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California Dreamin' Hot Air Balloon Ride in Temecula, California

A hot air balloon ride in Temecula

Fun fact: I have the opposite of a fear of heights. I constantly seek the sensation and the perspective of being high in the air, no matter how I'm there. I love helicopter rides, skyscrapers and rooftops, Ferris wheels, aerial trams, paragliding,...
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Visiting the San Diego Zoo

A visit to the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is probably (definitely?) the most popular tourist destination in San Diego, so as new residents of America's Finest City: we had to check it out! It's located in the heart of Balboa Park: we live a short walk from the northeast...
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La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California

A few early faves from life in San Diego

Although we've been spending a lot of time, mental energy and money getting settled into our new apartment (currently taking recommendations on affordable sources for extra-large prints, throw pillows and pretty planters), we've still been trying to...
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Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Why it’s worth visiting Brooklyn

Most of the time when people say New York City, they mean Manhattan—especially from a tourist perspective. The island of Manhattan is where the vast majority of iconic sites are located, and so most people stay there, save a walk across the Brooklyn...
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Christine Amorose in New York City

Notes on loving, and leaving, New York

"It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of my neck constrict, when New York began for me, but I cannot lay my  finger upon the moment it ended, can...
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Christine Amorose in New York City

10 things you can’t miss in NYC

New York City is an easy city to be overwhelmed by: heck, I've lived here for five years and still feel like I've barely scratched the surface of everything the city has to offer. There's just so much good stuff--from the tucked away local...
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Christine Amorose at Longwood Gardens in bloom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A visit to Longwood Gardens

It's no secret that I love love love flowers (!). Part of that was growing up with a grandmother who loved gardening, and who passed it down through the generations. But I think another part of it has been the last five years living in New York City:...
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Statue of Liberty at Sunset from Circle Line Cruise

My list of things-I-can’t-believe-I-still-haven’t-done-in-NYC: DONE!

HOORAY! I checked everything off my NYC bucket list juuuuust in time for our move out West. I created this list back in January knowing that we would be moving when our lease was up at the end of June. Knowing that our time in the city had an actual...
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Skyting Yoga in Chinatown, New York City

My favorite spots for wellness in NYC

I read a while ago that wellness is the new luxury status symbol, and I have to admit that it resonated. My late-20s-professional friends and I aren't too into spending money on fancy purses or crazy-trendy restaurants--but we do make plans to catch...
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Secret Bay honeymoon villas in Dominica

My workout routine + favorite exercise studios in NYC

Over the past five years living in New York City, I've tried out a bunch of different workout routines. They've shifted based on where I've lived, where I've worked, what my daily schedule looked like, how much money I was making, what I felt I...
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