Arizona 2016

My first trip of 2016 was to Arizona with my cousins. They had come to visit us from Romania, and wanted to meet our relatives in Arizona, whom even I hadn’t seen since I was in like the fourth grade.

O’hare International Airport, Chicago

We flew with Spirit airlines to Phoenix, AZ, where a third cousin picked us up from the airport. We were going to stay with her for the few days that we were there.

our “aunt”

Let me explain exactly how we were related. Our third cousin’s grandfather and our grandfather had been first cousins. Both of our grandfathers had passed away, but our grandmothers had remained close friends, even while living on separate continents. So when our grandmother heard that we were going to be in Arizona, she told us to make sure and visit our “aunt.”

So when our cousin said we were going over to her grandmother’s house for breakfast, we were excited to finally meet our “aunt.” We gave her our grandmother’s greetings, and then started talking about how they were so close. She gave us a confused look, but didn’t say anything. So when it was time to head out, we asked if she would take a picture with us. She tried to object, but we insisted that we needed the picture to show to our grandmother as proof that we had met her. So she complied. And it wasn’t until much later that we found out that she was in no way related to us. She was our cousin’s other grandmother, but no one had thought to make that clear to us.

Glow Putt Mini Golf

My cousin’s cousins met up with us, and we went out to eat at Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, and then mini golfing at Glow Putt Mini Golf, which is located at 9160 E Shea Blvd #110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. It was really fun!

In-N-Out Burger

The next day we ate at In-N-Out, which I have to stay, is sort of overhyped. The burgers were good, but the fries were nothing to write home about. Then we went to downtown Phoenix, where they were getting ready for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, which would happen a few days later.

The Fractured Prune

We stopped by Fractured Prune Doughnuts, which were amazing! They let you customize your donut however you want, and then make it for you.

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The next day we visited Sedona, and had a blast! Sedona is soooooo pretty! We couldn’t get our fill of just gazing at God’s amazing creation.

We hung around the area all day, and ate diner at the Open Range Grill & Tavern, which was a bit overpriced, but I guess that’s what happens when you eat at a restaurant located in a tourist town. The place is located at 320 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336.

That night we planned a game night with friends, so we stopped by the store to get chips and pop. The huge Powerball lottery was going on at the time, so I decided, why not buy a ticket? Who knows? But of course Arizona laws are lame, and you have to be 21 there to buy a ticket. Ugh. I had to wait until I got home to purchase a ticket, but obviously I didn’t win.

instax mini

The next day was Sunday so we went to church. A relative? was having a dedication for their baby, so we attended that, and got invited to the party too. That’s where we met a lot of people who either knew our parents or were related to them. Way too many names and faces to keep count of, so we smiled and pretended to know exactly who they were.

After church that night, we went with a group of newly discovered family members to Chili’s, where we ate dinner and got to know each other better, and then it was time to head to the airport to catch our flight.We had had a fantastic time exploring Arizona and meeting family we never knew we had. But school was starting the next morning, and I needed to be home. Until next time, Arizona.


all pictures taken by me with an iPhone 6, GoPro Hero 4, and Instax Mini


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