Thursday, July 5, 2018

Things I Learned in Japan and Why I Can't Wait to Go Back

Japan is a weird place. Tokyo, specifically. But it's also awesome. Things I learned there:

There are lots of rules. Make reservations in advance (like, months in advance). It's expensive, but still the cheapest of the developed countries AKA not so expensive. There are no trash cans anywhere. Yet, there is no trash. The Japanese carry reusable containers for water and food. SMART. Even if there aren't cars coming, people don't cross the street until the pedestrian light turns green. This is a thing in LA because jaywalking tickets are a thing in LA. In Japan, I think people are just a little more respectful of the law. Tokyo is also the safest city in the world. (Unrelated: Did you see Japanese soccer fans pick up after themselves at the end of World Cup games? That was pretty cool.)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Three Must-Do Things in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is said to be the safest place in Mexico for tourists and a city I'm visiting for the first time. Jungle, mountains, ocean - pick your poison. Or don't; in PV, you can have it all.

On the beach with a Dos Equis, Santana blares through the speakers - a dance version of Black Magic Woman. With an hour to waste before kayaking, I sit with a copy of Patti Smith's Just Kids in my lap, wondering how I got so lucky.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

6 Trips I Want to Take in 2018 (and why you should too)

Hong Kong - pic via Lonely Planet 
In 2016, I made a list of places I wanted to visit that year. I went to three of them: Cartagena, Portland and Seattle. In 2017, I went to one more place on the list (Spain) and have yet to visit three (Nashville, Cuba and Sonoma). Hoping to finally make it to Cuba (because my mom was born there), Sonoma (because I like wine and live in California) and Nashville (because music) in 2018, but there's more.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

There's Lots to Do in Carmel by-the-Sea

Carmel by-the-Sea is beautiful and not just for old people anymore. With wine tasting (plus honey and olive oil tasting), art, live music, mindfulness sessions and brisk hikes/walks to and from the beach (downhill and uphill), there's a lot to explore whether you're 27, 72 or anything in between. Age is just a number in this Central California vacation town that reminded me a bit of coastal Europe with its Gaui-style architecture and cobblestone roads.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hola, Barcelona!

I was told to cancel my Barcelona trip or go somewhere else because of the current political situation, but in all honesty, I felt safe the entire time. There were no protests until my last night and even so, they were peaceful (some singing, banging of pots and pans - like Miami peeps do - and a few lone fireworks). I'll definitely be returning to Barcelona in the very near future. Loved everything about the experience. The city is clean, the food is good, cava is free-flowing. 


Sunday, August 27, 2017

The ATL of My Eye

I've spent almost a month in Atlanta (my brother lives here) and have yet to experience the entire city. There's lots to do within city limits, not to mention the outskirts, and I was thinking of getting on MARTA (public transportation) and exploring a bit without a car, but that never happened. Maybe next time? 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Te amo, Tulum

Here are lots of pics and a little advice for you while this place is fresh in my memory. I've never been more heartbroken to return to "real life." Maybe some day, I will move to Tulum like all the Europeans (Italians, especially) and lead a hippie lifestyle. Fresh fruit cocktails, avocado everything, warm people, cool water - for the rest of my existence. Doesn't sound half bad.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7 Spots to Catch a Stunning Sunset in LA

Oh hey, I'm back! And older than ever. Officially no longer a 20-something-year-old, I've spent the first half of 2017 working more than playing. But I did write this little piece for TravelPulse about my home (Los Angeles, four years now!) and where I go to see the sunset when I have a little time off. Enjoy -- and if you happen to visit any of these spots during Magic Hour, send me pics.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Glamping: Make it Yurt So Good

 Last week, I spent two nights at a yurt somewhere above Santa Barbara thanks to Glamping with Pets. This was no regular camping trip (we already know I'm not a fan of camping), although I would've probably been scared shitless if left up there alone. My yurt stay was magical in all the right ways, from the rolling hills and ocean view in the distance to the soothing sounds of rain, wind (and a newly quenched creek on our last morning) and an unidentifiable animal or two.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

17+ things to do on a weekend in Portland

Spent a quick 48 hours in Portland and will definitely visit again in the spring. It was freakishly cold for PDX at between 28 and 35 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the ground was covered in snow (and ice, which led to me to eat it on the pavement a couple hours into my trip). A lot of eating and drinking was done (possibly too much, and more than usual) and it's important to note that if you're not a drinker, Portland's probably not the city for you.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LA's Secret Stairs are a great place to work off those holiday pounds

If you're at all familiar with LA and its people, you know we're always searching for fun and wacky new ways to get healthy (green juice cleanses, yoga booty ballet, etc.). Climbing "secret stairs" to achieve that peach-emoji shaped bum is another thing Angelenos do. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

12 Ways to Fall in Love with San Jose del Cabo

The less commercial of the two Cabos, San Jose del Cabo is a place where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Pacific Ocean and the desert meets the sea. I spent three nights in this paradise, and could easily spend 30 more. See below for the highlights of my trip, and feel free to use this as a guide if you ever find yourself on a quick trip to the south side of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

11(+) Things To Do in Cartagena

The (almost) perfect city for a destination wedding, Cartagena is affordable, small and easy to navigate on foot. The food's great, there's music on every street corner and the architecture and colors are super Instagrammable -- for those of you who care about IG. The down side: it's hot and humid and mosquito-y 24 hours a day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

15 Things to See and Do on a Gloomy San Francisco Sunday

On my third trip to SF (and on my 3rd year living in LA), I had a very organized itinerary and list of restaurants and bars, thanks mostly to he-who-shall-not-be-named (JK- my ex). It was a fun, albeit exhausting, trip that included a train trip to Levi Stadium for a 49ers game I spent waaaayyyy too much money on. The stadium is beautiful, but a pain in the ass to leave (300% Uber surges, really?) But ya live and ya learn, right? Other than football, the trip was cool, though i would’ve enjoyed an extra day or two filled with re-dos of things I’ve done in the past (Golden Gate Bridge, Sutra Baths, Hog Island Oysters, etc.).


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

29 Things to See and Do on a Rainy Seattle Sunday

Here are 29 things to do in Seattle (any day of the week — whether it’s sunny, rainy or anything in between), because I just celebrated my 29th birthday in the Emerald City, and I’m officially in love.
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