Travel: San Diego day 3 & 4 (Safari Zoo)

3rd day of our stay in San Diego was the Rock n Roll marathon. Recap here.

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after a quick lunch and nap for the girls. We went to La Jolla beach. We found beach toys at the house so Sofia was super excited to build sand castles.

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Lizzy was not ready to get wet yet

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but was happy to be on the beach. She was saying: woo huu!

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the cutest EVER pic of father and daughter!!!

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Tony played with Sofia while I tried to help Lizzy to try walking on the beach

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looking at Tony holding hands of Sofia melts my heart, EVERY TIME!

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I love seeing Tony being a father to Sofia more than anything

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while they tried several times to build the castle… I helped Lizzy to dare to touch the sand

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my happiest moment captured

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we all had fun

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once home, I cooked dinner very quickly. Ginger scallion sautéed crab was sooooo tasty

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Day 4: Safari Zoo

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the place was not as big as we imagined which was perfect because it meant we got to see everything

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first were the lions

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then we took the bus to tour around the safari sight

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the weather was gorgeous, the scenery beautify and relaxing

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although SD safari was more like a zoo than safari, it was perfect for the family

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I guess next time I’ll have to take them to a real safari in Africa

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around noon Lizzy fell asleep for a much needed nap

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Sofia constantly requested to be hold, only Tony would say yes these days 🙂

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these two… oh… my loves

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Sofia started to enjoy posing for pictures

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Lizzy just woke up from her nap… not very interested

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A lovely half day adventure with the animals. 🙂

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Travel: San Diego day 1 & 2

Our San Diego vacation was AMAZING. The hardest part was the flight from DC to SD. Full flight, two kids, especially with a super active toddler. Between Tony and me and tons of snacks we entertained her but we were counting down hours. But we survived! 🙂

We arrived there at 3:30pm. Went to pick up the rental car. Not there! Right, the company was not on site and we ended up renting at a different company at higher price. Oh… well. Lesson learned, never book at the cheapest place.

Fortunately the rental house was just 20 min drive from the airport. A 3-bedrooms house at mission bay area.

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with a view to the bay in the living area. I immediately felt I was on vacation-mode.

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My parents stayed with the girls while Tony and I went to get some food. We found a 99 Ranch market 10 min away and had all kinds of Chinese groceries.

The next day we went to Balboa Park in early morning (thanks to the 3 hrs time difference!). We were surprised by the beauty of it

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then we went to Convention center to pick up my bib for Sunday’s marathon

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I was ready! 🙂

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after nap, Tony took the family to La Jolla beach and let me rest. It was Sofia’s second time at the beach, the last time she was 11 months old so she doesn’t really remember it. She was super excited!!!

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I laid out my outfit …. all ready for the race.

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I cooked dinner for the family: grilled cod with vegetables and rice. I instead had a big bowl of oatmeal with veggies and a big bowl of kabocha. Went to bed full and satisfied. 🙂

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Travel: Rio de Janeiro and San Paolo

I went to Brazil last week of May, kind of last minute trip (decided on a Thursday and departed on Saturday). This time I went to Rio de Janeiro for two nights and 1 night in Sao Paolo. Traveling as part of my job is something that I really enjoy, especially as a mother and wife, although I love my life (so much), I NEED to be away from it and be with myself from time to time, ideally every 2 months or so.

I stayed again at Sofitel at Ipanema

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went to Delirio Tropical for late lunch after arrival, a “healthy” vegetarian friendly restaurant one block away from the hotel

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then I met with my coworders for dinner, in preparation for the work. I had to have octopus whenever it’s in the menu. Haven’t got tired of it yet.

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Started my morning on Monday with a run by the lake and beach. Gorgeous view.

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fruits to start the day in Brazil is the best… all the fruits are 100 times tastier there

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eggs, toasts with butter is my go-to breakfast items in hotels

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morning presentation went well and we went to a popular japanese place for lunch

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had sashimi bento with additional steamed dumplings

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the for dinner we went to a new restaurant in a chic area

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i had grilled fish with seasoned vegetables. Very tasty.

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then my coworkers (two men) suggested to have dessert at an italian ice cream place… the chocolate ice cream was to die for.

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then we arrived Sao Paolo, it was my first time there. I’ve heard so many things about this place so I was super excited. We had quick dinner at an italian restaurant close to the hotel (Sheraton WTC). Nothing was super exciting so I ordered fish with veggies again.

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as one of the coworkers is brasilian, she suggested us to have breakfast at a local place instead of the hotel… I couldn’t agree more. I’m always eager to try local food/tradition.  we went to a cafeteria, very like the ones we have in Buenos Aires

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I had tapioca pancake filled with turkey and white cheese. Really really good!

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The next day I was done with work but had an evening flight. My coworkers have left so I found myself alone with a day to spare, so I hired a private tour guide to show me the city. It was a 3 hrs tour so we drove to the main attractions in the city

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Sao Paolo’s central park

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a modern museum in the park

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obelisco

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asian neighborhood

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with tons of stores and restaurants, very live place

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central market (highly recommended by my brasilian coworker)

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fruit display was out of this world. So many exotic fruits that I’ve never seen before

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assorted dry fruits and sausages and cheese

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I stopped by a fruit stand and got to try many fruits

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soooo juicy and sweet

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old downtown

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city view… love how lively it is

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catedral

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I was impressed by the city.. the blend of diverse culture (portuguese, japanese, italian, lebanese) makes it vibrant, exotic, and live. I love it. I will definitely come back. 🙂

 

 

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