I have always dreamed of visiting California. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood…TV makes it so incredible. We dream of beaches, sun, fame, celebrities, fashion, technology, startups. We think it must be amazing living there, we think it’s so different from here. And oh god, IT IS. Well, I can say people are great and the beach is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. I wanted to visit California so bad, but at the same time I was afraid it ended up disappointing me. You know when you dream of something so bad and then you realize it wasn’t such a big deal after all. Lucky for me, it ended up being a great vacation, a perfect getaway trip. If it wasn’t for my BF, I would have stayed there. If only I could. I might consider it someday. Who knows!
You might already know that I love to travel, if not then I’m confirming you that I could travel all of my life. Not that I don’t like where I live. Even though it’s a bit too calm for me. I just think that I was born to travel. Visiting new places, people, culture, languages, food, smells, fresh and not-so-fresh air. I dream I could visit the entire world, eat a different meal in each country and talk with people from around the world… This is where you let out a big sigh.
Sometimes you think it’s unreachable, that we can never travel that much. Don’t think that way. Nothing is impossible! So, I’ve decided that if I wanted to travel somewhere, I’ll just do it. I will buy my tickets, plan my trip and just go. Why not? Isn’t life short? Okay, you must have a little minimum of money or future income to pay the bills and your debts, but traveling isn’t that expensive. You can use Couchsurfing or if you prefer having more commodities, but something cheaper or better than a hotel, try Airbnb! It was my first time using that service and it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E. I booked all my trip with airbnb and couldn’t have find better people to host me. With Airbnb you can rent a room/apartment/house for as much days as you want and that are available by the host. Sometimes you live with the owner, sometimes you have a whole apartment to yourself…depending on what you’re looking for. Our hosts, in 4 different cities, were totally great, useful, fun and so kind. My first time with Airbnb was a success. I even got to visit Airbnb’s office! Be jealous! I couldn’t have been luckier! If you ever read me : thank you Daniel, Justin, Colin, Jesse, Denese, Gus, Ming and Barbara for making my 10 days-trip to California so wonderful.
It wasn’t a trip to visit museums or historic places, even though we did visit many touristic places. We wanted a trip to California where we could just hang out in the city, have a cup of coffee (I was more into chai latte), shop and see the beach. We met locals, we eat out with nice people, we even visited Google! Be jealous again ;) I had missed SO much the pacific ocean. It’s so pretty, you have NO idea. Just for that I would go back there anytime. Of course, we went shopping. And OMG, I was in paradise. I helped the economy buying stuff at Michael Kors, Nine West, Coach, Saks, Lacoste, Forever 21, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Google and Apple <3. I’m already dreaming of going back just to shop again, and I haven’t written anything yet about the local designers. Thanks god I tried not to shop too much. Ahem.
I had many talks with people over there, and also with my family (yeah, I have family near SF! You can be jealous again, but not too much please!). We talked about life, weather, events, people, jobs and possibilities. I’m still thinking about the possibilities & jobs part. I know SF is pretty competitive, but I got encouraged about work and I have a pretty good curriculum. So I thought, why should I dream of something that far and think that maybe I’m not good enough? If I could find a way to find a job in a startup in SF (okay, I know it would be hard, but like I said…nothing is impossible), then why couldn’t I find a job anywhere in the world? I speak many languages, I’m good at what I do and I’m passionate about it. This made like a boom in my head. Like, BOOM. I realized I could do many things in life, that I was smart and that I was really stubborn about success. No success comes without work and perseverance. California changed me. I came back much more perseverant, much more energetic about the future, much more determined to succeed. Life is short, work is hard and competitive, but when you want to be the best, you work to be the best. When you want to travel, you travel. When you want to be international, you become international. When you dream about something, you make it come true.
Thank you California for opening my eyes.