Utah Blew Me Away

Hey hey there!

I just got back from Utah a few days ago, worked 3 nights in a row, and tonight is my first night off. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been having Utah withdrawals. I was unbelievably amazed at how beautiful the scenery was and I cannot wait to go back and explore some more. If you haven’t been to Utah you must go! I flew to Vegas and then rented a car did my own customized version of the Grand Circle road trip that most people do. I wanted to share with you where I went and where I stayed in case you will be planning your trip soon.

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Road Trip Down South 

So I had a few days off from work so I decided to take a last minute roadtrip to visit my fam in Georgia and make it a trip to see some places I’ve been wanting to go to. My original plan was to visit my fam and then head over to NC to hike, but my plans changed and won’t allow me to hike anymore. That’s okay though cause I’ve been really enjoying the scenery here in the South. Here’s a snapshot of my trip so far:

This is the view from Rock City Gardens in Georgia/Tennessee

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How To Get To Bolivia From Peru

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This post is a little late, but I wanted to write this post for those of you who may be planning a trip to Peru and wanted to stop by Bolivia to see the salt flats. This is actually a very popular route that many travelers do, which is why I felt comfortable enough to do this solo even after hearing about bus raids, strikes, and robberies that can happen. If you research online, it has been known that tourist buses can be stopped en route and luggage stolen, but most websites I saw said this is only common with the overnight buses on the popular tourist bus lines, such as Cruz del Sur. Even after reading about this, I still took the leap because a friend of mine has done it before and said she had no problem at all. Hope I didn’t scare you away! Read More

My Trip to California 

California has been so amazing these last few days, as it always is. It’s always such a great feeling to be back home with all my loved ones and to try out and explore some new spots and of course some oldies, but goodies. Everyone always asks me when I’m here if I’m planning to move back, but even though California will always be my home, I know living in another country is definitely in my future. Here are some pictures from my trip so far!

 

Packing House in Anaheim, CA

This spot is so awesome! It’s where Sunkist used to pack their citrus and would ship off on the trains. A lot of the old wood and train parts are still being used and has been revamped into an indie food court with independent companies serving food from sandwiches, to ramen, to Indian food, etc. If you’re from Southern California or the Orange County area, the owner of The Lab in Costa Mesa is the real estate developer who is in charge of the Packing House and is also working on Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade. I would definitely recommend checking out these two areas if you’re in the Orange County area for some awesome eats and to appreciate good design.

 

Green Tea Kit Kat Popbar

This is a gelato bar from Popbar inside the Packing House. Super delicious, but a little pricey being about $5 for one. Also, be prepared to wait in long lines on the weekends and maybe even weeknights.

Ink & Bean coffee shop

This is a picture of a coffee shop at City Center Promenade. Another cool strip of shops and restaraunts in Anaheim only a few blocks from The Packing House. It’s a coffee shop designed like a saloon! Actually a lot of the stores connected have the same theme. And the coffee was high quality and the manager working was so knowledgable and friendly explaining how they brew their coffee and all.

 

Pokinometry

A couple more blocks down is Pokinometry. It’s basically set up like Chipotle, where you pick your base, and then your poke, and then spiciness level and toppings. So yummy!

 

1000 Steps Beach

 

It was really a little over 200 steps 🙂

I thought it was going to be more of a hike to this beach in Laguna, but it was just this stairway to the beach. The beach itself was beautiful and not that crowded.


I also finally went on the hike to see the Hollywood sign! I was born and raised in California and have never gone so I thought it would be fun to be a tourist in my own hood this time. The hike itself was fairly easy, except for a short incline in the beginning. You do get to see beautiful views of Los Angeles and the trail can take you to the Hollywood sign or Griffith Park. The actual trail is called Bronson Canyon. I think there’s a part where there’s a cave as well, but we totally missed that part.


And now I’m back at LAX waiting for my flight back to FL. Going to miss all my friends and family! Can’t wait to come back to this beautiful state again. Till next time!

<3, jewlz