My Colorful Photo Journal From My Trip To Mexico

My Colorful Photo Journal From My Trip To Mexico

A couple of pictures to highlight my adventures in my favorite country.

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A photo journal of some of my favorite memories and adventures. Here's a small photo journal from my favorite pictures from my most recent trip to Mexico.

Patricia Vicente

Guanajuato has always had a special spot in my family's heart. It's where my maternal grandparents are from and the colors of the buildings remind me of the vibrant happiness I am constantly searching for in my heart. A seguirle en mi camino por Guanajuato.

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My sister has always been my adventure buddy. So, why not put two sisters on horses and send them away for an hour? What will you get? Two sisters screaming about the fact that the other one might fall and a rocky path with a lot of wind.

Patricia Vicente

My first time in El Nevado. It was quite the experience going up in the crowded trunk of a truck, wheezing on my way up the side of the mountain. The view once you get to the top is beautiful, but the view at the lakes is just breathtaking.

Patricia Vicente

Is it really something that has to do with me if it doesn't involve sports? My family's soccer team keeps on making us love and appreciate them, especially after the private access we got to the stadium. For the first time in two years, my parents got to see the completed and renovated stadium of the hometown team.

Patricia Vicente

An art piece had never captured my attention as much as this piece did. Made out of bronze, La Puerta del Infierno, is the centerpiece, and a fan favorite, of the first floor of Museo Soumaya in Mexico City.

Patricia Vicente

And another picture of San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato because the beautiful weather and beautiful colors made the traffic leading up to this place not seem so bad. This picture was the center of my aesthetic from the trip.

The over filtered pictures that captured some of my adventures from the trip. A trip where I learned the appreciation of life and of family. The trip where I also learned something important, my life is happier in color and when I'm surrounded by those I love.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support

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First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,

Haiden

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4 Travel Recommendations, Based On 4 Of The Best Places I've Traveled To

All in all, I felt like I had floated into a dreamland. And when rain fell, the city seemed infinitely more beautiful and mystical.

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Because my parents have always loved adventuring around the world, I've been fortunate enough to travel copiously throughout my lifetime. I've grown to love immersing myself into new cultures, whether it be through food, music, or local flea markets. But what I love most about traveling is observing and embracing how distinct each environment is from my own hometown.

Hence, these are my favorite cities I've visited so far.

1. Seoul, South Korea

Because my family is from Korea, I've been able to visit Seoul quite often. Every time I visit, I'm always amazed by the juxtaposition of a bustling, thriving city with mountainous terrain and traditional architecture standing from centuries past. In just a matter of minutes, you can go from sitting in an aesthetic cafe decorated with marble tables and fun lighting to standing under a wooden temple roof and admiring Joseon Dynasty structures.

2. Paris, France

The one time I was able to stay in Paris, it felt as if I was walking into a movie set. The cobblestone streets, warm bakery smell coating the air, detailed, Victorian-era buildings, and of course, the Eiffel Tower, were all sights that I had only seen through screens. In person, these structures exceeded my expectations. All in all, I felt like I had floated into a dreamland. And when rain fell, the city seemed infinitely more beautiful and mystical.

3. Venice, Italy

Though the stereotype of Venice becoming increasingly flooded by tourists and too crowded to enjoy can be true at times, straying off the more popular streets and exploring smaller areas can provide for a more authentic, enjoyable experience. In fact, my parents and I decided not to use a map for the majority of our stay in Venice, choosing instead to get lost exploring the labyrinthine waterways. And for a moment, sitting by the water and watching the sun sink into the sea, I thought I was at the edge of the world.

4. Vik, Iceland

Vik is a city that can truly cleanse your body and soul. With the diamond beach, whose black sand shimmers with crystalline mini icebergs, the many waterfalls along the Ring Road, and all of the other landmarks I visited, I was amazed that such beauty could exist in natural, untouched structures. As someone who has always lived near cities, it was interesting and rejuvenating to be in a city where nature surrounded me. Though I wouldn't consider myself an extremely outdoorsy person, traveling to Iceland was definitely worth the fresh, crisp air and complete change of scenery.

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