Tag Archives: Freedom

Last Day: Golden Gate Bridge

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

We have reached the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge! We were so excited to finally have made it to San Francisco’s most iconic monument. [Read Here: Beginning of Day 3]

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The bridge was an impressive view; stunning. It was 1.7 miles of beauty, connecting San Francisco to California’s northern counties. It was as if we entered into a new world. The sun and warmth was no longer with us. The area surrounding the entrance of the bridge was foggy and windy. Again, we longed for a warm coat, but not enough to deter us from our adventure and making it to the other side.

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We were so excited to be walking the Golden Gate Bridge. It was one of those experiences you only dream of doing, until somehow you catch yourself living the dream.

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We were surrounded by beauty. A scenic view full of possibilities as we walked away from the city. I remember walking and thinking, if this moment was possible anything could be possible. The same smile I conjured up that day resurfaces as I reminisce. At that moment problems were nonexistent; I saw all the possible doors I could open by just starring at the vast sea.

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Slowly, the fog started disappearing and the sun resurfaced. It was magical as if we were crossing into holy grounds. However, we didn’t really know what to expect on the other side.

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Turns out that at the end of the bridge is Vista Point, a place where you can take in the beauty that is the city of San Francisco, along with the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was simply breathtaking. Vista Point is located in the town of Sausalito, CA. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to explore Sausalito being that it was a 15min walk into town. However, on our way towards the Point, we did receive great reviews from a friendly couple we came across.

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By the time we finished taking in the view we realized how hungry we were. It took us a bit of time to order a Lyft because Vista Point has no exact address. Luckily, we found a Lyft that was already at the Point and was able to pick us up without any hassle. We headed straight to Liquid Gold, after reading reviews, hoping for a great meal. Come to find out the place is strictly beer and BYOF (Bring Your Own Food.)

We asked for some close by places to eat and the bartender directed us towards Cordon Bleu, a Vietnamese restaurant. Cordon Bleu is a San Francisco must find. It is nothing fancy nor special but it was amazing! Think of it as authentic Vietnamese comfort food. Something you would get if you were to visit the household of a Vietnamese family. There’s nothing better than eating those type of meals on vacation. Happiness in a plate, simple as that. After stuffing our faces we made it back to Liquid Gold for our beer tasting.

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Liquid Gold is a new Bottle Shop and Tap Room in San Francisco. I’m a beer fanatic so I was super excited about finally experiencing a beer tasting. Beer tasting at Liquid Gold includes four beers (local and international beer) of your choosing from the Live Tap Menu.

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This was our last day in San Francisco so we enjoyed our beers as we looked back on our adventures. After about an hour, we started getting ready to wrap things up and head back to our Airbnb. We had to head to the Greyhound station in about 1.5 hours to catch our overnight bus to Los Angeles. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Damaris decided that she needed a San Francisco hoodie and then that’s when I decided that I needed a California hoodie. Stephany gave us the side eye, but after deliberating back and forth, we chugged the last of our beers, ordered a Lyft and headed back down to Fisherman’s Wharf. We ended up getting our hoodies from the same shop Steph got her’s. Why didn’t we just get one back then? Who knows. Once we got our hoodies it was time to head back and say bye to Nob Hill.

To be Continued…

The NOW!

Finally turned 23 and I feel like taking on the world!

I turned the switch on adventure which, I turned off for quite some time. I have been so focused on the future…the what? and the how? That I stopped thinking about the NOW! In just a few days I have come to realize that sometimes what you need is to enjoy the present to build your future. There are so many things that I want to do and I want to do them NOW. I want to experience, learn and grow from my adventures because to be honest tomorrow is never promised.

“Doing what others expect of you will only take you so far…do something for YOU and no one else…then see the happiness it will bring you.”

Every experience comes with the opportunity to learn; the hardest part is to decipher what it is that you have gained from that experience. I got my first tattoo! Something I have been wanting to do and something no one thought I would do. I went to this awesome spot called Revolver Tattoo and Piercing. The staff was very friendly and the place was extremely clean and organized. My type of environment! Honestly, I did not think I had it in me to endure the pain that comes with getting a tattoo, and I am pretty sure no one thought I had it in me to do something as “crazy” as marking my body with a tattoo. The thing is that people will always think and judge and have a plethora  of opinions on people’s actions (everyone is entitled to their own opinions) but at the end of the day I am happy!  I did something for ME. I learned that pain can stop you, but only if you let it, and that no one knows the type of person you are but YOU. I am proud of myself and I am happy with ME and my body!

Life will always throw you curveballs and opportunities but don’t let fear, others, or setbacks stop you from accomplishing something for yourself. Try one thing you think you might not have it in you to do and then ask yourself,  “what I have learned?” You might surprise yourself with your answer!

The Year of Discovery

There was a time when becoming a year older was exciting and fun. It meant more freedom to explore and discover what the world had to offer. It meant being reckless and not caring about consequences. It meant putting pause on important decisions….but did you ever pay attention to when turning a year older became less exciting and fun? When did freedom turn into responsibilities? When did exploring become difficult and expensive? When did discovering become full of important life changing decisions and choices that had to be made? It’s funny how quickly life can pass us by; how from one year to the next becoming a year older, instead of bringing excitement and fun, brought fear and worry.

I’m turning 23 and I’m at a point where I have no idea where life is going to take me. I have this fear and worry that I’m out of track and falling behind. I have this stubborn feeling that I should have my life figured out and should know where I will be in 5 years. The problem is that I don’t. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only soon to be 23-year-old that feels this way. The problem is that we are so set on trying to figure this problem out, that we have forgotten how exciting and fun it is to become older and sometimes even wiser. We get stuck trying to find a solution to what we consider a problem…but is it really? Are we really stuck or just still discovering ourselves? We need to start realizing that in the past year we unknowingly have learned and discovered things we didn’t know about ourselves and the world; things that have helped us make decisions that most likely will shape us one way or another for a better tomorrow. We just aren’t done searching for the answers we need.

My goal for my 23rd birthday is to feel excited, to have fun and to continue discovering. It’s time I put aside my fears and stop worrying about the future. It’s time I focus on discovering what drives me because THAT is the key to figuring out where I want to take my life. Let’s call it the year of discovery. How will I do this? Simple really…A bucket list for my 23rd year. I have taken 23 things that at this point in my life I feel I should have already done or just simply wish to do. Of course the key is to make a reasonable list that fits your likes and small goals. The goal is slowly find what drives you through pursuing things you’ve always wanted to set time aside for if you weren’t too busy worrying about the 101 problems that revolve around you.

My 23rd Bucket List 

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Go on a cruise
  3. Read 10 books
  4. Go rock climbing
  5. Go to a Broadway show
  6. Go on a road trip
  7. Finish my study abroad scrapbook
  8. Go paint-balling
  9. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  10. Visit the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center
  11. Take swimming lessons
  12. Go to a shooting range
  13. Go horseback riding
  14. Go on a Bus Tour of NYC and Philadelphia
  15. Go on a hike
  16. Run a 5k
  17. Cook an entire French meal (Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert)
  18. Go wine and cheese tasting
  19. Take a Tango or Flamenco class
  20. Take Yoga and Kickboxing
  21. Be and extra on a show or movie
  22. Take a Mediabistro course
  23. Play Travel Roulette

Join me in creating a list. What have you always wanted to do? What small activity you’ve missed out on because you’re too busy stressing? Let’s get on the road to self-discovery! Let’s start having FUN again! It doesn’t matter if you’re turning 22 or 40 everyone reaches a point where they are lost and confused. The key is to just step back and focus on YOU and what makes you happy.