Category Archives: Travel-ing

Granada, Spain

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Fun Fact: Granada means “pomegranate” or “grenade” and while I didn’t see either while I was in Granada, it was still quite the adventure. Granada is a hippie central and for that reason I loved it. It reminded me so much of my beach town at home in San Diego. There are many people called “perro-flautas” which are hippie/wanderers that have a dog (perro) and play a flute (flauta). Our teacher flirted with a few of them and bribed them with beer to tour us around the alternative side of Granada.
Darling white washed houses and traditional Spanish roofing tiles abound. The graffiti is colorful and inspiring. The vibe of the city is a positive one and it’s just so sunny! The Alhambra is breathtaking and you’ll wish you could move right into this expansive castle. Plan to spend a lot of time there as the gardens alone can take all day to explore. Granada is easily one of my favorite Spanish cities, you have to visit! 

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Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba is full of history and bursting with the traditional Southern Spanish culture. The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the main highlight, and for good reason. The combination of Muslim and Christian architecture is gorgeous and tells an amazing history. Cordoba has an unexplainable charm and is a romantic city to explore.  The small idling streets with whitewashed homes are beautiful to explore.  When you visit Spain be sure to take at least a day trip to explore Cordoba.

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Chicago, IL

My most recent trip to Chicago was prompted by my Uncle’s wedding, which was absolutely spectacular! Visiting Chicago with the entire family was great fun and I have a few recommendations. Take the Chicago river boat architectural tour. You’ll learn so much Chicagoe history and it really helped to reinforce some concepts I learned in architecture school. The tours are fun and family freindly, everyone is sure to have a great time! I may have learned more on that boat tour than I did in architecture school! 

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Millennium Park is very cool to walk through. It’s full of odd modern art that you can look at and try to figure out what it could possibly mean. The giant bean, called “Cloud Gate” is the most popular landmark in the Millennium Park. Be sure to stand under here and take a funny picture. Also grab a beef sandwich at Al’s! 

 

 

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San Diego, CA

San Diego is America’s finest city mainly because that’s where I was born and raised! The list of gorgeous spots in San Diego are endless. I discover new amazing spots each time I’m there! The Mexican food can change your life and the farmers markets can’t be missed. Ocean beach is the best beach and a stroll down the pier is essential for each visit. Order a burger to go from Hodad’s on Newport and eat it in the sand, this will ensure a perfect Californian experience.

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Santa Monica, CA

The Santa Monica pier is like a place where summer and love and every sun-filled California stereotype comes together.  Santa Monica is the sunny beach of Los Angeles and is a must visit when you’re in the city of angels. Like most American boardwalk beach towns there are roller coasters and rides for kids. And delicious churro stands too, the Mexican kind, not the Spanish. Nothing not to love! DSC_1190DSC_1156 DSC_1157 DSC_1158       DSC_1159DSC_1160  DSC_1163      DSC_1164DSC_1167 DSC_1168 DSC_1171 DSC_1173       DSC_1174 DSC_1178 DSC_1181 DSC_1186       DSC_1188DSC_1196 DSC_1210 DSC_1218 DSC_1219 DSC_1221 DSC_1223