mexico city, through the eyes of my diana mini

last month david, my family and I traveled to mexico city. i only took two 35mm film cameras: my diana mini and my canon sureshot telemax. i always go to mexico city because i love it so much, so i feel i am always taking the same photos over and over with my phone or camera. i wanted to change it up a little bit. i was really excited to develop my film because i swore i got good shots. the scenery looked promising at the time I took the photos. however, when i got my prints back, i wasn’t too amazed by them. i hadn’t used my diana mini in a long time that i had forgotten things about it. also, because i was being cheap and wanted to save $2 on film, i decided to purchase 200ISO film. bad idea. diana mini works best with 400 and 800. i guess this served as a lesson!

i’m not in love with the photos, but after seeing them again, I’m starting to like them. they bring back good memories – and that’s really important to me. hence why i’m sharing them and why i have this blog: for memories.

this was david’s first time traveling with my family. i am so glad we got the chance to do it because he got to know my uncle’s family and how my family is outside the typical “hello/how are you/goodbye” scenarios when he comes to my home. we went to the city specifically to take my devout grandmother to the basilica because she wanted to pray and thank the virgin for everything she did and is doing for us. it was her first time on plane, so yay abuela!

p.s: this is my first time uploading photos to my blog from flickr. not sure how i feel about it.. probably won’t be doing that again.

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these were taken with canon telemax date, also 200 iso film:

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when you find a lonely film around your room, you develop it.

…and find photos from december 2015 from a trip you took with friends, because your boyfriend and his band had a gig in austin.

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i took these with my canon sure shot telemax. i think it was my first time taking her out for a ride, so sorry if these shots aren’t perfect. i still liked them though :) i love my friends.

a day in austin | graffiti park

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it was a quick, one day trip to san antonio and to austin that we did last weekend. we did more than the stuff pictured, but i wanted to share these photos since i thought they looked pretty neat.

we were offered two spray cans to graffiti, but we declined. i kind of do feel bad for painting over other artist’s art. people come here and spend hours working on a master piece and by the next day it is gone. what you’re seeing is probably covered by now. everyone paints what they want. i guess that’s what also keeps the park interesting. you never know what you’re gonna find.

we also may or may not have spent 2 hours searching through lego pieces to build a star wars millennium falcon, and we also may or may not have eaten chick-fil-a twice in a week.. oops.

anyway, i hope you’re having a nice day! thanks for stopping by!

–diana

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photos taken on my canon eos 6d with a 50mm f1/8 lens. edited with Polarr.

dejemos todo y escapemos.

may 12, 2016

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corpus in may 2

 

this is a really late post.

more than a month later, really.

oops. that was my fault. i had the intention of uploading this earlier,

but things out of my control happened.

i really did miss writing to you, my friends;

sharing my adventures and reading yours.

anyway,

boyfriend and i drove to corpus christi during the week of final exams.

(some of our friends said we were crazy for doing so. but we didn’t care. we loved it.)

it was kind of a quick, well-deserved break.

we picked up some legos from craigslist;

adopted a guinea pig who seriously needed a new forever home (named him Moose because of his long snout);

and went to the lexington (well, the outside of it and the beach surrounding it) since david had never seen it.

i love showing him new things. it’s that amazed face he makes. like a kid in a toy store, but cuter.

i live for adventures like this with him.<3

i made my first little video diary, too, if you want to see it:

song by León Larregui // “Mar” // Voluma

thanks for stopping by friends, i appreciate it!

see you soon..

–diana

a weekend in mexico city with the boyfriend

hello friends! if you read my blog, you’ll notice that my family and i often go to mexico city. we just love it. i don’t know, something about that place is special..

during spring break, boyfriend invited me to go with him, his dad, and brother. i think it’s the first time david and i travel by plane together elsewhere. we are lucky to have had the chance to do so. it was so much fun. here are some pictures of our trip in case you’re interested. as always, i appreciate you taking the time to read my posts! :)

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20 days in India

D E L H I

indian gate:

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chandni chowk:

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swarna shatabdi express:

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A M R I T S A R

 

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the golden temple:

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a local farm:

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A G R A

taj mahal:

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J A I P U R

 

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amber fort:

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city palace:

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B A N G A L O R E

botanical gardens:

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slurp kitchen:

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K A B I N I

kabini river lodge:

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K U T C H

white rann desert:

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M U M B A I

 

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elephanta caves:

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my 16 hour flight back to the states:

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Hello friends! Finally, I share photos from my trip to India. As the title suggests, I was there for twenty days. I went with other students from my university and a professor on a history course. I learned so many things I did not know before. It was an amazing, amazing experience, and I can’t wait to go back. India stole my heart.

My parents still don’t know, but the airline lost my luggage when I was getting to India. Thus, I was without my suitcase the entire trip. I didn’t have a carry on, so the only clothes  had were those that I had on. I had to share clothes with my roommate (bless her heart for being so nice) and I had to shop for under garments. When I came back home, it was in the airport waiting for me. It didn’t even make it to India. It went to London and back. Lucky all of my stuff was in there intact. I almost cried since I always heard horror stories of people stealing your things. This misfortune taught me I can survive with very little clothes for so many days, anywhere I am in the world. I guess some good came out of it.

My favorite places in no order: The Golden Temple, Mumbai, Kabini, White Rann Desert. A lot of people think the Taj Mahal is going to be the most amazing thing India, but that is not the case. It is amazing, don’t get me wrong. But it SO FULL of people that you almost don’t enjoy it. There are many other places in India that can be 10x more mesmerizing. If you’re thinking about going, GO! We went with a company named CEPA and it was the best.

These photos were taken with my iPhone 6s.

Have an amazing day friends!

If you have any other questions let me know! :)

–diana

austin, san marcos, a gig, and food.

hiya friends! how’ve you been? i hope well :) this past monday boyfriend, his band, and i went to austin because they had a gig. i really like that city. it’s so youthful, has delightful architecture, and the people i’ve talked to have been so nice. oh, and its motto is “keep austin weird” which is..interesting, haha.

here are some photos from our trip, accompanied with a few transitions like those in Frasier. well maybe not as clever, but i tried! (please tell me you understand that reference?! brownie points if you do!)

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WHEN IN AN IRISH PUB…ORDER WATER AND WINGS?

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the boys love a good beer, but this time we didn’t order any; just three orders of wings and two potato soups. THEY WERE SO GOOD! we couldn’t finish all of them though. too many.

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it’s the second time the boys play here. as always, it was a good show.

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I still ask myself why I didn’t apply for this university.. it looks challenging, yet amazing.

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after the show we somehow got hungry again and boys decided to give this restaurant, Big Bite, a try. they serve these big sandwiches with multiple things in them. david and i shared one that had chicken strips, french fries, and mozzarella sticks, all drenched in buffalo sauce and ranch. yes, that sounds, and is, extremely fatty, but that combination was tasty! total college food.

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one of the many, many murals in this city.

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we slept over at our friend’s apartment in a little town – that by the way is so cute! – about 30 minutes from the capital. (oh, and she owns a chinchilla named mango! how cool is that?) we ventured downtown, got smoothie king, shopped in a store full of cool knickknacks, and ate tacos. (gosh, we sure do eat a lot..)


does my writing transpire the excitement i felt? pardon my thoughts being out of order and my constant use of exclamation marks and sophomoric adjectives. these were two fun days!

what have you been up to friends? :) boyfriend and i are up to our neck in finals. it’s not fun. if you, too, are in finals, we understand your pain and are here cheering for ya! be safe, be well, have a little fun! and have a very good day.

–diana

I am going to India.

I am studying abroad and taking a class during the winter break.

I have mixed emotions.

I was beyond excited after receiving my “Congratulations! You’ve been accepted!” letter.

As the date approaches, part of me has been like “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME!? WHAT DID I DO?!”

Another part of me cannot believe I am going to the other side of the world. It makes me feel kind of brave.

The girly part of me wants to shop for clothes before departing, if I must be honest.

But overall, I am proud of myself for going to all of those department heads and asking for signatures, for facing the dean, and for submitting my application– regardless of what everyone told me about the food, the culture, the diseases, the dangers, the multiple “You’re crazy,” the “You don’t know what you’re talking about,”  and the sweet “You’ll get the worst diarrhea of your life!” from my sincere coworker.

I don’t care. I’ve always wanted to go. It’s a once in a life time chance and I took it.

I leave in twenty days for twenty days.

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the shirt they gave us at orientation

 Is that too much info to put out in the internet? Oh well, I am happy!

thanksgiving break trip and one photo booth strip

Urban Outfitters Photo booth with david and ddboyfriend and i went with our friend didi to san antonio for a day. they went to fix their iphones in this big outdoors shopping mall and I accompanied them. didi took her yorkie, molly, who behaved so well and is so cute!

we stopped by urban outfitters; david to look at records, didi to shop for plaid shirts, and I to look at their cameras. i had been to the store several times before and i never noticed they had a photo booth. the last time i remember taking pictures in a photo booth was when i was in elementary school – i know! yeears ago! how lame is that! so when david offered i didn’t hesitate. we both ran in and snapped the first two photos. on the third one didi came in after finding us.

awesome photo booth strip :) kinda wished we would’ve gotten one more strip with more of didi, and maybe molly..

we drove back to our little town at night after having free donuts in krispy kream. did you know that when their sign is on it means free donuts?! david and i did not!! oh those warm donuts <3

after that we had thanksgiving with our families and then we met up with old friends (click here to see photos of that day).

this post is a little late, but how was your thanksgiving? and how has your week been so far? i hope you have a nice day :)

–diana

hand-drawn portraits

My dad has always been a lover of the arts. He likes paintings, pictures, books, music, plays, you name it. Although if you saw him walking down the street you probably wouldn’t think that about him, haha. He does not dress the stereotype of a man in his 40s that loves those things. I just think that when someone describes a man that like the arts a picture of a man with a wine in one hand discussing a piece he just bought from a very famous painter comes to mind, like in movies. Like a Frasier, for example. But na, my father is a beer guy! Like Frasier’s father, haha!

When we got to Puebla I found out that there was a place called “Barrio del Artista,” which means the artist’s barrio, and I had to tell dad. We went to walk around and when dad saw that the artists also drew portraits (some amazing ones by the way) he said “I’m gonna tell them to draw you guys!” He asked around and all of the painters told him to go to this one guy in specific: Gonzalo Márquez. They all said he was the best one, and by looking at his work, boy, he was! Dad called him and in 45 min he was already drawing my sisters and I.

We each had to sit in a chair facing whatever direction he told us and stay like that frozen for about an hour. It was a little hard, especially from my sister’s part, from what they told me. The only thing that was a little weird for me was looking at the man directly at his eyes – I am terrible at doing so! Also, it was a little embarrassing to be drawn in front of everyone. Sometimes we would get little crowds and other times random people would take out their phone and take pictures of us. We were like, “No, please stop! :'(” But couldn’t move so wouldn’t say anything. Who knows where those pictures are now ._. It’s different to share them yourself. But a complete stranger… Not nice, haha. To calm myself (and my sisters down) from people staring I would say, “They are not looking at you, they are looking at his drawing.”  It kinda worked.

Anyway, a few pictures from our experience!

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I taught my Dad (he’s the man in black with his arms in the air) how take pictures with our camera. He had never used it before because he thought it was would be really complex. I gave it to him in the automatic setting and told him to just point, focus, and shoot. He did a good job for his first time! He was so excited. I loved seeing him like that. He looked like a happy child taking pictures of everything. Aw. I’ll never forget that.

So – some pictures by him, some pictures by my sisters, and some by me.

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Drawing the littlest sister:

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A little family break:

I mean, people, we were there approx 3 hours! Bottoms up, padre.. You deserve it.

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Drawing me:

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^ Now these my little sister took. She was so excited about the whole process, and didn’t stop making fun of me. She would say, “You’re a statue!” cuz I wouldn’t move, and then she would laugh. But hey, I just wanted to make the guy’s job easier! I’m glad she documented this moment throughly though. ^

He did an amazing job. We were so, so happy with the results. Especially my dad. We couldn’t thank the artist enough. It was a really neat experience.

polaroids from mexico

ok, they’re not really polaroids polaroids but I don’t know how else to call them other than “instax mini” or “instant pictures” which I kind of don’t like :( Polaroids sound cuter! :)

Here are some, pretty random ones, my sister took with her camera. First four are in Mexico City and the next six are in Puebla, where one night we just took pictures of each other and went out for smoothies and coffee with our parents.

I love my family. They’re weird and cool and like eating tacos.

more pictures of our cool trip to mexico city here, and pictures of puebla here.

Puebla, Puebla

After spending a few days in Mexico City, we got a bus and came to Puebla. The outsides, I must admit, weren’t as pretty as downtown, where we stayed. Because of time we were only there for about two days. I was a little sad because we didn’t go to a volcano(!!) that was in a town near. I’ve always wanted to see one, and to be so close, aghh :( Next time.. Either way I enjoyed our time there. Walking the streets, going to mercaditos, taking polaroid with my sisters, getting drawn by an amazing artist (post coming on that!), etc..

This is what we saw in Puebla:

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The thing I just loved about downtown were all the old buildings. The details and everything..

Africam Safari

This was a safari a little bit outside of the city. In it you could either ride your car or ride a tour bus along with others. We went in a bus. I loved that the animals were roaming free and it appeared like they a lot of space. There are elephants, hippos, tigers, lions (so freaken majestic!), alligators, gorillas, you name it! We don’t usually go to zoos when traveling, but we heard really good things about this one so we went. We didn’t regret it one bit. Oh and just in case, yes, it was called “Africam.”

 

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This one was a man-operated gates to prevent tigers, lions, and bears from escaping their habitat and going into other animal’s. We went through several.
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This guy! He was so posing for the camera. I took some selfies and it’s like he knew. So smart!
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We went to see the lions and I caught a peek from the side of their “cage.” Only God knows how they haven’t escaped.. They were on top of a Jeep, resting. On the other side was the rest of the Jeep and glass so you can easily see them.

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Mexico is just so colorful. I love it.

As always, thanks for stopping by! You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here.

Have a very nice day :)

Mexico City – I love you!

Your buildings, your weather, your people, your food, and your museums! But not the traffic..

My family and I went about two weekends ago just to explore museums. We had been almost two years before and we had fallen in love with the city. There are so many things to do that we just needed to go back. It’s so beautiful and historical (it’s no wonder UNESCO even declared it such!) and its weather is just so perfect. Everyday it was at 70s and at night 60s and rainy. Nothing compared to this Texas heat in the 100s.. One night it was even around 50º! That’s like our winter here!! :( How I miss it.. It was the perfect vacation for us. Did I mention we even saw the Addams Family musical? :D

A few pictures from our days together + pictures from the past time we went:

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Zocalo's Cathedral

Behind those arches were Diego Rivera's paintings.
Behind those arches were Diego Rivera’s paintings on the walls.

Our hotel was that one on the corner.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Chapultepec castle

Yes, Mexico City has a castle in it, and it is amazing. It also has a forest where there many museums including this one. You take a little train and it takes you up this hill to the castle. I really, really suggest you visit it. It was my favorite museum.

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In the forest there were two other museums; the museum of anthropology (MNA) and the museum of modern art (MAM). My family and I went to MNA for an afternoon. Dad took me to the MAM to see a photography exhibition by Gisèle Freund. There were five expositions but we only got to see three because of time. Believe me, I would’ve spent all day there but I felt bad for dragging my dad around. He enjoyed it very much but I could tell he was hungry and a little tired. He kept insisting that I keep exploring the museum, but no, I felt bad.

^ This exhibition was by Lorena Wolffer. There were various artifacts with numbers on them. You would be given a binder and in there were stories matching the artifact. Those stories were of abused women. Abused by their husbands, coworkers, daughters, boyfriends, you name it. It was very powerful.

Teotihuacan PYRAMIDS

These are a little outside Mexico City. You can climb them, some not all the way. I climbed one of them but I almost had vertigo up there! It was so bad. My sister and dad made it up top. I just went halfway and sat down. But what a view!

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Frida kahlo’s house

In this house Frida Kahlo was born, raised, and died. It was changed a little since that time, but you still get the feel of it. The walls are covered by her paintings. You can take pictures but you have to pay.

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We’ll definitely visit you again, Mexico City.

If you’ve ever wanted to, GO! You won’t regret it :)

You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here. Thanks for stopping by!

east and a little west

It’s may, the month of graduations, finals, end of semester, etc. I see a lot graduation pictures floating around my social media feeds and it gets me thinking what their next step is gonna be. and then it gets me thinking what mine is gonna be.

I’m not set to graduate til next may, supposedly. but I really don’t know what to do afterwards. grad school? get a second bachelors? get a job? I don’t want to get a job yet. I want to keep studying. I just don’t know what..

everyone tells me it’s alright not to know what to study, and I know so. it just bugs me not knowing. at the moment I just know this: I want to travel.

I know that sounds super cliché. I kinda even hate saying it because of the cliché-ness of it. The I’m-gonna-backpack-through-Europe-after-graduating kind of cliché-ness. bleh. but no, I just think the earth is amazing and I want to keep exploring it. whenever. after graduation, before graduation, with my work, with my family. anytime!

a few places I would like to visit:

St. Croix
Germany
Ireland
Belguim
Turkey
India
Amsterdam
South Africa
all of Mexico
Connecticut
Washington DC
Alaska!
Edinburgh

and a lot more others.. my bucket list keeps growing daily.

I really want to visit all of those. but first i gotta figure out what to do academically to get there..


what places are in your bucket list to visit? any places you recommend I visit? were/are you concerned about what to do after graduation just like I am? let me know cuz I’m over here growing gray hairs, haha! have a nice day :)

a week in yucatan – part II

Hi, click here for part 1! This might be a lengthy post, but it will be worth it! Enjoy!! :)

los tres cenotes, cuzama

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this was amazing little hidden gem in mexico. pictures i would see online don’t do it justice. here are some my family and i took on our trip to yucatan this spring break (I know, i’m uploading this really late, oops) –

cenotes are sinkholes – holes in the ground with water in them, basically. and one can swim in them. there are many, many of these in yucatan. my dad, per recommendation of a friend, took us to some in a town called Cuzama. they were three cenotes, and to get to them you had to pay and you would be taken on both a motorcycle with seats and then on a sort of train powered by a horse (pictures below of both), and with that comes a guide and he has life vests/jackets you can rent. ours was really helpful. his name was martin martinez (how could one forget that name!). the three have different depths. we only went to two – the second and the last one – because our guide said the first one was harder to get into and deeper.

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our favorite one of the three!
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entrance to the cenote

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the third cenote; second one we saw:

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watch your step! there’s a sinkhole under you..
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see?
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this was the entrance to the third cenote

my dad and my sister were the only brave ones of the family to go in. i chicken’d out just seeing those stairs on the ground. i regret a little not going in.

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sorry about the pictures looking a little blurry or grainy. they were taken with my dad’s cellphone. but you get the idea! :)

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paseo Montejo, Mérida

paseo montejo is a classic street in merida. it is full of big homes and mansions. a lot of them house events or are museums and businesses.

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the museum of anthropology

this was art from inside the museum, arte de barro. you can click any image to enlarge :)

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valladolid

this used to be a place we loved to visit in yucatan. it was small peaceful, colorful town with very little cars and tourists. we went this year and it looks like other people discovered our favorite place. it is still nice to visit, but we were disappointed to find more movement than in past years.

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anytime we got the chance we would buy an esquite or an elote. corn in a cob in other words.

like i said, there are many cenotes in yucatan. couple of them are near valladolid, this one is called Zaci. you could swim in it, even dive. there’s a lifeguard there too.

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thanks for stopping by!

Did you like this post? We’ve traveled to different parts of Mexico. Let me know if you would like me to share our past adventures. It would be a pleasure :)

a week in yucatan – part I

*this post might be a little long, so if you see a “continue reading” button, click it:)*

yucatan is a place that my family and i really love. we stay in mérida, the capital, for about a week, rent a car, and drive all over the peninsula to different little historical towns, mayan structures, the beach, or wherever our heart desires.

this spring break we went there. here are some pictures if you’re interested in exploring mexico :)

downtown Mérida

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on sundays they close some streets downtown so people can ride their bikes

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Continue reading “a week in yucatan – part I”

let’s be spontaneous..

some friends and i got together the other weekend to celebrate a friend’s 21st birthday.

   

he then invited us on a weekend road trip to san antonio to continue the celebration. and i must say, it was fun

“kickin’ in the back seat!” (sorry if our faces look stretched, camera’s fault)

over there, we met up with friends who have moved to other cities for college. it was nice seeing them cuz once the semester actually starts *boom* everyone disappears. but i don’t blame them. college is tough.

joe and I outside a restaurant waiting for a table
with david in his vader hoodie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

games, food, friends, drinks: one good night :)

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 i love my friends

the next day we went to a cool little lego store called bricks and minifigs. at the entrance they had these build-your-own stations where you could purchase whatever it was you created.

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this one was the minifig station. legs, torsos, heads, hair, accessories. sounds like a horror film!

just picture all of us 20-some-year-olds building little mini figures and robots haha sorry, little kids, these are our legos now!

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one millennium falcon to go please!

at night, while the grown ups went out, my friend lino decided to take his girlfriend emma and i for a burger at in-n-out. thanks, linosaurio!

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my first time trying it. note to self: order it without onion next time.

it was good! and i would eat it again. i just think people make it a bigger hype than what is it (sorry, america)

compared to this one, whataburger is my still my favorite hands down. but in-n-out makes a better burger model for a picture. just look at all that cheese, ahh!

on the road back home, joe, didi, and i sang our lungs out to classic luis miguel songs. the most perfect way to end the weekend <3 (don’t judge, “[we] just have a lot of feelings!”)