San Francisco through my eyes

Since I came to the US two years ago (seriously, though!) I have visited several cities in the country. Traveling is one of my passions (as you didn’t know that already! LOL) and I made sure to travel as much as my budget and time allowed me to do so.

One of my favorite cities (besides Chicago, of course!) was San Francisco.

My parents, my sister and I went on a road trip during the summer in 2014 from Atlanta to San Francisco, and making a lot of stops on the way. It was an exhausting trip but I learned a lot of things, discovered tons of stuff and places and had a lot of fun. Check out this post to learn more about the trip

My parents, my sister and I went on a road trip during the summer in 2014 from Atlanta to San Francisco, and making a lot of stops on the way. It was an exhausting trip but I learned a lot of things, discovered tons of stuff and places and had a lot of fun.

We could only spend a couple of days in the city, as we had a pretty busy schedule. When you do a road trip with a limited amount of time and you want to stop and visit plenty of places, you definitely have to plan very good when and where you’re going to be so you can use the time you have as wise as possible. Even if our schedule was tight, though, we did allow ourselves a little flexibility sometimes. You want to enjoy the vacation too, am I right?

And, again, I planned the trip.

Not that I really care, because I LOVE planning trips!

I collected a list of must do’s and must see’s, which included seeing San Francisco from the other side of the Golden Gate, visit the Painted Ladies (where the “Full House” house is located) and go to Lombard Street. And we got to see and do so much more! It was an amazing trip and I hope I can come back to some of the places with a little more time in the future.

On the way to Muir Woods

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The first day we took a trip to the Muir Woods National Monument, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s pretty close to San Francisco (12 miles) and I think it’s totally worth it. Just take a jacket with you even in summer, because the trees don’t let the sunlight in that much and it is pretty humid.

We were inside the park and walking the trails for a good 5-6 hours. It might sound like a lot, but it was awesome. It’s a great place to go for some quietness and to run away from the stress of the city.

Lombard St

My father talked about Lombard St. and that he wanted to go see it. Of course, after seeing pictures on the internet, we all wanted to go haha. The pictures don’t even show how funny this street is. There was a ton of people in the sides of the street, at the top and at the end of it. I don’t know if I would live there, though, as I’m guessing is a little noisy from all the cars passing by for fun and the people watching on the sidewalks.

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Sausalito is very close to San Francisco, right in the other side of the Golden Gate bridge. It is a cute little town where we had lunch on the way back from the Muir Woods National Monument and I loved it. We walked around an area where they had floating houses and I found them really cute J

The Painted Ladies

Of course, we couldn’t skip a visit to the Painted Ladies Victorian houses. It was really nice to hang out for a little while there.

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Have you ever been to San Francisco? How did you like it? Can’t wait to go back and explore more!

 

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What I loved about this summer

What I loved about this summer

This summer has been a little weird and different in many senses. It was my first summer married, there has been a lot of stress sometimes and it has been somehow like an emotional rollercoaster.

As summer just ended and cooler days come to stay, I wanted to take a look back and appreciate the best moments of summer. It’s not something that I usually do (look back to appreciate things), but that’s one of the changes that I want to make in my life.

There goes a list of the things that I loved the most about this summer.

  • Panama City Beach mini vacation. Ok, it was a month before summer, but I usually link everything beach related to summer. And it was amazing. I couldn’t get up early to see the sunrise, but I got to see every sunset there. The apartment was right next to the beach and it felt like paradise to me. For those who don’t know me, the beach gives me life. When we got to PCB we had the windows down in the car, and the moment I could smell the sea I went crazy happy. It just changes my mood completely. Does anyone feel the same way?

Sunset in Panama City Beach, FL

  • My sister finished her classes in LA and came to spend a whole month with me and my husband before going back to Spain. She didn’t have a good experience in LA so I was hoping that month would somehow make up for that. We didn’t get to do all that we wanted as it was really hot, but we still did a lot of fun things.
  • Also, in late august, my parents came to visit for a couple of weeks. We mostly stayed in the city and walked around. A lot. One of the days we were walking for about 5 hours nonstop. Yeah, crazy, right?
  • Hiking in the Cloudland Canyon. Nature is such an amazing thing. And I’d like to go hiking more often. Not only it’s a great way to stay active and work out, but you get to enjoy wonderful views. Also, if I get to see some squirrels I’m like a happy kid LOL. *Yes, I have a really weird arm in that picture… but it was the best one haha*

Cloudland Canyon

  • Second 4th of July for me in the US, but last year I had to work. This year I got to enjoy the fireworks with my husband (although I was a little… ahem… disappointed. More on that later). Next year I hope we can go/make a barbecue that day and then go see some other fireworks. We’ll see.
  • We were invited to a Pakistani wedding. I have been to several weddings, but it was the first time that it was a muslim one. I enjoyed and learnt a lot. I’m still amazed with the dresses. OMG! *picture is not mine for personal reasons*

Indian wedding sari

  • I hiked a couple of times Stone Mountain. Both times in the late afternoon, so we could enjoy the sunsets. It doesn’t matter how many sunsets you see, it is still something magical!
  • The airport is a place that I enjoy going to. Usually I prefer when it’s because I’m going to fly somewhere, but I also love to pick up people. It is something about planes. And the thought of traveling. I don’t like that much to drop people off, though. Mostly if talking about my parents or my sister.
  • Even if I’ve been in Atlanta for a year and a half, I hadn’t visited the aquarium It was amazing to see all the animals. The belugas were huge and the dolphins super cute. Our ticket didn’t include the dolphin show, but a behind the scenes tour. Although it makes me sad going to a zoo (I haven’t gone to one in 15 years or so) or an aquarium (again, first time in like 15 years), it was really nice to have a closer look to all the animals. One day I’d like to swim with dolphins (one of my favorite animals), but I’d have to make sure that they are free and well treated. They should definitely not be in a pool.

Atlanta Aquarium

  • The DragonCon is something that I wanted to see since last year. Working in a hotel in downtown Atlanta, I could see the costumes, but I had to work every afternoon while it lasted. This year, though, I went to see the parade and walked around watching the costumes and taking pictures. Sadly, the first day I couldn’t take as many pictures as the battery of my phone died, but I still managed to take some. Kudos to the participants, as I know that many of them spent several months making the costumes. I saw three people “dressed” as the Avatar characters and it was mostly body painting. How many hours did they spend in the morning getting ready? WOW.

DragonCon - McGonagall + Avatar + Rumpelstiltskin

I’m leaving out a lot of things (2h Skype sessions with my friends, going out with some friends to have dinner, pool days relaxing and playing…), but the list could be freaking long.

Now, tell me. What are the things that you loved the most about your summer?