The weekend before last

Mega relatable meme, throwback to Colombia and Morocco. Solo drinking in Alphabet City and a beach wedding

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Comuna 13

Colombia’s wealth system is on a scale 1-10. 10 being the richest and 1 being the poorest. This is Comuna 13, they are a 0.

That time I risked my life in Minca

Minca, Colombia.

A small town of maybe 1,000 people located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Home to coffee farms, views of the Santa Marta, waterfalls and much more. It’s about an hour outside of the city by bus and once in the town the only mode of transport is moto taxi. For those of you don’t know moto is short for motorcycle. Aka you have to ride on the back of someone’s motorcycle up and down the mountain to see anything.

Let me explain, I’m officially brain dead when it comes to planning and can’t do it anymore so I let my friend Lauren plan this excursion.

At first I thought we would be taking a taxi from location to location in Minca. I then learned there would be motorcycle transport. Which was ok, until I learned it was all motos all the time up and down the mountain… not ok.

The photo above was taken when it was deemed too “sucio” aka dangerous for us to sit on the back of the motorcycles. I know sucio means dirty but in reality those wheels were slipping and sliding around the mud so bad I was convinced we were going to keel over at any moment.

Lucky for us these guys grew up in Minca and have been riding up and down the mountains for years, nevertheless I did not feel better on the back of the moto 😂

Was is worth it? Eh. Would I do it again? Also eh. Anyways – here are the photos. (Yes I threw a little thirst trap in there for you hoes)

Parque Tayrona

Word to the wise. If you’re in Colombia and have an extra 2 days it’s worth going to Tayrona National Park in Santa Marta. Go with a tour company and get ready for some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen and a bumpy ass 2 hour ride.

Word to the thirsty: charge your phones , the thirst traps are A1

It’s the Hamptons (p1)

I’ve never been a fan of the Hamptons. But I’m here with my roommate right now for a work event she has and I’m not sure if it’s all the wine I’m being spoon fed or what but I’m starting to fall in love.

Photos for the night

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Here we have a mix of some mysterious mountain range in Europe (yea I don’t remember where this is), Grand Central Station, Morocco art, a whiskey bar in DC, Hawaii, ace hotel in manhattan, Amsterdam, Hawaii again, acme restaurant and bar and a random bookshelf in an art gallery in TriBeCa.

Hawaiian Adventures

I decided to go to Hawaii with my best friend for my birthday (yes Sagittarius season) best decision ever. I hate the cold weather and New York in the winter seems to have even more tourists then it does during the summer (how?). When I left it was snowing and despite the 11 hour trip (it’s brutal people – and anyone who reads this blog knows I travel) it was worth it. Here’s a few of my fav shots.

Mish-Mash p5

This is a more building centric Mish-Mash. I’m really trying not to repeat my photos and keep the content fresh and interesting! (said with the upmost sarcasm)

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This is the Barcelona Cathedral, I know that sounds made it but it’s actually called the Barcelona Cathedral. We didn’t go inside because it was super crowded, but it’s beautiful on the outside and the details are impressive.

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The door and doorway of the Cathedral

This photo really stood out in my mind because although it was February it was a beautiful 60 degree day and the sun was shining directly on the Cathedral. Granted this is not the best lighting for photos but it was very symbolic. Here is this ancient Cathedral in the middle of the city on the first nice day of the year and the sun is shining directly on it.

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Speaking of Barcelona, here is yet another one of my favorite photos. It’s just of a normal, everyday Barcelona street and it’s beautiful. When I think of Europe this is definitely an image that pops into my mind. Clothes hanging on the balcony, a huddle of apartments that don’t all look the same, blue skies and beautiful people. I’m pretty sure the last time I was here I stumbled upon this very street and alas, fate bought me back around.

 

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This was a random apartment building in Talavera where I lived but I was obsessed with it. It was in the center of the city and really stood out to me among all the other buildings. The center is classic Talavera tile, blue with yellows and greens and around it is an almost mirror-like glass that reflected the surroundings of the buildings. It didn’t look like any other building I had seen. A nice mixture of old and new that you don’t really get that often.

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If you can believe this, this the the natural history museum in Barcelona.

I mean what can you really say about this? that light, that angle, those colors? It’s a beauty.

Thank you Barcelona for continuing to be one of my favorite cities.