Things I want to do this Christmas…

I’m making a list (and checking it twice?) of all the things I want to do now that Christmas has arrived! This is my absolute favorite time of year, and I really try hard to make every day just a little bit special, even if it’s taking thirty minutes to sit with a Christmassy book/story or sip some hot chocolate. I always spend a lot of time with my family this time of year, and I also want to take a few extra days to do these things, too:

see The NutcrackeIMG_0016r

I’ve been meaning to buy tickets to the ballet forever, and Christmas is the best season, in my opinion. NYCB puts on The Nutcracker every season, so this year I have to make sure to catch a performance.

visit Bryant ParkIMG_0090

Bryant Park in the city is beautiful this time of year when they open up the merchant stalls and set up their Winter Village. It’s becoming a tradition to visit before Christmas Day, and go ice skating. Which brings me to:

go ice skating

I’m not a skilled skater by any means, but after an hour of hanging onto the barrier, I get the hang of it and I always have a blast (I think I’ve fallen every time, though).

read Dickens’ Christmas stories

Every year I read A Christmas Carol, but the book I have featured seven or eight other Christmas stories by Dickens, so this year I read them ALL.

see the Rockefeller Center Christmas treeIMG_0028

Of course: this is a must-do tradition. A lot of the time I visit the tree after Christmas because I’ve had no time, and while that’s not a bad thing (it’s less crowded, after all), seeing the tree before Christmas is definitely more special.

I get all warm and happy this time of year, and I hope that whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season, that it’s happy and cheerful and spent with the people you love.


Travel Tales of San Francisco

I just got back from my very first trip to California/the West Coast. My cousin and I went to San Francisco for a few days to visit a friend, and spent many, many hours walking up and down crazy hills, being totally amazed by the Victorian architecture, going on spooky Alcatraz tours, and in my case, completely biting it while biking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco’s beauty frequently took my breath away, and I loved every minute of exploring this great American city. Here are some photo highlights of my trip.

Warning: many pretty photos ahead:

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view from the top of Lombard Street. My feet and legs took the brunt of the pain! 😉

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view from our awesome seafood dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf

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Alcatraz Island from Pier 44

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Snapchat selfie while hanging onto a cable car 😉

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Alcatraz cell—so tiny!


view of San Francisco from Alcatraz Island—unbelievable.


The Bay

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Janis Joplin’s house


The Grateful Dead’s house


view of SF from the Golden Gate Park observation deck


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Chinatown was beautiful. (Food was awesome, too!)



My favorite kinds of vacations are the ones that I get to do a mix of relaxation, exploration, sight-seeing, some museums/history stuff, and a lot of eating! We did a whole lot of touristy things this trip which I loved, but if and when I ever make it back to SF, I’d love to take more time to do the local things. For the first time, it was pretty perfect.


Going to San Francisco…

Hey friends! I’m excited to share some travel news. This summer my cousin and I are going to San Francisco to visit a friend, and I’m getting so excited to visit California for the first time. Yep—first time on the West Coast. We already have a long list of places to see and things to do, but if you’ve been to SF or live there, let me know if you have any recommendations! We want an action-packed week. 🙂