Easy Sundays

Hi guys,

As you know I live in the amazing city of San Francisco, CA. From the diverse people and food, to the history engulfing every inch of the city, it’s easy to say I LOVE WHERE I LIVE.

Sunday’s in our house are used for meal prepping as well as errand running and taking it easy. Our day ALWAYS starts off at Equinox- our gym. From there we get any errands out of the way and this week we made a couple must see stops around North Beach (aka Little Italy)

We enjoy the way Europeans live, with a slower pace in their life. We stopped at Cafe Trieste, in the heart of Little Italy for an afternoon coffee. We just sat and talked… no technology. And we didn’t drink the coffee to just drink it. We enjoyed each other’s company, and that is something that I think many relationships lack. Everyone gets so caught up in the moment that they forget why we all fell in love in the first place.

We also took a detour to Candlelight Books. One of my favorite books is Inferno by Dante and at the entrance to the store they have a quote that says, “Abandon all despair, Ye who enter here” which I thought to be quite charming especially if you are familiar with the actual quote from Inferno.

If you make your Sunday’s fun instead of dreading Monday, life gets a lot more interesting. Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about meal preppy- I know super adulty.

Wishing you all happiness,

Tay

Santorini Day 3

The Hike from Fira to Oiá….

iIf you go to Santorini, and you stay in Fira, you have to hike over to Oiá. It’s 8 miles, in the blazing hot sun, but it is so worth it, and in my opinion the best way to see the island.

Plus, all those beautiful blue church domes… are in Oiá! You can bus back to Fira in 20 minutes. The hike can also be made from Oiá to Fira.

I recommend leaving pretty early to try and beat the heat, plus then you Arrive in the city center around lunch time.

We were exhausted by the end of the hike… 8 miles and it is NOT flat. So I wouldn’t recommend it unless you feel as if you’re in fairly good shape. It’s super hilly and there is a lot of loose rubble so it is easy to lose your footing if you aren’t careful.

There are also donkeys that you can ride who will make the journey for you! My mom, unfortunately, decided she wanted to complete the entire hike on foot.

I would venture to say my family is pretty in shape, and the hike took us 3 hours and 45 minutes. We stopped to take a bunch of photos though so that could have factored in to how long it took us to finish.

We are back home now! Greece was amazing. I am going to do a final thoughts and recap post later if you want to check that out!

Talk to you soon,

Tay

Santorini Day 2

This was a big day.. so I apologize in advance for the long post.

We went on a catamaran tour of the island, which stopped at the sulfur hot springs, and the famous red and white beaches of the Volcanic Thera island (the actual name of Santorini)

Below is a photo of the Sulfur hot springs on the old volcanic island. It is no longer an active island, but tourists travel here to bask in the mud baths. It was really fun, but if you go, make sure to wear a bathing suit you don’t care about because it will get stained and it’s impossible to get out!

Along the tour we passed the oldest lighthouse in Greece. It was hard to snap a really good picture because it was so far away, but I did my best 🙂

My parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by having the captain of the ship renew their wedding vows. My mom also got a beautiful new wedding ring, selected by yours truly.

Finally we ended the day with the most delicious meal with a breathtaking view at one of Greece’s Michelin star restaurants called Idol. If you don’t do anything else in Fira while you are here, you HAVE to do this. The food was to die for and so was the view.

Wishing you the best,

Tay

Santorini Day 1

Hey guys!

So our first day in Santorini was pretty uneventful! The ferry ride took a REALLY REALLY long time. Then we checked into our hotel called El Greco (very beautiful) and took a nap.

My sister then proceeded to force me to go out in Santorini and we hit up a couple of the local bars and clubs- tbh it was like college all over again except people were chain smoking cigs instead of weed (not my scene just at all. Not my scene in the states and not my scene in Europe, but I love spending time with my sister… so I put up with it!

I’ll keep you all updated,

Tay

Mykonos Day 3

We just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful beaches here in Mykonos. I have a horrible sinus infection, so I don’t feel like writing too much! It didn’t, however, stop me from cliff jumping at the locals favorite spot- far away from the many many tourists on the island. The good news is that pharmacies in Greece hand out Z-packs like candy so I’m hopefully on the mend. Today our boat travels to Santorini!

Here are some photos from our adventure yesterday!

Talk to you soon,

Tay

Mykonos Day 2

Today was the most incredible beach day ever. I mean I must have been in paradise. We went to a beach club called Pinky Beach! The chairs were incredible, the service was excellent, and the water was perfect.

We bought an inflatable swan to swim in the ocean with from the local market! Everyone thought we looked ridiculous but it was the best part of the day.

I also finished my book, Into The Water, and I have to say… it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a book I could not put down. I found myself having to force myself to open it with the hopes of maybe becoming more intrenched in the plot. Great twist at the end though!

Here are some photos from the day!

Mykonos Day 1

First of all, Mykonos is everything it is cracked up to be. It’s an amazing time, the people are fun, and the water and buildings are so beautiful they look fake.

We took the ferry from Athens, which was quite luxurious. The ride was about 3.5 hours. Then we settled down on the beach and went on a tubing ride, which was extremely wild but I got some great pictures! We then walked around and explored the city center. It is made up of tiny little streets surrounded by shops.

We made it down to the beach and the part of the city known as little Venice. The famous Windmills of Mykonos are also located there! It was extremely windy but it looked like a scene from a movie.

We also stopped at this little bar and cafe along the coast line of little Venice. The view was spectacular. It was literally right on the water. The place was called Breeze if you ever want to check it out. They had some very fancy, and very expensive cocktails, but according to the rest of my family they were delicious. I’m not much of a drinker.

As we were walking back to the bus, we found this medieval bakery. It was a little hole in the wall, literally, filled with the most delicious pastries and desserts. They still had the medieval ovens on display. It is easy to miss, but it is a must visit gem, that tourist skip right over.

We haven’t hit the “clubbing” scene of the city, which is what the city is famous for, but maybe I can give you some insight tomorrow!!!

Sleep tight,

Tay

Athens Day 1- Getting Our Bearings and Eating Gelato

Athens is an incredible metropolis at the base of the acropolis (hahah) which houses the ruins of temples dedicated to some of the Greeks’ most worshipped Gods and Goddesses.

We freshened up at the hotel, and then explored the neighborhood of Plaka- the main square beneath the Acropolis. It is filled with markets, restaurants, and shops.

We stopped to grab a cappuccino and some gelato at this tiny little hole in the wall along a cobble stone street called “Davinci”. 10/10 would recommend. It was the best gelato I’ve ever had in my life (check out photos below)

As we were flying over Italy and Greece this morning, I couldn’t help but think of the reason people travel, better yet, the reason I travel. Yes, vacation rocks and it’s awesome to relax and see interesting and historical monuments. For me, however, traveling reminds me of how easy it is to become egocentric in our day to day lives. We forget that beyond our little microcosms there are people living in the villages of Greek islands no one knows the names of. They are surviving, making lives for themselves that are totally different from the one we view as being “successful.”

It is a humbling thought, and quite a liberating one as well. When we become so caught up in ourselves it’s easy to get overwhelmed and upset when things do not go according the our plan. But there is so much life outside of the little bubbles which we create for ourselves. So much more to life than the perfect job, the perfect medical school application, the perfect body, and the perfect family.

Just some food for thought,

Tay

Airport Travel Part 2

Hey guys!

We finally made it to JFK in the Big Apple. We just boarded our flight to Athens… so I will see you guys in 10 hours. I’m nestled in with a good book, a blanket, and some melatonin!

I often times forget how inconsiderate other travelers are, so just a reminder that even though traveling is super stressful, be polite to others and respectful of the tiny shared space you all have to occupy for the next 10 hours!

Will be in touch,

Tay

Airport Travel

Flying out of LAX is quite the process. We had an issue with my sister’s luggage being over weight but we were oddly prepared for that. Now we are just waiting to board our flight to JFK!

I am a really nervous and anxious flyer. I don’t like sitting in one confined space for too long. So I thought I would pass along some tips for long trips.

  • Pack face cleansing towelettes. I know this may seem weird, but to me, having a clean face makes me feel like the rest of my body is clean and I can get that stale airplane feeling off my face
  • For all you ladies out there, and let’s not be ashamed to talk about it, bring Summer’s Eve cleansing travel towelettes. Sitting in tight clothing for a long period of time can cause UTI’s and yeast infections, which is the last thing you want when you are traveling or about to go on vacation.
  • Wear loose clothing. I know it’s tempting to throw on a pair of lulu lemon leggings, but joggers or sweats that have a little more breathing room will be a lot more comfy in the long run.
  • For those of you who enjoy Spotify, create a playlist of songs you’ll like to listen to on the plane! Make sure to download them on WiFi to your phone so you can listen to them on the plane!
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You honestly can’t drink enough water, and don’t be ashamed about having to climb over people. Being dehydrated will make jet lag worse!
  • Try to prevent your feet from getting swollen by taking a baby aspirin before your flight. I know compression socks are dorky, but if you swell up, I would recommend them because having swollen feet and ankles is not comfortable.
  • Walking around is another way to prevent the build up of fluid in your lower extremities.
  • Bring a change of clothing in your carry on so you can readjust to the weather once you arrive at your destination. There is nothing worse than having to go through customs either freezing cold or sweating buckets.
  • Wear flip flops or sliders and bring socks. Trust me, it’s easier for everyone. It makes going through security easier, and getting up from your seat to use the bathroom easier as well. Plus, no one has to smell your sweaty airplane feet.
  • Bring a good book, a comfy pillow, or a movie to keep you busy. I know I get ants in my pants when I’m on long flights, so it’s important to occupy yourself and make the time go by faster.
  • Happy travels,
  • Tay