Jamaica ♡

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Long time no post 🙂 I know I am a bit late but I wanted to share with you guys a couple photos from my trip to Jamaica. I had the blessing of going on a family vacation for Christmas. We stayed in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 

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The water was so beautiful and warm!

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The first night I tried Ackee and Codfish (sorry for the blurry photo). This is a traditional Jamaican dish. Ackee is actually a type of fruit but has the consistency of scrambled eggs. It was very interesting!

 

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We went to Seven Mile Beach which is located in Negril, Jamaica! We fell in love with this place. If you are looking to visit Jamaica I suggest going to Negril. The beach there was absolutely beautiful.

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We spent the day at Seven Mile beach and when this man arrived people were swarming around him. He was selling Jamaican patties.

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Let me tell youuu. They were delicious. We tried four different patties beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian. The shrimp patty was my favorite.

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Later that day we visited a beautiful underwater cave that used to be a club.

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One of my favorite parts was having breakfast with my family with this wonderful view.

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Spending all day by the water with family.

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♡♡♡♡♡

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We had the privilege of visiting the Bob Marley Museum (there are two in Jamaica, One in Kingston and one in Nine Mile). We went to the one in Nine Mile which is where Bob Marley was born and where his tomb lays today.

The museum was a bit far from everything but it was worth going to.

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I don’t want to include too many photos from the museum because I don’t want to give too much of it away (even though I did share a few photos on my Instagram). It was such an inspiring place to go to! This was the view from his house.

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Later that day we went to Dunn’s River Falls and it was very interesting! We climbed through the falls which seemed like a very dangerous experience haha. My brother definitely enjoyed it!

 

Jamaica was such a wonderful place! The people there were so kind and friendly. It is a bit expensive to go around. We did hire a private driver, his name was Jarrett and he gave us great deals. If you would like his information please let me know 🙂

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I had such a blast listening to reggae music everyday and hearing such kind people saying “no problem” every five seconds. It was my kind of place. I loved it so much.

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Thankful that I got to spend some quality time with family in such a beautiful place like Jamaica. Can’t wait to go again sometime soon ♡

 

With love,

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Europe Trip ♡

My parents decided it would be a great idea to go on a two week Euro trip with both my grandmas to Italy, Prague, Vienna and Germany. We had such an amazing time. This trip is definitely one I will remember forever. Seeing my grandmas communicating and traveling together with us was one of the best experiences. My grandma Nonna is Italian and my grandma Obaachan is Japanese. Somehow my grandmas get along and communicate with each other so well. I wish this was all filmed so you guys could see how funny and amazing the way they communicate is.  Here are a few photos from the trip. ♡

Reggio Calabria, Italy ♡

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My Nonna lives in Reggio Calabria, Italy so we began our trip from there. On our first day we went to my favorite beach in the world, which I have blogged about before called Baia Di Riaci, which is located in Taormina, Italy (an hour away from Reggio Calabria).

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Look how blue and clear! I have had the best memories here.

 

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My kawaii Obaachan and her stylish swimsuit hehe

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Bathing suit is from American Eagle 🙂

67948949_402008007386113_3057879129769639936_n.jpgMy brother and I ♡

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69104065_492761458220864_5428828925453139968_n.jpgHere is a photo of the center of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

68399147_511642772937185_3461211141940707328_nWe had aperitivo in the Center. So yummy….

69006977_2484619918491287_6613442736039133184_nIf you ever go to Italy you have to try the latte di mandorla (almond milk) it is sweet and delicious. It tastes differently from the almond milk here in the States.  One of my all time favorites and I always get it when I am in Italy.

68559668_361575181430870_3126064016221274112_n.jpgWe went out to eat pizza. Guys this was the one of the best pizzas i’ve ever had in my life!!! Mozzarella con latte di Bufala, Caciocavallo Silano DOP, smoked Scamorza and Gorgonzola.

68866985_379255723007072_5661901617897668608_n (1).jpgWe spent a day with family at my uncle’s beach house. My grandma cooked so much for us. I forgot to take a photo 😥 she made parmigiana, lamb, salad, cheese and pasta.

 

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Nonna and obaachan were holding hands everywhere they went and looked after each other.

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Vienna, Austria ♡

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This is a photo of my grandma and I at our airbnb in Vienna. Vienna is such a quiet and clean city.

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With beautiful architecture!

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We went to a lovely traditional Austrian restaurant called Plachutta and had so much food.

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We had Tafelspitz (which is boiled meat in broth with vegetables) and wienerschnitzel which are both traditional Viennese dishes.

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Here is a photo of the broth with vegetables. It had so much flavor!

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We later went to see an Opera/Ballet, since Vienna was home to many famous composers like Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Mozart and many more. We thought it would be appropriate to go see a show.

 

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We then took a train to Prague 🙂

 

Prague, Czech Republic ♡

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I fell in love with Prague, from the food to the architecture to the people.

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Just so beautiful everywhere you look!

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We tried the famous Trdelník (which literally means turtle neck) which was rolled dough with cinnamon, sugar and filled with ice cream! It was so good. They had so many different types with pistachio, nutella, fruits, chocolate and more.

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Here is a selfie 😀

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Both grandmas together ♡ they are so cute.

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My dad and my Nonna ♡♡♡

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We went to this amazing restaurant called Mlejnice which amazing traditional food with such flavor!!

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We had different types of meats, beer and goulash (which was my absolute favorite). I will be craving goulash every single day haha.

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Prague you were sooo beautiful and your food was so yummy.

Dusseldorf, Germany ♡

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Lastly, we went to Dusseldorf, Germany. I have cousins and my aunt and uncle live here. I really enjoyed going back to Germany and seeing family.

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The famous and delicious curry wurst.

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Passed by this beautiful church

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Nonna and obaachan pretending to sleep haha.

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A photo of my beautiful mamma and I.

 

If you read this all the way through, thank you!! This is my favorite post i’ve made so far because it means so much to me and it is filled memories I will remember for the rest of my life. We laughed so much until we cried and I learned so much more about my family. I feel so blessed and thankful that my family are from two complete different cultures and that I am able to travel, learn and grow from and with them.

 

Thank you for reading ♡

With so much love,

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4th of July Weekend ♡

We went to Austin for the 4th of July weekend to celebrate my brother’s birthday 😀 Here are a few photos and activities from our trip.

 

Lady Bird Lake ♡

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66209572_730715860693173_633016611074211840_n The great thing about Austin is that there are so many outdoor activities. Kayaking at Lady Bird Lake is one of our favorite outdoor activities to do in Austin. When you go to Austin this is a must 😀

 

Sway ♡

66127392_457963448321822_7307330376706293760_nWe went to a Thai Restaraunt called Sway to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I didn’t get to take too many photos of the food (I know, I’m sorry.. I was just enjoying my time with my family so much) but if you are ever in Austin and want to eat some good Thai we recommend Sway.

Sculpture Falls ♡

66178518_2364119363912585_2064430186065035264_nOn 4th of July we went to Sculpture Falls! It was so beautiful!! Look how pretty and clear the water is. To get to Sculpture Falls you have to hike. The hike is around 1.5 miles.

We made our lunches, brought fruits and water to stay hydrated.

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65971930_366387334023514_5419394179383951360_nMe and Feli ♡ Look how pretty the falls are!

66599955_2069020656541755_3581151402216390656_nHere is a photo of my brother and dad. It was so great to spend time with my family. ♡

66526526_674692866306493_2106504171027955712_nMy cute Mamma ♡

66275837_379860659551447_6458135271211794432_nI really felt so blessed to spend this beautiful time with my family here.

Homemade Burgers ♡

66143265_2151599461807324_7326976897147994112_nAfter Sculpture Falls Felipe made us his special burgers!  He has a special recipe that includes guacamole, sweet potato, turkey bacon and vegan cream cheese. It’s so good guys.  Let me know if you would like me to share the recipe 😛

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We had such a lovely time ♡ Love my Mamma

66454335_603170256871963_2176773791655395328_nWe later went to go see the fireworks in Downtown Austin. Look at the lovely view we had!

66291167_479546402804957_1530728053691383808_n.jpgHope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July with your loved ones. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with my family. I am feeling very blessed.

Austin is a favorite place of mine and I know one blog post isn’t enough to share my appreciation. Next time I go, I’ll share more of my favorite places in Austin with you. Okay? ♡

 ♡Thank you for always reading ♡

With so much love,

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LA Trip ♡

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I decided to go to LA for a couple days to get away from New York and also visit a very close friend of mine. Here are a few photos of my trip/places I recommend for you to go ♡ For all you foodies, this one is here for you. I went a bit wild with the food this time. hehe

 

Melrose Trading Post ♡

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Meet one of my closest friends Victoria ♡ She is currently living in LA and I am so happy I got to visit her and have her show me around. Thank you for everything Vic, love u.

The Melrose Trading Post is like the LA version of the Brooklyn Flea Market (but better).

I bought the shades I am wearing in the photo at The Melrose Trading Post. Aren’t they so cute? 🙂

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They had the cutest little stands/tents. Look at this cute little van too ♡ I enjoy going to flea markets and I think The Melrose Trading Post is one of my favorite flea markets I have been too.

 

Gracias Madre ♡

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Vic took me to the cutest Organic/Vegan Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre. Which is the sister restaurant of Cafe Gratitude (which I didn’t get the chance to go to this time).

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I had a yummy Michelada 😛

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Gracias Madre serves farm fresh, locally sourced, organic and vegan food. If you have the chance to go, you gotta go 🙂

Malibu♡

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I have never had the chance to visit Malibu!! So happy I got to visit this time. It was such a peaceful, quiet place.

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Happy I got to spend time by the beach ♡

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For those of you who saw my instagram story saw that I was looking for the Grace & Frankie house there. I was never able to find it 😦 but apparently the house is located in Malibu. If you are able to go and find it, let me know! 🙂

Little Tokyo♡

Little Tokyo is such a fun place to go to for yummy Japanese food and also for Japanese snacks, face masks and more 😀

Here are two restaurants we went to, I recommend both. 😀

Chinchikurin (Okonomiyaki/Takoyaki)

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Marugame Monzo (Udon)

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I decided to be a little adventurous and I tried the udon carbonaro (a combination of Japanese and Italian food). I guess if I were a food i’d be udon carbonara….? lol I wouldn’t mind 😛 It was sooo good. I know it sounds weird but it was sooo creamy and full of flavor.

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For the other half of my trip I stayed with my friends Aaron and Eilidh and they were kind enough to show us around and drive us around. Unfortunately, we only took this photo of us together. Thank you for everything Aaron and Eilidh!!

Runyon Canyon♡

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I have always wanted to go to Runyon Canyon. Yes, this is the very famous hiking spot where you can spot lots of celebrities. (No we didn’t see any this time lol).

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Runyon is such a beautiful place to go to get a little exercise in. LA is great because you are still in a city but can be immersed in nature in just a few minutes.

Also, if you are looking for a place to get a good view of LA…Runyon is the place 🙂

 

My Little Dumpling ♡

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Vic took me to the cutest Dim Sum Restaurant. The photos speak for itself.

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This is the perfect place to go for an intimate dinner with drinks and plates to share with friends.

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We later had gelato at Gelateria Uli, it is walking distance from My Little Dumpling. So if you are looking for a good gelateria with unique flavors this is the place to go. I had the thai iced tea and lavender.

I met with so many other friends that I didn’t get to take any photos with or of 😦

During this trip I felt really loved and made so many great memories.

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Thankful for life, my friends, for Peri Chan, for being able to travel, to make new experiences and also for you. Thank you for reading this blog post all the way through.♡

 What places do you recommend I go the next time I am in LA?

Let me know 🙂

With lots and lots and lots of love,

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Tulum, Mexico ♡

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Hello ♡ Happy New Year! During the holidays my parents and I decided to go to Tulum for a few days. I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

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Tulum is a city where you bike everywhere! We biked everyday to get to the beach for the first few days.

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I had an amazing smoothie bowl from a restaurant called Sugar Free

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We spent every day at the beach. (Bathing suit from h&m, I couldn’t find the link:( )

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We biked and bought a few pounds of rambutan 😛

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I found the most beautiful furniture store

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Bacalar ♡

 

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My family and I went to this town called Bacalar which is three hours away from Tulum by bus. Bacalar is a lagoon connected to the ocean, this water isn’t salt water! Doesn’t it look like the ocean?

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My beautiful mommy 🙂

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After we swam, we walked around the town. This town had such a calm presence to it, we felt so relaxed here.

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Mexico, I can’t wait to go back and see you again. Hopefully my next destination will be Mexico City? 🙂

Hasta luego Mexico,

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4th of July ♡

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Spent my last 4th of July in Boston with friends at Carson Beach in Boston. I just wanted to share a few photos from my day on my blog.

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We spent the day with lots of yummy fruits, coconut water and chips.

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Here with my friend Allie!

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and with my peri chan 🙂

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I went with a few other friends but they were too shy to take photos haha.

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We later biked home 🙂

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and went to The Charles River and watched the fireworks! They were so beautiful.

 

I will miss you Boston, sad to be leaving you so soon.

 

With so much love,

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Brooklyn Flea Market ♡

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Over the weekend I had the chance to go to New York and during my time there I was finally able to visit the Brooklyn Flea Market in Dumbo !! woohooo

The flea market was located under the Manhattan Bridge, in such a cute little area.

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The market sold such cute little things, look how adorable these little vintage photos are.

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🙂

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They also sold these cute little succulents and these beautiful rugs.

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I fell in love with a pair of earrings there that I should have purchased but I didn’t (Currently crying about it right now)

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AND I will be coming back for these beautiful photos for my new room once I move to Brooklyn!!! hehe

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We had a wonderful time!!!

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Just being a little adventurous with the sunglass selection.. hehe

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I had a great time Brooklyn Flea Market, I will definitely be going back to do some shopping!! 😉

 

with so much love,

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Mexico ♡

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I had the great opportunity to go to Mexico over Spring Break ♡

Felipe and I visited Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, I wanted to share a few photos from our trip.

 

Playa Del Carmen

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We enjoyed the beach so much!! ahh I miss it.

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mmmm just looking at this mango makes my mouth water.

IMG_E1437IMG_E1313We enjoyed walking around and looking at the beautiful architecture, we ate lots and lots of tortas and tacos and mangos. yum yum yum.

 

We found many cute coffee shops and cafes here were my top two favorites:

Que Huevos-

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Fresco Habito-

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These smoothie bowls were so yummy

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Xpu Há Beach

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I didn’t get to take too many photos of Xpu Há beach, but if you ever have the chance to go to Playa Del Carmen, please go visit Xpu Há.

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Mayan Ruins Tulum

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We went to go visit the Mayan Ruins in Tulum!

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It is crazy to think that human sacrifices were done here! This was my second time here but it is always so much fun going here.

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There were so many cute iguanas

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We had a lovely time!

 

 

Tulum

 

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Felipe & I spontaneously decided to stay in Tulum for a few nights!

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We stayed at a very cute hotel in Tulum called El Posado Del Sol

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I fell in love with Tulum, next time I would love to go back and stay in Tulum for a longer time.

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yummy fruits 🙂

MAMASAN

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We biked to this really cute rooftop bar/restaurant in Tulum called Mamasan. If you ever go to Tulum, I really recommend going to this place. The drinks were so yummy.

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We had such a great time and maybe we biked back a little tipsy haha

 

Cenote Azul

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On our last day we went to a beautiful Cenote, the water was crystal clear!!

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Look at the water it’s so beautiful!!!

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So thankful for my time in Mexico, we enjoyed it so much.

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See you soon Mexicoooo ♡

with so much love,

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Nara, Japan ♡

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As some of you may know, my grandma is from a city called Nara, Japan. During our visit to Japan we spent Christmas and New Years with my obaachan (grandma) in Nara.

I am posting this a year later (I don’t know why it took me a whole year to post this). I am not sure if anyone will see this post but I like looking back at my blog to see what I did and have done. It is a nice travel diary. I should start posting more 🙂

Fun Fact: Nara is the oldest city in Japan.

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Another Fun Fact: Nara is also known for their famous deer park.

The deer are really calm, they bow to you, they let them pet you and you can feed them little snacks that you can purchase there.

It’s always fun to go to the Deer Park also known as Nara koen (koen means park in Japanese). I have been going to this park all my life.

Please see old photos of me at Nara Koen below:

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Me and my ojiichan (grandpa in Japanese) when I was around 1 or 2 years old.

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My outfit was very interesting! haha I am not sure what was going on there

 

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Me freaking out about the deer with my aunt.

 

白骨温泉 (Shirahone Onsen)

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My obaachan (grandma) took us to an onsen town called  Shirahone Onsen which is in the mountains in Japan so there was lots of snow. (Onsen means hot springs in Japanese).

It was such a new experience for me, to be in an onsen outdoor in the middle of the mountains while it was snowing. To have shared this weekend with my family and my grandmother was so wonderful.

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The hotel we stayed at was so beautiful, I took a photo of these lights because I thought they were cool hahaIMG_5265

In hotels in Japan it is common for them to give you this yukata attire.

 

We later visited a town near Shirahone Onsen:

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わかやま (Wakayama)

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We went to a town called Wakayama, in Wakayama there is an umeboshi factory (pickled plum) which is my favorite thing in the world so my family brought us to Wakayama. Where we visited a Japanese temple and the umeboshi factory.

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This is my aunt (we also ate amazing ramen)

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Then we went to the umeboshi factory.IMG_5577IMG_5384

Later we went to eat kaiten zushi (which is sushi with the rotator belt)

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New Years (The Year of the Dog)

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In 2018, it was the year of the Dog ( funny enough the year that I was born was also the year of the dog and my grandfather who passed away was also born during the year of the dog).

In Japan during the first day of the year we go to the Jinja (temple) to pray for good things for the year to come.

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At the very bottom of the temple there was a huge fire place!

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Later that night we made sukiyaki which is an amazing Japanese hot pot dish.

Other Photos in Japan:

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My cousin used to work at an okonomiyaki shop so we went to visit him there.

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He made us these amazing Okonomiyakis.

 

My brother and I went to Universal Studios Osaka, we usually try to go every time we are in Japan. We always have the best time. I didn’t take too many photos but here a few:

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またね日本♡

(See you Japan)

With so much love,

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