In Malibu

The skies were not so blue the day I visited Malibu.


I giggle whenever I reminisce on my Malibu adventure. A newbie traveller, completely unaware that Malibu is its own city. Wait Malibu isn’t a beach along the LA coast? My mind was blown learning the ever so basic Greater Los Angeles area geography.

I was staying at a Santa Monica hotel and Malibu was a bucket-list destination for me. I assumed putting “Malibu” into my GPS would be a suffice method to get to the beach. I later found out there are multiple beaches in the city of Malibu. Yikes!

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Pre-Malibu picture. I’m devouring a Nutella cannoli from Carlo’s bakery. Damn, that pastry was so freakin’ delicious.

Malibu Pier

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After a 30 minute Uber ride (I literally thought Malibu was a 5 minute drive away), I found myself at the Malibu Pier. I wish I filmed my reaction. The whole pier, and I mean the WHOLE pier was filled with fog.

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Thinking this smog would eventually clear out, I decided to fill my bikini body with some Mexican food – A new obsession I developed while in California. Finding the nearest restaurant – it was literally across the street – I ordered my favourite Mexican dish… Quesadillas!

Feeling stuffer than ever and not giving a damn, I was ready to hit a nearby beach for some sunlight, sand, and to consume those Malibu vibes. Having little knowledge about the Malibu beaches, I basically played Russian roulette with a list of beaches. The winner, El Matador beach.

El Matador

The fog did not clear up. In fact, I’m pretty sure it got worse. I knew I would despise myself if I didn’t at least glance at the beach. So, I gained the confidence (even with my super full stomach) to rip off my outfit and strut down the beach in my cheetah print bikini. Body positivity, no matter what shape, size, colour or ability is everything to me. I wanted to capture a few pictures of myself near the rock formations. They were absolutely breathtaking.

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To reflect on my Malibu experience, yes the fog absolutely sucked. But, I wasn’t going to let something so insufficient to ruin my day. The skies weren’t blue, but the views were still as extraordinary as I anticipated. To be given the opportunity to travel to such a naturally beautiful destination was rewarding on its own. Fog, or no fog, I am grateful to have consumed such beauty in Malibu.

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Old Sacramento

I sometimes forget to appreciate the beauty that is right in front of me. I constantly feel myself imagining a city, landscape, and adventure that is better than my current one. I felt this way about Sacramento… Until today.

I was hungover and feeling shitty. My plan was to lie in bed all day. Then my roommate (what sounded like an impulsive decision on her part), told me to get ready. We were going on an adventure… In our own city? From Toronto, to London, and now Sacramento, I never felt the need to explore the cities I have lived in. For me, exploration was saved for foreign cities. My hometowns never felt foreign to me.

So, I forced myself to roll out of bed and get ready. Picking up one of my new thrift store finds, I quickly dressed. Florals and denim… What seemed like my new, go-to California apparel. We were ready. Just minutes later, we were headed to Old Sacramento.

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Vintage Marc Jacobs Florals

Immediately… And I mean immediately. I found myself falling in love with the city. Culture. History. Community. Everything I longed for was here. What started off as a slight bit of of resent for a city that appeared to be so limited, quickly turned into appreciation. I was brought to Sacramento for a reason. It isn’t the biggest, loudest, or most fun city, but it is the city I am supposed to be in right now. Finally, after a month of being here, I felt like Sacramento was my home.

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Enough about my personal reflections. My fellow international friends and I were on a fun adventure. We basically situated ourselves in Old Sacramento and walked. We strolled for hours. But, time flew by. This area was beautiful. As a lover of all things historical and vintage, I found myself gawking at every building and street corner. The same paved streets I am walking on were once occupied by horse-and-carriages. Old Sacramento resembled a setting from a Wild, Wild West movie.

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Our journey only began in Old Sacramento. Being in the capitol of California, it is a necessity to visit the Parliament building. And what a sight that building was. After taking a billion (seriously my camera roll is full) pictures of Parliament, we walked over to DOCO (Downtown Commons). There we saw the Golden 1 Centre. We’ll definitely be back. I plan on cheering on NBA’s Sacramento Kings there!

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After our self-guided tour of the California State Capitol, we stumbled (literally stumbled) upon an outdoor festival called “Parking Day.” It was a free, community event that featured live music, games, art, and interactive exhibits. IT WAS SO FUN!

What’s a day without yummy food though? Of course my friends and I devoured some of the local Sacramento eats during our Sacramento exploration day. On our menu? Temple Coffee Roaster’s delicious vegan & gluten-free donut and much needed iced-coffee. We later indulged in this salivating grilled cheese straight from a food truck!

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If You’re Going To San Francisco

The first stop on my exploration of California was San Francisco.

Travel, travel, travel. My mind constantly repeated this word. Coming to Sacramento, I knew I wanted to explore the State. And finally, after 2 weeks of laying low in the old Sac Town, I was off to a bigger city.

The skyscrapers, local traffic, and swarms of people in SF made the city feel like home to me. Being from Toronto, I missed the busyness of a large city. My weekend trip to San Francisco was the ultimate beginner’s trip. Tourist attractions, sleazy clubs, and wild Uber rides sum up my exploration quite well.

Here is the essential touristy guide to exploring the beautiful San Francisco (in the form of my photos).

Lombard Street

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Pier 39

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The Nightlife

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The Eats

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