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For Thanksgiving last year, we decided to take a quick trip to Los Cabos super last minute. We stayed at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, which was absolutely wonderful. It was adults only, so it was definitely more relaxing and had a more sophisticated vibe. I’d say it was probably the best all-inclusive resort we’ve stayed at so far!

Watching the twilight from the pools:

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The weather was gorgeous every day.

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The beach was beautiful, but very large waves made it impossible to swim in unfortunately.

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But we’re not going to complain when we can lounge on a day bed by the ocean with a cold drink in our hands.

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Lounging by the pool.

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Food was great. Lots of different options with buffets and a la carte restaurants abound. And lots of pina coladas.

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We took a day trip to downtown Cabo San Lucas and rented a boat for a couple of hours.

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Our hilariously entertaining hibachi chef on our last night at the resort. Loved this guy!

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There was a professional photography around the resort taking photos of the guests and we agreed to have our pictures taken one day at the beach. It was fun pretending to be models for a bit! And we actually got some pretty good photos, so we ended up buying a couple of them. Hey, gotta keep some records of when we’re still young and beautiful, right?

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We had an amazing (albeit too short) stay at Secrets and I’d highly recommend it for anyone traveling to Cabo!

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Days 1&2 – Reykjavik
Days 3&4 – West Iceland
Days 5&6 – North Iceland

We’re finally coming to the end of our journey in Iceland! Writing this now almost a year later is making me very nostalgic…

On the morning of the 7th day, we woke up early and drove to Glacier Lagoon. The color of the lagoon and the giant blocks of ice in it makes for a spectacular view like nowhere else on earth.

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We then went to Vatnajökull National Park and hiked to Svartifoss, also known as the Black Waterfall. The basalt columns surrounding the waterfall were so cool!

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In the afternoon we went to Fjaðrárgljúfur, a majestic canyon. It was one of my favorite places we visited in Iceland. The green of the canyon against the blues and yellows of the late afternoon sky made the whole place seem magical. It was unreal.

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We stayed the night in Vik, and we asked the hotel to give us a wake-up call if there were any Northern Lights that night. And indeed there were! We ran outside in the middle of the night and caught a very brief glimpse of the lights, and I was fortunate enough to capture this photo!

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The next morning, we got up and drove a short distance to the black sand beach near Vik. More basalt columns!

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Our next destination took a while to find since it was kind of unusual. I read online about this plane wreckage on the beach and we thought it would be really cool to see it. The plane wreck against the backdrop of grey clouds of the gloomy sky made for some very dramatic photos.

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Next up is another unusual place: Seljavallalaug, an abandoned swimming pool filled with natural hot spring water. It took a short hike to get there and it started drizzling on our way there, but the water in the pool was nice and warm.

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Definitely the coolest swimming pool we’ve ever swam in!

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After that, another waterfall – Seljalandsfoss.

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And then it was onto Geysir, a park with lots of geothermal activity.

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Saw a geyser erupting!

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And then it was yet another waterfall, Gullfoss. Very big waterfall!

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As the sun was starting to set we did a quick drive through Thingvellir National Park, only having time to stop a couple of times.

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We drove back to Reykjavik, where this whole adventure started, and stayed the night at a small hotel near the airport. We were far away enough from the city that we were able to see some more Northern Lights on our last night in Iceland.

Then the next morning, we said a very reluctant goodbye to this amazing country. We had such an amazing time and it will forever remain one of my favorite trips!

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Days 1&2 – Reykjavik

On the morning of day 3, our rental car was dropped off at the Airbnb we were staying at and we were on our way! After we were out of the city, we were soon greeted with views like this:

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Our first stop was Deildartunguhver, a large hot spring that actually supplies energy to nearby areas. Lots of steam and bubbles!

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We then drove to Snæfellsjökull National Park. Unfortunately it was very cloudy the whole day and we couldn’t actually see the Snæfellsjökull volcano. Luckily, there were still plenty of gorgeous sites to be seen in the park! Like these majestic rock formations on a black sand beach:

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And these happy sheep:

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The sun did peak through for a bit:

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We stayed the night at the town of Stykkishólmur and got up early the next morning to head to the Westfjords. I miss driving in Iceland because the roads look like this:

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We stopped the car so many times when driving because right next to the road are things like this (Ugh, having intense nostalgia while writing this post):

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Breiðavík beach in Westfjords:

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Finally we reach Látrabjarg, a majestic cliff at the westernmost point of Europe. How cool is that?

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In those last couple of days we drove on some pretty rough roads, and together with the intermittent rain, our car was looking just a tad muddy.

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That’s when you know you’re on a real adventure.

Next up: going north!

Days 5&6 – North Iceland
Days 7&8 – South Iceland

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The next day we went to Universal Studios! Got the front of line pass, which was totally worth it because we had limited time there. As someone who doesn’t like roller coasters (or any ride that turns you upside down), I really enjoyed all the rides at Universal!

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Venice beach in the afternoon.

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Yet another sunset on the beach. This never gets old.

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For our journey back to SF, we took Amtrak.

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The view was quite scenic for several stretches of the ride.

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There’s always something magical and oldschool about train travel, don’t you think?

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I fail at blogging. I thought about just giving up because there’s just TOO MANY THINGS I need to catch up on, but they’re all such good things that I just must share. So here’s to me trying my best to post the events from the past 4 months, starting with our LA trip over Labor Day weekend.

Started at Getty Villa on our first day. Due to the draught they drained all the fountains, so what you see in the background is just an empty fountain painted blue.

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Dinner at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu. Delicious flatbread appetizer. There was a wedding happening at the beach/restaurant at the same time so we got some live entertainment out the window as we ate!

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Afterwards we walked on the beach and watched the sunset.

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Santa Monica Pier.

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LACMA the next morning! Holy crap this place was huge!

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Lunch at Bottega Louie. Their portobello fries are delicious!

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And of course I had to buy some macarons there as well.

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Another sunset on the beach.

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Dinner at Tsujita. Had tsukemen ramen for the first time ever and it was amazing. The broth was sooo rich and delectable.

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Part 2

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Even though spring quarter of D1 year was tough academically, I still had plenty of time to have fun outside of school to explore different places in SF and beyond. Here are some of the things I did!

The Walt Disney Family Museum located in the Presidio. It’s a really cool museum and you learn so much about Walt Disney’s life and legacy. They also have special exhibits with art from different Disney artists. Highly recommended for any Disney fan!

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My dad, Yufei, and I went hiking in Tennessee Valley in Marin over Memorial Day weekend. We hiked all the way from the Tennessee Valley trailhead to Muir Beach – a hike that turned out to be much more physically demanding than we expected. There were so many ups and downs. But the views along the coast was incredible.

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We had lunch at Pelican Inn once we got to Muir Beach.

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After lunch, we took a much less scenic but much flatter and faster route back!

After we returned to SF from the hike, Yufei and I stopped by Baker Beach. It was our first time there and it was a gorgeous day for the beach.

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The view of the Golden Gate Bridge is great!

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Another weekend, another hike. This time we went to San Pedro Valley County Park. It got increasingly cold and foggy as we went higher and higher, so we eventually gave up and hiked back down before we reached the peak. The mountains did look very mystical in the fog though.

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Then the sun came out unexpectedly near the end of our hike!

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The next morning we got up early and got breakfast at the inn, then headed out to Point Lobos State Reserve. It was a gorgeous day and the coast was beautiful.

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We saw a lot of wildlife, such as harbor seals, sea lions, and sea otters, in their natural habitat, which was really cool. After hiking around for a bit, we left and went to the nearby Gravity Garden, which was basically the garden of this artist who stacks rocks. It was pretty interesting.

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After that, we got lunch nearby and went back to Carmel to explore the town a bit. It’s such a charming little place, full of quaint little alleyways and courtyards.

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We also had a voucher from the inn for wine tasting at the tasting room of Schied Vineyards, so we stopped by for a tasting and bought a bottle.

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Since we missed the sunset the day before, we made sure to go down to the beach early this time. Unfortunately, it was super cloudy and so we got another sunset fail. Oh well.

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We rested for a bit back at the inn before going to dinner at Andre’s Bouchee, a little French bistro. We each got an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. I decided to get the appetizer special of the night of wild mushrooms, pine nuts, and artichoke hearts. It turned out to be a good choice because I loved this dish. It was so simple but so delicious.

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Yufei got the cream of mushroom soup with white truffle oil.

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For my entree, I got the grilled sea bass with lime and thyme sauce. This was a bit underwhelming after the great appetizer and was just ok.

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Yufei’s ribeye was good though. (Side note – I still have never ordered a steak for myself. I always just steal bites of Yufei’s steak. I need to get myself a steak someday!)

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For dessert, Yufei got the cream puff with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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And I got the duo of crème brûlée, one vanilla and one chocolate. Both were amazing.

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We ate every last bite of everything and were stuffed by the end of the meal.

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It was a wonderful dinner to end a great trip!

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