Women of the World

I traveled to India and Singapore last fall. Before I left, I decided to attempt street photography for the first time. I wanted to capture images of how women and girls, halfway around the world, lived their lives. Here are some of those photos.

Boston: Architecture

I’m really loving the architecture here in Boston. I have never seen anything like it in California. The old style buildings are really beautiful and instantly transport you back to an earlier time.

The houses in Beacon Hill

Massachusetts State House

The Charles River with Boston in the background

Boston

I arrived in Boston yesterday. It was a last minute trip, but I’ve been having so much fun in the city! It’s my first time here and it’s pretty cold, but I’ve already done quite a bit of exploring.

Eating at Chutney, an Indian style Chipotle

The Harvard Library

Driving by the Cheers bar

So do you have any recommendations for things to do/places to eat in Boston and Cambridge? I’d love to hear them!

Vacation Blues

I can’t believe that was my life a mere few days ago. Now I’m back home in cloudy, rainy weather. I’ll be looking through my vacation pictures this weekend, as it pours, so that I can look forward to days of wearing dresses, flip flops, and soaking in the sun again. I hope it comes soon!

How was your week? Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Happiness Is..

A breath of fresh air after been cooped up inside for far too long.

And when that air happens to be San Francisco and 70 degrees…well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” – Erich Fromm

What’s been making you happy lately?

City love

I love cities. I do enjoy nature, but at heart I am a total city girl. I love the skyscrapers, the bustling energy, the massive amounts of people, and of course all the amazing things to do/eat. I have to say that San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. I may be a bit partial considering I’m from the Bay Area, but I’ve been to NYC, London, Mumbai..I enjoyed them all, but felt that they were too busy.

I know that you are thinking – aren’t cities supposed to be too busy? Maybe they are. But I love San Francisco for its mix of busyness, yet still maintaining that casual, relaxed vibe about the Bay Area that I love so much.

20120207-160525.jpgPretty pillars.

20120207-160206.jpgCable cars: A San Francisco staple

Adorable foam design on my Blue Bottle Coffee Mocha

20120207-160113.jpgDressed for a dreary day

20120207-160431.jpgCute sidewalk coffee shop in the middle of a bustling street

What is your favorite city? Why do you like it so much?

The Land of Doctors, Sparkly Vampires, and a lot of Coffee

It’s been a crazy week that has ended in a fun way. I arrived in Seattle last night for a family reunion of sorts.

The view from the Space Needle on a gorgeous Seattle day.

The first Starbucks ever!

In the past few years, I’ve been to Seattle numerous times. On my first visit, we did the touristy things like seeing the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and even the first Starbucks ever (so cool!). But on subsequent visits after that, our meetings have consisted of eating, sleeping, talking, and playing games like Celebrity or Charades. It’s always a blast.

The weather is a bit chilly (for a California girl), but it makes it all the more fun to spend time with my niece and newborn nephew. Although I’m secretly hoping it snows as I’ve never really seen snowfall before.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

City by the Bay

The 4 day long weekend was a great one. It was a perfect balance of relaxation and activity. I took naps and finished the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy and am on the second, Catching Fire. One day was spent in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco.

We went to Union Square to catch the tree lighting and then ventured to the Hayes Valley neighborhood where we ate at Patxi’s Chicago Pizza. I love deep dish pizza and was happy to find a place in the Bay Area that comes close to the amazing pizza you get in Chicago.

The next stop was Smitten Ice Cream. This small ice cream shop features only a few flavors a day but they make their ice cream right in front of you. Using only fresh, local ingredients the ice cream is made in 60 seconds with the help of liquid nitrogen-run ice cream maker. The ice cream was full of flavor and creamy.

I had the TCHO chocolate (made in San Francisco) ice cream with cocoa bits.

Also, their cash register is an iPad and if you pay by credit card you have the option to have your receipt texted or emailed to you. Pretty cool! I can’t wait to go back when it’s warmer.

It was so fun to play visitor to a city where I’ve lived my whole life, exploring new neighborhoods and places to eat.

Unplugged

I spent this weekend at Yosemite National Park. While I’m not a complete nature person (2 days is all I can handle max) I do enjoy going to Yosemite mainly because we used to go every summer when I was a child.

It was incredibly peaceful and the views were as breathtaking as always. Since there is no internet or phone connection, you really feel like you are cut off from the real world. It felt good to step away from everything and reconnect with nature.

Here are some pictures:

Yosemite Valley

Mirror Lake

 

Do you consider yourself a nature person? Why or why not?