Life’s a Beach [… in California]

I am back from a short, last-minute trip to southwestern United States (Arizona, Nevada and California). While I was vowed by Las Vegas and amazed by the Grand Canyon, my bronze tan is a constant reminder of how much time I spent on beaches in California. Having researched a list of top 10 beaches in California last year, it was a shame I could only hit up three, but that’s definitely better than none. Here are the photo highlights from gorgeous days spent basking in the California sun:

Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier is undoubtedly one of the most iconic ones in California. I originally just wanted to go there to snap a picture or two of the famous roller coaster and ferris wheel. However, I was seriously distracted by the Pacific, spending hours battling the waves and putting my new waterproof camera to use. I was immensely jealous of surfers who were riding the majestic waves and made a note to self: add “learn to surf” on bucket list.

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Sandboarding in Peru

When my friend suggested that we could go sandboarding in the Huacachina oasis of Peru, my first thoughts were: “Peru has sand dunes?”

Before my trip this April, I thought I could count the popular Peruvian highlights on one hand: 1Andes, 2Machu Picchu, 3-Amazon, 4-guinea pig and 5-Nazca lines. Since I was already going to experience the first three, not interested in the fourth (note for non-regular readers: I am vegetarian) and couldn’t afford the fifth, I decided to give the lesser-known Peruvian desert a chance. Not to mention, after last year’s embarrassment royale during volcano boarding in Nicaragua, I wanted to prove to myself that I had become better at standing and sitting on planks.

“Sandboarding sounds amazing!” I told my best friend who was living in Peru for a year (read about her Peruvian adventures here). While I was discovering the mystical land of the Incas and realizing that couldn’t be more inaccurate in thinking that Peru only had a handful of major attractions, my friend organized our sandboarding adventure in Huacachina. Continue reading