Post-Mexico Feels

Coming back from a trip is always one of the most bittersweet feelings. I have been back in San Francisco for a week and I am already missing Mexico — the laid-back pace, the incredibly friendly culture and hospitality, the beach sunsets, and of course… the hand-made tortillas. I mean, you really can’t beat that, can you?

It was a short, yet intense weekend spent with new friends lounging on the beach, eating and drinking. Straight out of work on a Friday we hopped on a plane and landed in Guadalajara at 8pm, desperately longing for tacos, guacamole and tequila – it was the only thing on our minds while were going through airport customs.

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The weekend flew by in a blur of Frida Kahlo shirts, drinking fresh coconuts, getting a bit too much sun, swimming in the sea at sunset, eating my weight’s worth of ceviche on the beach, countless hours of laughing, crying and singing Despacito.

Amidst all this action I was able to do some life thinking. Thanks to all that thinking, I learned a lot. Mainly about myself, how I deal with things and how to enjoy life as much as I can. A lot of this learning was heavily introspective… even though I was there with friends and cherishing every second I spent with them, I also did a lot of thinking about where I am in my life and what I want.

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It might have been the sun, the fact that we were on holiday, or my state of mind, but this thought came up a lot: Make a life, not just a living. It was a powerful realization to me. It’s so easy to get caught up in your daily existence, but life is about so much more than what you’re making of it.

 

Traveling is a great way of feeling alive, you go places to make you feel. Happiness, longing, excitement, freedom. LOVE. You go places to exit your comfort zone. To grow. 

It was kind of the perfect setting to do this type of thinking. A gorgeous hut nestled on the beach in the middle of nowhere, with the newness of a place I had never been to before.

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And now, here I am. Feeling refreshed and like I really learned a thing or two about myself and how my mind, body and soul work. I now feel utterly prepared to overcome anything that comes my way in this new chapter of my life. An acceptance that there is a time and a place to move FORWARD with my life in ways that are sort of scary. But worth it. But scary.

Beyond that, I feel like I learned a lot about how I can enjoy every day to the fullest. For me, it’s a balance of: exercise, healthy food, surrounded by people I love, lots of productivity and work sprinkled in, some time in the ocean or in the sun, and dedicating time to myself each day to decompress, try new things, write, read, and that kind of stuff.

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Guessing this is how I got my tan/burn. 

Of course that’s just a template for how I like to enjoy most of my days, but I like a little adventure thrown in there too. Some curve balls are always welcome, they’re what make life interesting. But if I know that that’s my routine that I can always come back to — I am happy.

To many more weekends like this.

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More Mexico pics on my Instagram.

Life update from Santa Cruz

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

First of all, you should know that I wrote this under the hot sun. I was walking around Santa Cruz , and this post came flooding out of me. I had to get it out of me — so I felt like, if nothing else, I definitely had to share.

It’s a Friday in mid winter and here I am in the scorching Santa Cruz sun, sipping on an almond milk capuchino, watching people go by, knowing they have no idea what is going through my mind. They see a girl absorbed in something she’s typing in her laptop and think I’m working on some important paper, or meeting a last minute deadline. I shed a smile. This couldn’t be more distant to reality. I’m typing up my future, the next steps that will determine my career, and my life.

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I have just pressed the SEND button accepting what will be my new job, a next step in my professional life here in San Francisco, which will shape my personal life as well.

Today my feelings of stress vanish and are now replaced by relief mixed with a tint of excitement. I am hopeful that the future will bring on new challenges, and I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, whether or not we know what that reason is at the moment.

I’m exhilarated, and at the same time seriously freaked out. This new life I know nothing about lies ahead, and it’s my duty to shape it into my own.


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One good thing that has come from this is I’ve been able to spend a week chilling in Santa Cruz, while I gather strength for my next step. It has helped me gain perspective and am now ready to take on whatever is coming my way.

Santa Cruz, a surfer town known mostly for it’s waves, cute coffee shops and relaxing time. Just what the doctor ordered! My days were spent in a blur of wandering, popping into cute coffee shops downtown, soaking up the sun on the boardwalk, reading and just pressing the pause button.

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This city definitely changes vibe from rain to sunshine. The day we arrived we were greeted with dark clouds, rain and hail, but the following morning the sun came out to shine, showing the town’s true colors.

One of the days there I took a trip to Capitola, a must see if you’re in the area, and stumbled across a cute little family-owned Deli, Castagnola Deli & Cafe, which just opened and serves the best veggie sandwich and smoothies. A dream! If you’re ever in the area, pop in, the even make picnic baskets to take to the beach!

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Now it’s time to let go of the past, and see what the future awaits.

 

5 tips on moving to a new city

I have moved to new cities before. I know how utterly terrifying it can be, but also how incredibly exciting, enriching, and rewarding it can be too.

I’ve never been able to stay in the same place for a long period of time, nor do I ever plan to move. I just go. The first time I moved away from my home in Lanzarote, Spain, I was going to study in Madrid at the age of 18, with my two suitcases in tow. I moved a bit more after that, Belgium, Barcelona…

But nothing like what I did last month.

This time, I’ve moved across the world to a place I had only been when I was 10: San Francisco (which presents its own set of challenges). Instead of two suitcases, this time I brought three.

It has been an emotional rollercoaster, but also one of most incredible life experiences I have had so far – filled with new experiences and lessons learnt.

Keep reading for 5 tips to make your first few months a breeze…

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Solo travel in Thailand

All kinds of thoughts went through my head the moment I decided to brave it and go on my first solo trip to Thailand this summer. One of the biggest challenges once you decide to travel solo is actually booking your flights and planning your trip.

It’s empowering but scary at the same time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Solo travel also does not mean you will end the trip alone, it just means you decided to start by yourself. There are many other solo travellers throughout the globe, and you’ll undoubtedly make lots of friends as soon as you arrive in your hostel.

So, without further ado… my two week Thailand itinerary!

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