: Triangular Shape pastry filled with vegetables, potatoes
  7. Pani Puri: puff-pastry balls filled with spiced mashed potato,lentils and tamarind juice
  8. Frankie: a big, fat roll stuffed with veggies, paneer
  9. Sizzler: Veggies, Fries, patties all cooked on a hot metal plate put in a wooden plate
  10. Khasta Kachori: Deep fried snack
  11. Potato Sandwich: Potato slices put between bread and chutney 
  12. Khaman Dhokla: Spicy sponge savory cake made of chickpea flour
  13. Dhokla: Rice flour cake that is  warm
  14. Bhajia: Vegetables or spanish covered in chickpea flour and fried
  15. Cake and Muffins
  16. Juice: Fruit Juice
  17. Macarons: Vegan 

Funny Moments 

  1. A bike driver was pushing another bike with his legs. It was hilarious!
  1. A rickshaw driver was pushing another rickshaw with his leg! LOL
  2. Two old men held hands and crossed the road. OMG, it was so funny!!
  1. My mom made me come out for a walk in HEELS. And let me tell you that the sidewalks are so bad! I had to go into a park where people are exercising and speed walk in HEELS. It was so funny. I didn’t fall though. YAY! But I must have been a joke to all the people. 
  1. A bike driver was holding groceries in a bag. The bottom broke, the driver didn’t notice, and all the items fell out of the bag and on the road. He had to go and pick it up. It was funny but must have been sad. 

Where I went, and what I did

I went to a lot of places on My vacation. 

I met lots of people and saw lots of places. Listed below are my top favorite places.

  1. Padgah: A religious place that houses lots of Monks. 
  1. Shahpur Temple: A huge temple.
  1. Borivali: I met lots of people in Borivali, which is a suburb of Mumbai.
  1. Lots of streetside food: Sandwich, Frankie, Dosa, Vada Pav, Samosa food eateries.
  1. Relatives: I met many relatives from my Mom and Dad’s side.
  1. Friends: I met my friends in India.
  1. Cousins: I spent lots of time with my cousins. My cousin sister Prisha and My cousin brother, Hansel especially. I also spent time with my dad’s sister and her family. 
  1. Shopping: I did lots of shopping for EVERYTHING! I got so many things, especially from Crawford Market and Phoenix mall. 

Let’s get home

It was a long fun 3 week vacation, but it was time to get home and I was excited. 

We took an RT-PCR test at 7:00am in the morning. We didn’t get the results for so long. My parents were so stressed, because if we didn’t get the results in time we wouldn’t be able to travel. So we went to the airport at about 2:00pm to take another test. But, in the end we didn’t take another test, we got the contact number with one of the  workers at metropolis. Metropolis was the center we got our RT-PCR test done from.

The worker told us that we would get our tests at 8:00-9:00pm. My parents got even more stressed because we were heading to the airport at 8:00pm. If we didn’t get the results during that time we would not be able to fly.

Luckily, My mom, sister, and my test results came in on the ride to the airport. My dad’s results didn’t come back on the way there. We reached the airport before my dad’s test results came. His results finally came 30 minutes into being at the airport. 

The check in queue was long, but luckily we were only 3-4th in the queue. It went pretty fast. Then we had to go through security, which was pretty fast too, (In my opinion). After that we went through Immigration. Then we were free. 

Afterward we started walking around the shops and stuff, then to our gate. On the way to the gate a shop came where we stopped and ate at. When we reached the gate, we didn’t have to wait a long time till boarding. When they called everybody we got in line. They stopped us for a second, because my sister didn’t have the immigration stamp on her boarding pass , but they let us in eventually.  

The first leg of the flight was good. There was an empty seat in between me and my dad. There was a good amount of space. The food was horrible though. 

The second leg of the flight was ok. I had the window seat and the view was awesome, but there was no empty seat. The food was pretty bad except for the pizza they gave. 

My trip was long and awesome, I had lots of fun and enjoyed every moment.  

Sand dollar

Sand dollars

What is a sand dollar?

A sand dollar is a type recreation (Different) from a sea orchid. It is flat.

How are they made?

Sand dollars are made from eggs that another sand dollar has left. They are creatures relating to sea orchids and starfish. They are flattened by the ruff choppy waves that holds them down and flat. Burying themselves in the sand is normal. –https://www.quora.com

Where are they found best?

-Sanibel island! Sanibel has many beautiful places to go. You will probably find sand dollars on the shore. As it is the gulf coast of Florida. Many items wash onto the shore of Sanibel Island. When I visited I did not have the luck but I bet you will! –https://www.narcity.com

How to pick up a sand dollar?

If it is purple in color that means a sand dollar is alive, you do not want to pick it up. If it is tan or light brown or a bleach color you can pick it up it is mostly dead. If it is not dead it will be moving or it’s gills will be.

Sanibel Island

We visited Sanibel island.

In the morning we went to a beach. The beach was very pretty, with lots of seashells in fact the sand was not even sand it was crushed up seashells. The adventure started when we parked our car into the lot. I shot open the door and went out. ‘Looks like people are collecting seashells’ My dad said. We went to the pay and park area and payed. We then put on our slippers and started walking in to the beach. I took a step into the sand which I thought was seashells after looking into the crushed seashells. ‘Wow’ I said Walking forward into the water. My mom and dad and my sister started to collect seashells in a bag they were beautiful! We kept looking for seashells and sand dollars. Then we took a walk down the beach shore, I kept complaining that my feet were icky with wet sand stuck to them. My mom called my grandparents, who I can Nana, Nani. My mom talked and walked and I complained and walked. 

Once we were done their across the bridge was another coastline of the same beach. We walked across the bridge. We then walked onto the rocks and into the beach. At the beach we walked about a quarter of a mile in and collected seashells on the way. Then we saw quite a couple people in the middle of the water and the water was only covering less then half of their body’s. We wanted to go too BUT to get their we had to go through a little deep water, and we would wet our clothes. So my dad went first, he was lifting his feet to walk when on flip flop came of and floated away in the water and then the other flip flop. That was so funny! Then my sister went. I DID NOT GO because I knew I would wet my clothes, my mom did not go either. Then after lots of photos and rock collecting we went back to the car. 

By that time it was lunch time, and in a our we had a boat ride reservation for the Sanibel triller. For lunch we ate at this Sanibel Bean place the food was ok. I got a bagel, my sister got something and so did my parents. We waited a long time for the food to come, once we got it we went straight to the Sanibel Triller, we parked at the area to park and ate. After that we got onto the boat.

As I climbed the boat I knew I was going to have fun. We started by getting out of the boat area and into the Gulf. The man in the front was talking along the way. We talked a lot about the city of Sanibel and other things. Just as he finished and we got to the middle, one lady on the boat saw a fin of what she said was a dolphin. Just as she said that a dolphin jumped up from the back of the boat and started swimming to tail the boat. More dolphins joined along, I was flabbergasted. The dolphin pod eventually went away. The guy in the front went on talking about the things. I really liked it, one thing he said was that dolphins swim at the tail of the boat because they like riding waves like the boats waves. We got a couple more incidents with the dolphins. I even saw a baby.

After that it was about 4:00. We went to another beach that was supposed to have a good sunset. We went to the beach and spread our towel. My sister and I made a sand castle. Then me and my dad went for a small walk in the water. After a bit when the sun was soon going to set the clouds came and covered the sun, what a bummer! We stayed for a bit longer and then decided to go home, since we have a 3 hour drive home. 

We had a blast at Sanibel island!

Kennedy Space center

We went to the KSC was to see the rocket launch. NASA and Space X were going to launch a rocket carrying 133 satellites into space. Sadly the  launch was scrubbed. They had to scrub the launch because it was started to rain lightly. Drizzling first then it started to rain a little harder. But we still got to tour the Kennedy Space center visitor complex.

We went to many places in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor center. 

One thing we did was going to the Atlantis space shuttle center. We walked into the center and walked up 2 flights of stairs WELL they were not exactly stairs they were slopes we walked up. On the 2 floor a photographer stood. We wanted to take our pictures so we took the photos and continued. Once on the 3 floor we got into a long line to enter the ‘tour’ we were taking about Atlantis space shuttle. Finally the line moved forward and we entered. In the large room we had to take a seat to watch a small video about how the Atlantis space shuttle was created. I learned it took 12 years to make it and that it was reusable. After that a set of doors opened and we walked through.  To a very cool room with screens around us. Then we experienced a 3D video of the 1st Atlantis space shuttle launch. Then the doors in front to us opened up. And in FRONT of us was the REAL Atlantis Space Shuttle that went onto space. We toured the big room and then we left. We stayed in that room for 1 hour. 

Another thing we did in the Atlantis space shuttle center was ride a ride called the simulator. The simulator gives you the feeling that you are in the take off of the Atlantis Space Shuttle. It was so fun, I felt the bumps and everything was bumpy. 

Another thing we did was going for a movie about space. It was about space and how difficult it is to send a shuttle to space. We got popcorn and lemonade. Also the  movie was 3D so it was more awesome. 

In that same room was a play room. In the play room we got to play. It had all the planets and you could climb up the net and stuff. 

We also went to orbit cafe.

At the cafe my dad and me ate a beyond burgers. And my sister ate a sandwich also my mom ate a sandwich.  We also wanted some lemonade and my sister filled it. NOW I bet you would think that she filled lemonade up she filled water since she was crazy.  It was funny.

Also we went to a Mars facility about Mars. We watched a movie about Mars and future time of reaching Mars. I learned that Mars would be 6 months away. It was at this time not reached by Man Kind yet.   We learned also that you can not breathe the air on Mars.  I also saw a rover. After that we went to get some space dots which are technically dip in dots. We ate that and then left.

Camping 2020

We were stuffing the camping chairs and Hide a mat and the tent in the car. We were leaving early that way we could go for a hike before going camping. As soon as we got in the car we Prayed for a safe trip and drive. Afterward I just looked outside for about 45 minutes, At that time we reached the State park called Rock cut state park.And we went for a hike and had lots of fun. Once we were done we went to a charging station to charge out car Tesla model s, And it so happened to be near a mall so we went there for lunch and for the bathroom. We used the bathroom and and got taco bell and Rubys Thai food and sat out and ate. Then hit the road! Once we were fifteen twenty minutes away from the camp ground we charged the at Sullivins Fresh and went in to used the bathroom to our suprise there were many vegan deserts so we picked up and few and headed to the camp ground. As we got to the camp ground, (we were there second) we went to check into our camp ground and If you did not know we were going with friends. We got slot 150 and our friends go the same. Once we got to the ground my friends and I started setting up the tent and starting the bon fire.Then we started to make dinner we had dabali and then we put our chairs near the bon fire and starting chating.

This is a tent

Not the one I slept in though

It was from the internet

The next day we woke up and Me Ziva and my Friend and her mother went for a walk and used the bathroom. Next we headed back to the camp site to eat breakfast and to my Surprise everyone was then awake. Next we ate Pancakes and umma( Umma is a type of food from India ) and tea and coffee. Next we want on a hike to sunset trail it was nice Then we head out for lunch which was thapla and bread. Then we went on another trail which was terrible it had to many Bugs. Then we all went to Sullivans again for pastries. Well our other friends went to get Coffee and Frys.Once we all got back to the campsite we chated and Colored. And then we had Dinner and chatted some more and then went to sleep.

Back in the morning we all woke up used the bathroom and Brushed our teeth and ate breakfast which was Pancakes. Then once we were done we all settled down and played me and a few of my friends went in the woods behind the camp ground and we all went there and found acorns and gun sticks.Then We started to pack up. Once that was over we took group photos and hit the road for home.