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Cannes, San Remo, Madrid, and Malaga

My last few months have been so busy I've hardly had time to stop and take a breath. After playing WCOOPs every day for a month straight, I packed up and went straight to Cannes for the World Series of Poker-Europe with my boyfriend, Bryn Kenney. I ended up doing pretty well in Cannes and finished second in the PLO event. It was amazing to have such a good result because I've been studying PLO for a while and have worked hard on my game. After that tournament, I finally had a little bit of free time. I busted the Main Event pretty fast and was able to take a few days and enjoy Cannes--especially the shopping. My biggest addiction is a shop called Zara. I'm so obsessed with it. It's a Spanish clothing shop and has all sorts of styles, but it's not that expensive, so when I go there, I destroy it! I'm not usually a big spender on designer labels but I must admit that after my second-place finish I went to Gucci. I treated myself to a new pair of boots and a beautiful scarf.

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After Cannes, Bryn and I went to San Remo for the EPT. By the time I got there, I felt a little stressed out from running around everywhere, so I took some time to sit by the pool and enjoy the spa. I think because I already had such a big score in Cannes, I let myself relax more in San Remo than I usually do on poker trips. I ended up playing really well in San Remo and was proud of how I played, but I lost a big flip and couldn't do much after that.

Our next stop was Madrid, where my family got together for a little reunion. I hadn't seen them for a long while and was excited to spend time with them. My dad even flew in from Washington, D.C. to join us. After a week and a half in Madrid, we traveled to Malaga, where I'm from and my mom still lives. While in Malaga, both Bryn and I celebrated our birthdays--his is November 1 and mine is November 3. We usually take a little trip, just the two of us for our birthdays, but this year we incorporated my family into our plans since I hadn't seen them in so long. For my birthday, we're making a big home-cooked meal with my mom, my stepdad, my sister, and her husband. For these occasions we like to go and buy fresh seafood. Bryn loves red tuna and I always try to get it for him when we're in Spain.

Otherwise, we're simply taking this time in Malaga to relax before getting back to poker. Next week we're flying up to Amsterdam for the Master Classics and after that, we're most likely going to Copenhagen for the WPT, and then on to Prague for the EPT. After Prague, it's back to the U.S. to see our American families for the holidays. Bryn's family is in New York and my dad is in D.C. so it'll be a nice East Coast Christmas for us. It's a lot of traveling, but I don't think I'd have it any other way!

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