City of Angels: Los Angeles

Although I’ve been to LA a couple of times, I will never get tired of it. There’s always so much to do and each time I go it’s a new adventure. Below are a few of my highlights from my last trip to LA. Enjoy!

Runyon Canyon was my first stop. Runyon Canyon is one of LA’s most popular hiking trails. It is a 3.5 miles loop trail that is excellent for running or hiking. I did a mixture of both. It was an amazing workout and the view was also breathtaking.

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On Top of Runyon Canyon

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Made it to the Top: Runyon Canyon

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Picture Perfect Moment Outside Runyon Canyon

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The heat in LA was REAL the weekend I was there.

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Can’t go to LA without doing a little bit of shopping 🙂

         Venice Beach is also one of LA’s popular spots to entertain. It’s an outside shopping center that allows you to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. The vendors on the boardwalk sell everything from sunglasses to pictures of themselves holding snakes. It is very amusing and entertaining especially if you like to people watch. There is music, art, food, basketball courts, skateboarding area, and of course the beach. It can be a bit overwhelming. I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes especially if you plan to be there a while. There is A LOT of walking involved. There are places where you can rent a bike to bike through the boardwalk if interested.

 

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Venice Beach

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Venice Beach Boardwalk

 

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Great Smoothies!

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Culver City, CA

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Had to make a stop before leaving LA.

I hope to be back to LA soon…

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Puerto Rico…Puerto Rico

For those of you still waiting till next year to get a passport, Puerto Rico is still a trip you can make without one! Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory all you really need is a valid I.D to get there.

Puerto Rico is located on the Carribbean Sea which makes the climate around 70-80 degrees year round.

I flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico in June 2015 and stayed for 4 days and 3 nights which was enough time for me to explore the city in and out. Below are some of my adventure while I stayed in San Juan.

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Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) was my favorite part of Puerto Rico. I love colors so much so I was instantly in love. This is a must see when in Puerto Rico. There is literally something for everyone: shopping, restaurants, art, museums, history, music, dancing and also you can get great pictures in this area. There was a lot of walking so when you go I do recommend wearing comfortable shoes. This area is VERY safe! There is even police officers patrolling the area to make sure nothing crazy is going on.

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Loving these doors!

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Palomitos (Doves)

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I searched high and low for this one!

 

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Puerto Rican Flag Door

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Plantain Stuffed with Beef and Rice on the Side.

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Plantains. Yum!

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Mofongo (fried Plantain dish) with Chicken

In Old San Juan, there is an area where you can enrich yourself with San Juan’s history. I was able to learn so much about the city. This place is known as the Castillo de San Cristobal ( The Castle of San Cristobal). There are many tours offered but honestly you can easily walk around yourself and read the different inserts around the place that teach you about the preserved area. To actually enter the castle it costs $5. There is a free trolley that takes you from the inside of Old San Juan to the Castle. You just have to get off on stop 18.

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In front of Castillo San Cristobal

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Not sure what’s going on here 🙂

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Breathtaking DUBAI

I live for experiences...and Dubai was definitely one I had to check off my #bucketlist. In October 2013, I gifted myself a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I found a Groupon that I  though was very reasonable. This was my first time buying a “trip” through Groupon but I wasn’t skeptical at all. Within 48 from purchasing my Groupon I was contacted by Gate 1 Travel agency and they were able to confirm my ticket and room reservations. They also emailed me with a very detailed itinerary and I can’t say I wasn’t impressed.  This Groupon was all-inclusive with the hotel and flights and most meals included. Someone would come pick us up at the airport when we landed in Dubai so I figured that was safe…and it was!

I’m not gone lie, I was a little nervous about going to Dubai since I had heard so many myths about how strict the culture was there but I wanted to experience it for myself. I soon began to research Dubai and found it to be pretty regal. Everything about Dubai seemed to be magical. I saw pictures of buildings that were amazingly beautiful.

I took all my pictures on my iPhone while I was in UAE. When I got back to the states, I never backed up my phone and all my pictures were lost when I was doing a silly Apple update…I was C R U S H E D 😦  All my pictures were gone…. I was able to save the ones below off my instagram page and from the email of pictures I sent my mom while I was in Dubai.

Below are few of the main attractions that I witnessed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I seriously can’t wait to go back with my Momsi in September! We were lucky enough to catch the flight deal last Christmas through Etihad.


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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the WORLD. It is named after the President of UAE, who is also the Prince of Abu Dhabi. It has the tallest free-standing structure in the world and the highest number of stories in the world.

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View from the 124th floor

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About 7 years ago, this was all sand and ruins. Building it’s growth on trade and tourism, Dubai has created a niche for itself and made it’s mark as one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

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Burj Khalifa At Night

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Not sure of the name of this building but it is Indeed a beautiful sight.

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Pure B L I S S

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Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. The HEAT was REAL.