Home Sweet Homes
Updated: Jul 26, 2018
In the last 5 years alone, I've moved 7 times. I love each place I've lived, but I'm too curious about other places to keep still! I crave the unknown and get "bored" once I finally get used to a place - so then I start planning my next move. Keep reading to see the places I've called home, from mountains to beach, the south to wine country, and small towns to big cities.
1. Oceanside/Vista, California
This is where I was born, and spent my first 2 years of life. My memories here are little to none, but have many family home-videos here to look back on before moving up north.
2. Auburn, California
Auburn is where I really grew up. The majority of my has been in the small down between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I wouldn't trade my childhood here for anything! This is where I made my best friends, went to school, and created great memories. Though I could never move back, it was the perfect place to grow up.
Some of my favorite memories include playing in the American River, hiking in the canyon, experiencing the best autumns, high-school football games, country concerts, exploring wine country, and day trips to Lake Tahoe. Nobody in my family lives in Auburn anymore, but I have friends and families I can visit if I ever crave Taco Tree.
3. Ocala, Florida
Some may not know this, but my family moved to Florida for a total of 10 months when I was in 7th grade. It clearly wasn't our favorite place considering we didn't even make it a whole year. Luckily, we were able to move back to Auburn, attend our old schools, and reunite with our friends (who I pretty much stayed in touch with 24/7 via MSN Messenger, MySpace, and hand-written letters). You can think of it as a long vacation filled with hurricanes, alligators, wolf spiders, humidity, and Cracker Barrel. On the bright-side, we had annual passes to Walt Disney World since we lived so close. If only I appreciated Epcot back then!
>>> I'd have to do some real digging to find pics of this time
4. San Luis Obispo, California
I moved to SLO for college, where I attended California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). I transferred there after 3 years at my community college, and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. I lived there for less than 2 years, but they were some of the best years to date!
Life there consisted of wine tasting around Edna Valley (where I worked at a winery), hiking in the hills or along the coast, laying out on Avila beach, Thursday nights at the downtown farmers market, day trips to Big Sur, country concerts, sangria and tapas at Luna Red. However, my favorite thing of all is the tri-tip sandwiches from Firestone!!! This place will always be SLOme to me.
5. Valladolid, Spain
I studied abroad in Valladolid for a semester during my time at Cal Poly. For twelve weeks I lived with a Spanish host mom who was an absolute angel (and didn't speak a word of English). This was my first time traveling abroad, and I as able to travel on the weekends to Paris, Portugal, and multiple cities in Spain.
Valladolid is about a 3 hour train ride from Madrid and isn't a touristy place at all. This helped us get a real feel of the Spanish culture, enhance our Spanish speaking skills, and feel like true locals. I've been back to Spain since, but not here sadly. I do, however, hope to revisit Valladolid someday and eat a delicious home cooked meal with my Spanish madre.
6. South Lake Tahoe, CA
Days after graduating from Cal Poly, I moved to South Lake Tahoe for a summer internship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Resort to complete my degree. Tahoe is only 2 hours from Auburn, so I grew up going there all the time. Since it's such a small vacation town, I couldn't live there long term. Therefore, a 3-month summer stay was a perfect situation!
My summer here was where I got my first feel at a 40-hour work week, met Justin Timberlake, gazed at the crystal blue lake everyday, and get a real sense of independence. One of my life goals is to have a cabin in Tahoe where my family can vacation on the lake in the summer or go skiing and stay cozy in the winter. Tahoe will always be my favorite place.
7. San Diego, California
Ever since my brother lived in San Diego, it had been a dream of mine to live there too. After my Tahoe internship, a few months back in Auburn, and a 6-week backpacking trip through Europe, I finally made the move. I lived with a family friend in Encinitas before finding a house in Pacific Beach where I went for beach runs and watched the sunset almost every night.
SD really has it all - delicious Mexican food, great hikes and beaches, a beautiful skyline, and unbeatable weather. Of all the places I've lived, San Diego is where I felt the most at home told myself "I'm never leaving." However... a year and a half in, I packed up all be belongings and moved across the world to Sydney...
8. Sydney, Australia
I moved to Sydney on a whim. I was originally planning a possible 2-week vacation, then decided it wouldn't be enough time to see everything I wanted to. Luckily, I was able to keep my job and work remotely from down-under. It started as 3 months, then turned to 6 months, to 1 year. I'm over halfway through with my stay and still have so much more to see and do!
I live in Manly, which is a 20-minute ferry ride from the city. Manly has the most beautiful beaches, reminding me of a mix between Hawaii and Lake Tahoe. Here I've watched countless sunrises, tried every cafe in town (where I normally work from), done amazing hikes, awesome snorkeling, and encountered little penguins, giant lizards, humpback whales, bats, parakeets, cockatoos, and giant spiders.
Any predictions as to where I'll end up after Sydney? ;)