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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Hello readers!

I write this blog from a coffee shop on the hill in between classes. I often wonder how all of the coffee shops in Boulder stay in business because there seems to be one on every corner! But, I guess when you have a population of college students who survive on caffeine and need a place to study, the more the merrier!

On a side note, I just have to tell you that one of my favorite places to get food on the Hill is a small smoothie bar called Rush Bowl. There, you can find a variety of blended acai, strawberry, banana, blueberry, etc., bowls topped with granola and honey, or in some cases, coconut shavings and chocolate! It’s a quintessential meal of Boulder (all-natural an organic), and it reminds me a little of summertime back home in California. Whether you are already a student at CU or you are coming to visit with you family, I recommend that you check it out! It is located near 13th Street and Pennsylvania Ave – literally just feet off campus.

Anyways, this past week has been a little bit stressful because we are in our first round of midterms (already). Here at CU we are on the semester system, so students usually take between 13-18 credits, or 4-5 classes, per semester. (I am part of that lucky group taking 18 credits!) What I like about this is that the classes don’t move too fast, and you have time to absorb the material. The usual format is two midterms and a final, but it could vary depending on the class. In contrast, if we were on the quarter system, we would have a smaller number of classes but would constantly be taking tests to get through the course in a shorter amount of time. I prefer the previous.

That being said, I still squeezed in time to go skiing on Saturday in Breckenridge! It is a great stress reliever, extremely convenient, and one of my favorite things in the world to do! Did I mention I love living in Colorado? After suffering through midterms all week, staying out a bit too late on Friday night, a group of friends and I still woke up at 5:45 am and got on the CU ski bus at 6:00.

What is this CU ski bus I am speaking of?

This is a bus that runs every Saturday and Sunday during ski season that is available for students at a price of only $15 ($5 if you are a member of The HERD).  It picks you up at three different locations on campus, and then alternates taking you to about six different mountains (each on the Epic Local ski pass). It is a great way to have access to the all the best slopes in Colorado without having to take your own car! Because the bus leaves so early, you usually arrive at the mountain around 8:00am so you can be the first people on the lift! On the way there, the driver hands out Cliff bars and pillows and everyone sleeps. The bus leaves the mountain at exactly 4:00pm, which is about when the mountain closes, so you are sure to get a full day in! On the return, the driver plays a movie (this weekend, it was Fast and Furious 6) and everyone sleeps some more. It’s a really great deal, and again, I highly recommend it!

Ahhh…just talking about it makes me want to go! As for now, I have to get back to studying. It an absolutely beautilf day here in Boulder -- all the snow has melted and it is almost 60 degrees! Crazy! I wont be skiing this weekend because of the Arizona basketball game on Sunday (Wahoo! Bring it on!), but maybe in the following weekend when my younger sister comes to visit!



The view driving out of Boulder from the ski bus early on Saturday morning. 

It doesn't get much better than this :)


Walking to class on this GORGEOUS Tuesday afternnoon...



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