The Travels of a Culture Vulture, Weekend Warrior

Hello Winter Wonderland

It’s finally December & officially Christmas season. I’ve finally recovered from my Thanksgiving food coma, and so I thought I should share some moments from my little winter wonderland in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

As you may know, I’m not a fan of the cold but I do find the snow to be truly beautiful and magical. When it looks this beautiful outside, you almost forget that your face is about to freeze completely off. It ranged from 10-20 degrees F throughout the day.

The lake even froze over around the more shallow edges, and my friends braved the cold to walk onto the lake the first day we arrived. The ice was pretty solid but I had a deep fear about falling through the ice and having a Titanic-like death experience. However, we were able to make it past the docks and slightly past the boating speed signs. If this isn’t the face of a daredevil, I honestly don’t know what is.

I made Filipino adobo the first night and we had a lovely time eating, drinking, gossiping, and playing games together. They wanted to go to the Casinos so we toured around the city at night time and all lost a little bit of money. I really don’t enjoy gambling, so you can imagine my disappointment when I lost $5.00 playing a penny slot with puppies on it. I could have bought an In & Out cheeseburger and fries with that! Peer pressure man.

The next day, we went to the Heavenly Resort to snowboard. It was honestly so beautiful, I could cry. However, 80% of the mountain was still closed and there were literally only 3 runs I could do as a seasoned beginner. I actually have all my own snowboard gear now and didn’t have to rent which was awesome, but it was my first time using my new board and it was super slippery. I’m so glad Jackie came along to do the easy runs with me, otherwise I would have held the boys back–there was no way in hell I would go down the blue runs and make it out alive. We had fun anyway, making snow angels and coasting through the bunny slopes.

 

My friends also built a snowman the first day and it lasted the entire weekend since it was so cold outside. I avoided the cold and instead sang the entire soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen inside a little too many times. (Just kidding, there’s no such thing as singing Frozen too many times.) I did go outside for a bit to participate in a snowball fight and then pretended like I had made a contribution to the creation of this snowman by taking pictures with him before heading back home.

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This photo perfectly describes us.

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Hello Copenhagen

Vesterbro | AirBnB
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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Garden | Rodin’s “The Thinker”
Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København, Denmark
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Tivoli Gardens | Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København, Denmark
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Dome of Visions | 1016, Søren Kierkegaards Pl., København K, Denmark
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The Black Diamond | “Treasures in the Royal Library” Exhibition
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Copenhagen, Denmark IMG_9468

Nyhavn Canal | Nyhavn 3, 1051 København K, Denmark
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Christiansborg Palace | Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 København, Denmark
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Copenhagen Cuisine |

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The Coffee Collective | Jægersborggade 10, København, Denmark
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Wagamama | Tietgensgade 20, København, DenmarkIMG_4802

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Meyers Bageri | Gammel Kongevej 103, Frederiksberg C, DenmarkIMG_0527

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Weekend in Tahoe

One of my favorite things about living in California is being able to have a relatively quick & close weekend getaways. This weekend, Alex and I escaped to South Lake Tahoe for a quick dose of relaxation and adventure.

Day 1 | Exploring Heavenly Village
After driving a couple hours north, we arrived in South Lake Tahoe early Friday morning. We brunched at Blue Angel Cafe and I grabbed a cup of coffee to power up for the weekend. Then we went exploring around Heavenly Village to window shop & ease our way into the city. A really sweet vendor gave me a hearty sample of delicious donuts & I found this little piece of Davis in the heart of Lake Tahoe. The weekend definitely started on a good note. 
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We stopped by Raley’s to grab a six pack of beer & came out with 4…
They had some brews that we’ve been wanting to try & the cashier informed us of their buy 3, get 1 free deal so we couldn’t resist. This should last us for the rest of the season, hopefully.

Day 1 | Lakeside Beachin 
In the afternoon, we headed back to our hotel and got ready for some fun in the sun on the resort’s private beach. It was a perfect day–not too hot, not too cold– and since I’ve been feenin’ for a warm day at the beach since summer started (the beaches in the Bay are usually too cold/windy for my liking, even in the summer,) I was perfectly content with my buns out and toes in the warm sand.

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After relaxing at the beach, I went for a swim in the heated pool & played a bit of volleyball to work up an appetite (as if I really had to work for it.) For dinner, we decided to try some Irish grub at McDuff’s Public House. I got the Steak & Guiness Beef Stew &  Alex ordered a Shepard’s Pie. They were deliciously hearty portions and we proudly scarfed them down and left nothing to take home. No big deal.

Day 2 | [Horseback] Ridin’ Dirty
The next day, Alex and I woke up early to go to the gym and play some Foosball. (He won. Twice. It was such a close game, I was pissed, in true soccer fashion.) Then we lunched at Orchids Authentic Thai Food, did a bit of shopping, and then headed off to Camp Richardson Corral for our horseback riding session. I love animals, especially horses, but I was pretty nervous & excited to ride on one since it was a completely new experience for me. I was paired with Doc, a beautiful chocolate colored steed. Both of us were the shortest of the bunch and we were put in the back of the line. He was very sweet but he seemed a little sad to me, like he had just woken up from a nap and was forced to carry this little Asian girl around for an hour when he’d obviously rather be chillin’ with his friends, eatin’ grass, and crackin’ jokes.

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During my ride, Doc and I mostly just hung out way in the back, going at our own pace, while the other horses were carrying on ahead. Doc basically did not give two shits about keeping up with the group lol. I was fine with it but for safety reasons, the instructor urged me to get Doc to pick up the pace. Doc was not having it though. IMG_4113

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We were literally ridin’ dirty–constantly going through clouds of dust and dirt from the trail. I came out with a new mineral veil of  makeup on my face, clothes freshly powdered from the earth, and an ass so sore that it instantly made me realize why cowboys always strutted with their legs so far apart. Dayum, I’m still sore. It’s even worse than the time I went canoeing on the Russian River for 5 hours. But though I was sore and super dirty, I still had a lot of fun. Next time, I’ll just wear Nicki Minaj sized ass-cushions and a bandana to cover my face.IMG_4064

Oh! And after the ride I got stung in the arm by a wasp, little fucker. I cleaned and treated it fairly quickly so it’s not too bad anymore. But still, I hate those flying demons almost as much as I hate mosquitoes. But I digress…

We then headed off to treat ourselves at Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor to get unhealthy amounts of ice cream to ease our booty/wasp pains & then drove up the mountain to a breathtaking overlook of Emerald Bay. IMG_4070

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Afterwards, we desperately needed to shower and get ready for our “fancy” dinner at Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill, a restaurant at Harrah’s overlooking the lake. I was pretty exhausted and didn’t take any pictures (oops) but dinner was delicious and my filet mignon was cooked perfectly (damn, that sounded so bougie…but it was a pretty bougie dinner so sorry ’bout it…)

We ended the night playing pool in the game room and watching Princess & the Frog in bed. Aww yea, that crazy night life tho!

I had such a nice weekend in Tahoe. It was a perfect little weekend getaway to end summer and have a bit of  fun relaxing and trying new experiences. I wish the weekend was a bit longer but it’s back to reality now, which is okay too since I was missing Macky at home. Let’s just hope this work week goes by quickly! Anyway, I hope y’all had a nice weekend (and didn’t get stung by any wasps!)

Talk to you soon,
Kristin

Details | no. 1: Urban Outfitters Overalls | Forever 21 Lace Top | Target Sandals || no. 2: Forever 21 Shoulder Cutout Top | Thrifted Printed Maxi Skirt | Forever 21 Straw Hat || no. 3: Zara Olive Green Basic Tee | Forever 21 Blue Denims | Madden Girl Ankle Booties || Cole Haan Rounded Acryllic Sunglasses |

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Rowing With The Homies

Saturday | Canoeing the Russian River

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On Saturday, Alex & I met up with a few of our friends to go canoeing down the Russian River. I’ve never been canoeing before so I didn’t know what to expect. I imagined it to be like the scene The Notebook where Noah rows Ally across the pond with all the birds and willows–where I could sit pretty and Alex just muscled his way across the river with little to no help. Well, that’s what I was hoping for at least. But now that I think about it, that scene used a row boat and not a canoe…my mind just likes to romanticize things. lol

I also imagined it to be like the scene in Pocahontas where she sings “Just Around the River Bend.” This was the more realistic scenario because a.) I already look like Pocahontas and b.) I did in fact sing “Just Around the River Bend” on multiple occasions as I was paddling my way down the river.

We started around 11:30 in the morning. We met up with our friends at Burke’s Canoe Trips, got orientated, and were distributed life-jackets, paddles, and canoes. (The canoes were made out of metal and not the awesome wooden one that Pocahontas had…) There were two people per canoe, so Alex and I hopped in one and decided that he should sit in front (which controlled the power/speed) & I was to steer from the back. I thought steering would be easier because I wouldn’t have to paddle as much, but I was sooo wrong. When we reached the next shoreline about 10 minutes later, my friends and I parked our canoes for a well deserved beer break. When we set out again, Alex and I traded positions and felt they were more fitting to our strengths (or lack there of.) If you ever want to test your relationship with someone, go canoeing…it’s pretty funny watching couples getting frustrated and physically trying to work together.

The next four hours included about 4 or 5 more “breaks,” lunch, attempted tandem canoeing (which was successful with two canoes but definitely not all four), a few sabotages which resulted in crashing into rocks, a flower bed with hundreds of bees, and also a few too many tree branches, playing bumper canoe with strangers in other canoes or innertubes, giving a lift to a few lazy innertubers, jumping off trees branches into the water, and just an overall hilarious and fun experience.

The last stretch was probably the hardest part. I was determined to get to the end without anymore breaks even though every part of my upper limb was sore. Alex & I were the first in our group to get to shore at 4:50 p.m., it was glorious to be back on land!

When everyone else finished soon after, we rode a yellow school bus back to our cars and decided to get some grub. We wanted to go to Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa but there was a long wait so we walked a block or so to get some burgers and fries at Flip Side. Everyone was exhausted and dirty but there’s just something about good food, good people, and good vibes that just makes everything better.

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We went home, showered, and decided to fight our grandma-like tendencies by going out again to watch our friend’s premier at the Skateboarding Film Festival at Duende’s in Oakland. After that ended, we went to The Ruby Room for a night cap and then finally headed back home to get some overdue rest. Nothing feels as good as your bed does after a fun yet lonnnng day. zZzZzzz

Sunday | Rest, Brunch, and more Rest

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Everything was still sore the morning after and I was just craving Sunday Brunch to ease my pains. We woke up relatively early and got Starbucks to keep us awake and hold us over ’til brunch (there’s nothing worse than me being hangry while waiting to be seated.) Alex and I were planning on heading over to SF for the Ramen Food Festival but decided to skip it since we knew the lines would be way too long and we wouldn’t have the patience or energy to go through that in our frail, elderly conditions. We decided to get La Note in Berkeley instead. When we arrived the line was out the door, so we walked a few doors down to Venus and luckily got seated almost immediately even though it was also packed inside.

The rest of the day was spent chillin’ and cuddlin’ with Mac, my dog. So all in all, it was a great weekend though I’m still sore in muscles that I didn’t even know could hurt! But no pain, no gain right?

 

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Sunday in the City

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Weekend Shenanigans | 1. Stern Grove Festival x Yuna & Allen Stone | 2. Lunch at King of Thai (not pictured bc I was too hungry to take pictures, oops.) | 3. Dancing & sand dollar hunting at Ocean Beach | 4. 90’s karaoke at Perry’s (Video not included for your ears’ benefit. lol, you’re welcome.) | Night-cap & intense GoT discussions at Jackie’s |

Outfit Details | Crochet top from H&M | Overalls/Dungarees from Urban Outfitters | Thrifted Wool Sweater | Brown Leather Booties by Marc Fisher | Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters |

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TBT | When In Rome

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Rome, Italy | Every summer, I get extremely nostalgic about my summer in Europe following college graduation. It triggers me to revisit the thousands of pictures I took while abroad. Today, I re-strolled though the streets of Rome and thought I’d post a very condensed version of my day there. I remember it being extremely hot and fighting through the heat to see the Trevi Fountain & Coliseum. I also remember making sure to wear something  light and strapless so I wouldn’t leave Rome with random tan lines everywhere & I’m damn glad that I did. Anyway, I could go on and on but I’ll just stop. Hope y’all enjoy strolling down memory lane with me!

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Details | Strapless babydoll dress from Forever21 | Black Suede Oxford Cutouts by Guess | Belt from H&M | Vintage Dooney & Bourke Small Crossbody Purse | Wayfarer Sunglasses by DNA Rx |

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TBT | Venice, Italy

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Details | Polka Dot Dress by American Rag | Sandals from Le Bon Marché | Vintage Dooney & Bourke Satchel | H&M Black Skinny Belt | Lipstick by Pupa “Diva’s Rouge 28” |

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Summer 2012 | Venice, Italy
Truly one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. It was probably one of the highlights of my time abroad. I can’t wait to go back one day. 

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