1 year of Pierre into My Life

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I cannot believe that this experience is celebrating its first birthday! It feels like just a few weeks ago I went to dinner with a friend and came up with the idea of creating this blog. So much has happened since I started this blog and forever grateful for all the readers who continue to return and follow my love for pop culture, travel, music and my journey in life. 

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Pierre into My Life helped me express myself creatively and an outlet for me to share what I am passionate about what I so deeply needed. I felt so stifled in life and desperately needed a place to write frequently and find happiness with my writing again. 

The blog helped me embrace and appreciate Cleveland a little more than I itinually did.  It also helped me meet some incredible people who are a big reason why I started to love Cleveland more. I created friendships with so many bloggers in the area who show Cleveland in a different light for an outsider. 

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Since then I have quit my job, moved to Chicago and trying to make a career change. So this place should be interesting as I’m trying to figure this whole idea out. 

Let’s look back on what Pierre into My Life has experienced. 

We all know I love the Housewives franchise and I was able to chat with #RHOD cast member LeeAnn Locken. That was such a treat, especially right after an explosive season that made the show iconic. 

I also interviewed a few cool people like my favorite podcast host, Cole Cuchna of Dissect to discuss the new season and what goes into creating the show. Joy Fennell about her experience as a black makeup artist and working in high-end fashion industry. 

I did a lot of traveling! I went to Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Austin, New York City (home), Jamaica, and New Orleans. Did I forget any? I feel like I am. 

I shared some crazy stories like Dongs All Over the World  and Frozen on New Years Day

I was surprised more than my mom would read this. Shout out to my mom for always supporting me. 

Excited to see what year 2 has to offer. 

Thank you so much for coming back to read and supporting my love of writing. 

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How I Traveled to Europe Under $1200

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Traveling can be a luxury but you can definitely go abroad without spending out of your means. There are plenty of sites that share low flight fares and Groupon is a great source for package deals. Last September I traveled to Eastern Europe, visiting Budapest, Prague and Vienna and I only spent less than $1200 for the entire trip. Here’s my breakdown.

 

Flight: $30

I swear! I only paid $30 for the entire flight. I received a $1000 voucher from Delta Airlines due to an overbook flight. I took the offer and had to stay one evening in Atlanta, but it was worth it.

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Lodging: $705.84

I spent 14 days in three different countries and decided the cheapest option would be to stay at Airbnb. I rented a room in each location and most were less than $80 a night. I also made sure every place I stayed offered breakfast so I eliminated purchasing one meal a day.

For 4 nights in Budapest - $284.94

1 night in Budapest - $75.00

4 nights in Prague - $202.95

4 nights in Vienna 142.95

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Transportation: $411

To travel to each country, I opt to take trains to each destination. I also splurged and purchased first class seats for each train ride, but you can definitely purchase economy seating to keep your spending as low as possible.

For a 6 hour train from Budapest to Prague - $176

4 hour train ride from Prague to Vienna - $142

2 ½ hour ride from Vienna to Budapest - $93

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Overall I spent $1146.79

Another way I cut cost of spending, I used public transportation instead of using taxis or shuttle buses. Most were $2 round trip, and many locals are happy to help you get around or your hosts at the Airbnb.

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How are some ways you’ve been able to cut costs for traveling?  

A Look Back At the Week That Was

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Phew! I am still exhausted from the non-stop week I had.

On Tuesday, after months of planning, CMSD and Channel 3 joined forces and kicked off our Untitled Black History Month project with the Digital Arts High School. To jump start the program, we chartered the students around Cleveland to prominent historical landmarks, including Garret A. Morgan Water Works, Karamu House, St. John’s Episcopal Church, etc. One interesting fact I learned during the tour, it took slaves an entire year to walk from the south to Ohio/St. John’s Episcopal Church. What an incredible and brave of them to endure to freedom.

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Students standing in front of the Jesse Owens statue 

The next few days were spent at the Council of Great City Schools where the largest urban school districts in the country come to together and share how to improve and enrich our scholars’ education. It was my second time attending but equally informative. This year, Cleveland hosted the conference. I have to say, CMSD and Cleveland did a fantastic job as hosts and really set the bar for next year’s hosts Baltimore.

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We also had incredible speakers during the conference aside from our peers. Bill Gates opened the conference and in a big way by announcing he would donate 1.7 billion dollars to charter schools.

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Rosario Dawson shared her journey as a daughter of a teen mom, growing up poor in the Lower East Side in Manhattan and how her mom advocated for her to have the best education. With her current platform she pays it forward by her involvement in Lower East Side Girls Club. 

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Van Jones closed the conference with an incredible speech on how we need to balance the left and right to have a working and powerful future. He also moderated our forum on equity in education with superintendents including CMSD’s Eric Gordon, and CMSD’s students and parents.

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I skipped one of the conference dinner to attend the Milly fashion show at Saks. 

Saturday night, we had our farewell celebration at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum, where the entire museum was open for the attendees to explore. Although I just visited the museum a few weeks ago, I was finally able to take in their Power of Rock Experience, a 15 minute video of some of the highlighted performances throughout the years of the Rock Hall’s induction ceremony in a surround sound theater. It was incredible and I recommend anyone to check it out if you’re in the area (as well as their Rolling Stone magazine anniversary exhibit).

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I closed off the weekend and week by attending the first show of the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square, Waitress. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the musical when it was announced earlier this year during preview week, but I will say it’s one of the best musicals I have ever seen. As a proud Ice Princess, I wept at the end. It really made my cold heart melt for a few minutes. You know it’s good when it’s capable of doing that.

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Overall, I had an eventful week. I wish I could say this week will be mellow but that's simply not the case. I'm heading back home to New York City for a few days this week. I cannot wait to go back to the city that never sleeps!