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Californian Winter // Picnicking In Half Moon Bay

Okay, okay. Yes. Juno, yes. East Coast friends - my sincerest apologies. But this post is nothing if not "West Coast Best Coast" propaganda at its purest. It's a testament to 75 degree winters, to sunshine and rainbows and unicorns and cakes baked out of smiles.

A couple of weekends ago, I headed on over to Half Moon Bay on a mini-adventure with some of the friends I studied abroad in Oxford with. I love this batch of people. I think in some way, you're drawn towards creating new adventures with those whom you've already experienced some pretty stellar memories. This day was filled with "remember whens" - but surely, on our next outing, those "remember whens" will be about wandering down Main Street to pick up AMAZING sandwiches from San Benito's, hot cocoas from the corner market, Quinn up and chasing seagulls away from our food, road rage, road karma, naps and walks under the sun, and texting tempting Kinder Bueno photos to our friends who couldn't make it. HA HA LOOK, EUROPEAN CHOCOLATE SUCKAS.

Before heading home, we made a pitstop at Bare Bowls, the new acai bowl place on University Avenue, mason jars and muesli and wheatgrass and casual checkers and all. Borrowing from my friend Chandler Bing, could this post BE any more Californian?!

Okay, I'm outtie. But East Coasters - you have Shake Shack and for that, you win forever and always.

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  1. So. So. Jealous. Okay, I'm not in Juno either, and the temperatures (a balmy 50 degrees!) have been outstanding for Nebraska in January. Still. A beachy picnic sounds just the dream right now. I love catching up with my study abroad pals. You have it so right, it takes a certain kind of person to go on an adventure like that. I found that some real soul-level foundation friendships were built during my time abroad. Is this getting a little too philosophical?
    Anyway, it looks like you had a beautiful and delicious day in the sun!

    The What's In Between

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    1. Nebraska at 50 degrees, wow!! Seriously strange winter this is :)

      Definitely not too philosophical - studying abroad is such a transformational experience. You're thrown into this absolutely foreign place and this entirely new experience, and you have so much to learn, explore, and discover about yourself and the world. The people you do this with aren't just ordinary friends!

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  2. This looks like SUCH a beautiful day! Get me to that beach, asap!!!

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  3. Looks like you had fun! I was just at a beach in Central California the other day and it was perfect weather! Totally thankful not to be part of Juno.

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    1. Oh California, you beautiful thing ;)

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  4. I lived in HMB for three years and this post made me really really happy. I've ridden those ponies and lived right at the top of those cliffs. Thanks so much for this. It's like 17 degrees today here so this made me jealous but happy.

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  5. So, so jealous. It's summer in NZ and it has been raining for the last two days! What is this black magic?!

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    1. Truth be told, we actually need some rain. But I can't stay away from all the pretty sunshine!

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  6. looks like lots of fun, and beautiful beach! i'm from the westcoast of canada and we too are enjoying beautiful weather right now!

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  7. It looks gorgeous there, I'm so jealous! This cold needs to be done with haha. The pictures are amazing as well!

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