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!

grand central station

shake shack

for me, a lot of things don’t live up to their hype, but shake shack, my lord, you were delicious and surpassed it.

DAY 3

the smith

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ellen’s stardust diner

like i said before, my sister and i were alone exploring, but our mother, younger sister, and their friends had gone as an 8th grade graduation trip, so they were also there. we met with them at ellen’s, a 50s themed restaurant where the waiters sing. normally i would find a place like that annoying, but it was actually all right. i even sang along!

 

DAY 4

bubby’s – tribeca

this place had the best pancakes i’ve ever tried, ever. i was really, really sad i didn’t go a second time. they’re very pricy, but very worth it. i ordered the blueberry ones. besides the place looking extremely cozy and cute, we sat behind two celebrities. one of them being kendall jenner. my sister was dying, but i was too focused on the pancakes. priorities, am i right! haha

i need to remember to take photos of myself. my sister surprised me with this one.

911 museum

this was such a sad museum to visit. i saw several people crying. but don’t get me wrong, it was a very good museum. as you walk it tells the story of what happened that day, in a respectful way to those who passed.

one world observatory

this is the view from the new world trace center. i’m so honored i got the chance to experience it because of all the work that went into it (although anyone can get in with a ticket, really), but…can i keep it real? i didn’t love it. i think the price was not worth it. there were a lot of tourists flighting for the best window to get a picture from; the glass was full of finger and forehead prints; the views, in my opinion, are not as breath-taking as the other two observatories we visited. i think it took us longer to get in, than the time we were there.

i’m still very happy about the photos i got though, and i’m thankful that i even get to have adventures like this!

brooklyn bridge

when we visited, the bridge had just turned 134 years old, so obviously we had to go congratulate it and, for the first time, cross it.

do not be fooled by our smiling faces though! the hot sun made it a little tough to cross. at the moment i kinda wish i knew how to ride a bike… but if new yorkers walk everywhere, then so will we! (except for the times we got uber, oops.)

dumbo

we found this pretty park after eating at juliana’s pizza. it was so so nice after a very long day of just walking to sit down and see families having picnics, people reading, and even a wedding!

jane’s carousel

the manhattan bridge

i am so happy i got this shot, because for a long time i was jealous of people being able to photograph such iconic beauty. dreams do come true!

DAY 5

american museum of natural history

a classic. one tip i have for you, go to the museum, spend all day there, once you get out, go eat at the shake shack behind it! and if there’s no space to sit, take it to central park!

the dakota

such a legendary place..

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strawberry fields

upper west side

new york sunsets are the best sunsets.

 

DAY 6

wicked

i really don’t enjoy musicals, but my sister said we couldn’t leave nyc without going to a play, so we went to see wicked. i actually really liked it. the actresses did an amazing job!

capizzi’s

i’m pretty sure the waiters hated us for being such a big group. sorry.. we met up with everyone once more for a last dinner. and yeah, that pizza was delicious!

empire state builiding


when we arrived at nyc, we purchased tickets for the things we wanted to see. one of those was the empire state building’s observatory. the night before my sister left, we remembered we still hadn’t used our tickets, so we decided to go. it was 11pm, but thankfully it is open until 2am! it was so nice to see the city at night. and the staff was so kind. we also forgot we had purchased vip until we redeemed our tickets. made us feel like a queen. p.s: don’t wear a dress on a windy day up there.

DAY 7

new york public library

upper west side

i was initially staying in midtown east with my sister, but once she left i moved to a cheaper hotel on the upper west side.

DAY 8

chelsea market

los tacos no. 1

i wish i could show you a photo of my tacos, but they were so good i devoured them before i remembered to do so. oops. take it from a mexican, these are authentic tacos. the owner is super nice and attentive. he even gave me a free quesadilla <3 but everything else in the chelsea market looked amazing. i could spend a whole day there.

artists & fleas

handmade items and vintage collections from local artists on one end of the market. my favorite things.

the highline.

originally train tracks, this long raised park ended up being the cherry on top of a good day in the west side for me. these are probably some of my favorite photos of the whole trip. i really loved chelsea and the meat packing district + it started to rain, so i loved it even more.

DAY 9

washington square park

the village is so youthful and artistic to take a stroll through. i am so mad at myself because i did not take a lot of photos of amazing stuff i saw, like local shops and even a dog day care. but i have my memories and little anecdotes, and that makes me happy to have.

DAY 10

central park

before leaving nyc for london, i decided to spend my last day in the calmest manmade place the city as to offer: central park. i literally spent my whole day there and did not get bored, because there is so much to see and admire. and i may or may not have spent hours just staring at the turtles in turtle pond. 

i hope you enjoyed my little nyc adventures and the photos i took to accompany this post. i was sooo lucky to have been able to experience everything i saw. i really really spoiled myself and went anywhere i wanted with my sister. i cannot wait to go again!

thanks for stopping by! <3

–diana

 


P.S:

my tips for you, if you do go to nyc:

·  check out love taza’s nyc guides. i did a ton of things she suggested and my experience was amazing.

·  google maps is your best friend!

·  pay attention to the streets. they’re not that hard to decipher, but they’re easy to get lost in.

·  go in smaller groups. you’ll be able to get tables faster. or, make reservations beforehand! i did that with almost every place i went to just because i’m inpatient.

·  don’t be afraid to take the subway! there’s mta apps and websites you can check to know which route to take in realtime. i used this website since my phone wasn’t letting me download the app.

·  try the least to look like tourist! walk with confidence, like you know exactly where you’re going even if you’re lost! see how others do it and imitate. also, walk everywhere.

·  don’t make a strict schedule – that’s boring, and you won’t see nyc like a true new yorker! just have an idea of places you can/want to go. before arriving, i made a google drive doc i shared with my sister that had places we could go depending what area we were in or decided to visit. it included attractions and restaurants with address and business hours. it was very helpful during the planning process, and when we didn’t know what to do next in this great big city, we could just pull up the document and decide.

·  getting lost is not a bad thing! don’t worry. learn to keep your cool and look at your phone for directions.

·  take many, many photos. sometimes i was shy to pull out my camera or phone and snap a photo, but i look back at that now as silly. just do it. you’ll regret not taking it.

have fun & be safe! <3

primero de septiembre

this september started so well. I know we are in the third day, but so far it has been fun. on the first day, I went to my botany class laboratory in the morning and looked at slides under the microscope – which I love to do. it is probably one of my favorite things to do in school. you get a hands on learning experience and get to see things in a different light. truly magnificent.

at night, david & I got ready and headed to an art gallery downtown that was displaying local photographers’ work. and it featured a photo I took when i went to india back in january. since the airline had lost my luggage, i was forced to take photos with my iphone (and wear the same outfit many many times). I was disappointed that I went to a place I always dreamt of going and not have my camera with me to capture such vibrant colors and amazing people. but, after seeing this photo displayed like that, it made me proud to still get good shots with what I had in hand. and it also made me proud that i survived in another continent with not many things at hand!

here are some photos of our day, which turned out to be pretty random yet perfect.

THE GALLERY

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as beautiful as the gallery was, we honestly felt a little bit out place. it was our first time ever going to an event there (so that itself was a little nerve-wracking), and it was full of fancy people and hipsters of all kinds. not that that is a bad thing, cuz they were all so nice, but it is just weird to be in among a different crowd, y’know? being the new kid in school, the outsider kinda feeling.

THE CONCERT

we only stayed for a bit and then left. we couldn’t decide what to do, but there was a concert in town of a man whose music I LOVE: leon larregui! so we called my friend didi who lived nearby, asked her “what are you doing? do you want to go to a concert right now?” she said yes (without even knowing who’s concert it was) and joined us. friends who agree to going anywhere with you in heartbeat are priceless.

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I still can’t believe I got to see the man who created the music I listen to almost daily. he’s amazing, I swear.

THE FANCY DINNER

then..we got a little hungry and since it was late we just decided to go cheap and eat mcdonald’s. (i know, we’re always eating there! oops!) i made didi pose (more like randomly screaming, “Don’t move!”) for a few shots. I just enjoy photographing other people so much, especially in a candid manner if possible.

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hurray for cameras with wifi that let you take photos with your phone!

THE BEDS WE SLEEP IN

then we went to didi’s apartment, played with her dogs molly & zelda, and slept over.

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THE NEXT DAY

the next day, we went to the gallery again because they were selling local artisanal crafts. this time it was more welcoming and friendly. I bought handmade soap and a crotched donut!! then, we bought wings, went to didi’s place, ate while watching bob’s burgers, and slept over once more.

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two very good days for the beginning of this month.

PHOTOS TAKEN WITH MY CANON EOS 6D, WITH A 50MM F/1.8 LENS. AND WITH MY IPHONE 6S.

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.

the day his jeep went topless

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david finally did something he has been wanting to do since he got his jeep six years ago– take the top off! he said it was really hard to do, especially since it is a really heavy piece.

i’m so happy he did it though! i was scared to drive in it, but it feels so awesome. your hair goes all over the place, but who cares. it’s part of the fun! i can just picture us in the beach with this beauty or on a road trip.

thankfully it was cloudy, so we didn’t have the sun hitting our faces and burning our skin. this texas heat does not forgive.

anyway friends, how has your summer been so far? any interesting little adventures?

 

p.s: i’ve never been much into filters, but i’m kind of getting into them lately. they made these photos interesting. what do you think? maybe i’ll use them a little bit more. maybe.

have a good one!

–diana

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.

what’s the best thing to do after taking a chemistry and a statistics final?

get yourself a burger!

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from a local burger place..IMG_8586

with the one you love.

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then go to a store…

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buy legos and build them in this car.
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take your grandma to the bakery…

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so she can socialize and get her fix of pan dulce.

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take your dogs out!

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they’ll really appreciate it.

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build your sister’s hedgehog a cage…

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to celebrate her birthday and his adoption anniversary.
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then the next day go on a mini road trip with someone special.

or, well, this is what i did after my chemistry and statistic final this past friday.

everything was just perfect.

how’s your day? :)

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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wagah border:

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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.

DIRTY DOG BAR

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

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

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

COME HUNGRY AND UNHINGE YOUR JAW

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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

Oh rainy day, Oh happy day

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well, happy day for some. it was a little overwhelming getting to school today with this rain. I don’t know how my little car got through it all but it did. Good boy.

I wasn’t excited for this friday – or lately any friday, since fridays now I mean I have to spend three hours dissecting a stinky cat for my anatomy class. but waking up to pouring rain and witnessing my sisters attempting to get into my dad’s car without getting wet on their way to school changed my perspective for today. even if mom and I almost got stuck in a river and even if I got late to class, today is a good day. so friends, happy friday!

good, happy things that happened this week:

  • I’m an aunt!
  • I developed three roles of film.
  • I cut David’s hair.
  • My boyfriend, my sister, and I gave Alexander the hedgehog, Max the pug, and Napo and Linda the guinea pigs baths.
  • I saw my friend’s baby bump in her baby shower and ate tacos.
  • I submitted an application to study abroad during the winter and I got accepted!
  • My blog turned one year old and I gave it a new look.
  • I discovered new blogs and that makes me happy.
  • This is my 80th blog post.

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once again, happy friday friends!

have a good one :)

diana

september photo challenge: final week

hello friends! october is here!! so happy! that means orange leaves, cinnamon scents, my mother’s birthday, halloween, and windy days to come! well, in our town it is still pretty hot. like, if-you’re-outside-you-sweat hot. (I cannot wait for 70º weather to come!) but still, I am happy it is october and that my favorite season is here :)

this is my last photo challenge. I hope you enjoyed them because I did enjoy making them. I might even try it some other month. here is the last week of september in pictures. enjoy!

DAY 26 – SOMETHING NEW
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I met a chinchilla named Mango!
DAY 27 – SOMETHING OLD
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..and very alive: rock and roll.
DAY 28 – BREAKFAST
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whataburger.
DAY 29 – BLACK & WHITE
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pictures mom sends me while I’m in school missing Max.
DAY 30 – SELF PORTRAIT
ok, so I forgot to take a selfie for this day, but here is the most recent one I had. David and I on 6th Street, Austin, Texas :)
ok, so I forgot to take a selfie for this day, but here is the most recent one I had. David and I on 6th Street, Austin, Texas a day before his gig :)

if you liked this post you can see my complete september photo challenge here :)

happy sunday!!

diana

september photo challenge: week three

DAY 11 – CELEBRATION
boyfriend's 22nd
he turned twenty-two <3
DAY 12 – AN ADVENTURE
photo from almost a year ago when we went to the rooftop of a building and enjoyed the view even if it was cold
photo I found from almost a year ago when we went to the rooftop of a building downtown after our first visit to the farmer’s market. I love it.
DAY 13 – CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT
a camera.
..a camera.
DAY 14 – EYES
one makeupless eye
one tired eye.
DAY 15 – CHANGES TO COME
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I don’t know but I have a good feeling for next year when I turn 22.. I hope good things come.

photo challenge I’m (sort of) following here.

photos from my phone and david’s phone. (except the last one. owner’s link on picture.)

happy friday friends! :) – diana

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:

Snapchat--1855224807473265756 Our airplane had this really cool feature where the front of the airplane had a camera so we could see what was happening on the little screens in front of us. Seeing the landing was awesome.

View from our hotel window
View from our hotel window

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!

oh, my dear little blog..

I hate that I can’t sit down peacefully and write you my adventures as I would like. ugh. school.
anyway, here are some updates on my life because I know you really wanna know and because I feel the need to write, even if it’s very little.

so..

I got a job as a lab manager for a research in my uni (!!)

my birthday is monday the 13th.

napoleon’s birthday is saturday the 18th.

 I discovered my piggies are big watermelon fans.

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I just ate a hash brown and a croissant. (beautiful breakfast).

I love bob’s burgers.

chunky black shoes <3.

I was in a play.

I have been taking pictures with two disposable cameras, which I’m really excited to develop, and I made a camera that belonged to my grandfather work. circa 1950.

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I added way more legos to my collection.

saw old friends.

max fell into the toilet the other day, haha! but he’s alright!

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once I’m a little free I’ll upload part II of our yucatan trip. (really late, i know, sorry, but the wait will be worth it! :D)

thanks for stopping by! have a nice day!

– diana