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Browsing through the Botanical Gardens

I woke up pretty late today, but decided I wanted to go to the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I've been living here two years now and going to the Botanical Gardens has been one of my favourite aspects of going to Fordham; it's such a beautiful addition to the already gorgeous campus we have. I'm moving into the city for the summer tomorrow, so I figured I would take one last trip to the gardens before it becomes a lot more time consuming and difficult to do so.

PSA for any Fordham student: with your ID you can get into the botanical gardens FREE, so abuse it whilst you can during your time there. For anyone else, it costs $20 for adults on weekdays and $25 on weekends. Alongside this, I'm not sure if running in the botans is technically allowed, but I have run through there a couple of times and not only does it give you a workout, but you also get a beautiful view during [let's keep that our little secret though, just in case].

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Dress: I bought it a couple of years ago, but similar from the store here

I started off walking along the canoe trail which was beautiful. It mainly consisted of one path through a forest area which was an extremely peaceful walk - slightly hill orientated at times, but fun nonetheless. I was able to hear all the animals rustling around in the leaves as there was no one else around whilst I was walking the path. As it's the beginning of summer it's not excruciatingly hot or busy right now, so if I were you I would take a visit there soon to get the most out of your experience.

Once I came out of the trail I came to a beautiful waterfall. I was sitting there for about 5 minutes just listening to the water hit where the waterfall ended, I even took a seat in the process to relax after my path walk hike.

Excuse my feet, they're weird I know.

After all of this extremely tough walking I took myself to the childrens area of the botans, which I personally consider one of my favourite areas of the gardens. Mainly because they make animal figures out of the plants and its an all-round fun experience (yes, I am still 12 at heart). I also got to watch these adorable kids play acting, and it was quite possibly one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

Not sure what to name him? I'm thinking Colin the Caterpillar (maybe not)

I took a walk to the other side of the gardens after this and saw some beautiful flowers throughout. I came across my favourite arrangement before I started to get hungry. It is situated in the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden and although it's just a flower arrangement it reminded me of Alice and Wonderland for some reason, I told you I was a kid at heart. 

Finally I had to eat something. There's a Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Botanical Gardens at the moment, running from now until November 1st, so get in there quick if you want to see it. She is a Mexican citizen and because of this the gardens had a pop up Mexican restaurant, La Cantina. Anyone that knows me will know that 1. I love food and 2. Mexican is a type of food, because of this you can imagine how happy I was. It was a small, but exciting menu so I went for a guacamole and chips and a drink that I wasn't familiar with, a Michelada; it is basically a Bloody Mary, but it substitutes the vodka for a beer. I went for a negro modelo, but there were a couple of other beers on tap. For anyone that is a fan of a Bloody Mary, I suggest trying this new take on the recipe. 

I fully suggest trying out La Cantina before it gets taken down in November, especially if you like Mexican because the guacamole was out of this world. But be quick, it disappears soon!