As I return to real life after a couple of beach trips, I've given some thought to what I learned this summer during my time off. Let me tell you, it wasn't a lot; but here are some of the gems I came away with that I thought I'd share.
1. Visiting the southern coast of the U.S. in the summer (in my case, Key West and Folly Beach) is like being in the rain forest. Prepare to sweat -- and for your hair to look like crap -- 24/7.
2. On the same note, reapply your sunscreen often. The sun in the south is INTENSE. And unrelenting. I thought I did a good job. I didn't.
3. Don't spend a lot of extra time on a boat that isn't moving (i.e. anchored and swaying), especially when you are hungover. In hindsight, this should have been a no-brainer, but -- you live, you learn.
4. Roosters crow all day long. Starting at 6:00 a.m. All. Day. Long.
5. Always keep a supply of Tums and Pepto on hand. Eight days of hard living does a number on you. Just sayin'.
6. You should never drink beer from an ice cold frosty glass,chill it colder than 40 degrees or put fruit in it. Got free beer while learning these tips.
7. Lump crab meat on toast with lemon aioli. Had this at The Ordinary in Charleston. Yum, yum, yummy. Recipe coming soon.
8. You really can forget how to ride a bike.
9. Hydration is key. Drink lots of water. Some of it even without vodka in it.
10. Tinder is fantastic in every town but ATL.
11. Don't take cabs. They rip you off. They're rude. They're dirty. Wait, I already knew that. Ode to Uber.
12. You don't appreciate how important Wi-Fi is until you can't get it. Both trips!
13. You can put pimiento cheese on just about anything. Don't judge.
14. There's a shark tracker site and app. Very handy for shark-o-phobes (or galeophobia as it's technically known) like myself.
15. Saxophones are not cool. They should have been banned after the 80s ended, especially from this guy:
Hope you're having a great summer! xo