Everyone has that one place where they can just go and be happy. For me it has always been the beach. I can sit in the sand for hours and never get bored. There is nothing like watching the waves roll in and feeling the wind blow through my hair.

That’s why I never felt so happy and excited when my US visa finally arrived. I simply couldn’t wait to check out the beautiful beaches in Florida! My arrival to the United States was perfect timing because I made it to the annual family vacation in Topsail Beach, North Carolina, which is about 10-hour drive from Tampa, our city.

It rained almost everyday while we were there, but there were also days when there was enough sun to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take photos. I was pretty excited to go to the fishing deck though, because I only used to see it in movies. The whole experience was exhilarating to be honest. Fishing enthusiasts actually stay there for hours on end just to catch fish, which in my opinion can be a little gnarly, because the area is apparently teeming with sharks.

This is what it usually looks like underneath, but I would be careful not to swim in that area because you’ll never know what’s lurking beneath.

I mentioned in my previous post that I prefer eating at dives. While we were in Topsail, we visited this really cool crab shack along Surf City called Crab Pot. I’m allergic to seafood, but I went along anyway since I wanted to see what it looks like inside. The service wasn’t spectacular–we had to wait about 30 minutes for our food but it’s great that they had these interesting decors to keep us occupied.

For dessert, I had this delicious Italian ice cream made from crushed ice at Island Crush, just right across Crab Pot.

If there’s one thing I really miss about Topsail, it’s the people. They are extremely nice, which is actually the total opposite of what I heard about Americans. Every single person I came across so far were so kind and helpful. Because of that, I now know for sure that I won’t have a hard time adjusting to my new life here in the US.

Thrifted Ombre Dress, Sunnies, and Flats