Friday, July 25, 2014

Reenacting Our Wedding

As many of you know, Peter and I just had our FIRST ANNIVERSARY!  Woohoo!  We made it!  haha!  Actually it seems like we've been married forever, but at the same time, it seems like our wedding was just yesterday.  So much has happened this past year.  Eight days after our wedding we moved to Rio de Janeiro.  A few weeks ago we moved back to the U.S., and in less than 2 weeks we are moving to Alabama.  This California girl might have more culture shock in the deep South than in Brazil!  :)

To celebrate our anniversary, we spent the day in San Diego.  My family lives a couple of hours away from San Diego, in the desert, in the middle of nowhere.  It is expected to reach 115 degrees this week, so we were so grateful for a day in beautiful San Diego.

Get ready for an overload of pictures.  The day was just toooo beautiful.  The sky and water were so blue, the grass so green, the weather absolute perfection.  All of these photos were taken with my phone and remain unfiltered and unprocessed.

I wish it had been so vibrant the day we got married, but, alas, it was a little gray.

The wedding day, one year ago:

The anniversary:


The professional photograph:

The amateur selfies:

 

Lying on our beach towels and admiring the tree and sky:



Peter prepared a picnic.  It was adorable and yummy:





Our picnic spot:

Our view while picnicing:


After our picnic, we headed over to Seaport Village, which is probably my favorite place in San Diego.  They have amazing little shops, views, and the weather and atmosphere was perfect.

This is a restaurant at Seaport Village, photo from my Instagram.


Another selfie:


A human statue.  We gave him a dollar.

There's a small pond in Seaport Village, and I found these adorable baby ducks hanging out with their mom.  So cute!

I wish my family lived closer than 2 hours to San Diego - I wish they lived IN San Diego!  Wouldn't that be amazing!

We had such a fun anniversary celebration.  Thanks for letting me share my pictures with you.  

Which selfie should we print and frame?

XO,

Julie

P.S. Who is interested in hearing our "love" story?  We met online and had a long distance relationship while Peter lived in Brazil.  Should I do a post about it?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5 Tips for Moving to Brazil

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I plan on writing an individual post for each of these topics, but in the meantime, here are my top 5 tips for moving to Brazil.

1.  Take care of as much visa stuff as possible before you move.
My experience with getting a visa in country was a nightmare.

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2.  When learning the language, be sure to learn the pronunciation first!

Commonly mistaken words


3.  Bring as much as possible - everything there is very expensive.
Two to three times as expensive as in the U.S.  Bring it all yourself! (Especially electronics)

4.  Don't just stick with people from your own country - become friends with Brazilians, ex-pats from other countries, etc.
Brazilians are the most open and friendly people I've ever met.  I also became friends with people from England, Bolivia, Nigeria, and more.

5.  Have lots of adventures!
Most of mine are listed here.

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Travel Tuesday


Like I said above, I do plan on writing more about each of these topics, but I just haven't had time yet.  Today Peter and I are off to celebrate our anniversary... better late than never, right?

XOXO,

Julie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Unsplash

This is not a sponsored post.

If you're a seasoned blogger, you may have already heard of Unsplash.  It's a website that provides "Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos."  They're great for making blog images (I used some here) or for printing and using as art in your home.  They have a wide variety, from oceans to cities, people to countryside.

There are so many good ones to choose from.  I would love to (and just might) frame and display some of these:










I could go on and on and on...


This is not a sponsored post, but I highly encourage you to have a look around the site.  Let me know which ones are your favorite!

XO,

Julie