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Balboa Park – The Giant Cactus Edition

  What is the first picture that pops in your head when you hear the word “Cactus”? If you guys are like me, you picture little colourful pots with tiny needle covered plants in them. I’m talking IKEA decorative pots with cute little cactuses in them for people who lack the green thumb. After visiting the cactus park in Balboa Park I was shocked how MASSIVE these little cute plants become in their natural habitat. Something that fits in the palm of my hand is now as big as a tire. Cactus trees that are so big that they have a more wood like trunks. I’m not sure why I was so shocked by seeing these giant cactuses but it completely blew my mind.

Sun, Ocean and Fun in Sunny San Diego

  A few weeks ago I visited Sunny San Diego to visit my family and it was a great short get away from the Polar Vortex up here in Canada. Although I was SUPER excited for the trip I spent a ridiculous amount of time to pack for 18 to 25 degree weather. I am out of practice, it’s been 6 months since I wore less than 5 layers and no parka jackets. But enough about my wardrobe problems….

Hidden Gems – Miami Edition

While down in Miami for some needed vacation, some of the locals recommended their favorite spots to eat. My cousin and I decided to checkout some of these local diners and restaurant for some great food. Here are two of our favorite places. Big Pink and 11th st Diner. Big Pink: 157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida   Located on the corner of Collins Ave and 2nd st. Big Pink is a great hangout for the Miami Beach locals. The interior of the restaurant is a great mix of oldschool diner and a new sports bar. I loved the food, the super friendly staff and the entire dinner experience I had while I was there. The menu is super long and super BIG, but there’s something for everyone and for every budget which I think is the reason behind why it’s such a hit with people of all ages and backgrounds. For our starter we ordered a MASSIVE plate of nachos (I can’t remember the price, sorry!) filled with hot peppers, tortilla chips, beans and …