So not going to lie, I was pretty desperate to get out of Arkansas. I was just no happy living there. Yes I had friends there and I was excelling at work but my mom recently passed away and I felt like I needed to get out of there ASAP. My uncle and grandpa still live in Arkansas, so of course I was going to miss them but they knew that it was best for me to venture out. I had hoped my first assignment would be in Denver or Dallas but with only a year of ER experience and no travel experience, my choices were either Iowa or Wisconsin. No offense peeps from Iowa. I knew Milwaukee was bigger city than Fayetteville so I went with it.
I started working on March 13th and I felt like my life has been on high speed since then. I joined bumble bff (sponsor me bumble 😉 ) and I made a lot of new friends and also dating on bumble doesn’t hurt either. There’s so much to do in Milwaukee that I feel like I’m not going to experience it all before June. I have finally been around people that understand my joy for craft beer. THERE ARE BREWERIES EVERYWHERE. Yes I love to drink so that’s why I think I get along with people from Milwaukee so well. Its nice that Chicago is so close because I’m pretty obsessed with the idea of me being 28 and living in a condo on Illinois St. Cheers to MKE for being a rad first travel assignment.
Hey hey new friends! My name is Perlita! I’ve been an ER nurse for a year now. So what does a 24 year old do when she has no kids or nothing to hold her back at home you ask? Pack up everything and move to a new place where no one knows her is a great answer. I’ve always been the kind of person that longs for new adventures and if I’m not planning some sort of trip, I start to get a tad anxious.
A little bit about me….my mom has been sick most of my life so I was familiar with hospitals since I was young. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was younger but I received a full scholarship in high school for a LPN program. I became a CNA so I could work in LPN school to help my mom so I started from the ground up basically. I finished LPN school and worked in nursing homes for 2 years and it was horrible. I absolutely hated it. Understaffed and extreme pressure to take care of an abundance of geriatric patients that deserve proper care, especially since nursing homes aren’t cheap. I didn’t really know what to do because my mom didn’t have a lot of money to put me through any other sort of schooling. So I applied for scholarships for a few weeks straight and got all my RN schooling paid for. Basically didn’t have a life for 2 years while I was working as a LPN during the day and RN school at night.
Well that all basically paid off because now I have the freedom of working 3 days a week as a travel ER nurse while enjoying all new places I get to go to. I’m so grateful I get to do what I do so follow me along for all the crazy adventures I get myself into!
I’ve been on tons of hikes in my 25 years of living but I’ve never actually been on a summit. When I heard about Mauna Kea being the tallest mountain in the world, I had to somehow hike it. Fast forward 3 months later and you don’t have to hike it at all. I was kind of disappointed I didn’t but I was with a friend and driving was much easier for them. You will need a 4 wheel drive if you plan on going to the top. The roads are so narrow and curvy, it could be very easy to have an accident if not in the proper car. You want to first stop at the visitor center about 9000 ft up just so you can get adjusted to the elevation and they are also super helpful. They let you know about every trail and the proper times to leave the top and come back to the visitor center and get a star-gazing tour.
We started driving up the summit around 115! When I told my friends what I was doing that weekend, they all said to leave later and I was thinking how crazy they are for thinking that. You don’t want to miss the sunset! We finally trekked up to the top of Mauna Kea and I was surprised how many roads there were up there. I mean I feel like they always say to take care of the land but if you really think about it, making so many roads is actually hurting the land that was there before. We didn’t get a chance to look inside the telescopes but from the outside, they looked like it was some 2020 life. I honestly thought I was on Mars. So when we finally did reach the top it was around 3 pm so what else were se supposed to after gawking at all the views? DRINK. We brought beer and wine. Let me tell you, beer + wine + negative oxygen = quick drunk.
We finally got to Lake Waiau and it is honestly the most sacred peaceful place you will ever go. I felt such a calming energy when I was up there. it’s a whole different experience. The tale comes that true Hawaiian chiefs would take the cord from their newborn son and hike Mauna Kea barefoot to drop the cord in the ocean to give good luck to the son and his future family. I don’t know if its true or not but we definitely didn’t touch any of the water or step in it because that would’ve been so disrespectful. It will probably be one of my favorite views for a long time.
Arkansas has no ocean. I would go to the beach in Florida for about a week or two once a year. Now that I live ON AN ISLAND, I am going to pretty much live in the water. I’m pretty sure I might have skin cancer already with being on the beach so much. Being on the beach is honestly the best therapy. You really cant beat listening to music, reading a book, and drinking a cold beer.
Being around the ocean 24/7 is amazing for your body because do you know much calories you spend if you swim, snorkel, paddle board or surf. I am currently obsessed with my new gadget the GoPro Hero 5 session so I’ve been going snorkeling constantly. The first day I got my GoPro selfie stick, I didn’t tighten it up enough and of course I swam with 4 turtles that day. Yeah it sucked I didn’t get a cool photo but the experience was amazing. I will never forget it. They are so graceful but silly at the same time. I was scared I was going to accidently hurt them because of the waves so I didn’t want to get too close to them. My favorite snorkeling spots so far has to be Kua Bay and Captain Cook. I think honestly, anywhere you go on the big island is going to be a great snorkeling experience. I would recommend getting tracking shoes since the big island beaches are a little more rocky. It’ll save you from getting so many cuts on your feet. Also invest in a good snorkel and mask to make sure you are actually enjoying the beautiful fish deep down in the ocean 🙂
I CANT BELIEVE I GET TO LIVE IN HAWAII FOR 3 MONTHS. Like I can’t believe I get to say that. I never would’ve imagined a year ago, that I would be living on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. I will be spending 3 months on the big island! That’s the beauty of travel nursing, the places you get to go are random and they can be so beautiful. Honestly, I had no idea how many islands make up Hawaii. I always just figured Honolulu which I’m sure a lot of people do.
The license: The biggest pain with nursing I feel like is having to get so many different license for a state. Thankfully since I started in Arkansas, most licenses are compact but Hawaii is not one of them. The good thing about Hawaii is that its a walk through state. I had to get fingerprinted, nursys information sent over by my recruiter, and fill out like 4 pages of paperwork but other than that, I just paid them $300 or something dollars and I got my temp license there and then. The only place you can get your Hawaii license is in Honolulu so if you work on a different island, you’ll have to make two flights.
Big Island: one thing that I’ve learned about some hospitals is that they have cottages that they rent out and the hospital that I’m working at happens to be one of those hospitals. $250 a month in Hawaii is basically like striking gold. Keep in mind that is a private room and shared living space and not in the best location by the beach but I’m the kind of person that doesn’t really stay at home either. My mindset is imagine all the activities I can do with all the extra money! I recently got a gopro Hero 5 session so i’m so pumped about all the pictures I’m going to get underwater and adventuring!
My first travel assignment to Wisconsin has come to an end and I still can’t believe how much fun I had. Now i’m sure youre thinking whhaaattt? Fun? In Wisconsin? Yes there is actually more to Wisconsin then you think! I guess it depends what you are interested in but I’m going to narrow some of the popular places that you NEED to check out while you are there!
Places to eat: Okay I don’t know if anyone else considers them a foodie, but food pretty much takes up 99% of my brain space. Just a ground rule, if it has cheese on it in WIsco, its bound to be good. They really take pride in their cheese and they should because it’s amazing. Its like ive never had cheese before I came to Wisco. The first place you have to go to is Café Benelux, it has that harry potter vibe that everyone born in the 90s love. The Siesta burger is pretty much the bomb, paired with a bloody of course. Don’t trust people that say they don’t like bloody marys to be honest. Next place is called Wicked Hop. It has a cute American vibe but the torta sandwich is where its at. Usually I can only get torta sandwiches at sketchy Mexican restaurants but wicked hop does a good job, also paired with a bloody mary.
Places to drink: Pretty much every corner in Milwaukee but you have to do the famous brewery tours. Slightly pricey but worth it, lake front brewery is my top choice. They have a idgaf attitude and the beer is amazing. Riverwest is handsdown the best craft beer. I know Wisconsin is known for Spotted Cow but Riverwest should really be number one.
Places to hike: the featured image was at this place 2 hours from Milwaukee so if you’re up for the drive, read ahead. Its called Cave Point County Park, the parking is free. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was how many flies were around everywhere but if you keep telling yourself that the destination is worth it you can keep on walking. Another easy and wonderful hike is in Grafton town called Lions Den. Also here the nets are ridiculous but the view is gorgeous that it won’t matter.
I’m so glad Wisconsin was my first assignment, it was the perfect place to breakthrough my comfort zone and adventure to the person I am today. Anyone want to guess where my next assignment is?
So a little background action : I was best friends with this one girl back home, we did everything together and if we were ever alone people would ask where the other one was. We were there for each other through the good and bad times. It came to the point where we weren’t friends anymore. You know its real when someone deletes you off their social media page. Not going to bore you guys with the details of what exactly happened but it was really rough for me. I had lost my best friend. I wish that I could text her and tell her all the crazy experiences ive been having, but I can’t. She had a lot more friends than I did back home so when I moved away from Arkansas they all did the “no new friends” thing on Instagram. Great, I’m so happy for you for not having new friends. Drama is not my forte, I try to stay away from it completely. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but taking the time to message someone to bully them is not cool. We aren’t in high school anymore. I posted something on twitter about Hangout Fest and this particular girl was like “he doesn’t wanna hangout with you.” Ok. Cool. I didn’t even tweet her about this at all so the fact that she just went out of her way to be hurtful still surprises me. Keep in mind that this person is THIRTY. THIRTY YEARS OF AGE. Like isn’t it time to grow up a little? I’m a people pleaser, I like it when people like me. I called my uncle and told him about it and talked on the phone for about an hour because it bothered me so much. Why don’t people do something useful with their time like read a book, go to the gym, or volunteer? Bullying will never be cool. I’m kind of scared to go back home in the fact that I’ll run into them. I have other friends back home but these are the girls that are out all the time. If what I say or do on my social media pages bothers them that bad, they can just press the unfollow button. I am 719 miles from home and people still have the need to go out of their way to try to make my day bad. NO ma’am. Not this girl 🙂
The good thing about Milwaukee is that its pretty close to Chicago. I never thought this time last year I would be experiencing the life of Chicago because it is definitely different. I went to Chicago for the first time with this guy that I barely knew (different story for a different day) but we had a blast. I fell in love with it. The rush, the people, the FOOD. Since January, I’ve been to Chicago three times and it has been a crazy experience each time. I always forget the restaurants that I go to but the clubs are my favorite. I don’t mind going to regular bars but clubs are just so much fun because of the dancing. The best day club is Fremont, it’s actually the only day club I’ve been in Chicago but I keep going back because it is like a movie. I guess my little Arkansas heart can’t handle all the coolness. The full-time DJ has everyone going and can’t forget about the sparklers on the bottles of champagne. No one can have a bad time with a brunch buffet and mimosa bar. It’s the perfect place for day drinking. Obviously we went to back to our Airbnb and take a cat nap. Naps after drinking can be tricky because you are either 100% refreshed or you just sleep through night because a warm bed makes it hard to leave. My favorite club to go to in Chicago would be bottled blonde. Its packed, the DJ is always killing it and everyone is dressed to the nines. It’s exactly what you would expect a Chicago club to be. I like to go clubbing as you can tell. Obviously while you’re in chi, you have to check out the cool art and huge buildings. The classic Chicago mural is my favorite because this artist has skill. First time I went to chi, we went to the sky deck which was pretty intense for some people. I still don’t understand why people would wait that long line and then not step on the edge haha. The bean is also a classic that everyone needs to take a picture by. It’s cool how there’s a garden around it and the buildings look in the reflection. I just love Chicago and definitely considering living there when I finally settle down…who knows when that will be.