I have been gearing up for my first rendezvous with South East Asia!
On Friday, I leave for a 3 week trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The last few weeks we have started hard core preparations. Since we have a specific timeline we want to make sure we coordinate our connections well and make sure that we get to see and experience as much as possible!!!
We decided to get our visas for Vietnam while still in the United States.
The Vietnamese Consulate General in San Francisco is easy to find with a great staff!
We ended up paying $100 in cash to purchase our visas – I think this is more than you would pay when you are actually in the country but I am not positive. A lot of things I read online said that the visa when purchased at the border was only $55 or so, but again I do not know fursure fursure and we were trying to be on the conservative side and have it completed now before we leave.
This is because our flight leaves from Hanoi so it is imperative that we make it into Vietnam.. so that we can fly home!
BUT I don’t want to start thinking about flying home yet.. since we haven’t even left!
Once our itinerary is complete I will share it here in hopes that it can help someone else plan their trip!
Love is in the air… just about everywhere I look around.
I am currently involved in two weddings and every weekend this past month has had to do with weddings in some form. Venue looking, dress shopping etc.. and I am only 23!
Don’t get me wrong I love it, I love my friends and am so happy to support them at this exciting time in their lives. But.. and you were waiting for a but weren’t you?! Its a little weird to have friends who have found the person they want to spend their life with when you have never even had a serious relationship.
Honestly, I don’t think I am ready to find the person who I will spend my life with yet… I feel like there is so much to explore and so much to do before I settle down. I guess the goal would be to find someone that likes the same crazy stuff I do.
I am truly content with life as it is. At this moment I am not sure I could even fit someone else into my life.
For the time being I am happy to support my friends on this journey. I am truly honored that I have such sweet, amazing friends in my life who love me and want to include me on this special day.
I am already writing my “bridesmaid of honor” speech for my friend Katie’s wedding which isn’t until 2015!
I saw this the other day online and immediately thought Yes!…
However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I work for a lot more reasons then just to travel.
to better myself
to learn more
to help people
to meet people
to eat good food
to drink good brews
to taste fine wines
to live where I want
to visit my family
take care of my loved ones
and yes to travel!
What reasons do you work for?
I have heard the saying that if you love your job you will never work a day in your life but what about if you love your life you will enjoy life?!
Whatever you enjoy, get out and do it everyday!
Also known as Ontario Ridge Trail in Avila Beach, California.
This spot is one of my ALL time favorite hiking locations. On one side you have rolling hills and see towards San Luis Obispo and on the other side you have expansive Pacific Ocean Views with visibility all the way towards Guadalupe.
Delicious right?! You can choose to hike a few different paths on this one, but it will be full circle. There is a small parking lot available for hikers, or you can street park. It is important to make sure that you are not in any way blocking driveways or else the neighbs will likely call the police on you and you could get a warning / ticket.
There recently has been a ton of controversy between the land owners and hikers, read up on it here.
Don’t worry though – they won’t be able to shut this trail down so it will be available for you and your children to enjoy.
I enjoyed this hike with my momma.
We took a selfie to commemorate the moment.
Tip from Mama Curz, “It is a two water bottle hike!”
I hope you make it out to this trail! It is a Central Coast must visit!!!
Are you in San Francisco? Or the greater Bay Area?
Have you been to any Beer Week events?
Yesterday, my co-worker Katie and I left work around 3:30 and headed towards Beer Hall on Polk Street. This was my second visit to Beer Hall. I really love the atmosphere and all the beers they have on tap!
For Beer Week they have a few brews from Oskar Blues Brewery.
I had a Merlot Barrel Aged G’Knight. I really enjoyed it. I have recently become fastened with any beer that is barrel aged and I jump at the chance to try one!
Katie got Old Chub Nitro.
I really like Beer Hall. The location isn’t super convenient for me, but its worth the trek to try some beers on tap that may be harder to find elsewhere.
Next, we went to Asiento a really great neighborhood bar where Pine Street Brewery was having their first birthday!
They also provided some great little bites while we were tasting the brews, their food is SO yummy.
I really love the vibe of Asiento and would totally frequent this place if I lived in this neighb.
There are still a ton of Beer Week events going on so check out their schedule!
Have I said this before? Maybe it is more of a reminder for myself than for you.
The last few weeks I have become vigilant in practicing yoga for about 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon.
A way to stretch my body and mind to start the day positively and end the day on a good note.
If you know me or follow this blog you can tell that I am active – I thrive on being outdoors and adventuring. I love being around people – I crave human interaction. So much so I forget to take moments just for myself.
Even when I am alone at home or walking to and from I will call someone or play music.. I rarely allow time to be and do nothing.
I have tried to get better at pausing. I don’t always need to be on the go or planning. Balance is key.
Takeaway, don’t just do something or be apart of it because you can. Do it because you love it, do it because it means something to you.
In the busyness, in the quite, with loved ones, be present.
Don’t fill time just to fill it. I’m trying. I’m a work in progress, but I am making progress.
Here are a few of my favorite things
this week today!
DIY Valentines Doggy Scarf! This would totally be applicable to every holiday. Making this for my godperro.
27 Surreal Places to Visit Before You Die – thank you BuzzFeed. Totally made me want to get out there! I hope to visit numb 5 when I am in Vietnam!
The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Love me or hate me but I really love this Kimono from the new Kendall and Kylie collection at PacSun.
Why, America – why??? Luckily I have no student loans, but this is totally a larger problem and something that we need to talk about.
and since that was so depressing lets end on a positive note… I am going to look at a wedding venue this weekend with my oldest and best friend who is getting married next year! The Ranch at Little Hills looks beautiful online and I am excited to experience it in person!