Summer Travels - Part Four

>> Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fishing down in Pacifica.

Never a better day to be outside.

Summer Travels - Part Three

>> Sunday, June 14, 2009

Decided to go on a spontaneous road trip last week up to UC Davis. It's not my first time visiting the school, but man is this place spread out. It is most definitely not close to the same as San Jose State. Here's a short summary of Davis wanderings:

Drove up in the afternoon and went over to friend's house. Dropped him off for final and walked around downtown Davis. Grabbed some dinner and walked into this quiet little place. Friends got some gelato while I admired this lovely window sill.

Hopped in the car and tried to find my friend in this crazy place. Tons and tons of people still studying for finals and I've been out for weeks. Suckers. I love my school year schedule.

Eventually found my friend in this mess. I was burning up just from walking around for 5 minutes. This place needs to work on its ventilation cause someone could die in here. Said my hellos and wished them the best of luck in their studies.

What's there to do in Davis at the stroke of midnight? That's right, grill up this bad boy! Salt, Pepper, and flame kissed. Best cheap piece of meat I ever bought. Perfect way to end the night.

Summer Travels - Part Two

>> Thursday, June 11, 2009

Next stop on our adventures is the quiet town of Monterey, California. I decided to visit a few friends and go for a walk out of the blue. When asked if I'd live there I said it would be a nice place to retire. It's a calm place on the edge of no where that offers a sense of peace. Not to mention it's also very beautiful and has more than just an aquarium. Here's where we went:

The sand on Monterey beach is way different from the ones in San Francisco or Santa Cruz. It's incredibly finer, softer, and way cleaner. Reminded me of walking on styrofoam.

Made our way down to the pier with just enough light left to take this picture. Sampled a bunch of different clam chowders till we found a winner. The bread bowls are not quite as good as San Francisco but a good contender.

After bread bowls we waddled around some more and found these silly things in a candy shop. This one was my favorite, but I don't think I could eat it.

Flowers growing on the side of the pier. It covered almost a whole wall.

Monterey; definitely a place I wouldn't mind visiting again.

Summer Travels - Part One

>> Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Here's more on where we've been the past month or so. First stop for our travels this summer is Catalina Island. It's a quiet little place located right off the coast of Los Angeles, California. This is the crazy trip on how to get there:

First we start with 5-6 hours driving in a car. Departure time was around 6 AM if I recall correctly.

Arrive at the port of Los Angeles around 2 in the afternoon. We hop on this bad boy for a 30-45 min ferry ride, luckily I don't get sea sick.

We reach the "island" late in the afternoon only to take another boat to where we're staying. Another 15-20 minutes. (Looks like something out of LOST.)

An entire day of traveling and suddenly it seems completely worth it. No television, internet, or cell phone reception. No worries of life.

Our little piece of paradise.

School Is Out

>> Monday, June 8, 2009

Where have we been? What have we been up to? Good question; let us fill you in.

The semester has been done for a little over two weeks now. The first year of college has gone as quickly as it came. I’ve traveled from one end of the state to the other. I’ve eaten out so much that it’s hard to remember the taste of “home cooked”. I’ve slept on couches, backseats, buses, and everywhere in between. I’ve moved back home and said good bye to countless friends. Friends I won’t see for the summer, friends I won’t see in a year, or some that I’ll probably never see again.

I don’t think I can describe this year and do it justice. I was once told that if you don’t know what to write, it’s best to quote someone else. If you can’t top it, borrow it and go out strong. I think my friend Mr. John Snell said it best…

Memories of the 10th FLoor

I love this place, I really do. The past year has been one of the most memorable times of my life. The people I've met here will probably continue to affect me in one way or another for the rest of my life. These are good people; people I'd like to stay friends with for a long, long time. So many memories, so many memories. I'm going to miss this view, this window, this room, this floor and all the people I've met through it. I hope to god that these people will continue to be in my life as the years go by. I'm going to miss waking up at 3pm, making fun of DC food, running up and down the stairs to see my girlfriend, going from room to room being bored out of my mind looking for something to do, the warm nights, walking barefoot across campus, being able to round up twelve people in an instant to do an activity, laughing at stupid videos on youtube, having my room invaded and packed to the brim with friends, and countless other things. Although life will go on and I will go on to meet new people and experience new things, this year will stay with me for as long as I live. I am thankful beyond measure to have had the fortune of being placed amongst such good people. This is what memories are made from, this is life.

Thanks John.

To everyone I’ve met this year: good luck on the road ahead and may you be safe until we meet again.

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