Sunday, September 29, 2013

love on public transportation

this past summer i spent some time just about every morning on BART
here in Costa Rica I take the public bus all the time
and I spent lots of time on the Metro back in DC

and i always wonder the same thing...
what was public transportation like pre-cell phones (mainly iPhones)

(also lets just take a minute to discuss how crazy it is that i usually still have cell phone service when going under the bay...i mean underwater...and in case you were wondering you can't see the fishies..such a disappointment)

okay back to the point....(sometimes i get a little lost)
now a days everyone has there head in their phone and no one really bothers to say hello or even give a friendly smile because they aren't actually in the moment they are off in some weird place.
and so they miss the fact that their friend from high school is sitting two rows down or that there colleague from work has been taking the same train as them for two years.

even more so...did people use to fall in love on public transportation.
just think of it a lot can happen in a thirty minute metro ride.
and before with nothing else to do but maybe read a book.
how more likely were you to spark up a conversation with a stranger before the era of earbuds.
and where might that conversation have led.

how many people met their soul mates on the bus??
{now thanks to too many seasons of criminal minds i am aware you could also befriend a serial killer on the bust...but maybe he just needs a friend and doesn't plan on locking you in his basement (too naive??? i prefer to say optimistic, yep my friendly conversation is what would keep me from being kidnapped by a serial killer) see what i mean about getting lost sometimes}

well guess what even in this modern technology obsessed if it doesn't happen on facebook its not real world people still fall in love on the bus..
that's right.

this couple here met on a bus.
and they only had three stops together.
but that was enough to send the boy after her the next day
(yes this might be considered stalking...but hey its true love guys)

and a while later they got married on that same bus that they met on.
(not sure how i would feel about a bus wedding...i bet it is economical though)

just another wonderful story that restores my faith in this world.
that life really is simple
even with all the technology in the world

Thursday, September 26, 2013

a little bit of magic

Some days are just rough. 
On those days you need a little bit of magic to remind you how wonderful the world is. 

This video is definitely full of magic! 

I found this amazing video from this article on Grist. 

Make sure you turn the sound on when you watch it. 
It is part of the experience.

I hope you enjoy it!!!  

P.S. You can also watch it here on vimeo (it is a better link). 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


This magical awkwardness happened when I had to say goodbye at the BART stop. 

People definitely stared. 
It was a little awkward. 
But the guy next to me understood. 
Apparently his daughter also acts ridiculous when she has to say goodbye to her college friends. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

the day i became an old lady

22 is a weird age, it is in between anything exciting
 but still young enough to be outside of the adult world. 

Is some how so much older. 
22 and 23 are worlds apart. 
I am not entirely sure why but turning 23 terrified me. 

Luckily I had an absolutely wonderful day! 

Naturally the big kid that I am, I started my morning off with a nice big cup of hot chocolate. 

My supervisor Anna brought me some wonderful treats from a local bakery. 
I definitely had my fair share of chocolate on my birthday. 

We also went out to lunch with one of my co-workers at this awesome restaurant. 
It looked like what I would imagine a restaurant in Paris circa 1920 would look like. 
The food was pretty delicious too. 

Then we got all dressed up and Erin, Tricia and I went to dinner at In N Out. 
I like to keep things real classy. 
Plus a burger, fries and a milkshake is one of my favorite meals. 
And Erin needed to get one more trip in to In N Out before she headed back to Colorado the next day. 

Grilled cheese. Absolutely delicious
And I finally got to try a Neapolitan shake. 
I highly suggest it. 

Then we went to Henry's in Berkeley for some birthday drinks. 

It was pretty classy for a college bar. 

I got some sort of blue drink called a Cable Car. 

It was delicious. 
It tasted like blue lemonade. 

All together ir was one of my favorite birthdays. 
23 might not be so bad after all. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bouchon Bakery

After we went to Muir Woods we traveled just a bit north to visit 
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery
and it was delicious I mean absolutely delicious. 
We had sandwiches. And how good can a sandwich be.
But these were amazing! 

And then of course we went back and got dessert. 
We did manage to spill water all over the floor but oh well it happens.  

Erin got an oatmeal raisin ice cream sandwich and I got a raspberry eclair. 
And then we shared a hazelnut macaroon. 

I highly suggest a visit to the bakery. 
So goood. 
Plus you don't have to make a reservation which you kind of need for all of Keller's other restaurants. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Muir Woods Take 2

On Monday morning we had this great grand plan to go to Mama's in SF (which we missed the day before) and then drive across the Golden Gate bridge and then head north to Muir Woods. 
But there was one tiny problem. 
You see I didn't have a car with me in SF. 
So I borrowed my friends and it just so happened that this was the day it decided 
to get sick and have AAA pay a little visit. 
So our plans had to be changed a bit. 
We didn't make it to Mama's or the bridge. 
But I did get to take Erin to the Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley.
And eventually the car situation was made all better and we got to drive to Muir Woods. 
Thankfully Tricia had an amazing CD collection in her car.
So while driving the blue VW bug we sang a long to the Grammy nominees from 2003. 
I highly suggest that album. 

To say that we enjoyed our time there is a major understatement. 
It has been quite some time since I laughed that hard and that much. 
Now there were signs that said to be quiet.
But we didn't really pay attention to those. 
And so we laughed a lot. 
A LOT!!!!!
And it was absolutely wonderful. 
And there really aren't the right words to explain it. 
So I will let the pictures do all the talking. 
And let me tell you these are just a few of them. 
The rest of them were slightly to ridiculous to share. 

^^^ P.S. This is my favorite. ^^^


It was an absolutely wonderful morning. 
It just felt like a different time and space. 
And driving down from the hill we saw the most amazing fog. 
It was literally rolling past us off a cliff. 
There are so many things that just amaze me. 
This world that we live in is so magical and never ceases to surprise and mesmerize me. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Being a Tourist in SF with Erin

On Sunday Erin and I spent the entire day being tours in San Fran. 
She had a list of places she wanted to see. 
And I had saved a few for her visit. 

It was really fun to adventure around and someone it all ended up working out perfectly. 
I love the size of SF, it really is a small city and besides the change of death by hills you really can walk all over it and cover a lot of ground in one day. 

Our adventure naturally started with breakfast. 
After all it is our favorite meal and it just wouldn't be wise 
(or right) to start an adventure on an empty stomach. 
We had attended to go to Mama's which is suppose to be amazing but the line was obnoxious and we had a full day ahead of us. So we tried a different little spot and it was wonderful. 
Surprisingly I did not take pictures. Weird I know. 

We did take the time to ride the Cable Cars.
They are absolutely wonderful and they dropped us off right by our breakfast destination. 
The line of course was ridiculous, even though we tried to get there early.
While in line we got to hungry so I ran in and bought pre breakfast hash browns 
from Burger King. I am not really a fan of fast food (thats a total lie I love fast food, I mean grease!!!! and potatoes!!! and soda!!! but I know it is bad for you and as someone who studies food culture I am well aware of its badness) but sometimes it just really is so darn great and sometimes you are just starving and you need hash browns! 

And yes I can justify just about anything (wink)!!  

We were super bold and decided to ride the cable car standing on the edge. 
Yep that is as close as i get to living on the edge. 
Let me tell you it is really hard to take pictures when you are holding on for dear life. 

Here is the inside of the car. I am super impressed by the guys who drive these. 
Not a job I would want. 

Such a cute little sign.

We walked up to see Lombard St. 
It was most definitely the most touristy place I went in SF.
There were so many people there taking pictures. 
And it is really pretty. 
But I also kind of just don't get it. 
I mean it's more than a little silly. 

We also went to Coit Tower. 

And we were way to cheap to pay the seven dollars to ride the elevator to the top. 
Also there was a really long line. 
But that is what you get on a Sunday in the middle of Summer. 
So here are some views from outside of the tower. 

We accidentally found the stairs at Telegraph Hill. 
Which was on our list, but we had actually forgotten about. 
So it worked out perfectly. 
I think if I had to live in SF I would want it to be one of the houses along the stairs. 
They are in their own little garden world. 

At the bottom of the stairs we found the Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters. 
Levis are by far my favorite jeans. 

They had their own museum. 
It was super cute. 
The store inside their HQ was awesome also. 
It has a cabin inside of it that held the dressing rooms.
There were a gazillion things that I wanted to buy. 
But I left my money in my wallet and the clothes in the store. 

They also had some amazing couches in their lobby. 
This was the view from them. 
We might have taken a little bit of a rest there.

I just love signs. 
Everywhere you go in the world they are equally ridiculous! 

I have absolutely no idea what this was suppose to be a picture of but I love it just the same. 

The bay bridge from a far. 
And some boats.

We were going to the exploratorium but it was also extremely pricey and we didn't really want to pay to fight children to play with things. 
Then we went back to the San Francisco Center and visited some of our favorite stores. 
Erin and I both love a good mall. 

Altogether it was a really fun day!!! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Outside Lands

on saturday we went to the Outside Lands music festival. Outside Lands is a three day music festival held in Golden Gate Park and it is quite elaborate and a huge section of the park including the polo field, is turned into it's own little world. 

we were afraid that there would be way too many hipsters there and we wouldn't fit in.
but surprisingly enough there were tons of normal people (and not so normal people). 

here are some pictures from the day! 
it was tons of fun, there was so much good food and food music and lots of time to catch up and chat about life. 

aren't we just the cutest!
there is another picture of us where my eyes are completely black, it is super creepy. 
hence why i am not sharing it with you cause it definitely makes me look devilish. 

magically all of the performers we wanted to see were scheduled for the same stage. 
when we first go there it was pretty empty, which amazes me. cause tickets were definitely not cheap and one would think you would want to be there for every little bit. but i guess not. 

There were a ton more performers at four different stages. But we were definitely happy with our choices. We have actually seen Milo Greene twice opening for The Civil Wars and The Tallest Man on Earth opening for Mumford and Sons during our concert filled senior year at CLU.   

here is the "land" that was created on the polo field. it housed the main stage (that Paul McCartney played at the night before) and had a large number of vendors. it has had these weird bubble like tents for DJS which looked like a wonderful place to get drugged or shanked, needless to say we skipped those. 

so the food was amazing. and there were lots of options. not only that they created an app for the event that had an interactive map that could tell you where you were. and told you the locations of each food truck and their menu and reviews from other festival goers. 
we got fried mac and cheese to eat while we were waiting in line for pizza. 
these were absolutely delicious and nutritious (maybe not???)

and then there was this pizza truck. probably the coolest thing ever (might be an exaggeration, but it is pretty close) it had a stone oven inside of the truck. the pizza was definitely worth the wait. 

i mean just look at this beauty, it was so delicious. 

so the festival was almost a theatrical production. they created different lands that offered different attractions and food types. (side note: one was super creepy and we tried to avoid walking in it, if it had been dark and empty i would have feared for my life, and no i did not take pictures.) my favorite was chocolands. there was also a section that just had lamb food trucks (i was not a fan of that, poor little babies) but chocolate, i am all for chocolate. 

here were all of the options. 

this was the liquid chocolate truck. yes there are men in there freshly melting chocolate. 
it definitely felt like charlie and the chocolate factory come to life. 

Erin and I both ended up getting these monstrous smores. 
they were soooo good and zoo chocolatey and they had caramel too.

after we finished our adventuring we headed back to the stage to see our last two performances. it was a tad bit more crowded. we ended up sitting up on a hill which provided us a great view of the crowd. 

which was quite entertaining 

there was this little gem. the man which a unicorn hat on. 
people kept walking by and taking pictures with him. 
he just laid there for a good 20 minutes. 
it was great. 
there was also this girl who was insanely skilled with a hool-a-hoop. 

the stage was pretty in the dark. it also started to drizzle just a little bit.

we magically managed to squeeze on to the bus to take us back to the BART. 
and during the bus ride i found like lovely sign. 
it tells you a lot about a city. 
i also appreciate the note in fine print reassuring people that marijuana addiction is a real thing. 

all together. it was a wonderful day and quite the adventure. 
and now i really want to eat some more of that pizza. 
unfortunately quality pizza in Costa Rica is quite limited.