Spring Break in Colorado!

Hello there friends!

This spring break was a little more eventful for me than previous ones. The Puerto Rican Student Association planned a trip for us to go to Colorado! A group of 15 of us crammed into one of those Iowa State vans and drove the full 12 hours to Colorado Springs in one night. Props to Aurelio, our adviser, for being the one behind the wheel at all times. What would we do without him?

By the time we got to Colorado Springs, we were all so ready for a shower and a nap that most of us weren’t even making sense anymore. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we had a day planned out already ahead of us and we needed to make the most of it. We went to the Royal Gorge Bridge and attempted to see the Garden of the Gods, but we were so tired and it was starting to snow. We gave up “yolo” in the name of a warm shower and a good nap.

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The next day was perfection when it came to clear skies and fully-rested people. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We woke up early to visit the Garden of the Gods and took tons of photos!

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We gave the whole area a hike and sang “Royals” at the top of our lungs the whole time. Thank you, Samir, for getting it stuck in our heads the whole entire day.

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After spending the morning at the Garden of the Gods, we crammed back into the bus and drove to Manitou so we could catch the Cog Railway to Pike’s Peak! We had to wait a while before we could jump in it so we stayed in Manitou, grabbed some of the best coffee I’ve had so far in one of the prettiest coffee shops I’ve ever been to (not kidding, this time), and we played Heads Up! on our phones while we killed some time. I was prepared for some altitude sickness, but luckily it didn’t happen.

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We spent the rest of the evening in Manitou walking around and eating some delicious ice cream. The next morning we woke up and headed straight to Manitou Cliffs Dwellings to see the home of the ancient Anasazi tribe.

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After that we drove to Boulder which is, by far, my favorite city in Colorado. It’s bigger than Ames, but still has this college-town kind of feel with the amenities of a bigger city. Plus it’s right there in the Rocky Mountains! This gives room to a whole lot of outdoor activities, hiking, climbing, etc. We spent some of the day hiking in El Dorado Canyon Park and then came down to the city and had dinner on Pearl Street.

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On our last day, we drove to Denver, where we spent the entire afternoon at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and then had dinner at Mi Viejo San Juan, a Puerto Rican cuisine restaurant.

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I can definitely say that we became better friends in those five days together. It also helped that we all came from the same place, which made the jokes understandable, the body language translatable, and the lingo easy to understand. ๐Ÿ™‚ย The most amazing thing about trips like these is that you come from not really knowing a whole lot about each other to knowing maybe even a little too much!

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