Posts tagged photo diary
San José del Cabo: Travel Diary

Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo may be separated by just a 20-minute drive, but they’re worlds apart. The “Cabo” you’ve heard about in college and seen in Hollywood movies is more representative of the former rather than San Jose del Cabo, a quiet, artsy town with more galleries and farm-to-table restaurants than nightclubs.

I thoroughly appreciated the quiet streets, touring the weekend farmers market, and the free-spirited people that San José del Cabo seemed to attract.

There were so many places I wanted to see (most notably Flora Farms and Acre), but two days just wasn’t enough time. I will, however, be returning within the next year for another visit, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing photos of those spots on my blog and Instagram in the near future.

In the meantime, here’s some places that I was able to experience, and personally recommend:

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Healdsburg Photo Diary

This is less a Healdsburg travel diary and more a post devoted to the gloriousness of the Healdsburg Shed (where admittedly I spent most of my free time).

I was in town for probably the first time in my post 21-year-old life to attend my cousin’s wedding so I didn’t have too much time to explore, but what I saw I loved.

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Seattle Photo Diary

I have a bit of a soft spot for Seattle because I lived there for a summer, right before my senior year in college. I had just turned 21 and it was my first time living alone, in a city, with no known friends or acquaintances. I remember trying hard to acquire an appreciation for wine (I ordered it just because I finally could, though I hated the taste at first), and also learning to buy groceries and cook for myself (beyond the instant noodles I’d previously prepared in the dorms, of course). It was a lot of time for self-reflection and growth – and also, I just couldn’t get over how much Seattle reminded me of San Francisco. The appearances and behavior of each city’s inhabitants, the mostly gloomy weather, the local foodie and tech culture – the similarities are just uncanny.

I haven’t had many opportunities to return since then, but my boyfriend’s friend’s wedding was a good excuse to go up for a weekend. We had limited time to explore (there were so many more coffee shops, restaurants and bars I wanted to see) but we made the best of it:

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Cancun Photo Diary

I know what you're thinking. Cancun?! Cancun goes hand-in-hand with beer, frat boys and spring break. And yeah, I probably would've preferred Tulum. But my older sister was flying down from Canada with a baby in tow (while she is the cutest, most photogenic niece in the world, she is not always the best-behaved on the plane), so Cancun made for a decent compromise.

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Costa Rica Photo Diary

I expected moist air, lush foliage and insects of mythic proportions. I got all that plus fast-moving iguanas and coatis, blessedly sweet tropical fruit and skies so blue they matched the ocean waves. If anyone is contemplating a trip to Costa Rica, I highly recommend the all-inclusive Westin Playa Conchal in Guanacaste – seriously good food and relaxing beyond your wildest dreams. My family thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It will be rough returning to Beijing after all this.

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