Woah, crazy thought just popped in my head: At this moment in two weeks I will be on a plane headed back to Australia for the next chapter of this crazy Aussie adventure. My plane takes off on Sunday the 10th and I won’t be back to America until next March. It is a scary and overwhelming thing to think about, and that’s probably why I have pushed it off until this exact moment as I think about the fabulous weekend I had with my family in Tampa.
On Friday my mom and I had plans to go kayaking, I have been slightly obsessed with kayaking since I went in Connecticut last month and have been dying to get on a river in Tampa. Friday morning we woke up, ready to go, and then BOOM the regular Florida summer thunderstorm struck and we had to change our plans, but where we ended up was just as fun! We were headed to the Tampa History Museum to play tourist for a day and learn about the city I was born and raised in, but first… lunch!
There is an adorable café on Harbor Island just South of Downtown Tampa called Café Dufrain. Despite the scorching heat we sat outside so comfortably under patio fans and had a great view of the river, docks, and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. One of the things I didn’t know about Café Dufrain before eating there was that 75% of the menu is sustainable, organic, or locally grown, and you can taste that in the flavor combinations the team puts together.
White Pisco Sangria: Fontana Pisco, Simple Syrup, Orange Juice, Peach Liqueur, White Wine, Soda Water
Red Spinach, watercress, mixed berries, house queso, pistachio, truffle honey lavender vinaigrette
Chicken Sandwich, roasted piquillo pepper, local goat cheese, watercress, caramelized onion dijonnaise
In addition to the food, and the view, the service was excellent too! If only I had a few more days in town so I could sneak in another trip back here.
Tampa Bay History Center
Something you might not know about me is that I absolutely love to learn new things, and history is one of my favorites! I love learning about places I live, visit, the important events that have taken place there, and how cities became how they are. In school American history was one of my favorite things to learn, so going to a museum to learn about American history and more specifically the history of the city I grew up in was right up my alley.
The exhibits range from Florida’s first people in the 1500’s, the Seminole Indians, the history of the cigar industry in Tampa, as well as a timeline of the city, exhibits on cowboys and crackers, and the history of war and military based in Tampa.
I don’t want to give too much away as I have another post in the works about the Tampa Bat History Center that I’ll post very soon.
Also kind of exciting, but after so much fun at the History Center we have planned a trip to Ybor City for a Ghost Tour and a movie at The Tampa Theatre before I leave! What better way to explore even more of Tampa while learning some of the spookiest stories of the Cigar City and seeing an indie movie in a historical theatre?!
Tampa Bay Storm Game
Saturday we got a really special treat when my brother John took the weekend off from studying for his big medical school test and came home for a visit. So I went with him and my dad to the Tampa Bay Storm indoor football game.
Football is my favorite sport, and although indoor football is not the same as the NFL, I knew this would be the last chance I got to see any kind of American football game for very long time. Despite the home team loss we had a ton of fun at the game, and the end was a pure treat. It was almost like a basketball game with the changing of possession and timeouts so I felt like what I got from the game was much more than just football… it was a little football, and little basketball, and a lot of memories!
Singing Crystal Bowl Yoga
One of the things that I have enjoyed so much during my time in America this summer is that I have been able to develop and deeper and stronger yoga practice, as well as experiencing new types of yoga styles and meditations. On Sunday afternoon my mom and I participated in a Singing Crystal Bowl Yoga session at Sun Yoga Tampa. It was a fantastic class taught by Melissa from Yoga Downtown Tampa, while a professional crystal bowl player Rob played the bowls as in perfect rhythm to the poses we did. Of course I have no pictures from the event because I was totally in the moment breathing and stretching into each pose, however if you are curious of singing crystal bowl meditation I found a great video on youtube to check out. Alternatively, you could Google “singing crystal bowl guided meditation” as there are many videos to guide you through the practice as well. Also, Melissa teaches yoga at Yoga in the Park this Sunday, August 3rd at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa at 6:00pm. Unfortunately, I have booked myself for basically every breathing moment between now and next Thursday, but perhaps when I come back to visit in March I’ll be able to try out a Yoga in the Park class.
Sunday Night Bonding Sesh
I did a lot of fun and new things this weekend, but the most fun moment of the entire weekend came on Sunday night when I joined my littler sis and big brother outside by the pool for a dessert, wine, and bonding session. We spent a couple hours eating desserts from Bonefish Grill, drinking Chianti; chatting about life in Australia, med school, and applying for grad school. I love my siblings dearly and will always treasure those moments that the three of us spend together.
I have a really busy schedule for the next week and a half leading up to the big move, and I am so excited to get out and explore the city I love!
What did you get up to this weekend?
If I could fit anything else in my schedule this week what would you add?