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San Diego Sites: The Salk Institute For Biological Studies

San Diego Sites: The Salk Institute For Biological Studies

  San Diego Sites: The Salk Institute For Biological Studies, Modern Architecture in San Diego Coming from New York City to San Diego has been quite the transition. Some days I just miss wandering through the vast city and gazing up at the skyscrapers and seeing the amazing architecture that fills the city. So, when I heard that San Diego had its own little piece of famous architecture, the Salk Institute, I couldn’t wait to go and check it out, plus I went right at sunset, which made the architecture stand out even more.   The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an architectural dreamboat by Louis Kahn. The building is minimalistic but mesmerizing with its use of cement contrasted with the natural element of water flowing from the front of it, which leads out to the viewpoint, towards the coast. The cement is also complemented with wood throughout the building, which gives an amazing contrast to the stark white, and at the golden hour, when we visited, the bright oranges with the whites and brown wood made for an architectural spectacle.   There’s something enchanting about a building that’s created with few materials and that is a stark contrast to its environment. I used to think cement buildings were ugly, and I do think in certain contexts they are (cough D.C. cough), but since this building is so symmetrical and so steril with flashes of the natural, i.e. the literal stream separating the architecture, visiting this building makes me feel like I’m in a different place than San Diego, and dare I say, even a different country. There’s just...
How Jeff and I Have Been Together for Over 8 Years

How Jeff and I Have Been Together for Over 8 Years

  How Jeff and I Have Been Together for Over 8 Years: Keeping things light and being patient     Jeff and I have been together for a long time, like a really long time, especially considering we’re still just 27 years old. This November will mark our 9th anniversary, almost a decade of time spent together. I get a lot of questions about how we’ve managed to stay together, while being so young and how we’ve managed to stay happy. I’ve been lucky. I’ve had a companion throughout a huge portion of my life from college until now, I’ve had someone there by my side to join my in my quirky habits of moving all the time, always wanting to travel and see the world, and I’ve been lucky to have someone put up with my nonsense ;). But, in all honesty, the reason why I think we’ve done so well together and how we’ve really grown together is due to 2 reasons: keeping things light and being patient. The number 1 question I get about my relationship is: When are you getting married? My answer always confuses people and always results in more questions. I don’t (nor does Jeff) believe in marriage. I think it’s a great thing for couples who want that, but for the way we live our lives, it’s just not something that we need nor are interested in. I like to think of relationships this way: I’m 1 person on 1 path and Jeff is 1 person on his own path. We happen to kinda like each other, so we go on similar paths,...
Our Last Night in New York City

Our Last Night in New York City

  Our Last Night in New York City: Saying goodbye and watching it move on before us   We left New York City in a whirlwind. Jeff was offered a position and we had 4 weeks to sublet our Bushwick loft, buy a car, quit our jobs, pack the house, ship our stuff, and make the trek from 1 coast to the other. I wrote a post earlier this week for my more personal, self-growth, entrepreneurial blog, Declare Happy, if you’re interested in learning more about my addiction to moving. But writing that post got me thinking about our decision to leave New York and made me reminisce about our last few weeks in the amazing city that is New York. Our last night there was perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I find myself missing that city more and more and with the lasting memory of our last night, I’m antsy to head back. Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and our Insignificance We started the evening by strolling through Central Park and watched as park goers tossed the frisbees on the amazing spring day that was our last New York City day. We watched as the trees were in bloom, the spring flowers filling the park, and headed over to the American Museum of Natural History for one last visit until shipping out west. Despite having access to nature here in San Diego, there’s nothing quite like Central Park, that oasis in the chaos of the city. I find myself daydreaming about afternoons spent there and sometimes wish I could teleport my way back, but I’m...
San Diego Highlight: The La Jolla Cove

San Diego Highlight: The La Jolla Cove

  San Diego Highlight: The La Jolla Cove: Dramatic cliffs, sea lions, and beautiful protected waters Jeff, Pickles (our greyhound), Toulouse (our cat), and I moved from bustling New York City in June and landed here, in sunny San Diego, California after making the trek from 1 coast to the other. Jeff was offered a position at a landscape architecture firm and being the opportunity followers that we are decided to ship out and test beach living. We live in a small beach community, Ocean Beach, here in San Diego, and it’s a LOT different from our Bushwick, Brooklyn place! But today’s post isn’t about sleepy, Ocean Beach, today’s post is about ritzy, bougie La Jolla and their breathtaking cove. When you’re done taking in the beauty of the cove, wander around downtown La Jolla and grab a nice bite for lunch and do a little luxury shopping ;). 1. Breathtaking, dramatic views, not your typical beach scene I’m more of a mountain and city type of gal so I get a little tired of the standard beach scene. Don’t get me wrong, being close to the infiniance of the water and that cool ocean breeze is pretty amazing, but sometimes I feel like all there is to the beach is sand and water…which is why I love La Jolla’s Cove so much. The La Jolla Cove sets the scenes for breathtaking cliff views and a nice, relaxing park to boot. You can just stand at the edge of the cliffs and look out into the horizon of the ocean. Seeing the full power of the ocean is humbling and...
Bergen, Norway: the Funicular, the Views, and the Beauty of Mt. Floyen

Bergen, Norway: the Funicular, the Views, and the Beauty of Mt. Floyen

Bergen, Norway: the Funicular, the Views, and the Beauty of Mt. Floyen:  A mystical hike above the city on Mt. Floyen The last international trip Jeff and I took was to Norway. We went about 2 years ago and I still find myself reminiscing about it. Norway is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Oslo was an amazing and vibrant city (check out some of the highlights of the city in yesterday’s post), while Bergen, on the other end of the country was the perfect place to spend with Jeff, exploring the small city, while moving slowly through it, at the pace it deserves, a slow, dedicated pace. Bergen is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and I’ve been looking for a comparison ever since visiting, but haven’t yet found one. I don’t think anything can compare to the fjord and mountain landscape.  One of my favorite Bergen afternoons was when we decided to go hiking above the city via the funicular up to Mt. Floyen to escape into nature, into the mythical landscape of Norway.   1. The charm of the funicular   I don’t know how else to describe a funicular other than charming. It’s one of those forms of transportation that feel as if you’re in a cartoon or story. One of my favorite depictions of a funicular ever is in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel when they go up the mountain. via GIPHY That’s what I feel like the grand feeling of a funicular is. I feel like that depiction of a funicular is exactly how it feels like...