I am finally back to writing after a few stressful months of getting settled into a new city and a new grad school. Like last year, I’d like to revisit my travels and the memories I have collected during the year of 2016.
New Years in Portugal
In short, we went to a small town close to Porto to visit some old friends for New Years and of course we all explored Porto together. I really fell in love with this city and could totally imagine living and studying there. I kind of wish I had found out about Porto before my undergrad was over so I could have considered a study abroad period in Portugal. After a few days in the northern region of Portugal, plenty of delicious homecooked food, and some port wine tastings, my travel buddy and I took the train down South to Lisbon to explore the capital for a few days. Lisbon reminded me of San Francisco in so many ways and even though the weather in January was rather mediocre I had a great time and many adventures in this city.
some of my favorite things about the US is the huge number of National Parks. In my opinion, they are taken care of so well, they always make for a good road trip, and the variety of ecosystems and landscapes in the parks never ceases to amaze me. As the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year (this week to be exact), I thought it was only appropriate that I told you about the National Parks that are on my bucket list. Well, to be honest, after I got an annual pass for all National Parks for my birthday (greatest gift ever!!), I pretty much put all 58 parks on my list (see infographic below). Talking about all of them in detail would probably be way too much for one blog post. Therefore I proudly present you my top 10 US National Parks:
as some of you know, I was lucky enough to call the Sunset District in San Francisco my home for a year. And while that time happened to be one of the best in my life, I know that the Sunset District wouldn’t be the number one choice of a lot of people for living in. But living out there has its perks: Life has a completely different pace out there, everything slows down, it is an amazing spot to come down from the buzzing excitement the city gives you. Besides, there is, of course, the actual sunset, views over the beach and the golden gate bridge, and a bunch of places to go to and see:
My list here is quite short, but that doesn’t mean that there are not plenty of places to go out to for a drink, I just tried to limit myself 😉
The Riptide is an awesome small bar with casual atmosphere right next to the beach. My absolute favorite!
The Little shamrock is my first choice when I am longing for an Irish pub. It’s small, it’s cute, it has an awesome atmosphere. The best drinks: Irish coffee and White Russian.
Yancy’s saloon is another super casual sports bar. It offers free popcorn, you can play darts, and ask for dice. And they make great cocktails. If you’re brave, ask for a Bay City Bomber or an AMF 😉 An apple martini is always a safe choice.
while I am super busy this week preparing for my Biochemistry GRE, I found the wonderful Mariah from staywithmeonthis.com, who offered to help me out by writing a guest post on this blog.
Mar is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, a proud supporter of the Devils, and blogs about planners, DIY’s, makeup, fitness and random life adventures. Today she will be telling you about the top 10 things to do in Phoenix, Arizona. Enjoy!