Yale University Art Gallery

Ah Yale, the alma matter of Rory Gilmore. As one of the top universities in my field, I decided to make this one of my first stops on the East Coast trip that I took last November. The campus was absolutely gorgeous, everything you would expect from an Ivy. While walking around, I mentioned to Claudia and Laura that it would be cool to go into a museum if we could find one. Well, it must have been fate becuase the second I said that I turned around and saw the Yale University Art Gallery. Get ready for a major photo dump...

 Exploring the halls. It was too cold to properly channel Rory.

Exploring the halls. It was too cold to properly channel Rory.

 Caught texting when I should be fawning over such beautiful pieces.

Caught texting when I should be fawning over such beautiful pieces.

 El Anatsui!! Think I can make one of these from La Croix cans?

El Anatsui!! Think I can make one of these from La Croix cans?

 Love Basquiat! Ignore my sassy face.

Love Basquiat! Ignore my sassy face.

 Pieced back together from over 90 pieces and over 100 chips, this is like a jigsaw puzzle for art majors.

Pieced back together from over 90 pieces and over 100 chips, this is like a jigsaw puzzle for art majors.

 Can I have this apartment please? Seriously.

Can I have this apartment please? Seriously.

 Ideal gallery wall to go in above apartment. 

Ideal gallery wall to go in above apartment. 

 Ancient sculptures and beautiful architecture.

Ancient sculptures and beautiful architecture.

One thing tha was so incredible about this museum was that it was completely free - to EVERYONE. Not just students. Not just New Haven residents. Everyone! I think it is so lovely that a private university of this caliber would provide access to the arts to the public.

Until next time!
Shayna

I ❤️ NY

I can't believe it has already been so long since I returned home from my trip to Boston and New York! It was really great to get to see Claudia and Laura, my oldest friends. We have all known each other since middle school, so being with them is like being with sisters. It was just the refreshing break I needed to come back ready to tackle finals.

All these photos are of the Manhattan skyline. Quite breathtaking, huh? The first two were from DUMBO Park in Brooklyn. The last one was taken while we were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was such a beautiful little hike! I kept having to stop and remind myself I wasn't dreaming!

 
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Every trip I have had to New York has been much too short. But... while chatting with a few friends who live in New York (and not just New York, but Manhattan), I realized that it would actually be cheaper to live IN Manhattan than it does to live in the East Bay, let alone San Francisco itself! Crazy! But armed with this new information, Aashish and I are seriously contemplating moving to NY soon! It would put me just a short bus ride from Claudia, plus some of Aashish's closest friends live in NY too!

 
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We of course are still considering a few other destinations. We may just stay here in the Bay Area or go back to San Diego. We are also currently considering Boston, since there are tons of biotechs there for Aashish, as well as some amazing universities for me. But for now, I am keeping my fingers crossed for NYC!

Until next time!
Shayna

P.s. I took a ton of photos on this last trip, so expect a series of blog posts about the trip coming soon!

San Diego Seascapes

I have been so homesick for, well, ever since I left San Diego! So for our anniversary, Aashish and I decided we would make a trek back down to visit all our favorite old haunts. I was in utter bliss the entire time!

 
 

Before leaving San Diego, I knew I would miss the Little Italy farmer's market and Balboa Park, but I never expected just how much I would miss the beaches! As a kid I had spent countless hours rolling in the sand, splashing in the waves, and soaking in the sun. But as I got older I went to the beach less and less. By the time I moved, I didn't even consider the beach in my list of things I would miss. Well, it turns out it is the thing I miss the most.

 
 

While I certainly am not far from the ocean up here in the Bay Area, it just isn't the same. Just look at those views! There is nothing in the world that makes me feel so simultaniously significant and insignificant than looking out at the vastness of the ocean. I feel refreshed, wild, invigorated, free.

 
 

The best thing about this trip though was that both Aashish and I realized just how much we wanted to come back to San Diego, and not just as a far off "someday we'll return," but hopefully right after I graduate next year.

Well, I hope you enjoy the beautiful ocean views!

Until next time,
Shayna