This weekend, my mom and I were given an excuse to spend the day in the city (Detroit, that is). We are always looking for fun ways to spend time together without breaking the bank. This past weekend, some close family members had to go out of town unexpectedly and had purchased show tickets that they were going to be unable to use, so they called us and asked that we put them to use. Of course we happily obliged and decided to make a full day out of it.
Having been out of town for a couple weeks (and having missed Mother’s Day), my mom and I decided that it was high time for a ‘girls day out’. So, on Friday morning, we rolled out of bed (a little later than expected), and headed downtown. The weather has been unseasonably warm here, and we decided that we couldn’t let this lovely weather go to waste and headed to the Detroit Zoo.
Things are finally starting to slow down after my cross-country trip this past week, which means that I finally have time to share some of the things that I’ve seen and done with you! Though it’s a little out of order, I thought that the best place to start would be the Grand Canyon.
One way to really get to know a city is to go see one of their sporting events. There seems to be a sense of camaraderie in a city while they are all coming together against a ‘common enemy’, and there are always more people wandering around on game days, which can help ease any anxiety about exploring alone. Also, you can usually find reasonably priced tickets to these events if you aren’t too picky about where you sit.
Being a full-time student with a choreography job, a teaching job and having rehearsal every night doesn’t leave a lot of time to relax, or do anything really, especially with finals just around the corner. At times like this I find that it’s even more important to make time to go on adventures and get out of stressful atmospheres. Today I found myself with a few extra hours to spare, so Ryan and I decided to take a mini-venture.
Since neither of us have money to spare, the less expensive the outing, the better. Luckily, there happens to be a really great library in downtown Rochester. It may be nerdy, but I get really excited about the sheer amount of books in this library, and I find the atmosphere very calming.
Another plus side to the Rochester Hills Public Library is their travel section. For me, the next best thing to actually traveling is planning exciting trips, so I decided to pick up a few travel books for some upcoming trips that I’ve been thinking about.
After the library we decided to grab a late lunch, so we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Penny Black. Penny Black has THE best cantina nachos. Seriously, if you like nachos, even a little bit, and find yourself in the Rochester area, you HAVE to try them. For $12.50 you can have enough deliciously sweet and spicy pulled pork cheesy gooey goodness to feed two people, plus if you happen to go between 4-7 during the week, all of their appetizers (including the nachos) are HALF OFF. I’m really excited about it.
And finally, what mini-venture is complete without ice cream?!? It started to warm up again today so we were able to eat our ice cream outside for a little bit before heading back to classes and rehearsal and our busy lives. I hope you find some time to make your own adventures this week!! Cheers!