#WanderlustWednesday: Southern Mexico

This weekend is the celebration of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. Being that I am half-Mexican, I thought for this weeks Wanderlust Wednesday we could look into that. Now, my family is from north west Mexico so they don’t really go all out like they do in the South. Now, I personally don’t believe in all the rituals and what not of the celebration but seeing that I love food, color, and its a part of my heritage, I do find it all quite interesting. I do respect other peoples beliefs yet I would love to travel through southern Mexico  at this particular time of the year just to see it first hand.

When most people think of Dia de los Muertos they just think of the sugar skulls. They are a big part of the whole ordeal but the whole celebration is meant to honor the memories of those who have passed. It’s a tradition that has been going on since the days of the Aztecs. For the weekend there are parades, exhibitions, concerts and the markets are filled with flowers, food and decorations.

Families prepare their loved ones favorite foods and create altars in their rememberance. They go to the cemeteries and fill it with flowers (mainly marigolds), candles and food. They spend the night there in honor of the ones that have passed. They believe that it is during this time that their love ones spirits return to eat and drink and some feel as if they can feel their loved ones with them more than any other point in the year.

Some of the most popular places that really go all out in their festivities are Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, Michoacan and Guanajuato. One of these years I’ll make my way down there to see it first hand.

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Who would’ve thought….

A year ago this weekend I came to wander about Nashville.

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I had only been once before on a youth trip many years ago. We were only in town for a day and so we didn’t really get the chance to get to do much around Nashville. I was 18 at the time and the thought never even crossed my mind that I would one day end up living here.

After coming back from Australia in 2011, I just went back to working and tried to build some sort of a normal life. I had a decent job, had my little routine, had my family and friends around and yet, I felt as if I were dying little by little deep inside. I was bored with my life. Living in Vegas, it’s as if you live in this little bubble and it was always the same drama and nonsense. I truly did try my best to just have somewhat of a normal life. To do what I thought others would somewhat expect of me.

But the thing is, I have a bit of a gypsy soul. I can’t stay in one spot. I can’t do whats “normal”, it kills me. I’ve never lived in one city for more than 8 years and I’ve never lived in one house for more than 6 years. My whole life, I have moved quite a bit.

At the beginning of 2013 I knew that it was time to move again. I had it down to 3 different cities. NYC, LA and Nashville. I wanted to go somewhere new so that ruled out LA. It gets way too damn cold in NYC so that went out the window. Nashville seemed like a cool place, so October of last year, I came to explore the city. No one really knew as to why I came out here but between the southern culture, the amazing food, of course the music and that creative freedom that seems to linger about the city, Nashville won me over.

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(just some pics from that trip)

Three months later I packed up all my crap in my car, persuaded my bestie to make the trip and off east we drove.

To be completely honest, it has not been the easiest of seasons but I am so thankful that I made the move. Being in a completely new place, away from everything comfortable and normal forces you to grow. To face who you really are and gives you the opportunity to change. There are things that I have learned and things that I am in the process of figuring out that would not have happened unless I made the move.

As for how long I will be here, well, that I am not sure of but I am grateful for the fact that at this moment, I am here.

#WanderlustWednesday: Barcelona

My heart is set on Spain as of late. Well, and just about all the other countries around the Mediterranean but for today, we’ll just focus on Barcelona.

Barcelona is the one the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea.It has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Barcelona is Spains second largest city. It is the 10th most visited city in the world and the 3rd most visited in Europe, following London and Paris.

Barcelona is an important cultural centre, rich with cultural heritage with a tradition in the creative arts, craftsmanship and architecture. The city is full of parks, museums and has some of the top beaches in the world. Barceloneta beach has been listed as one of the top ten beaches in the world by both National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. Barcelona is also a major fashion capital and of course is known for its food and nightlife.

Barcelona is home to several World Heritage Sites. Park Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Viceno, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Palau de la musica Catalna and Hospital de Sant Pau. The church of Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is set to be completed by 2026.

I would love to be able to just wander about Barcelona for days…

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For more on Barcelona, check out http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/barcelona

#WanderlustWednesday: Los Angeles

It may be that Im a bit homesick for the West Coast…or that I am in desperate need of some In-N-Out but today I’m dreaming of LA.

I absolutely love Los Angeles. It’s such a massive city with so many things to do and places to go. From the garment district to China Town to Santa Monica pier, it’s all a beautiful mess. I’ve found that for the most part its either a love or hate relationship with LA.

To actually try and break down the city and all the places to go and see with all the places to go eat would literally take a blog of its own. Maybe that’ll be a project of mine sometime…you never know where I could end up next….

I miss being able to get in my car and drive 4 hours to stick my feet in the sand, get some unique jewelry at the garment district, wander in the endless neighborhoods and eat some freaking amazing food. And of course, when in LA you must catch a basketball game at Staples Center (fun fact: I’m obsessed with basketball, its somewhat concerning, haha)

In case you may not have caught it by now…I really miss California and Los Angeles in particular. Don’t get me wrong, I love the South and I am so glad that I decided to move out here but being that I am originally from Cali, my heart will forever find its way back to my home state.

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All I can say is, if you’ve never been, you should go at least once in your life.