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

Berkeley Botanical Gardens

It has only been a year, but I have finally made it to the Berkeley Botanical Garden! Unfortunately, we mistakenly decided to go on a day that was hotter than ever and it was hard to enjoy myself since all I could think about was leaving to get ice cream and cool down. That being said, the gardens themselves were lovely, but be sure to check the weather report before going!

Right near the entrance they had the coolest greenhouse filled with all sorts of cacti. If it wasn't so darn hot, I could have spent forever looking at all the little details on each plant. Each was so unique!

 
 

Aashish snapped this cute photo of me looking at the greenery in the ferns and orchids section. There was also a big variety carnivorous plants which was very interesting. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and some look friendlier than you'd think!

 
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In the above photo on the right is the definitely the cutest carnivorous plant I have ever seen. It is called a Butterwort. Too cute, I really, really want to add one to my personal collections of plants (which, by the way, is simultaniously too big and never big enough).

Also, how freaking adorable are the tiny flowers below? I didn't see an I.D. for them, but if you know what they are called, let me know!

 
 
Until next time!
Shayna