It’s always fun (though maybe not so productive, unless you consider it research done way, way in advance) to dream of places that you would like to visit for your next (or next to next) vacation. One of the places I dream about visiting is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I didn’t find out about this place until after I had already been to Mexico (meaning, I probably won’t go back for some time!). It’s beautiful buildings with fine architectural details, the narrow cobblestone streets, and the riotous colors are exactly what my travel dreams are made of. Where do you dream of going?
The first time I went to the San Diego Zoo, I saw a cheetah and a dog walking side by side as if they were the best of friends gossiping about the nosy humans. What?!? Turns out, the dogs are excellent companions for the shy cheetahs and help these endangered animals feel comfortable enough to interact better with each other (especially when it comes to breeding).Such extraordinary things are commonplace at the San Diego Zoo, which is the home of 3,700 such rare and endangered animals (like the youngest panda cub, Xiao Liwu, born in the zoo!). Among the many, many beautiful and awe-inspiring things I’ve seen at this zoo, the artistic elephants working on their masterpieces and gorillas cradling their babies have got to be at the top of the list. The San Diego Zoo can feel like a forest with such beautiful and exotic plants (over 700,000), and pathways that are all over the place (I suppose like they would be in a real forest). I like to get lost and pretend that I’m deep into the Amazon Forest. And when I get tired, I head towards the nearest espresso shop (not Starbucks, in case you’re wondering) for a perfect latte. So whether you’re an animal lover or just want to appreciate different kinds of life in this world, make a trip to your nearest zoo (or if you can, go to the San Diego Zoo). Cheers!
Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had absolutely nothing to do? Even on our vacations, we’re excited to see or do something, because how could we possibly sit quietly and just be? I recently experienced “just being” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was my first vacation where for one whole day, there was nothing to do. Nada. No sightseeing, no activities planned. I expected to be anxious about “wasting” my vacation time, but instead I was relaxed and relished this time away from the daily hustle. Cabo San Lucas is the perfect place to experience this as the natural beauty relaxes your senses and re-energizes you. So next time you’re on vacation, relax on the last day if you can. Upon your return home, you’ll be more than ready to take on the world.