Cancún…how I love yoú

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Oh man…Do I have a lot to write after this weekend. I’ll start of by saying that America has no idea how to party compared to International Cities.

Day 1: Anyways, took first international trip this weekend with the wolfpack(Saad and Edward) to Cancun. Got the All-Inclusive package at the Grand Oasis during the trip and it was definitely worth it. Trip started off by getting out of work early and getting Business class on the way to Cancun, which was incredible…great food, great service, good looking flight attendant. Upon landing, we were a little worried because it was pouring rain and weather channel showed rain projected for the whole weekend. Either way, we had planned too much for the trip so pushed ahead and headed through customs and get a cab to the Grand Oasis resort. Within minutes of walking into the resort, was amazed by the size and capacity of this resort and quickly checked to unload stuff in room. Room was decent with 2 queen beds and cool view of ocean out the window. After checking in, headed out to take full advantage of the All-Inclusive package and hit up the closest sports bar where we ordered about 5 burgers and 8 plates of chicken wings, while consuming a couple of Tequila Sunrises and Piña Colada’s. Then, just walked around to explore the resort and came across a club within the resort named Coyote Loco which also had all Inclusive drinks and girls walking around with bottles, pouring them into people’s mouths. Could definitely notice the culture gap at this club since there was a live band playing there that played some great current hits like Blink 182-All the Small things. Moved along from this club and went out to the beach since the rain had slowed down. The beach was incredible and beautiful and we took the chance to get our feet wet in the ocean while having some foot-races on the beach. We were planning on heading back to room after this but heard some actual top-40 American music being played at a club when walking back so headed in there to check it out. Club was pretty cool with good ratio and cheap…oh wait, FREE drinks, and awesome DJ. Club started off pretty chill and ended with people taking their shirts off on stage and dancing. Danced with some girl from Mexico City for couple minutes at the club, which reminded me that I really need to practice my Salsa and Ballroom moves, including getting down some basic Hip-Hop steps. Headed back to the room after the club pretty exhausted, but hungry, and ready to call it a night. Got back and ordered room service right away, even though there was an hour plus wait and passed out right after. Within 30 mins of knocking off, room service came knocking by with a couple of quesadillas and chicken breasts. Was too tired to get up and splurge on this but Edward and Saad did work on this first of many room service orders.

Day 2: Woke up early on Saturday morning to check into return flight and set up return cab ride to airport. Passed out until about 11 until gradually woke up and headed to lunch. Got some actual decent seafood at a restaurant called Cocoa and started knocking back some Rum and Coke’s to start off the morning. Then, headed down to the beach post lunch to chill and enjoy the best part of Cancun. On the beach, tossed around the football and swam in the most beautiful, cleanest water while making friends with a couple cool guys from Canada. After the beach, headed up to the pool in the resort, which had basketball hoops, volleyball net, and a swim-up BAR! Got into a couple of basketball games, knocked back a couple of shots and Piña Colada’s and watched some kind of booty shaking competition held by the DJ. Post pool, headed back to beach again to enjoy last couple hours of daylight and throw around the football again. Oh yeah, in between pool and beach, headed to a buffet to get some old nasty food…which we ate anyways to make sure and use up the All-Inclusive Deal. Post-beach, headed back to the room to watch some TV and get ready for the night ahead. At the room, had to go ahead and order room service of a couple of quesadillas with some chicken breast and Avacado again. After eating the room service, still felt hungry to ordered…guess what, another round of room service. While waiting for the room service, couldn’t control the hunger so headed out to another restaurant to grab some grub while waiting for some grub. Had some good sirloin beef and good meat at the restaurant and started to knock back some drinks and shots with Edward to get ready for the night. Got pretty buzzed at dinner only to come back to room service waiting for us again, which was hilarious and awesome. Took a couple bites of the room service and headed out for the night, which was planned to be Coco Bongo but headed down and found good coupons to go to Bulldog instead. Like i mentioned at the top of this post, America has no idea how to party like 3rd world countries…and this was proven by how insane this club was. Everyone who entered the club pretty much got free bottle service/open bar…which made sure everyone was completely hammered and having a great time. Then, there was a huge stage with a stripper pole and a bunch of girls in bikini’s dancing on it. Not to mention, there was also a jacuzzi to the side of the stage that had a bunch of girls that started off in bikini’s…which were soon discarded. Also, there were people dressed up as Spiderman & Batman just walking around the club partying with everyone which was epic. Confetti showers were also constantly happening to the screams and joy of all the hammered club-goers. After the epic time at the club, we finally had to head back to the hotel around 3 am. Got back and first order of business was to order room service one last time before heading out of Cancun. Before getting back, Edward almost got into a fight with a club promoter that was walking us out to the Bus because…well Edward was hammered and turned from Investment Jones to Break-yo-neck Jones. Luckily, me and Saad broke up the altercation and we were able to get back to the hotel in one piece. After ordering room service back at the hotel, we packed up all our stuff and headed for the lobby to check-out. Somehow, room service showed up with their fastest delivery yet and were waiting at our door as soon as we were about to head out. Since we were all full and hammered, we just took the food inside, put it on the table, and booked it outta the hotel. As soon as we got down, there was a cab already waiting for us(THANK GOD) and we just got on it and passed right out(at least I did). Got to the airport and printed out boarding passes and the formalities and headed up to wait by our gate about 2 hours early. At the gate, decided to get some souvenirs and were just falling around the souvenir store completely sloppy, playing the flutes and kicking around hacky-sacks, great times. Edward was especially drunk at this point and kept picking up hacky-sacks and trying to start a game…but no round lasted more than one kick so by the time we were done, there were about 20 hacky-sack’s littered around the store. From there, went straight to wait at the gate and passed out until we heard the announcement “Mr. Pande, please check in.” Got the ticket, business class of course, got on the plane and knocked off. Woke up briefly to get some breakfast and watch a little Community, only to pass right back out afterwards and put an end to an epic First International weekend! Now…am having serious withdrawals and feel weird every-time I have to go into a restaurant to actually have to pay and not walk out whenever you’re done eating.

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New York Trippin’

Took a trip out to New York this weekend with my Mom to surprise a family friend at a baby shower. The look on the face of the mother-to-be made the trip all worth it. After slamming beers all day while the women carried out the baby shower traditions, most would’ve thought it was time to call it a night. But, that was just the beginning of the night for me and Rutvik, who headed out to the city on the 12:26 Long Island Railroad. Met up with some of Rutvik’s friends and continued the getting shitfaced Saturday, this time taking it to a new level. Headed back to Queens around 2:30 on the Long Island Railroad. The way back was absolutely hilarious with a bunch of shitfaced people singing out loud and just being generally drunk and hilarious. After this came the best moment of the night that was being anticipated all trip, and that was a trip to the legendary Dani’s Pizza. This is definitely the best pizza I have ever had in my life. Not to mention, eating it completely shitfaced at 4 am also has it’s benefits. They really need to open a Dani’s location down South.

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After gaining immense satisfaction with Dani’s in stomach, passed right out at Mansi and Christian’s couch. Woke up next morning and headed to the airport and this is when all the craziness started. Starting off with our driver thinking me and my mom were flying out of JFK when we meant to go to LaGuardia, the whole airport trip was a clusterfuck. After the detour through JFK and getting to the airport last minute, we thought it was all smooth sailing after getting two standby seats in the exit row. But boy were we wrong. Not to rag on my favorite airline and current employer too much but here’s a summary of what all went wrong on the flight back:

-First flight about to push back, until maintenance comes on last minute and cancels flight

-Replacement plane ordered for 1st flight and scheduled to depart 2 hours later(not too bad)

-Replacement plane delayed 30 mins. while bags transferred over from previous plane(annoying)

-Replacement plane delayed another hour while pilot waiting to get information from tower(horrible)

-A/C being cut off on plane this whole time due to the APU being down(Turrible)

All these annoyances aside, we still made it back around 6:30 and the pilot was extremely apologetic, doing everything to make up delayed time. After, there was a little nerveracking situation waiting to see if my mom would make it back to Houston on the last flight out or have to take a Greyhound. Luckily, got one of the last 2 seats(theme of the tirip) and made it home safely. Overall, it was an amazing trip and was glad to be able to go and spend time with Mom and some very close family friends.