With the beginning of the new year we decided to make drastic changes. Things are getting real around here, as they say. As I'm writing this, our current apartment that we are leaving at the end of this month (earlier than planned due to unprofessional stuff and lots of issues we've been having) is full of boxes and our belongings all over the floor, while we make tough decisions on what we're keeping and what we're giving up on. Purging feels good but it's also hard. While we're making this move, we realize that things are aligning as they should, even if they're happening sooner than we thought.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know my love for San Francisco. SF is truly an incredible city. With its every little corner so very charming and full of character, it makes it hard not to fall in love with. If it isn't already, you should add it to your bucket-list because it definitely is a city worth visiting.
We flew there for a weekend - our first time - and liked it so much that we made a vow to return. Since we had limited time and so many places on our list, we tried to take advantage of it and hit all the "hot spots".
We booked our trip + hotel through Southwest. We stayed in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, which is a very pretty area (just like all San Francisco), but also very touristy. We found the quirkiest boutique hotel Zephyr,
There really is no shortage of beautiful places in Southern California, especially in San Diego. While years ago, when we moved here I had a hard time adjusting to the desert-y landscape and the lack of the lush greenery that was surrounding us in upstate New York, years later I have come to love the multitude of succulents and other native plants.
There is something very attractive about all the different shapes and sizes of the succulents around here, and I enjoy discovering desert gardens whenever we come across them. I was shocked at first to find succulents that are as big as the trees and just as strong to withstand winds and whatever else comes their way.
I love nature; the only reason I'm not out there all the time is because I hate insects and snakes, and California has plenty of both. While we were in Santa Barbara, we went to visit the Botanic Garden. Truth be told, I did not expect the wilderness we found there, but it was a nice surprise. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is made of 100% plants native to California and it's beautiful. Among all the plants, it has a small redwood forest, which was my favorite part of the garden, aside from the view you get as soon as you...
Life has been pretty busy here lately; apart from the regular day-to-day and city life, we've also had some exciting things happening that kept us going - I'll be opening about that at the right time. To say that all these things have overwhelmed us, is a bit of an understatement. We were in desperate need of a getaway. Partly because we needed some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and daily life, and also, because of the fact that we love to travel, even if we don’t get to do it much these days.
While we had many places in mind, I think we ended up in the perfect place - the charming city of Santa Barbara, which doesn't really feel like a city.
TGIF! Just in time for the weekend, here's an idea if you happen to be visiting, or, maybe, who knows, inspire you to play tourist in your own town.
In our pursuit of places to go visit a while ago, we stumbled upon this cave and wanted to go inside. The first time we thought of going in, I was wearing sandals and hubby was against me going down 145 stairs, especially when those stairs were actually wet and most likely slippery. Given that, we decided to make another trip here, so we can finally go inside this cave.
Well, let me tell you that it was interesting but we probably expected more of it. Once in the large opening, you end up on a platform and are limited to that. I understand safety must come first but I wish we could have touched the "ground".
A few weeks ago I started the series about San Diego, including what it's like living here, what to do in coastal SD and today the series continues with the things you can do inland. To get a better understanding about the coastal and inland "separation" you have to read the first post about it here.
Inland San Diego is just as pretty as the coastal one, well, in its own way.
No matter where you stay when here, you might want to check each of these places I'm sharing below.
One of the places you don't want to miss is
Last week I have started a series of posts about the city me and hubby call home. The first post that went live was supposed to be an introduction to general climate and life in San Diego, California, just so you know what to expect in case you visit or even think of moving here. Because of this city's diversity, I had to divide it into several posts, otherwise it would have been one very long story. So if you haven't read the first post, then you better start there. Now that you know a bit more about the climate, let's talk about the fun stuff.
San Diego has no short list of things to do at the coast, from kayaking in the ocean (we did it and loved it) or paragliding above it to sailing or simply admiring one of its famous sunsets, just to name a few. As I mentioned above, it's quite diverse and you can find just about anything here.
When you say San Diego, I bet the first thing that comes in your mind are its beautiful beaches but, there's so much more to this city.
It's true, San Diego has several beaches, each very different from the other and all worthy of visiting but what makes it so interesting is the diversity in population and cultures, vegetation and even climate - all it takes is just a twenty-minute drive East or West (depending on where you find yourself) and you'll see what I'm talking about.
There are few other things that make me as happy as when I discover new interesting places, especially when it happens completely unplanned.
You might have figured it out by now that we don't like to stay put and, we go from city to city whenever we can or have the chance. We try to plan out trips, look up interesting places and things to do wherever we go.
This time though, the plan was to do nothing. Well, not exactly - here's the story...