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Israel Softball: Touring Israel Experience

By on June 26, 2019

This summer, I have been given the unique opportunity play for the Israeli National Softball team. As I write this, we are preparing for the European Championships. Last week, we were able to travel all across Israel. These were some highlights:

Masada: 

An ancient fortress, hike, and educational spot. Masada has an interesting history to where some people may feel an unknown juju while they are at the top of the plateau.  

Yad Vashem: 

This is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It was an informative experience. We only had about 1.5 hours in there because they close at 5pm, but one could spend days in there. This was my second time at Yad Vashem and fourth holocaust museum experience; this museum has so many stories to tell and if you are ever in Israel, I recommend that you go. 

Western Wall (Kotel):

This is a holy site where people come from all over the world to pray. I was able to do this with my teammates and it was incredibly special. 

We also took tours of the underground tunnels at the Kotel. It is remarkable how they were able to excavate this site and how they are continuing to do so. 

Tel Aviv: HaCarmel Market Shook

HaCarmel market is one of my favorite markets. Here, you can purchase tchotchkes for your family at home. These stores will likely rip you off if you do not haggle, so do not take the first price they give you.

At the Shook there is also extremely cheap street food for 10 sheckles or less (less than $3).

Just beware, personal space does not really exist here. 

Rosh Hanikra

This is not only the border between Israel and Lebanon, but it is also home to beautiful caves with spectacular views.

Bahá’í Gardens 

This terrace garden is a magnificent site in the middle of the city of Haifa. This holy site belongs to those of the Bahá’í faith. It is a whole lot of green surrounded by city and desert. 

We arrived too late to walk up the terrace, but I still managed to get a picture of this beautiful garden from the gate. 

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake in the northern part of Israel just near the Golan Heights. This lake has a lot of historical and religious significance and many people come to see and go in the Sea.  

Dead Sea

This is the lowest point in the world and you actually float in the water! The saltwater does burn, so do not shave right before you go. If you have any unknown papercuts or wounds, you will find out where they are when you go in. 

Unless you go to a spa, you will have to purchase Dead Sea mud from the stores nearby. 

That was my touring adventures in Israel! We head out soon to the Czech Republic for the European Championships! I can’t wait!

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, where is your favorite tourist spot?

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Eyeshadow Face Off: Tarte v. Urban Decay

By on June 19, 2019

This is a battle between the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III Versus Urban Decay OG Palette

After receiving my Boxycharm last month, I realized that Tarte Rainforest of the Sea looked exactly like my Urban Decay palette.

The Urban Decay palette I am referring to is now discontinued, as I bought it half off at Ulta and saw multitudes of them at Nordstrom’s Rack. However, I still wanted to show the difference because Urban Decay does have really similar colors in their other palettes.

When I first saw the Urban Decay palette on sale, I nearly had a cow. It was my first “brand name” makeup purchase. I wanted to love it so much!

However, the real test for eyeshadow is making it through a softball game without half falling off.

Pros:

Urban Decay (1, aka dead palette)- Comes with a Brush, Comes with mirror. Neutral colors, shimmers, and darks. There is a good variety of colors, but I usually stick with one or two color themes and the palette offers about four.   

            Would stay on, but just enough to know it was there at some point. Color on the lid was pretty much non-existent. 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: All colors have at least a bit of shimmer, Comes with mirror, Simple variety of light neutral colors. You can see the light colors.

          I happened to wear this palette the game that I got hit in the face with a ball and a black eye resulted following the swelling. This eyeshadow stayed on that’s for sure. The next day I was still trying to carefully get all of the shimmer off of my eye.

Cons:

Urban Decay: Doesn’t stay on eyes for long time, no black color included (but there’s a dark blue), light colors don’t show up as well.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: No brush. Palette fits a specific tone.

I feel like I became biased the second that I was able to try out the Tarte palette. I feel like there’s just not a comparison with a palette for every-day use. I realized that I like shimmer, and not everyone likes having the shimmer at all times of the day.

If you like the matte base color where you can then add the subtle shimmer, then Urban Decay is perfect for you.

For me, personally, I’m all about the glitter and shiny part of the eyeshadow and this Tarte palette fits that need.

What is your favorite brand of eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nike Internship Experience

By on June 12, 2019

In the summer of 2018, I traveled to Beaverton, Oregon to intern at the Nike Headquarters for ten weeks. It was an incredible experience. If you are seriously considering working in the retail corporate structure, I recommend that you apply for this internship. You will really get the feel if you want to pursue a similar job post college.  

This video explains how the process was to get the job and some tips and tricks for working there.

Have you worked any cool internships? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Women’s College World Series Experience: As A Player

By on June 5, 2019

This year was the first time in 9 years that Arizona Softball has been able to go to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). The WCWS is where the top 8 teams in the country go head to head for a national championship. This is after a grueling regional of 4 teams where we played Harvard and then Auburn twice. I had a pinch-hit opportunity in the regional against Auburn where I hit a single up the middle that scored our only two runs. Pinch hitting is definitely a mindset, and I am glad that I was able to come through in that situation. The super-regional, that next weekend, was against Ole Miss, where we won two games to clinch a ticket to the WCWS in Oklahoma City. 

            The Monday after super-regionals we had practice and we left on Tuesday morning. No journey is without some road blocks; we got to school at 5:30 am to find out that a bird flew into the engine of our plane. We had to wait until 1pm to get a new plane. The flight was bumpy with lots of clouds and tornado warnings, but we got there and were ready to roll!! Unfortunately, we missed our practice slot, so our first stop was the NCAA Banquet that involved food and mingling with former teammates from other teams. I even got a picture with the Championship trophy! At this banquet, the NCAA welcomed us to the WCWS and gave out a few awards for national players of the year. Soon after, we went to the hotel to go to bed. 

            Wednesday morning, it clear that it had rained the night before and would continue to be gloomy for the rest of the day. Practice at the USA Softball Hall of Fame complex was cancelled, so we went to an indoor facility to practice instead. After practice, we rested, and then were treated to gifts from our equipment lady, Emily, aka Santa! It was a Nike swag bag filled with a bunch of goodies. We also received this cute wristlet from Rawlings.

         

   Thursday morning was game day! We warmed up on one of the fields behind the stadium field. Our bat bags were carried by volunteers around the ball park. That’s how you know you made it big time. It was a little strange though not carrying our own stuff. The locker room at the stadium field had name plates with our names on it and a gift from Degree. It was deodorant. Are they trying to tell us something? I am not mad though. 

            The field is a different experience. It feels like you are playing at a high-level minor league ball park. The stands are packed, it smells like ballpark food, and camera people are everywhere; by everywhere I mean mostly in the way. This stadium doesn’t feel too much different from our own beautiful Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium that was renovated/built this past year. Arizona softball has been lucky enough to have sold out games for weeks on end. We are used to playing for lots of people in a cozy atmosphere. HOF stadium is different because there are more spectators than actual fans there, so it does not necessarily feel like everyone is there just for your team or any team in general. The atmosphere is different and electric, but at the end of the day it is the same game that we can play anywhere in the country. 

            We won the first game against Washington. We lost to UCLA on Friday. Saturday there was a three-hour game delay during the first game of the day, we were the fourth game. Our game versus Alabama started at around 10:30/11pm. We were done around 1am, with unfortunately a loss playing on the biggest stage in the world.

After a five-hour plane delay, because a bird once again broke our plane, we finally flew back to Tucson. 

Our season and my college softball career are now over. The end. 

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