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Paris is always a great idea.

I love paris. I LOVE PARIS!! No really I do. This last trip really solidified my love for it, the cold, the rain, the police sirens, pretty much everything about it. Paris felt so familiar this time around, we walked around like we knew where we were. Saint Germain des Pres we met again, thank you Airbnb keeping us away from hotels and into lovely flats. Musee d’Orsay was two blocks away TWO! Jeanette and I checked it out one early morning before heading to Giverny (Monet’s Garden yeaahhh) I was mind blown below you will find some of my favorite pieces, the restaurants weren’t opened but I was able to take pictures, the interior design of them were oh so beautiful.

Eric Kayser bakery was our go to every morning actually anytime during the day, no fucks given. My sister cooked a couple of times but for the most part CARBS CARBS CARBS!

Last year we took a tour bus to Versailles and I loved it, this year we did a tour to Monet’s Garden. Whilst trying to figure out my major in college I always gravitated towards art,  Art History was one of my choices as well photography. I really couldn’t pass on the chance to go to Monet’s Garden so I bought the tickets months before our trip. When we got there it was gloomy it had been raining a lot! The Seine river was in the midst of overflowing, with that said we weren’t sure how the weather would be. I’ve gotten so lucky in my travels and haven’t been caught in full rainy days.

I will be breaking up Paris into 2 post since I have a lot of pictures!

Van Gogh Bucket List!

Favorite furniture pieces

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Lisbon.

Lisbon!! Lisbon is one of those places that just felt like home…BUT let me start from the beginning with Lisbon.

We got there waited in thee longest line for a taxi, blah, blah, blah, I left my phone in that taxi and that was the start to the best thing to ever happen to me. Yes the thought that someone could invade my privacy still haunts me at times but, then again if they connect to wifi my phone would reset itself THAT makes me feel better……… With that said just thinking about it now gives me chills. I am that person that doesn’t let anyone touch their phone, I am not hiding a damn thing I just don’t like it.

Our first night there we stayed in after walking around our little neighborhood, our host left us a bottle of wine, we bought take out and my sister  cooked for her vegetarian friend Jeannette. Safe to say we had a great night.

We woke up bright and early since we only had one full day to see what Lisbon was all about. This is where things got interesting for me and the fact that before this I was texting my best friend and parents like I was still in town. I am that shameless person who is always on their phone, and I saw this as a challenge and learning experience. The only thing I had was my camera and my camera became my best friend, I paid more attention, was definitely in the moment. Jeannette was mailing  post cards and I decided to do just that. The art of post cards is rather dead and even though everyone got their cards after I got back I still had so much fun writing and mailing them out.

One of my favorite moments in Lisbon was sitting on stairs and having this amazing limeade slushy drink. There was something so calming about that moment that will resonate with me forever. Up to this point we had laugh so much especially in Madrid when we tried to only speak Spanish and I failed miserably, and laugh is what we did then too.

After our little break we continued walking around slightly lost Lisbon has so many boutique shops with the cutest souvenirs and knick knacks, LOVED IT! After a full day of walking, exploring, and shopping we headed back. We are really fond of the Airbnb motto and we try to live like a local, which for us means cooking. I know what you might be thinking, why not go to bars and explore? I am not that big of a drinker and I love the whole sitting around a table intimate moments, I live for that shit.

Thank you Lisbon for engraving yourself into my soul. DEEP!

Our Airbnb was the absolute cutest!

Maruecos.

Highlights of Morocco:

  • Starts and end with just being there.
  • The food: pastillas, fruits, skewers, couscous, tajin, MINT TEA!!
  • Souks.
  • Our guide was amazing and very informative.
  • My little crew.
  • Our beautiful riad.

sidenote: my sister has been obsessed with Morocco since “El Clon” which is a telenovela that came out in 2001. I remember buying the bracelets with connecting rings. ALSO, after watching the Bourne Ultimatum you’d also understand why we’ve gone where we’ve gone.

I am beyond grateful for the places we’ve gone to but Morocco was a shell shock experience and I am happy for everything we have learned from that. Hearing prayer call 5 times a day was incredible.. I am a huge fan of Homeland and those are the little details I remember from the show and to actually be able to experience it meant everything to me.

Barcelona – Spain

HELLO! 2016 has been wild and we still have 6 months to go. In  May we (my sister Karen, our cousin Sam, and my sister’s friend Jeannette) jetted off to Europe we started in Barcelona, TAPAS, TAPAS, TAPAS!! I usually google till my little chubby fingers are tired but, I did no such thing this time around. I was extremely excited to be traveling period and just wanted to “wing it”.

I think the most memorable thing about this trip was our bonding experience, we laughed SO much to me that was a beauty within itself. Not to diminish all the beauty we encountered or culture it was all there, just not afraid to pick favorites is all.

One thing we started doing during our trip was “3 things you are grateful for about this trip” I think we all realized the importance of how humbling our trip actually was.. My dad always encouraged us to travel if we could. Traveling was never my thing and I have said this before, it is one of those loves that I didn’t expect and I am obsessed with wanting to see the world and all it’s wonders that it has to offer.

ANYWAYS, enough of that! In Barcelona we stayed a block away from Sagrada Familia, FUCK! that place is ridiculous and overwhelming, the amount of detail that is going into it.. jaw dropping. The only reason I gave up on planning out Barcelona was because everything I wanted to do was too far or would take too long, it felt upsetting so winging it seemed like the best choice. I would love to go back and do everything I really wanted to do.

My favorite part about Barcelona was Gothic Quarter! We pretty much found it by luck we weren’t exactly sure where we were going and the next thing you know there we were. There was this ice cream shop that I fell in love with, everything about it’s location and the style was perfection. Another favorite moment was this man and his bubbles!! This is the most genuine moment I’ve experienced in my life (that statement may or may not be an exaggeration but fuck it.) It really made us stop an just enjoy that moment, watching him and the people and kids smiling something so simple made strangers happy.

 

2015.

i’ve been wanting to do this post for quite sometime now.. But didn’t know how to start. Last year on my birthday I got into a very painful accident I was completely stopped and a man stopped on my car, leaving his licenses plate well imprinted on my bumper. I was in completely shock until I drove away from the scene and completely broke down. I just couldn’t believe it happened on my birthday aka my personal new year. I cried for about an hour had a busted lip and then still decided  go out with my friends, clearly running on adrenaline because the next morning I couldn’t get out of bed or move for that matter. This was followed by plenty of sessions at the chiropractor and a rental car.

Around this time last year i decided to leave a design job that I loved but wasn’t teaching me or letting me grow. I started 2015 jobless not really knowing what would come all I knew was that I was going to Paris in March and needed some sort of income. I’ve always been a hustler, my sister got me a temp job at USC for a while, I’m pretty sure I cleaned houses. There is no shame in my game you just gotta do what you gotta do.

I landed my job in February which was perfect that was my expiration date anyways so that worked out great. I’ve been extremely lucky, blessed, fortunate whatever you want to call it to be working for people who allow me to travel and some have encouraged it. At times I’ve felt extremely guilty for leaving for for a couple days, but honestly whatever needs to get done at work gets done.

All the trips I’ve taken thus far have been trips I didn’t think I would ever take, the Grand Canyon, Antelope canyon, Utah, Yosemite, Big Sur, Maui! And in a couple weeks Guatemala! For every single one of those trips I’ve known in my heart that it would work itself out and BOOM they have.

I’ve been super emotional about Guatemala because I haven’t gone in 5-6 years?  This is a place I’ve been traveling to since I was 5.. And the person to be waiting outside the airport won’t be there this time around. My grandpa the sweetest human that my mother loves dearly won’t be there. It’s such a bittersweet feeling because I get to see my grandma (they had been together for 60+ years) I’m both excited and sad about this trip. It’s my first time going with my dad. The first time I ever went, when we got back he was in the hospital because he had fallen off a roof (he was a contractor) and the last time I went…we got back he was in the hospital so I swore never to go back with out him. Overall I can’t wait to spend the New Years with my family (minus my brother and sister in law). I’ve spent a good amount of New Years in Guatemala and as much bitching (ungrateful teenager) use to do, I secretly loved going..

I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me. I’ve already purchased my ticket to Morocco !!!! I have so many plans for new adventures. 2015 was magical over all it taught me that I CAN do whatever I set my mind to. And I can’t wait to test that out next year.

Tuna Canyon

Tuna Canyon , is by far the most beautiful hike EVER (you’ll hear this from me quite often) I headed out with my friend Nadia and my dog Anya on a Saturday. The day was gorgeous clear skies there were sooo many sailboats out that day. We weren’t exactly sure where we were hiking to specifically we were just exploring the area and enjoying the view to the max.

One super scary thing that happened was that my dog was attacked by two other dogs, I guess the owner couldn’t control them and one wouldn’t let go of her neck. Not much damage was done since my dog didn’t move until he decided to let go of her.

Overall it was a very magical experience and I recommend it to anyone. According to the website it’s not visited much which I will agree, to me that’s the charm of it the peacefulness is felt from the moment you start walking.