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

st. patrick’s

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

moma

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..

central park

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

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.

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.

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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a happy list, by macarena

hello everybody!

today my friend Macarena, who I met in high school and is living in one of my favorite cities, is going to share with us 10 things that make her happy. she’s so quirky and unique. it’s always refreshing to meet someone so different from your typical person. believe me, when Maca is around there’s never a dull moment. ever! i like that she can be silly, but at the same time serious and caring about issues that matter. by the way, she makes movies! how cool is that?!

say hello to Macarena and enjoy her happy list! :)

10 things that make macarena happy:

1.     Singing Fish

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2.     Vaporwave and A E S T H E T I C 

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3.     Making movies

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4.     Sleepover chats with friends

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5.     Travelling with friends

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6.     One Piece (and anime in general)

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7.     Filthy Frank

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8.     Spending the day with my boyfriend

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9.     Road trips! 

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10.  Singing by myself

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Thank you so much for your list Maca! And thanks for stopping by friends :)!

If you would like to share a happy list – just for fun or to cheer yourself and others up– shoot me an email and i’ll share them here.

Have a very nice day! :)

Photos from around the web, sent by Maca.

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

corpus in may 5corpus in may 6corpus in may 4

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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the good and bad of life lately..

how are you!? I’ve missed you, my wordpress friends! feels so good to be writing to you again. (i mean, my last post was less than 20 days ago, but it feels longer!)

as the title suggests, i have a couple of good and bad news to share with you..

the good:

  • david and I went to mexico city for the weekend of spring break.
  • it was so neat to be in a city i really enjoy with someone i really love.
  • we went to museums and the pyramids.

the bad:

  • while we were over there, i got a call from my mother saying Linda, my beloved 3 year old guinea pig, had passed away.
  • we don’t know what happened or why she died. it was a shock for all us. my mother especially, since she’s the one who found her.
  • i think that since david and i were in a big city with his family, we weren’t able to cry or digest her death properly. we had to hide our emotions in front of everyone and keep going.
  • when we got back home, we buried her next to her brother, napoleón, who also left us this past october.

positivity:

  • if linda was sick or if she suffered, anything, she is free of it and she is now with her brother, and they are both happily eating cilantro in piggy heaven. –– at least that’s what i tell myself.
  • I planted flowers around their little tombs and they’re already raising from the ground. other plants i also have are blooming too. –– makes me happy
  • i still have one more piggy with me, and since he’s a baby he needs a lot of attention and activities. –– so i also have to keep going cuz of him.
  • life is still good. god is great. everything happens for a reason. my guinea pigs and i have people who love us and we love them. ♥

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we will miss you terribly linda.

anyway friends, i guess i just wanted to write this to have a little post in honor of Linda, since this is a space i truly love. more lifestyle, diy, travel posts coming your way pretty soon. sorry this is a little bit of a sad post, i just needed to write about this since a lot of people don’t understand how losing a  four-legged loved one is also a horrible feeling.

are you well? i hope so.

love you guys.

thanks for sticking around.

–diana

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

hello friends

I feel distant from my blog. I haven’t posted anything since over a month ago. I promised myself I wasn’t gonna let that happen but it did. Maybe my New Years resolution (since I didn’t have any) can be to post often. I enjoy doing so and enjoy reading your blogs, and I hope you enjoy reading my content as well.

Little updates in my life: 

I just came back from my trip to India!

I started a new semester in school. 

Hmm.. I think that’s it. Apparently my life is not as interesting as I thought, haha. That’s alright. :)

Anyway, how are you doing friends?! How is this new year treating ya so far?

I will be posting photos, stories, and tips from my trip in case you guys are interested :)

For now, here is my outfit for today. Kind of silly but I feel so comfortable in this windy day. 

  

Have an amazing day friends. Happy Friday!

–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!

mom took my canon to mexico city.

and these are the pictures she came back with:
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i have to give her props, taking pictures with a film camera is a little challenging at times. some are blurry, but i like em though. reminds me of how those old mexican movies looked. and it reminds me of my abuelo cuz he would always be watching them every time i would visit him. good memories. and good pictures, mother.

p.s: i got this little canon point-and-shoot, 35mm camera because i wanted something small to capture moments with. this is the first film i develop from it. i love it already.

 

camera: canon sure shot telemax // film: fujifilm superia x-tra 400ISO

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.

Drawing Astrid:

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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:

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!

excitement!

I just developed a bunch of film  (7 rolls to be exact) dating back to May. I want to share some of my favorite pictures with you because, I don’t know, I really like them and this is my little corner of the world and having pictures makes me happy. and i hope it makes you happy as well :)

oh! also, we went on vacation and I have a few pictures to share from our trip there, too :)

milkmaid braids

Braids are usually all the rage during the summer time, or honestly anytime. I can only do certain types of braids on myself, other types of braids on other people, and some I just cannot master because either I confuse which piece of hair goes next or my arms tell me I should work out because they are not strong enough and get tired and shake and it’s becomes a mess just to keep my hair up..

But today I did it! I wore milkmaid braids!

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Not that I hadn’t mastered how to do this look before – because quite honestly it’s not hard and I had – but I finally wore it out in public. And yes, I did get stares because it’s not common and it might look a little dorky from an angle, but I really don’t care, I loved how they looked. It made me feel like I was a lady in those old paintings. <3

We were out of town and waiting in line and it was hot that I just decided to braid my hair and it transformed into that. BEST DECISION EVER! If you know how to do a basic braid, have bobbie pins around, and want to look like your hairdo took longer to make than it did, DO THIS! I did this with second-day hair. No shame! And with no mirror, other than the reflection my mother’s glasses gave. So see, you can do it too.

It’s easy. I got the idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Love Taza, who constantly rocks these! Here is a tutorial she made on how to do them.

Basically you make two braids, one on each side of your head, tie the ends with a hair tie, cross them on top of your head to the opposite side, and pin them down. That’s it.

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TA-DA! Easy. I wore my bangs during the day but later at night I pushed them back between my braids to have my forehead free.

Style it however you want and wear whatever you wish. If you like something, rock it!

If you try it, let me know!

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 :)