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Five and a half months, twenty-three and a half weeks, one hundred and sixty-four days — however you say it, I’ve been away from the great state of New York for quite some time. I returned home a few short days ago to a blanket of snow and a flurry of bad news, but I’m here. And it feels very much like this is where I need to be.

For next week I’ll have to find a way to creatively photograph myself unpacking and sitting on my laptop, since my plans don’t extend far beyond that. But for now, we can look back on the last seven days of my time in California — my final morning in Palm Springs, and onto the Bay Area to visit my friend and spend a day exploring San Francisco.

Photo A
Pulling out of The Ace hotel

Photo B
Photo booth memories

Photo C
Eating my way through San Francisco

Photo D
Exploring Alcatraz

Photo E
Abby takes on NorCal

Which photo is your favorite?

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36 Comments...
  • Janice Stringer
    March 23 2014

    Love the photo of you and your friends and as a Lover of all things New Zealand – the fern fronds caught my eye on the food piccie.
    Maybe you can give me some insight into California – I would love to scuba dive there in a Kelp Forest, have you done it?
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      Hey Janice, unfortunately there was no diving for me on this trip! I didn’t make it down to San Diego, which I think it the epicenter of the kelp forest diving. I would love to get there someday though!

  • Anna Lamma
    March 23 2014

    Loving the bright, bold pictures. It’s really emblematic of San Fran. I had a great time there and haven’t met anyone who hasn’t!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      I first went there when I was probably 12, so it was great to return as a (kind of) grown up šŸ™‚ Such a good city!

  • David
    March 23 2014

    Photo C: I love farmer’s markets!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      This one was actually a mushroom boutique inside the Ferry building in San Francisco! But farmer’s markets are great too šŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    March 23 2014

    Photo A — as an Angeleno, I have seen that Ace sign photographed many many times but never with it reflected in the hood of a car. Creative points for you!!

    Boo for bad news. Sending good vibes your way…
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      Thanks girl. I’m not trying to vague blog, I just need to see how some things play out before I am ready to write about them. But it’s all just the usual sad stories, people getting sick, deals going wrong, etc. :/

  • Rick
    March 23 2014

    Photo B – no bad news there.

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      Thanks Rick, it was a fun day šŸ™‚

  • B =) and I love your friend’s dress! The one that came and met you in S.A. (forget her name) cute cute!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      It’s Zoe, and yes she is a complete cutie šŸ™‚

  • Caity
    March 23 2014

    Photo Booth Fun gets my vote this week!

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      Thanks Caity! I’m a HUGE photo booth fan — I think every wedding should have one.

  • Melanie Fontaine
    March 23 2014

    My favorite is Photo B! It just really shows that you had a really fun time in California! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      We really did! That wedding was the catalyst for the whole trip and I’m so grateful for it.

  • Abby
    March 23 2014

    California misses you!! Thank you so much for that great picture of me lol. That was SUCH a fun day… We totally ate our way through SF!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      I think I’m still dreaming about that bread and cheese…. bring me back.

  • Taylor
    March 24 2014

    I like photo D. I would love to visit Alcatraz and definitely plan on doing so…hopefully šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      There is some seriously cool history there… it’s a must do!

  • Shaun
    March 24 2014

    Photo C is missing eye of newt!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      Hmmm, as a non mushroom eater I can’t say I even know what that is šŸ™‚

  • Andi
    March 24 2014

    Abby Abby Abby!

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      She’s a cutie, isn’t she! šŸ™‚

  • Steve
    March 24 2014

    I am choosing B. It shows good times with friends.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2014

      Thanks Steve! A lot of happy memories in that photo šŸ™‚

  • Jade
    March 24 2014

    Agreeing with everyone here, Photo B is just so much cuteness!

    • Meihoukai
      March 25 2014

      Ha, that wasn’t what I expected to be the winner this week but I love it!

  • Amanda thePanda
    March 25 2014

    Photo B: I just love your creativity and willingness to experiment with photos!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 25 2014

      Aw, thanks Amanda! This project always pushes me to be a bit more creative šŸ™‚

  • tammyonthemove
    March 26 2014

    Love photo D. The plant looks amazing!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 26 2014

      I LOVE those succulents. They grow everywhere in California!

  • Lucy
    March 26 2014

    Photo A is gorgeous. Really cool twist with the reflection. It just needs a cheesy inspirational quote written over it! Hope things perk up… xx
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    • Meihoukai
      March 27 2014

      Thanks Lucy! I’m sure they will… spring is coming, and with it happy things! I can feel it x

  • PurpleTravelKate
    March 27 2014

    A for Ace is definitely my favourite!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 27 2014

      I love me some reflection shots šŸ™‚