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Puerto Rico // Jardines El Batey

Earlier this month I took a trip to Puerto Rico to visit my sister and her family there. This trip was so inspiring to say the least. I’ll be sure to post more photos of my trip but I wanted to share these first. My mom and I love plants, so on our third day on the island we attempted to go to the botanical garden. We tried, it rained and it was windy… FYI, you do NOT want to be next to tall bamboo when it’s windy, it’s terrifying. Anyway my point is, we drove to the botanical garden and didn’t go BUT on the way there I spotted this little gem! Jardines El Batey! It was the cutest nursery with the sweetest little old lady working there.

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^^these are what caught my eye… Can I bring them home with me? Please? ^^

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It’s always a treat to visit nurseries when I’m traveling. I also call it torture because I’d want to take everything home with me. So I settled on the next best thing, I bought plants for my sister and her family!  Hooray!

It’s a huge dream of mine to own a little nursery just like this… sigh… how awesome would that be?

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SW Road trip.. the Grand Canyon

Have you ever seen something so fantastic that it almost brought tears to your eyes? That was the Grand Canyon for me. We made the trek from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park and thank goodness, made our way towards lower elevation… I learned (the hard way) that I’m extremely sensitive to altitude. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon nor have I ever even seen it from the sky, so really, I didn’t know what to expect… I obviously knew how huge it was but on our way there I was wondering if we’d be able to see it from miles away. We entered the south entrance of the national park and still the canyon was no where to be seen. After we quickly check in to our campsite and pitch our tent, we hop back into the car to the view point. We drive towards it and oh my goodness, there it was.

You look at something like the Grand Canyon and it just makes you feel so tiny and at the same time so gracious to be able to witness such an amazing natural wonder. It’s crazy, I really did almost cry. We didn’t hike to the bottom this time around but we will definitely next time we visit, we really just walked up and down the trail along the edge of the canyon. My favorite part was eating an ice cream while looking at the Grand Canyon, now that’s something everybody needs to do at least once in life.

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Drinking beer, bird watching, walks, talks and hot dogs, it’s the good life! It was a nice break during our road trip to camp for a couple of days and prepare ourselves for the final shenanigans in Phoenix.

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SW Roatrip… Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM. The second destination of our southwestern road trip. Santa Fe is everything you think Santa Fe would look like. It’s pretty incredible, again with the super blue sky and the amazing old architecture.. everything was so picturesque. I really loved it here, except for the high altitude, that really kicked my butt to the max once we arrived… man, it was bad.

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Can you believe how blue the Santa Fe sky is?

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On top of the hill on Paseo de la Loma

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Santa Fe, you made me sick, but that won’t keep me away from you, you’re too gorgeous.

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SW Roadtrip… Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our first destination on our southwest road trip was Albuquerque, New Mexico. And yes, we’re obsessed with Breaking Bad. So here’s a fun fact, did you know that Breaking Bad was originally set in Riverside CA? Crazy right? They ended up in Albuquerque for tax purposes. This is what the creator Vince Gilligan said about the decision to relocate “California skies are usually blank, blue skies or a marine layer comes in and it’s gray,” he said, “but Albuquerque has these cumulus clouds that give you a scope of the distance out there. It’s amazing.” And what he says is so true, the skies are much more blue and the clouds are really something else. The southwestern landscape is really my favorite.

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This wasn’t part of our tour. This was our airbnb hostess’ car.. pretty awesome right?

So if you find yourself in the ABQ  this is the website that we referred to for the different spots: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/a-do-it-yourself-breaking-bad-tour-of-albuquerque

 

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Southwest Road Trip… SD to ABQ

I absolutely love road trips. Chris and I have been taking a road trip every year that we’ve been together. This last one was around the South West (Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon the Phoenix) and now I’m having withdrawals and wish I could be back. You just drive around for hours, taking in the scenery, sometimes you see a small shack on the side of the road and wonder about the history of that place, like who used to live there, if you lived there where would you go to get groceries? Then you wonder about the other people on the road and where they’re headed and I like to imagine telling them what our plans are…. kinda weird. But that’s what I like to do. Here are a few photos of the first leg of our trek, from San Diego to Albuquerque.

cactus^^Typical Arizona and their sagueros. Tonto National Forrest^^

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It took us about 12 hours to get to Albuquerque, which was awesome to get over with on the first day of our 11 day expedition. Next up is Albuquerque and our DIY Breaking Bad tour with plenty of green chiles and altitude sickness to go with… yikes!

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Flower Party

Having wine and pizza, and making flower crowns with a group of awesome girls? Sign me up please! My amazing friend Kat thought up a great idea of throwing a flower party where she would provide flowers and teach the basics about floral arrangements, she wanted to see if it’s something she would want to offer on her website - Lula Mae

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^^ Kat picked out the most beautiful flowers for us to play with! ^^

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^^ She explained the basics of floral arrangements. “Think of it as putting together an outfit!” ^^

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I think  that the test run was very much a success! I hope to attend more flower parties in the future! If you’re in the San Diego area and are interested in having a flower party or if you just need some gorgeous flowers check out Kat’s website – Lula Mae

Have a beautiful day!

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Border X Brewery

This past weekend we visited Border X Brewery’s 2nd location in Barrio Logan. Their new location is truly an amazing space with years and years of history within it’s walls.  The space was built in 1923 in the Mission Revival Style as the San Diego Trust and Commerce Bank. In 1927, the bank of Italy took over San Diego Trust and Commerce Bank which was later reorganized as the Bank of America in 1931, serving the area until 1948. The property became a Porkyland Tortilla factory in 1977 then to become a Roberto’s Taco Shop and now a brewery. (bank < brewery!!!)

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^^they were all really good. but my favorite was the abuelitas chocolate stout.^^

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^^tacos and beer. life is good. ^^

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So, we’re super excited that a brewery has opened up near our neighborhood. There’s so many amazing old buildings and houses around these parts, nothing makes me happier to see them revived and given a new life. And now, I feel like a complete fool, I forgot to take a photo of the building from the outside, duh! You’ll just have to go there for yourself. It’s the big orange building on the corner of Logan and Sampson.

 

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