Casually in Cabo

Casually in Cabo

So, I went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for two days. And it was…quite the [great] journey.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ilse found out that she would have days off that fell on my days off. Considering it was her birthday week, we decided to travel together to somewhere warm where we could have fun and relax at the same time. Enter: Cabo San Lucas!
IMG_5156Getting to Cabo was sort of a hot mess. Originally, I sent out on a 7:30 a.m. flight out of Dallas to connect in Houston on the way to Cabo, while Ilse would fly nonstop on American. As luck would have it, the first flight out of Dallas to Houston got canceled which rolled paying customers onto the next flight. I fly standby which, for those who don’t know, means I do not have a confirmed seat. I kept getting rolled over so I assumed I wasn’t going to make it out of Dallas and ended up canceling. I decided to Uber home from Southwest headquarters and made it out to the employee shuttle, but somehow ended up getting on the wrong shuttle.
ANE_0014Considering I had to be taken back to the airport anyway, the passengers on the shuttle convinced me to give my trip one more try and to ask a gate agent to help me out. Once I arrived back at the airport, a lovely lady named Summer helped me out by re-routing me to L.A. I made it onto the flight with a minute to spare and one seat left. Once I got to L.A., I had four hours until my completely open flight to Cabo where I spent most of my wait time chatting with a couple of people at one of the restaurant bars. As we prepared to board, two of the ladies I was chatting with asked me about my plans and offered to drive me to my hotel considering they were already getting a rental car for their week-long stay in Cabo as well. Yay! Or so I thought. Continue reading “Casually in Cabo”

The Travel Bug

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not, in any way, to boast about or show off my travel experiences over the past couple of years. I know that traveling is not feasible for everyone for various reasons, but I want to share how it can be possible even on a budget.

Is it just me or does it seem like in the last year or so, traveling has become sort of a trend? With all the different discount websites/apps and opportunities through college and internships, it makes sense. But why? Why, all of a sudden, is everyone rushing to travel the world? Well, for me, taking that plunge to travel to a different country was life-changing. I know, it’s cliché to say your study abroad experience was ‘the experience of your life,’ but it truly was for me. If you have been following my blog since the beginning, you already know this.

Before I studied abroad, some of my friends claimed that, besides the financial component, they did not have the desire to travel, that they feared missing out on a semester on campus. At that point in my college career, which was midway through junior year, I definitely understood; classes were not beating me down, I made some amazing (and life-long) friends, and I finally had someone to drive me around and explore L.A. (thanks, Cynthia!). But I had been dreaming of studying abroad since I went on a spring break art trip to France and Spain in 2009 and my senior trip to Italy in 2012. By 2015, I felt it was my last chance to see what was out there without any obligations in life.

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Château de Versailles

I know some people have been bitten by this travel bug recently, especially with apps like Instagram where people can consistently show off their amazing travel shots. But some people, even with the financial means, see it as something that will be a luxury to them later in life after they have worked a few years. Here is my suggestion to all of you: if you can, TRAVEL NOW. I say ‘now’ because if it is something that has crossed your mind that you have consciously decided to put off for a few years, your experience will be totally different than what you are imagining at this stage in your life.

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Pont des Arts bridge

Like my friends, my family had to suffer through my endless talks about London and other countries I visited. My parents are completely content at this stage in life in not having seen the world, but even my brother never thought much about traveling since having his senior trip in 2010 to Costa Rica. He explored the idea of studying abroad in Japan during college, but ultimately didn’t. Like most people, it was mainly a financial thing, but after I persuaded [re: forced] him to go to London with me last summer before I started my internship abroad, he said it was the best trip of his life. Still, this trip would not have been as great as it was had we not planned as much as we could.

Here are five ways you can make traveling an option sooner than you think: Continue reading “The Travel Bug”

The Epiphany

The Epiphany

A few weeks ago, I had a breakdown. I passed my seven-month mark of unemployment and I could no longer focus on the idea that change was around the corner. While I am completely aware that millions of people are in my current situation, knowing this did not bring me a sense of peace or comfort. I felt that I had accomplished so much through my college career that I could not understand why, at the very least, I was not getting interviews. I started to rethink and regret everything.
I gave in to the belief that my major was useless. I started to overanalyze job descriptions, convincing myself I did not have a skill set beyond knowing “how to talk.” I especially beat myself up for participating in the internship program this summer in London at the expense of a potential full-time job opportunity with a company I love. But something changed–I had an epiphany. Continue reading “The Epiphany”

Local Finds

Local Finds

Yesterday, I went to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. I don’t think I have been to a market since I was in London, but I took my friend Naomi up on her offer to do something new in the city. While the farmer’s market takes place every weekend, this weekend was highlighting all things boho, thus giving us “The Boho Market.” There was really a little bit of everything from clothes and jewelry to apothecary items and organic foods. I did not end up buying anything, but it was a beautiful day to be outdoors and it was nice to be out and about soaking it all in!
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March Madness

March Madness

Disclaimer: As you may have guessed from the picture, this post is not about college basketball. Though there is some basketball in it.

If you read my last post, you will know that the last month or so has not been that eventful for me. However, I was able to do a couple of things this month that were pretty amazing.

At the beginning of the month, my brother and I went to a Dallas Mavericks game. They were playing against the Memphis Grizzlies,  a.k.a. our second home. We already had amazing seats, but with the help of an old friend, we had the chance to view the last quarter of the game in a suite! We felt very exclusive. We also explored the Old No. 7 Club after the game as neither my brother nor I knew that they even had bars in the American Airlines Center. Actually, maybe we did, but we just didn’t know the general public actually went to them. It was a really fun night!
IMG_4762FullSizeRender (2)DSC03776FullSizeRender (3)Last weekend, I planned to attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Dallas with my friend Ilse. Why it wasn’t yesterday instead of last weekend, I do not know. I am not Irish (as far as I know) and I never celebrate this holiday, but I figured why not? Anyway, I say “planned to attend” the parade because we never actually made it; we spent most of the parade time trying to round up other people so by the time the whole party arrived, the parade was nearly over. However, we still headed over to Greenville Avenue–where the parade was held–and caught up with the after party. It was incredibly crowded [as expected] with an unnecessary $10 entrance fee to simply walk on a street, but it was a lot of fun! Day drinking is always an interesting experience. I just hope next year I can actually catch the parade.
IMG_4770Finally, my friend Kalyn from school came to visit this past week from Oregon. She is from Dallas as well so we knew we had to meet up when she was in town. She and I decided to go to Topgolf as neither of us had been before. Aside from the fact that they charge you for a membership card that you then load money on for the games, I surprisingly enjoyed my time there! I won both games between the two of us, but that is not saying a lot. We agreed that we are definitely not golfers. I would say that it is more worth the price(s) to go with a group, but if you are going with one other person, paying for one hour ($20) is enough time. Like I said, we managed to play two games while also stopping to take pictures and record videos for Snapchat and Instagram. It was so nice to not only do something we both had never done before in our hometown, but to also catch up considering we haven’t seen each other since graduation last year. 🙂
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I may not be able to get out and about as much as I would like, but these have definitely been amazing highlights of the month. We still have a couple of weeks left though!

xx, AE

Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out

Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out

I cannot remember the last time I experienced a near-full week of warm weather in February in Texas.

I know I am a day late, but my weekend was pretty packed with activities so I was not able to post at my regular time yesterday. It was between 70 and 80 degrees this entire week so I definitely had to take advantage of it. On Saturday, I visited the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden–The Arboretum for short–for the second time in two weeks. Normally, The Arboretum is a $15 admission fee, but until February 24th, admission is only $5!
dsc03730dsc03763dsc03766Last week, I went there with my friend Ilse for an impromptu photoshoot (which will be featured on here soon), and this Saturday, I went with my friend Jane. Initially, the point of this trip was to have a joint photoshoot, but we actually spent most of our time relaxing in the gardens (trying to cool down). It was so peaceful though to sit around and soak in the sun. And we did end up getting some cute pictures!
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Yesterday was my dad’s birthday so my family and I started the day by going to the Meyerson Symphony Center to hear Pines of Rome played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This was my first time sitting in the chorus and it was a much different experience. I actually prefer it because you can see the expressions of the conductor and, obviously, you are surrounded by the sounds. It was an amazing show!
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Following the show, we had a delicious dinner at Ruth’s Chris; my dad wanted to splurge a little bit for his 55th and there were no complaints coming from the rest of us. I had a petite filet with large shrimp and my brother and I shared the lobster mac and cheese.
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Overall, I had a really, really great day. I don’t know a lot of people my age who are not music majors that actually enjoy going to listen to an orchestra, so it is nice that I get to share this with my family. Not to mention, I will be dreaming of this meal until I have the grand opportunity to have it again. All in all, it was a solid weekend 🙂

xx, AE

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I thought the “title” for this post was fitting considering it will be about an art exhibit.

I was recently reminded of a special exhibit taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and I am so glad I was because it actually ended this weekend. It is called “KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS.” Now if you know me, you know that I generally do not like contemporary art. Modern art and contemporary art are not the same, but the point is, I struggle to “understand” most contemporary (post-1960s) art. I remember reading years ago that contemporary art is basically “I could do that. But I didn’t.” The KAWS exhibit, however, was everything that I do enjoy about this style.
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