FIRST RAYS OF LIGHT

Miami sunrise, Florida

In California, the thing that I liked the most about my daily routine was getting home after a long day at work, putting on my flip flops and a cozy outfit, and heading straight to the beach to enjoy everything that the ocean had to offer. I was addicted to the feeling of scrunching sand under my feet, to seeing hundreds of pelicans diving into the water and feeding, to the sea breeze tingling my face, to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks, and of course, to the stunning sunsets and its romantic colors.

While in Miami, I was dying to relive some of those feelings again, so one of the days I woke up Dan crack of dawn in the morning and begged him to drive with me to the beach and observe the sun rise over the beautiful city. I’m so thankful we managed to get out of bed in time and didn’t miss the beauty of the first rays of light; the peace that I felt while I was sitting in front of these views was indescribable.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami sunrise, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami sunrise, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Witnessing a sunrise is always an inspiring experience; knowing that the previous day’s slate has been wiped clean and you get to start afresh. When you are the first to see the sun tentatively cast its glow over the horizon line, somehow you feel like, for the whole of that day, the sun belongs to you. If someone told me I had just one more sunrise or sunset to witness, I would not know which one to pick. I love them both so much for the different meanings they convey to me. I love sunsets in the arms of the person I love as the last rays kiss goodnight to the night sky. And I love sunrises because it always makes me appreciate the new possibilities and opportunities the new day holds for me.

So, what do you say folks – SUNRISE or SUNSET? :)

 

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ONE YEAR

Yael Serena

Have you ever woken up without knowing it was actually your birthday until somebody or something reminded you of that? That’s pretty much the sensation I got this morning when I received an email from WordPress saying that Feet from Shore turned 1 today! Yep, one year ago I sat down and tapped out this blog’s very first post. Crazy!

To be honest, when I opened up this little space I had no idea what I was doing, or if I would keep it for more than a week.  I just thought it would be nice to have a place where I could post my pictures and explain the adventures at the other side of the ocean; like if that way my family and friends would never have to feel far away from me. But somehow, this blog became so much more than that for me. I started to look at the world around me through different eyes; I realized that life is so full of adventure and little lessons I might share with others. This blog has helped me to find happiness and beauty on the simplest things, and also pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and experience new things, to look at every day happenings of my life in a new light.  We all have things worth to share, and if you think you don’t, then it’s time to re-evaluate your life and spice things up a bit.

My life has changed a lot over the course of the last year (I moved from Spain to LA, and then from LA to Chicago – among other things!); and even though I don’t post as much as I used to, blogging still brings me so much joy. So today, friends, is the perfect occasion to say thank you to those who have been with me along the way, it really has been a pleasure. I’m excited to see what the coming year holds; I have the feeling is going to be amazing :).

“So fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest.”

 

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HELLO MIAMI!

Miami, Florida

A few weeks ago I received a shocking email saying that the wedding Dan and I were supposed to attend in Las Vegas this summer was called off (loooong story). After talking about it for a while, and since we couldn’t get our money back if we cancelled our flight booking, we decided to enjoy the trip anyway and change our plane tickets to explore a new city in the US (we had been to Vegas twice already, so we didn’t necessarily want to go back again). First of all, we thought about flying to Seattle or Portland since we both have been dying to visit those cities for a long time now, but unfortunately the flights were too expensive. After considering our options, we finally decided to go to Miami – beach, palms, sun, relax time… sounded just perfect. Plus after living in California for almost a year, I was dying to see the ocean again!

The first thing we did after checking in at the hotel was to put our swimsuits on and go straight to the pool. For half of the day, we laid out, dipped in the pool and enjoyed the feeling of the sun warming our skin. A relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing but listen to music, enjoy food and conversations was exactly what we needed. After that peaceful moment, we went back to our room to change our clothes and head off to the beach at Fort Lauderdale to have a nice walk while watching the sunset set beautifully.

I’m pretty sure at this point that the beach is where I belong. When I am surrounded by water, feeling the sea breeze tingling my body and getting lost in my thoughts while staring at the thin blue line on the horizon, I have the overwhelming sensation that I found my place; where I am supposed to be. I can’t explain it with words, but to me there is something very special about the ocean that makes me feel incredibly happy, motivated and energized.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Yael Serena

I wish you all a wonderful Thursday! :)

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FRIDAY – is that you?

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Here it comes the second part of our adventure at the zoo, so be ready to see lots of animal pictures again!  It looks like this upcoming weekend the weather is going to be as nice as it was the weekend we visited Lincoln Park, so I plan to stay in Chicago and spend some time in downtown discovering a new part of this beautiful city. I’m camera-free this weekend though; the LCD viewer screen got some dust in it and now Best Buy is taking care of it (Geez I feel like somebody cut off one of my arms!).  I also got myself an awesome vegetarian recipe book this morning and I plan to spend some time in the kitchen trying out some exotic, delicious and healthy recipes! If I come up with something that’s worth trying I promise I’ll share the secret with you ;).

I hope you guys have plenty of fun plans this weekend, enjoy!

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Yael Serena

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO

 

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Remember that in my last post I showed you the amazing views you can get from the entrance of the Lincoln Park Zoo? Well, now it’s time to show you what is inside. The zoo is not only in the middle of the city, beautifully laid out, with a lot of vegetation, exhibits and animals to see; but the admission is totally free. Yeah, you read it right, FREE! It certainly doesn’t get any better than that, does it? I wish I lived a little bit closer to head down to the lake every once in a while and jog through the zoo to see some animals. That would definitely make my workouts easier.

I had such an amazing time taking pictures of all the animals around the park, especially the ones with gorgeous skin patterns like zebras, leopards and tigers – I’m obsessed with them! In fact, I have so many photos that I’ll most likely have to split them up in two different posts. It was very hot the day we went to visit the zoo, so most of the animals were sleeping or hiding in the shade; although I managed to capture them on camera pretty well with my long-distance lens. I’ve read that the zoo hosts different events throughout the year, and that it looks absolutely stunning during the Christmas season. I’ll definitely make sure I visit it again next winter; it will be so unique and special to see everything covered in white.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Yael Serena

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Yael Serena

When was the last time you visited a zoo? Do you have a favorite zoo animal?

I hope the day is going well!

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THE SECRET BRIDGE

 

Yael Serena

Good morning folks! I hope you all have had a wonderful spring weekend. If you follow me on instagram you probably already know that I’ve spent mine exploring a new city, Milwakuee. It is such a lovely place with a lot of beautiful outdoor space and a great community of people, not to mention the amazing cheeses you get to try if you go there. I’m dying to post some of the pictures I took this past weekend, you’re going to love them! But today, I’m sharing the breathtaking views you can get from the bridge over the Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Pond in Chicago. Even though I’d been in the city plenty of times before moving here, this little gem was totally unknown to me; and after the visit I’ve declared it my favorite spot in downtown.

I’m seriously not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the most stunning locations in all the city, unfortunately the pictures don’t serve it justice. The bridge is inside a wonderful park, where you can take a seat or bring a picnic lunch and simply enjoy the distinctive contrast of the skyscrapers rising above the natural beauty of Lincoln Park. The atmosphere is so peaceful and relaxing since you can barely hear all the craziness that is always going on in the city.  There are also a couple restaurants right at the entrance of the zoo with gorgeous terraces where you can order a drink and take in the beauty of the surrounding area. This place is a must go if you ever visit Chicago, you’ll fall in love with the city – 100% guaranteed.

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

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Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

Chicago, Lincoln Park

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A TRAVEL TO CHILDHOOD

Disneyland California

Friday, yes! Today I’m going back a few months ago to remember one of my last weekends in Los Angeles. A good friend of mine had free tickets to go to the park, so on a sunny Saturday we packed a few snacks and a few bottles of water and we were ready to go! This wasn’t my first time at Disneyland though; I already went to the one in Paris ten years ago with my high school friends and I remember it as a really cool experience. So this time I was very excited to relive the adventure with a different group of people in a different corner of the world, ready to hop on a time machine that took me back to my childhood in a place where all my favorite characters were reunited.

Even though the rides were not as crazy and exciting as the ones at Six Flags for example, seeing the decoration and meticulous detail that goes into the design of the buildings, attractions, restaurants and so on was definitely worth the trip. I absolutely loved the magical atmosphere that surrounded the park, where in a minute I was in a boat in the middle of the jungle and the next one I was in a space ship ready to travel through the universe. Disneyland is definitely a place where you can sense the happiness in the air; and my favorite part, if you ask me, was to see the sparkles in every kid’s eyes every time they saw a Disney mascot waving and smiling at them. Sometimes I miss being that innocent, although I think I do a pretty good job letting myself be a kid every once in a while. Remember there was a time when getting a cookie from the cookie jar made you the happiest person in the world? Well, I still feel the same way every time I steal one ;).

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland Los Angeles

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

 

Happy weekend friends!!

 

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