Category Archives: travel

Archives: Los Angeles, Part Three

June 9, 2017

travel

In case you didn’t notice before, I’m about to give myself up right now. With each trip I take, I promise a post about this or that and inevitably run out of time to share and it never makes it here. After a week in Europe or an extended weekend in Puerto Rico, I have SO many photos and stories to share but real life catches up to me and I just don’t get to it before I’m on to the next trip. So. I’m ready to make it right. I’ll take you back in time to see the hidden gems from past trips that I didn’t get to share. You ready? With summer upon us, let’s head back to the sunny west coast…

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Amsterdam, Part 1

May 12, 2017

travel

Spending ten days in Europe feels like a dream. It was a truly magical experience and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to go. As a self-proclaimed country mouse, being inundated with different languages, currencies, and public transportation (the last of which was the most challenging,) everything was overwhelming but in the best way. I was pleased with my decision to go alone because I could conquer as much or as little as I wanted each day, and in eliminating distractions, found the opportunity to observe even the smallest details.  In an effort to document all the art, food, culture and people during my travels, I kept a record of each day’s itinerary, and there is so much to share so I’m breaking it down in a few posts. Here’s what I did during the first part of my stay in Amsterdam….

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adventure

March 25, 2017

travel

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Just wanted to drop a line and say farewell! I’m off to Europe for the next 10 days! I feel so excited and a little nervous because unlike past trips of this caliber, I’m going to Amsterdam and Stockholm alone. I know! It’s kind of crazy but at the same time, I’m up for the adventure. I’ve got a few things planned, like a nighttime photo tour of Amsterdam, and a ferry ride to Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm. I’ve tried to leave some down time too, for coffee and schoolwork in local cafes, but it’s hard to not try to see as much as possible during my stay. Either way, I’ll be sharing on IG and a little later, here on the blog. yay! andokaybye! Xx

The Colors of Old San Juan

December 7, 2016

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When Puerto Rico comes to mind, most people imagine the colors of Old San Juan. From the bright buildings to the blue cobblestone streets, to the vibrant ocean water peeking through the cityscape, every inch of Old San Juan is bright and happy and bursting with life.

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El Morro

October 26, 2016

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Guys. I am so behind. I’ve traveled to some really fun places this past year but I’m so behind in sharing. Truth be told, I didn’t even finish posting the rest of L.A…. and that was in January! Maybe I’ll do a flashback post.. idk, haven’t worked it out yet. Stay tuned. ANYWAY. Look! I went to Puerto Rico! It was fun and colorful and adventurous and here’s what I did first…

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Part Two: Williamsburg

October 12, 2016

travel / weekend

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Day two of my Virginia adventure took me to Williamsburg to visit my oldest friend (not in age, but in relationship). Leigh and I have been friends since freshman year of high school. I think we bonded over a mutual love for Celebrity Jeopardy and mutual hate for pep rallies and school spirit in general.

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Part One: Richmond

September 19, 2016

travel / weekend

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What would summer be without a road trip? For the long July 4th weekend, I drove north to Virginia to visit friends in Williamsburg. My first stop though, was Richmond, a city I had not visited before, but immediately took a liking to for it’s natural beauty, culture, and good food. Here’s a glimpse into my one-day highlight tour of Richmond, Virginia…

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summer music / 1

July 12, 2016

entertainment / travel / weekend

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I mentioned in the previous post that I surprised my dad in New Orleans with Weezer tickets. To be honest, I was a little nervous he wouldn’t like standing outside in the heat for hours surrounded by a huge (rather eclectic) crowd. But he seemed to love it when all was said and done so I was grateful for that. There’s something about summer and live music that I just can’t get enough of. In an effort to keep the good vibes going, and maybe inspire your summer playlist, I’m sharing the set lists from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Panic! At the Disco, and Weezer…

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I’ve had a strong obsession with Something Corporate since my high school days, so Andrew McMahon’s latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is the perfect transition into a modern sound. His set was short, but I loved hearing his live variations of Canyon Moon and a throwback to popular Jack’s Mannequin hit Dark Blue. His enthusiasm onstage really got the crowd the pumped.

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Apparently, I have seen Panic! At the Disco before with Dashboard Confessional in 2008 at UF, but had no recollection until the friend I went with brought it to my attention. I don’t know if frontman and the only remaining original member, Brendan Urie, has changed his performance style since then, but Panic! puts on quite a memorable show now. For the younger members of the audience, this was the main event. Urie was enthusiastic, humble, and addressed the crowd between songs. He played drums, piano, sang like Sinatra and even did a few backflips. I’m a fan of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor, which they played a lot of, and their cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t bad either.

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FAVORITES: Ballad of Mona Lisa, Hallelujah, Nine in the Afternoon, Miss Jackson, Death of a Bachelor, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Victorious

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Weezer is one of those bands that subtly permeated my adolescence and young adulthood.  Undone takes me straight back to high school, Surf Wax America reminds me of late night hangs with my best friends, and El Scorcho was my unrequited love anthem throughout college. They have so many amazing songs because they’ve been around for what feels like forever, or, 1992, and their new album, Weezer aka the White Album, is SO GOOD.

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New Orleans

June 28, 2016

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New Orleans. There’s so much to do, see, eat, drink, smell, and laugh at. I only had a few days, but tried to get in as much as I could, and while I barely scratched the surface of my to-do list (because let’s go again!), here are the highlights from my first visit to this wonderful city…

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My dad and I set out to New Orleans for a long weekend, but made a lunch detour for beachside oysters at Flora-Bama, a charming dive bar/restaurant on the Florida-Alabama state line.

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The cajun oysters were my favorite, but the fried pickles, which they call frickles, were de-lish too!

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New Orleans has some incredible hotel options, but I ultimately decided to Airbnb it in the Mid-City neighborhood. Our rental was only a few blocks from City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the streetcar line. Known as “The Heart of New Orleans” this neighborhood is totally walkable, full of great restaurants, and French Quarter adjacent. The architecture of the homes and our amazing host allowed us to feel like part of the city, and not just tourists. After getting settled, we grabbed dinner at Liuzza’s, a neighborhood restaurant with a cool, local vibe. My recommendation: the eggplant po’boy. You won’t regret it.

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