Common Cacti of the Southwest

Common Cacti of the SouthwestIt’s that time of year when the cacti start bloomin’ – a lot of them probably have already! As an avid cacti/succulent lover myself (how original) I thought I’d put together a quick guide of the ones I saw (and loved!) when I was living in Arizona during this time 2 years ago (ahhhh why does time go by so fast…).

This is the best time of year to visit the desert, in my opinion, because it’s not toooo hot yet and of course, CACTUS BLOOMS! (Also I am not perfect and don’t know everything specifically, but I’m doing my best :))

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Just Another Fucking Summer Bucket List

Just Another Fucking Summer Bucketlist[The perfect beach in Ireland; Coumeenole Beach]

Because as much as I love fall, I also have a weird obsession with summer. And so, what do you do when you have a weird obsession with something? You make a list! A fucking bucket list, at that. Feel free to take my bucket list and use it for your own! I won’t be mad, I promise. I’ll also let you steal myΒ Fall Bucket List!

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Arizona Should Be on Your Radar

Arizona Should Be on Your Radar; Ribbon Falls in the Grand Canyon[Lower Ribbon Falls in the Grand Canyon – another reason to hike to the bottom, instead of just checking out the rim!]

In my humble (aka always right) opinion, Arizona is such an underrated state and vastly misunderstood. (At least it was by me?)

Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Arizona[Look at all those lush desert plants! And that beautiful red desert rock! And that kinda sorta desert sunset! Side notes: Desert sunsets really are some of the most beautiful! This was near Saguaro National Park]

Like, did you know that not allΒ of Arizona is desert (which is what I originally assumed #dontassume) and that it actually SNOWS in some parts? Like what.

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Flight Horror Stories

Flight Horror Stories[On a plane somewhere in Sweden]

Doesn’t everyone have these sorts of stories? Or is it just me? Awkward? Am I the only failure of a traveler? I feel like the #1 travel tip ever is BE EARLY TO THE FREAKING AIRPORT and yet I’ve missed a decent number of flights and had quite a few close calls…

So, without further ado, here are some stories of me being a total dumbass, enjoy!

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On Being an Overanalyzer and Indecision Master

overanalyzing and indecisionUGH. I’m sure a lot of people have this problem, but especially for me, I feel it hard.

The overanalyzing that goes on in my life and the indecision is so damn real.

Too damn real, because it’s taking over my life. Not literally, but damn – I don’t usually overanalyze TOO much, but lately I’ve been in this super weird phase where I’m just THINKING about everyone and everything. I mean, as an INFP I’m always thinking thinking thinking, but lately I’ve been overthinkingthinking, if that makes sense. And the indecisiveness – don’t even get me started on that.

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Why Visiting Stockholm in Winter ISN’T Crazy

Why You Should Visit Stockholm in Winter[Stockholm was dope. And really not that cold. And so pretty!]

Ahhhh Stockholm. To be honest, it wasn’t really on my radar of “dying-to-see” destinations like Abisko and Copenhagen were. And I kind of only went because we found cheap tickets (about $440 round trip from Oakland, CA to Stockholm!! Would’ve been more like $300 if we’d bought in advance and hadn’t insisted on picking our seats, for you wanderlusters who are considering checking it out next winter).

But I came away loving Stockholm! I’ll be honest, I liked Copenhagen a bit better, but I also feel like we didn’t get to see as much of Stockholm as we did Copenhagen. Stockholm was at the beginning and end of our trip, so at first we were too jetlagged to do much (we were there for a day and a half before heading to Abisko), and then at the end we were pretty tired from a week and a half of non-stop (cold) travel. But, I did enjoy it, and would love to see it in the summer (especially to explore the Archipelago!!!).

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How to Travel With Other People (& Not Kill Each Other)

How to Travel With Other People (& Not Kill Each Other)[The overlook from the hike up to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh]

I feel like I’m qualified to talk about this topic because I’m just going to go ahead and say I am.

Which is pretty much the reason I’m qualified to do anything! No certifications or degrees needed here. Lol but really, I’ve traveled with 3 good friends in college, random people that I’ve met while traveling solo, a man friend, an old friend from high school, my mom, etc.

But okay, so – here are the things that I feel like makes travel with other people and not strangling each other so much easier!

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Copenhagen – But is it Still Lit in January??

Copenhagen - is it still lit in January?[Typical perfectly perfect street in Copenhagen]

So the answer is a resounding YES. I could actually live in Copenhagen.

Like I actually, really could and might someday in the future. Who knows! My friend actually wants to move there now so I might just hop on board (literally) with her and make it easier. Especially because I thought I would die in the winter, but I didn’t, and it actually really wasn’t that bad, sooooo I have no excuse now!

Only negative was the mirrors. Everyone is tall AF in Copenhagen (and all Scandanavian places, really) and my short ass was always too small to reach the mirrors lol – I often had to stand on my tip toes. And since one of my favorite past times is looking at myself, that could be a problem…

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Abisko, Sweden in the Middle of Winter

Red buildings in Abisko, SwedenOkay, so – WHY exactly would I want to go to Sweden in the dead of winter (with minimal daylight) and call it a “vacation”?

Well, the main reason: stupid stupid cheap tickets. Like $440 round trip cheap from San Francisco to Stockholm. Not too bad, eh?

So, we went in January, and I was real worried that the lack of light would leave us bored to tears (when I looked online, it said it would only be light out from like 10AM-1PM), but I thought it was fine! It actually ended up being light from more like 9-2ish, and I had blog stuff to work on, so it wasn’t a huge deal.

It’s also not that bad walking around in the dark though, as long as you have a head lamp. However, if you still want to see the northern lights but want longer days, go during February!

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