That’s SoCal: Day 5

I had no clue what this day would be like. Most of our trip was chill and spur-of-the-moment. We had the urge to have a picnic in the park that morning, which didn’t work out. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but it was still fun. I was with some of the most amazing people I know in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, so how could I have a bad time? We walked to a park and just chilled out and talked. It was nice. I got to see so many beautiful things on the way there: homes, trees, flowers, etc. It felt like time was moving so slow, which was great because I didn’t want the trip to end.



Slight tangent, I wanted to post an awesome picture of one of the houses near the park. It doesn’t have the address or house number. But it felt weird to possibly post it, so I just want you to know that there were some beautiful houses out there.


It was kind of weird seeing palm trees at a park. I’ve always associated them with beaches, but I quickly learned that that’s not the case, at least, in San Diego. I have this random obsession with them, which I think came from being excited about this trip.

We were blessed with another beautiful day, and I’m glad I got to spend time outside without worries.

We planned to have a bonfire at Mission Beach that night. I was so excited! I’ve always wanted to do that. It has always seemed like a fun thing to do. Little did I know, things wouldn’t go as planned.

My friends got on a roller coaster, and I decided to wait in the longest line ever for some ice cream. It was worth it though! I had the best Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream ever, so I couldn’t be mad. Do I wish the line was shorter? Yes. But I guess their ice cream is so good that they have a line like that. Waiting that long made me wonder how people wait in a line out the door at Georgetown Cupcake. Haha.


We headed to the beach with our bonfire supplies. I couldn’t wait to experience it. We searched and searched and searched. None of the bonfire spots were available. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed. I had been looking forward to this experience all day. We stayed on the lookout for people leaving so we could get a spot. We put a blanket on the sand, kicked off our shoes, and enjoyed each others’ company. Eric and I tossed a baseball back and forth. There were great conversations. I was loving this night despite the people were being stingy with the bonfire spots.


Day 5 was an amazing day, and I was excited to see how Day 6 would be.

That’s SoCal: Day 4

I woke up on Day 4 amazed. I still couldn’t believe I was in California, a place I’ve wanted to go to for years. I wondered what San Diego had to offer on this beautiful spring day. We chilled out; enjoyed the weather; and decided to check out Mission Beach that night.


As we walked closer to the park, the sounds of laughter and joy grew loud. I didn’t know what Mission Beach would be like, but I was excited!

Mission Beach, CA: roller coaster and shops

Mission Beach, CA

I’m not a huge rides person. I’m scared of roller coasters. I briefly considered trying this one out, but I couldn’t. It seemed like my friends had a lot of fun on that ride.

Mission Beach’s park is family-friendly. The lines for the rides weren’t too bad at all. I think it was similar to a carnival.


After bag-holding duty ended, we walked to the beach. This was my first time being on the beach at night. At first, I was a little apprehensive, but I couldn’t stay away from the ocean for long.

The breeze picked up as we walked closer to the ocean. I took my shoes off, and my feet seeped into the cold sand as I made my way to the water. Of course the water was freezing! I didn’t expect it to be warm at all, but it’s something about walking into cold water.




I truly felt like I was living in the moment. I was with some of the best friends I’ve ever had in a place where I’ve always wanted to visit. We talked. We laughed. We were silent. We truly and genuinely enjoyed being together on this cool San Diego night. As simple as this day was, I couldn’t have asked for a better one.


Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream in a chocolate sprinkle waffle cone.

Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream


Side note, this picture looks like a mixtape cover. Haha.

Day 4 was super chill. Day 5 was such a gorgeous, bright day.

Update 01/09/19: I added one photo and fixed a spelling error.

Update 01/15/2020: Added link to “Day 5” post, added captions, changed photo dimensions

That’s SoCal: Day 1

I woke up at about 6 to get ready for my 8 AM flight. Traveling in comfy clothes was a must. My excitement overpowered my sleepiness. I was ready to embark on this journey to the West Coast with my 2 of my closest friends, Marjani and Donia, to visit our friend, Jasmine.

Marjani and I left New York’s cold, snowy weather for warm, sunny San Diego. That was the first time I had flown in 6 years. I was actually kind of scared of flying, especially after the French Alps crash. When I went to Italy in 2009, I was scared because that was the first time I had flown since 9/11 happened. But I refused to let that bother me during my flight. I put it all in God’s hands, and He blessed us with a safe flight.


Swiped this from Marjani’s Snapchat.

I was so excited that I barely slept on the flight. I saw so many beautiful things from my window while I was thousands of feet in the air. One of those things being some of the Colorado Rockies. My screen had a feature that let us see about where we were and how far, which I thought was pretty cool. I was wide awake when the screen showed that we were in California. *Put a million heart eye emojis here*


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