Musings

The Real Northern California

As a girl born and bred in the Bay Area, I consider myself a Northern Californian, at least compared to those in SoCal! But recently I took a road trip to Eureka and beyond with my parents, and I realized... I'm not as far north as I thought.

The towns up there have an interesting flair; they're filled with lots of vegan eating options, organic coffee and great amounts of greenery. Where in the Bay Area the trendiness is carefully calculated and perfectly placed, in the "true North" the vibes are unintentionally and almost accidentally on point.

As is always the case on Welingkar Family road trips, we bring too many snacks, try to accomplish too many things, and end up eating, invariably, at the only Chinese restaurant in every small town we visit. This time around was no exception. Hope you enjoy! (There are a lot of pictures, bear with it please, haha.) Any q's about what you see, ask away!

Some mood music (the only song I was listening to when editing):

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B is for...

Hello again! It seems I find you at the beginning of yet another summer, this one before my final year of college! As always, I've decided to participate in entirely too many things for just one three month period, but I'm excited for it all to start. 

I actually write this from the hotel my parents and I are staying at in Eureka, California-- our hub during a mini road trip through the California Redwoods. In between two summer school sessions and a journalism fellowship with The Tab, I've got only 18 days off this summer, and I'm trying to use it all up as best as I can! So far, I've recovered from a nasty cold and visited the SF conservatory of flowers (a summer tradition!), not to mention this little vacation that reminds me of all the National Park hopping I did with my parents as a kid. 

I brought along four cameras with me for this trip, but so far I've only shot in film on my trusty film SLR. While those wait to be developed and scanned, I've got this for ya. This past semester at school has been one of my most mentally taxing-- learning how to juggle schoolwork, club commitments, and friendships, so late into my college career has been difficult. To combat the stress, I like to pop on a romantic comedy, grab some magazines, cut, collage, and journal. I can't even count the number of times I watched Stardust this semester alone. My last journal entry for spring 2016 read as follows:

 "B is for a lot of things. If you ask me, some days the answer is but ... sometimes it's butts ... sometimes it's beginnings. B is for anything you want it to be. Blooming, bursting, breaking through. Now the semester has come to a close, I'm able to do a last bit of reflection. I've grown a lot this semester. I'm still petty, I still get hurt easily, I still overthink lots of things. But ... I'm not as stubborn as I once was. A lot of people have taught me along the way; sometimes being set in your ways doesn't let you see what's right in front of you. And I need to keep remembering that. So it's been a tough semester. A lot of learning, a lot of solidifying. But a lot of room for ... better.

B is for better."

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Some very philosophical stuff ;). As always, I'll be back with more pictures and thoughts for you! Probably a summer adventure post series as well. See ya soon! 

Hi Y'all!

As always, it's been a pretty long while since the last time we spoke-- and also as always, so much has been going on! We've moved house... again. I wanted to take the time to look at some of the old photos I'd taken in our condo, just as a trip down memory lane. They did not disappoint. Though I'll definitely miss the vibrancy and excitement always present around such a large stadium (sidenote: happy home opening day, giants!) there's so much to love about our new place. As an homage to the old days though, here's my favorite plant in the light of my favorite window. See y'all soon!

And if you're so inclined, check out our old condo-- it's on the market and waiting for a new owner! Head over at 207kingst.com!

The Mexican Michelada

As a native Californian, my only stipulation for spending 4+ weeks somewhere is that they have a good taco place. When I was living in London, I knew I might have a problem with this stipulation; but luckily, nestled slightly north of Central London in Camden, there's a wonderful Taqueria, Cafe Chula. I've been there now about 10 times, and every time I leave wonderfully full and high off tacos and margaritas, not once disappointed. This time, I wanted to try something a little different, so I decided to order a drink and item off the menu at random and hope for the best.

I was rewarded with a Michelada and a crispy Chicken Quesadilla. The Michelada is a mix of hot sauce, tomato juice, and a few other spices that you pour your beer of choice into. The result is delicious and spicy. My favorite. Quesadillas are self explanatory! Below are the pictures I managed to get before I attacked the food and drink with no abandon. Enjoy!