a day at a pet-friendly beach with our french bulldog.

almost two weeks ago, David and I packed up his jeep, grabbed our bathing suits, and took Franklin, my french bulldog, to the beach. I believe it was his first time at the beach. you see, I rescued him from a family that did not pay attention to him; he came with numerous health issues and lived outdoors, to name a few things, so I highly doubt they ever took him to the beach. I’m extremely happy to report that he loved it! :)

april is not your typical time to go to the beach, but it was my birthday weekend and I felt like doing something different. I’m not a fan of the beach, but for some reason, I was craving the beach, you know? I have always wanted to take Franklin because I had a feeling he would love it, and, well, he did.

we spent our day at Mustang Island State Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had been there before with my family and when I found out they were dog-friendly, we took this trip the next day. thankfully dogs are allowed anywhere as long they’re on a leash.

going to the beach mid-april was probably the best decision we could’ve taken because, thanks to the nice weather, Franklin didn’t get overheated, we didn’t get sunburnt, and there wasn’t a crowd. it was very calm and it was honestly the first time I have absolutely loved going to the beach. I want to go more often now, but I know that once the weather starts to get hotter, the beach won’t be as enjoyable because it won’t include those aspects I liked of this visit. also, am I the only one that feels bad for going to the beach because of the contamination people generate? :\ it’s so sad seeing it. thankfully this beach was clean and its staff caring. they even featured Franklin on their instagram! :)

you don’t know how in love I am with that little guy… I know that because of his health he won’t be with me for a long time, so I’m trying to give him the very best life I can right now to make up for the suffering he endured before; to show him more of the world and new experiences. I know he’s just a dog, and that I probably sound silly talking as if he were a person, but if you’re an animal lover like me, you totally get it.

afterwards, the three of us got hungry and went to a burger joint just around the corner from the beach– the Padre Island Burger Company. BringFido said they were dog-friendly and had good reviews, so our decision wasn’t that tough. the staff was sooo friendly they even let us bring Franklin inside to be able to order. even the bar’s patrons were happy to see him. we ate in one of their picnic tables outside while Franklin observed customers go in and out the restaurant. I didn’t take photos with my camera while we were there, but I have some highlighted on my instastories if you’d like to check them out :)! and yes, their burgers were really good!

^ boyfriend wanted some pictures of his red jeep at the beach. I’m so proud of him. it’s his second car, but this time new and he bought it himself after he graduated and got his big-boy job. seeing your friends succeed, or in this case, partner, is such a good feeling. I’m happy to see him happy.

^ fun fact: got inside the water to get this and another shot above just because I wanted the water to come out. I am so glad my camera did not fall into the ocean! I didn’t have a strap on it or anything. bad owner. ^

I did not use to appreciate the fact that we have the beach 3 hours away until a friend who moved to our city thought it was amazing to have the gulf of mexico so close. it’s one of those facts you know but don’t realize. because she’s right, not everyone has a beach nearby and can take a sunday trip to it like we did. not to mention the road is also nice since you’re going through many cute rural towns. now every time I talk about where I live I throw in that little fact with pride.

I loved this day. we only did those two things and it was truly perfect like that. and seeing how excited Franklin was running into the water and rubbing his body in the sand was priceless.

Do you live nearby a beach? Have you ever taken your dog to the beach? Know of any places we must visit with Franklin around Texas? Let me know :) & thank you so much for stopping by. you can follow my blog via wordpress or by email or follow me on instagram @dianaagabrieela :)

– diana

p.s: in case you’re curious, this is the camera and the lens I used. Franklin’s yellow bow tie is from my own Etsy shop.

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nyc.

hello! today i wanted to share with you photos from my nyc trip. i spent almost two weeks in this amazing city that truly never sleeps. the first days i was with my sister, and after that i was by myself. after that i flew to london and scotland (post on those coming soon!).

i hope you enjoy what i’m about to show you, since i very much enjoyed this visit to the big apple.

DAY 1

midtown

 

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our first day we walked around midtown (where we were staying). because of my not-so-good packing skills, we missed our early flight, thus delaying our arrival. but i was so nervous cuz i didn’t know what to pack for a whole month in london too! nyc greeted us with a cold and rainy day. it was beautiful.

 

DAY 2

the rockefeller building.

top of the rock.

my sister ^

top of the rock had to be my favorite observatory in nyc. i had never been, but i am so glad my sister suggested it. you get views no other skyscraper can beat! and also, to say you were actually inside that iconic building– so surreal!

Continue reading “nyc.”

mexico city – may 2017

hello, since a long time ago! i know its august and this post says may, but i have some photos from trips i’ve been wanting to share with you here.

after the spring semester ended, the boyfriend and i got on a plane and spent the weekend in mexico city for the graduation of our friend macarena. we love that city so much, so when she mentioned her graduation and invited us, it was the perfect excuse for a getaway too. david worked, so we couldn’t stay for many days, unfortunately, but our time there was just perfect either way.

we rented an airbnb (for the first time!) downtown and lovedddd it.

  

we stumbled upon this food festival where almost every country went to present their traditional dishes. it was amazing! unfortunately, we had just eaten so we didn’t try much even if we wanted to try everything! i tried little things like samosas, baklava, and natural drinks. david tried the beers.

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we also went to the soumaya museum. it was founded by the richest man in mexico and top billionaire of the world for his late wife, and it is free and open to the public, displaying their art collection.

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the graduations in mexico are very different to those in the states. it’s like prom, but with your family and alcohol.

if you’re reading this, macarena, congratulations again on this badass achievement. <3

 

i had more photos on my camera, but i lost the memory card :( why do they have to be so tiny and me so forgetful!

this was a perfect weekend. if you ever get the chance, please please please visit mexico city. it is amazing and beautiful. i have way more posts on this city here in my blog if you’d like to explore.

i hope you enjoyed this little post highlighting our weekend. :) i also went to nyc, london, and scotland, so if you’d like to see those, stay tuned! :D

p.s: if you’d like to check out airbnb, here is a coupon from me to you :)!

 

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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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.