City Views From The Hilton Union Square

City Views From The Hilton Union Square

 

Before living in San Francisco I was living down the peninsula in Redwood City. It is a lovely 1950’s suburb, great for families and full of sun, much like the city of La Mesa in San Diego where I am from. So to get out of the suburbs on the weekend, James and I would indulge in our love for hoteling and treat ourselves a staycation in the city, any change we could get. These photos were taken at one of our favorite hotels in the city, the Hilton Union Square, on one of those staycays.

While these are not overly impressive photos by any stretch of mind, the skyline views from the hotel rooms are very impressive and worth checking out! We have stayed a few times already and I really enjoy the hotel’s great amenities and proximity to great shopping. There is a big lobby bar with plenty of seating which makes it a good meet-up location for visiting and enjoying drinks during happy hour. There is also a full coffee bar with mini-market and food options, a fitness center, concierge services, restaurant, etc. The best perk is the Cityscape Bar & Lounge on one of the top floors, again with spectacular panoramic views and friendly service. These are some photos I took during one of my previous visits. It feels like a little hidden gem if you ask me.

  

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 12 – A short story 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 12 – A short story 

Day 12: A short story 

This is a random account of an unexplained incident at DFW international airport in Dallas. 

In fall 2015, upon returning home from Costa Rica, my boyfriend and I had a few hour layover at DFW. We ate, walked around, thought we saw Jerry Rice, drank booze, sat in uncomfortable chairs, you know, common airport behavior. Our boarding time was approaching so we begin walking toward the gate and then begin walking even faster after they called our names for final boarding — oops, too much exploring. So we’re hustling down the corridor and had to stop for a second to let a truck that was carting people pass by. The only reason that is mentioned is because immediately afterward we continued to walk and talk and then… WHAT I SAID CAME OVER THE LOUD SPEAKERS! The main airport intercom system that is! J and I looked at one another in disbelief and started cracking up. How the hell did my voice get picked up?! Super sketchy folks! 

What does this mean? Does the airport have the ability to listen in on people’s conversations and do so at random? Did I get profiled? Did they find us because our flight was calling for us and then by mistake used the mics too? So many questions. Nonetheless it was a weird unexplained event. 

That’s all folks. I never said I was a good story teller. Haha 

Xo

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 11 – Where you’d like to be in life 20 years from now

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 11 – Where you’d like to be in life 20 years from now

Day 11: Where you’d like to be in life 20 years from now

This is not a topic that excites me but only because I’m quite happy in the present! It is a little difficult to picture what might matter in life beyond a few months or years because I imagine that I’ll be a completely changed person. World politics are running amok and home ownership is unquestionably difficult but there is A LOT that I’m grateful for in my life such as my newfound activism, community, work that is challenging and worthwhile, and plenty of freedom and adventure. 

Twenty years from now, what do I want that picture to look like? I’m really not certain in a material manner, but I know how I want to feel! I want to feel  empowered and in good shape financially! I want to be traveled and continue exploring the world and all that it has to offer. I would love to have a masters degree or have continued down a path of education, even if that’s not by a formal institution. I want to be someone that others can count on or have ways to supprt my family and friends. I would love to be connected to my community and be accountable to my peers. I hope I have a comfortable place to call home or someone who makes me feel at home. I may be a mother but I will appreciate being around children. I hope that my health is still good and that I’ve not stopped dancing. I hope my parents and family are still united. Where I will be is somewhere, content and humble with what my life has become. 

Xo

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 10 – What you’d say to your favorite celebrity

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 10 – What you’d say to your favorite celebrity

Day 10: What you’d say to your favorite celebrity

What a thought-provoking topic! Just way too early on the morning.. it’s barely striking 7 o’clock and half of one eye is still shut. I think I’ll put this blog on pause until lunch time. But first I will narrow it down to a particular list of “celebs” whom I have admired in my lifetime:

  1. Hilary Duff
  2. Gloria Steinem
  3. Maya Angelou 
  4. Hilary Clinton
  5. Barbara Boxer
  6. Steven Hawking
  7. Neil Degrasse-Tyson
  8. Selena Quintanilla (RIP)
  9. Bob Marley (RIP)
  10. Albert Einstein (RIP)

I’ve given the most some thought and how I admire these people each in a unique way. If I had to pick one celebrity to say something to, that would be Gloria Steinem.

If I had the opportunity (of a lifetime!) to speak to Gloria, I would let her know how she has lit a flame in my heart that insists that I keep my ears and eyes open to causes needed great support. Especially, still, women’s reproductive health and gender equality. I would ask her for advice on how to be more fearless and be more powerful with the things that I write and say. I would even ask her if we could go in her closet and discuss some of the outfit choices during particular moments in the public – like an angel they seem to carry her messages farther. I’d like to ask her if she knew from a young age that she would be such a great influence and advocate for women around the world. I would ask her for her best advice for women and girls today who feel disconnected in some way from their surroundings or cultural norms. 

Gloria Steinem has been such an amazing light in my life, and I imagine she has tougher thousands of women through her work – whether they may know it or not, she has fought on behalf of women for decades. Thank you Gloria. 

If you would like to read some of her work and understand her legacy better, I highly recommend her latest book: My Life on the Road, available here.

Xo,

Veronica 

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 9 – Favorite childhood memory

Popsugar 150 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 9 – Favorite childhood memory

Day 9: Favorite childhood memory

Sadly, I think I have terrible memory, but there are several unforgettable childhood memories that I carry very close to my heart. My favorite memory however, would have to be traveling throughout Mexico City and visiting many of the the surrounding areas with my grandparents and sister when I was around 8-9 years old. My sister and I were able to make this trip twice over two different summer vacations and both visits were extremely special and inspiring. I am certain that those once in a lifetime experiences helped shape who I am today. Mexico City is a large bustling city, chock full of ancient and modern history. I remember the excitement of my first plane ride and newness of being away from my parents for a long period of time. Since the first trip into the interior of Mexico, my grandparents sense of adventure wes passed on. It grew my awareness and appreciation for people and cultures living all over the world. I also learned just how diverse of place Mexico is and is also home to many different native Indian peoples. 

Some of my favorite parts and funny memories of these summer trips were:

  1. Haggling for goods with the merchants and vendors in el zocalo 
  2. The talented jugglers, clowns, “bubble-butt” dancers and entertainers at the stoplights 
  3. Chapultepec park – its huge!
  4. The best mangos.. on a stick!
  5. Walking up the pyramid of the sun
  6. Watching Disney on Ice in Spanish 
  7. Going to Acapulco: gorgeous pebble beach and amazing cliff diving entertainment 
  8. Outside the city: Hiking up Nevada de Toluca, a volcano and admiring the gorgeous crater lake inside 
  9. Sour cream “crema” is put on most dishes at restaurants — grandma always had to remember to say “sin crema por favor”
  10. Weekend trips: fresh grilled fish caught in the ocean and cooked within minutes
  11. Holding our big puzzles to keep them from falling off the table during intermittent afternoon earthquakes 
  12. Enjoying the many places to walk around in the city square 
  13. Being sick and being treated so well by grandma – I also watched the entire original Star Wars series 
  14. The amazing apartments my grandparents had – indoor pool and elevator entry — and so many good times! 

Mexico City is unique and vibrant and has been increasingly rated as a top destination! I would love to return again and am so grateful for my grandparents getting us to such wonderful experiences! 

Xo

Veronica

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