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.
One of the last things we did in Guatemala was a beach trip!! We didn’t spend that much time at my grandmas because we were always out doing things.. We also planned it that way because nothing scares me more than my grandmas. I will add pictures of her kitchen and the town, my parents both come from Nueva Santa Rosa (they’re not related i’ve asked and they asked their parents before they started dating…)
So here is the thing about my grandmas… her home is very open and there are HUGE spiders and what not, i love the silence and cold showers don’t get me wrong i can rough it out. But there are so many ghost stories that don’t sit well with me and terrify me. With that said the first night I did not sleep and almost caused myself a massive anxiety attack because that’s how my mind rolls.
We spent the last full day at the beach HAWAII in Guatemala WHAT? Seriously it was called Hawaii. We left my grams at like 5am and got to the beach around 9. Not before taking a fucking tiny little canoe with our van on it..we live life on the edge because that shit did not seem safe. Half way my dad was like oh there are piranhas here, so that happened.
We made it to the beach safely and I spent the whole day in the water (minus lunch time) the water was just so warm and clear, the waves weren’t knocking me down for a change. This was by far the best way to start 2016, there was something about that day that made the whole trip extra magical. Sometimes we get so caught up with life and take the little simplest moments for granted.
Without further ado.. here are the images!
(This is my grams stove from like the 1950s which is still being used)
Canal de Chiquimulilla
Can you tell I become obsessive? Also hey distraction
This past weekend my friends and I finally took our trip to Utah after months of waiting for it the day finally came and went.. We started in Zion Canyon but will get to that LONG ASS DAY later. I wanted to start with Bryce because I feel like it changed my soul (oh yeah this probably won’t be the first time I say that)
We headed out to Bryce around 7:30am Mountain time and arrived there around 9-10am. When we opened up the drapes in our lodge that morning we saw the pink clouds in the sky, that right there was a sign that it was about to be the best day of my life. Fairyland Loop is an 8 mile hike EIGHT FUCKING MILES, something I have never done we ended up around 8 thousands feet above sea level or something along those lines. At some point i hated myself for planning this out, it was painful and beautiful at the same time.
I don’t think anyone will ever understand what it is like, it literally feels like a fairyland that is exactly what that felt like. So unreal, so enchanting, Bryce is a unicorn that’s what it is a UNICORN! Half way through this enchanted magic land and feeling like hell I jokingly said “I feel like I am sweating out my demons right now” Little did I know that I would suddenly start feeling lighter like I left what I needed behind (so deep i know..now let me ruin it)
Bryce Canyon, I love you thank you for your beauty and grace. *insert Blessings – Big Sean*
Over load… We detoured MAJORLY to the coast Sunday and fell in absolute love with Carmel by the Sea. Monterey is such a lovely place it is now on my list of places to explore slowly as well as Big Sur. The drive was so beautiful, Absolutely no cell service pure perfection. Words are not needed to explain the beauty that was witnessed.
Vernal falls!! Ok so looking back the hike wasn’t bad plenty of people yes, but in the moment it felt like we would never get there. I will say it was enchanting, hearing the stream as you hike is by far the best part of that experience. I hike with my dog a lot and do wish I had her there, she’s my sidekick.
ANTELOPE MOTHAFUCKING CANYON!!! I can’t begin to explain this place and all the emotions I felt being there. It was a beautiful day, the whole weekend we saw everything from snow to hot and windy weather so we weren’t sure what we’d get. To get to antelope you have to go with a tour company, which we did and it reminded me of Guatemala sitting in the back of a 4×4. Our guide was beyond amazing very knowledgeable and helped me out a lot when it came to taking the best shots. Overall such an amazing experience loved that I got to see it in so many lights, as the day goes by the light changes the colors and it’s so magical.
After antelope we headed to horseshoe bend, quite the little hike that one. Horseshoe bend was amazing and terrifying hello fear of heights I didn’t even know I had.
Wasn’t going to post this till after Grand Canyon but meh…please enjoy 1/4 of the pictures that I took.
A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Arizona with my parents, sister in law and my dearest friend Nadia. My soul purpose of that trip was to go to Antelope Canyon, but researched places to go and found Sedona. Let me tell you how amazing and beautiful it was, will definitely be going back to hike and enjoy it calmly. The drive was so enchanting I knew that moment that the time spent there wouldn’t be enough and it sure wasn’t. Truly enjoyed every second spent there, and below are the images I took. I am extremely fascinated by clouds..
London was absolutely stunning. We left Paris on a Sunday had an incredibly dramatic exit. Let’s just say stick together and don’t think of getting off of a train in a foreign country. Anyways, we were only there for 48hrs but they were the best 48 hrs ever. Everyone was friendly and moving oh so quickly. The first thing I did when I got there was go to Tate Modern…ended up taking two trips and still didn’t make a dent but enjoyed my time and took the time to speak to one of the photographers. London left me feeling some kind of way, mostly wanting more.
London Eye View.
London Natural History Museum
gahhhh!!!! Ok,SO! I had been obsessing over the Natural History Museum, so much so that I purchased their book about the architecture. The exhibit was pretty cool too BUT being there in all that beauty was everything to me.