Top Favs in Kota Kinabalu

During our adventures last Spring in Indonesia we decided to spend about five days in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

The truth is … you always need more time, but our few days there were filled with adventure. Making new friends, trying new foods and scuba diving for the first time to name a few!

We took boats to different islands and brought our own snorkel gear. Sapi was gorgeous and it was amazing to float in the water and see all the fishes swim by. islandlifeindo

KK has so many markets! Seeing Mango flavored cotton candy was a real dream!mangocottoncandymalasysia

We got bit by the Scuba Bug! Sooooo crazy/scary/coolscubadivinginmalaysia

Delicious meal – no silverware required! malaysiacurry

Frolicking in the Mangrove Forrest and sweating through our clothes.mangroveforestsabah

Sunset viewing with a beer in hand… no matter where you are it feels good to get these little moments.kotakinabalu-malaysia

Day Trip: Massachusetts North Shore

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Rainy day views from inside a coffee shop with the best HAZELNUT Coffee I have ever tasted. It was like candy. IMG_6792IMG_6793IMG_6794IMG_6795IMG_6796

What beach town dreams are made of…this just makes me the happiest little gal. IMG_6898IMG_6805IMG_6808IMG_6810IMG_6813IMG_6814IMG_6816IMG_6817IMG_6818IMG_6819IMG_6828IMG_6830

Cape Ann Brewing is one of my favorite breweries in Mass. Their beers are delicious, I especially loved their stout. The food was also delicious!IMG_6831IMG_6833IMG_6835IMG_6836IMG_6838IMG_6839

Head to Woodman’s of Essex  for your fill of fried seafood!IMG_6840IMG_6841IMG_6842

The Crane Estate at Castle Hill is amazing! I LOVE thinking about the family who lived here and feel so lucky that they opened it to the public. IMG_6846IMG_6847IMG_6848IMG_6849IMG_6851IMG_6853IMG_6855IMG_6856IMG_6857IMG_6863IMG_6864IMG_6865

We went hiking around the property and down to the beach where I picked up some amazing driftwood!IMG_6867IMG_6868IMG_6869IMG_6871IMG_6874IMG_6876

Next beer stop, Ipswich Ale Brewery.IMG_6877IMG_6878IMG_6882

I am going to be real honest with you, their beer was good but I was kinda put off because you can not make your own flight.. they were super accommodating and allowed me to try other beers that I wanted to try that were not in the flight but I am just putting that out there as my only complaint. We didn’t eat here because we were stuffed from our fried food frenzy at Woodman’s.IMG_6883IMG_6884IMG_6885

My amazing driftwood finds! So excited to get crafty with it!IMG_6887

So I have had Boom Sauce and Steal this Can before in San Francisco and had no idea that they were born and brewed in Mass– what a cool surprise! I love how industrial and hidden the tasting room is. I honestly felt like I was really cool for hitting this spot. ( HA) The tasting of all four beers on tap is free, yes, you heard that right , free! Head to Lord Hobo to try their beers and take some cans with you! We went home with Consolation Prize and Boom Sauce. IMG_6888IMG_6890IMG_6891

Then because we were ready for some dinner we headed to Lord Hobo restaurant in Cambridge. Great beer selection – lots of sours!IMG_6892

Amazing burger and fries – I was stuffed.IMG_6894IMG_6895

Dessert at home from The Scoop N Scootery. SO good – glad I can’t get this at home!IMG_6896

A day in Marseille

IMG_2220Not much to say for Marseille except it was good lesson in planning and why it can be important for any trip. 

We had big hopes and dreams for Marselle. 

We had spent the last week in cities, walking and seeing sights. A rest on a beach was just what we needed and were very much looking forward to.

Our first impression was beautiful. Once you leave the train station right in the city center you are faced with a beautiful view.

We were so excited and ready to set our belongings down at our airbnb and head to the beach.

While our airbnb of choice was supposed to be an 8 min walk from the train station we couldn’t seem to locate the street. We tried hailing a taxi but they said it was too close and we should walk.. Normally, that would be fine but it was HOT and we had our belongings on our backs.

Finally, while we were examine a map a local man came up and asked what we were looking for… he then proceeded to lead us all the way there.

We were half part unsure what his motives were and just had no clue what was going on BUT he did lead us to the apartment where we were staying – he told us to be careful in this area, it was unsafe and not a place where young girls should be walking.  

Needless to say this experience was not off to a great start.

Once we set our belongings down we decided we wanted to get something to eat so we began to look for a cafe etc where we could purchase something. At all the cafes we only saw men no women anywhere. It was alarming and made us feel uncomfortable. 

We had also realized that we were not near the beach at all. Even if we were ‘walking distance’ the area seemed really unsafe and not a place we should be walking. 

We felt our decision was simple – stay the current night at our place and find a place near the beach for the next night. 

Easier said then done – everything about 3 stars was over 200 euro a night, we could not afford this so we decided to go to Barcelona a day early.

It was a hard decision to make because I felt that I was giving up, but ultimately I did not feel that we would have an enjoyable time in Marseille because of our lack of proximity to anything that was of interest to us.  

With our plan created we decided to make the best of the night and take a taxi to the beach.

Also, a side note on this – I think our stay could have been better had we researched more – additionally, had we been staying at a hostel or hotel the staff perhaps could have directed us or given us more information but without that we felt lost and uncomfortable.

Anyways, we headed to the beach and boy was it packed.  You could scarcely see the sand or water for that matter do to all the people present. It was pretty wild. This was not the relaxing beach scape either of us had envisioned when we thought of South of France.

Regardless, we enjoyed a nice dinner on the beach with our toes in the sand and cheers’ed to our last night in France. After our meal we tried to find a taxi to take us back – we kept walking and walking but to no avail did we find a taxi finally after the day turned to night we found a taxi number and texted them our location and if they could pick us up about thirty minutes later we were headed back to our airbnb.  

Don’t get my wrong Marseille had beautiful elements and I think with better planning and maybe some more money 😉 our stay there would have been better.  

I think we made the right decision for how we felt at that time, I HOPE that I have learned from this situation and in the future make sure to research more about a destination and specifically where I am staying in regards to where I want to go at that destination but only time will tell. 

View from train station.

IMG_2202They are famous for their soaps. IMG_2206 IMG_2203

A great place to stop for pastries.
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Beautiful architecture. IMG_2209

We found the beach.IMG_2211 IMG_2212

Dinner is served. IMG_2213 IMG_2214 IMG_2215

Bouldering playground.IMG_2219 IMG_2218 IMG_2217

Co-working space in Marseille.IMG_2221

Airport Pastry.IMG_2223