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Venice Beach, California

August 26, 2017
written by cijida5_wp

Free People Libby Convertible Dress (here) 

House of Harlow Tanta Crosshatch Pendant Necklace (here) 

This whole week I had planned on going to Slot Canyon, CA. It’s about 3.5 hours from Los Angeles and is quite remote. Last minute I decided against that plan because I didn’t think it was wise to take such a long remote trek alone…so, today I was a tourist in Venice Beach, CA. As always, Venice was lively, entertaining and full of great people watching opportunities! It was a bit grey and cool, but thankfully, there were small pockets of sunlight to keep me warm enough while I rode around enjoying the sights!

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Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017
written by cijida5_wp

Photo taken with my phone behind my eclipse glasses (my camera was having trouble focusing on the eclipse rather than the glasses)

Today, the United States experienced a total solar eclipse in certain states within certain cities of those states. The states in which you were able to see a total solar eclipse are: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina. Here, in California, we experienced a 70% solar eclipse meaning that we experienced the moon cover 70% of the sun. This happened at exactly 10:20AM, today for just a couple of minutes. Thankfully one of my colleagues had some extra eclipse glasses from the California Science Center, to let me borrow!

 

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The Bungalow, Santa Monica

August 19, 2017
written by cijida5_wp

A fun, but competitive game of ping pong Laura looking out to the sunset, from The Bungalow Our last stop of the night was a lounge that I don’t know the name of, but had a lovely lit colorful wall

Lack of Color, Teak Rancher Hat  (here)

American Apparel, Crop Top (here) 

Kathryn Amberleigh Geniunion Leather Sandals (here)

I hadn’t been here in quite some time, but coming back reminded me of how much I enjoy this place! The ping pong, the people, and the sunsets are good reasons to visit The Bungalow, Santa Monica. Laura and I had a lovely time!

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Gellért Baths-Budapest

August 3, 2017
written by cijida5_wp

Ground floor indoor pool. You see this as you walk in from the entrance One set of hot baths in the basement. There were many othersAqua class Outdoor rooftop/ street level swimming pools 

This morning I treated myself to the Gellért Baths. The Gellért Baths are situated in a complex that consists of the Hotel Gellért in Buda, and other swimming pools that you may access with your one-day pass. There are baths in the basement, ground level, and rooftop. You can spend all day here. There are lockers and towels that are available to use for a small fee. I did my best to dip in all the baths before I left. This place is a must visit!

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My view of the Charles Bridge from, Letná Park. I was making my way from the city to get to the Prague Castle and stumbled across this view! A tramOh my goodness, there are so many tourist-says the tourist. I mean, right when you step off the train and walk about 5 minutes into the Prague city center, it’s just a circus full of just about everything, street performers, children and well…touristsFour Seasons-PraguePrague Castle  The train station that I arrived and departed from

While I had told a few people of my summer plans, my friends suggested that I take a small trip, within my Budapest trip and go to Prague- The Czech Republic. I did my research and realized that it was only about a $50 USD round trip train ride, 7-hours each way with a few options for departure times each day. I decided to take the 5:25AM train so that I would arrive in Prague at about 12:30PM. I set my alarm for 4AM. Woke up. Fell back asleep. Then woke up in a panic at about 4:55AM…and it takes me 23 minutes to get to the train stop!!!!! Greg and I ran to the train stop, in some wild thunder and lighten storm weather. Stood there and waited for the metro (underground) that was suppose to take me to my 7-hour train. Greg was convinced I would miss it…but I was determined. He told me the only way for me to make it was to run from the track, upstairs, and onto the other track (which would normally take about 3 minutes). As soon as the metro doors opened, I rain straight and slightly confused to where I was suppose to go. And I actually made it on my 7-hour train with 2 minutes to spare! Why do I do this to myself….? Sigh.

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