Since I've moved to San Francisco, I've sprained my ankle, contracted bronchitis, and had an unexpected surgery... yet, somehow, I'm the happiest I've ever been. The people here have been truly kind and have made all my mishaps easier to deal with. I'm so totally in love with this city.

These are some instagram pictures from around SF. I haven't really taken the "real" camera out which is something I'd like to rectify because there is never a lack of beautiful things to document here. - Mina 

5 years ♥


stanley park

We shared an afternoon exploring Stanley Park, in Vancouver, recently. Alex pointed out this sweet couple strolling arm in arm along the water and said that would be us someday. I had to creepily snap these images of our future selves. 

Our first year of marriage was spent chasing the sun. The subsequent years were filled with high highs and low lows. Our anniversary trip to Hawaii was cancelled this week because of Hurricane Ana  but how could we be upset when we were able to just get in the car and drive down the California coast? (We're  also very relieved that no one was hurt and the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm) 

I still can't believe I'm married, let alone celebrating a 5 year anniversary. Considering I thought I'd be a spinster, I am consistently surprised about how deeply we care, how we still laugh until our stomachs hurt, and how we continue to learn new things about each other. I wonder if it will be the same when we're walking hand in hand, in 50 years, perhaps with the aid of a cane. We could only hope to be so lucky. 



lining up for shake shack
Alex waiting for some Shake Shack in their predictably long lineup. 

This trip to New York felt easy and great. (It was ages ago, and I'm excited to move on ASAP and start posting regularly here again soon) Much like our Mexico City trip, we did very little planning. We returned to places we loved, discovered spots we'd never heard of, and purposely/unexpectedly met up with friends. 

shake shack
flat iron
new york life buildingflat iron buildingsubway

Although my time in New York was limited to a summer and a few short trips, I feel more comfortable there than I ever did in Montreal (where I lived for 3 years). Something about all the characters in NYC suddenly makes you feel very normal. 

chicken and waffles at cafeteria

Once confused about the pairing of chicken and waffles, it's now commonplace and something we'll seek out. If you go to Cafeteria on a warm day, you can sit outside and people watch. 


While waiting for our table, we decided to wander around and found The Rubin Museum. If you're planning on visiting, it's free on Friday evenings.  The restaurant next to the gift shop smelled delicious, so pop in there and report back, okay?

the doughnut plant

I was lamenting that we wouldn't be able to go to The Doughnut Plant on this trip because it was so far away. Moments later, we serendipitously walked by their newish location in Chelsea. This place has forever ruined regular doughnuts for me.

king and grove

We looked into AirBnB and Roomorama accommodations for this trip, but they were pricey compared to our Hotwire deal for King & Grove (now called Martha Washington ?!) Part of it was under renovation, so the cost was reduced and it was in the perfect location for our short trip. It was also near the Museum of Sex which we peeked into but ended up wasting all our time at the Empire State Building

Alright, no more New York for awhile because I can't deal with those cold winters. Next stop: Vancouver
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