So… I wrote this a couple of days before new year and it must have not uploaded
So I am in Orlando spending time with my mother and brother, who I had not seen in MONTHS. It is good to spend time with family during the holidays isn’t it?! Last time I saw my mother was when she visited me in Ann Arbor for a week when I was studying for boards, that was in April, and the last time I saw the little guy, my brother Andres, was LAST Christmas break! Now, I am home, eating great home cooked meals, lots of Colombian food, spending time with my brother, seeing the town, traveling around Florida, going to concerts.. man what a life! And it’s great cause by this time, many of my friends have real world jobs and they are all sooo jealous of my three week break!! 🙂 And talking about friends. It is great to see them too!!! I actually started my break by traveling to LA to see some of my friends. One of which is, now YouTube sensation, Toby, you can watch his videos here (http://www.youtube.com/user/Tobuscus). We lived together for about 6 months back in undergrad at UF. We got super excited when he reached 5,000 subscribers, now he has over 1.5million! He is great and he continues to be the same friendly, funny, waaay to energetic guy I’ve always known. When in LA I also got to climb up to “the sign” where I realized I was the typical unprepared tourist.. Thinking I could drive up really close to the Hollywood sign and then hike for just a bit I put on jeans and casual shoes. Well… I had 1.5 mile hike each way from where the road ended and the hiking trail began. Almost to the top, a group of high school/undergrad young ladies asked me to take a picture of them.. and like the pro-photographer I believe that I am, I got down in one knee and took a few pictures… well I also ripped a nice hole in my jeans right below my left buttock. I still hope they didnt catch that.. :-/ haha, oh well. So.. I kept climbing and climbing.. and of course I reached the top of the mountain, I had a great view of the Valley, great view of Hollywood, but I also overshot the Hollywood Sign.. I was above it and I couldn’t see the letters.. thus, while I had a great view and took some nice pictures, deep inside I was pretty mad I was over the sign and not in front of it… so guess what the answer was.. more hiking with ripped jeans and shoes that were starting to get uncomfortable. Anyway, I finally got where I wanted to be and took the pictures I was there to take. Now it was the walk back down the mountain. Of course it was going to be the ‘easy’ part, I didn’t have to climb anymore, it was all downhill.. Well about halfway down the blisters in my toes started to pop and the pain got worse and worse.. and by the last quarter mile I was taking this half step, half jump strides, with a grimace that probably looked really odd to the people going up and down the trail. Again, I still hope that people didn’t catch that, at least not many. But at the end of the day, as I remember the hike and tell you the story and share some of the picture I took, I cant help but to smile and remember a great day. While in LA I also got to watch Conan, my favorite talk show host who I have been watching since high school, watch a comedy show at the Laugh Factory, walk up and down Hollywood blvd, and spend time with my friends Morgan, Toby, Jay, and more. Anyhow, this is getting a little long. Im going to go ahead and put up some pictures and call it a day.