Day-cations. It's where one escapes their mundane reality for 1 day and does something different - fun. They venture somewhere farther than their daily morning commute allows, to see something their every day life wouldn't have shown them. I love day-cations. They're my thing. It's also just a fun word to say. Day-cation. Day-cation. Day-cation.
One thing about Day-cations is you usually have to plan them out (or not like most of mine are) and you spend it with other people. *Sidenote: find someone who craves adventure as much as you, if not more.* This past Thursday my best friend and I decided to have a day-cation - to live it up! Whoop, Whoop! We chose Tampa. We both love coffee, food, and adventure. So here we go, on our day-cation! Of course our first stop had to be Oxford Exchange for lunch. We ate. We people watched. We came up with stories of others around us. We smelled. We snapped and then we left.
Next we hit up Hyde Park to shop and walk around (actually we hit up CVS because Chris has allergies.... But anyways.) Hyde Park is still growing and when we went most of it was under construction. Furthermore, the parts we did see were so cute. First stop Anthropology, then Paper Source, some cool furniture store, then Francheca's Boutique. It's hard going to cool places when you're a broke college student, but fun to pretend like I can actually afford more than just a Chick-Fil-A nugget meal.
After walking off our super yummy lunch we headed on over to the Tampa Museum of Art, which was free - can I get an "Amen!?" There was only one small exhibit open when we went but I think the architecture of the building itself was enough of an exhibit for us visually stimulated creatives. We had a little trouble finding our way (refer to photo of me in green elevator) but nonetheless, it was fun.
Afterwards we walked around Kiley Green Park (at least that's what I think it's called) and listened to some live music. After this we really didn't have a plan of what we were doing. We just walked, and walked, and sweated, and stop for AC, and walked, and stopped for water, and walked, tried getting into a private pool, got denied, sweated and walked some more. Welcome to Florida. It's not called the 'Sunshine State' for nothin'.
As time went on we exhausted Downtown Tampa of all its goodness and it was time to head home. Do any other adventure seekers feel like there is still more to see even though you just spent all day 'seeing?' Does anyone else crave thrill and more adventure after its died out? You're always on the search for the next 'big plan', 'fun adventure?' Because same. I think I just love the idea of seeing things I've never seen before and doing things I've never done. I'm always looking for the 'new' thing to do (new to me at least.)
A Coconut Lime Popsicle later and the day-cation is done. I'm full and happy. More happy that not only do I have people (a person) to adventure with but that with such a busy schedule I still find time to live my life. To seek happiness. To do me. I mean, I'm not the best at it. I have to remind myself this is my life and if it's my only day off and I want to drive to Tampa, I should. It's a great feeling. To be honest I'm exhausted. I could use a nap.... Or just a full night of rest. But it's worth it. It's all worth it. The six hours of sleep I might give up each night doesn't compare to the late night conversations that show me my true friends, the day time adventures that remind me of what happiness feels like and the good cup of coffee that gives me actual life. It's all worth it.
Thanks for taking a look into my Tampa day-cation. If you're in the Tampa area or even the Orlando area and wanna find some cool places to hit up, check these out or message me. I may know a cool cafe or two. I can't wait for more adventures and sharing them with you guys. Let me know if there is anything specific you want to see. And as always this has been...
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