Hi guys,

It probably feels so good to know spring break is here! I came back from my spring break a few weeks ago and I would definitely say it was a much-needed break. Looking back at spring break, I have to say that I’m very content with the places I visited (some of them have been part of my bucket list for awhile) and the people whom I got to cherish those experiences with. And I’m going, to be honest with you guys, this girl is a broke college student, so money was definitely a concern. But for that reason, I wanted to share with you some of the things I did this break without going into bankruptcy and still be able to have fun. (woohoo!)

LA (more specifically Melrose Avenue and Placita Olvera [Olvera street]

Melrose Ave.

So for my first destination, my friend and I went to Melrose Avenue, this is a very popular destination in LA, it is well-known for its stylish shops, and trendy restaurants and coffee shops. My friend and I have been planning to check out this place for a while and spring break had to be the time. The coolest part of this destination was getting my friend’s face and mine on a LATTE! ( this is real, guys!) The coffee shop is called Carrera cafe and their coffee it’s unbelievably good and an art, as well.

Then, we found the coolest and most instagrammable (?) walls. There was the famous pink wall and these others trendy walls you always see on your Instagram feed. The most exciting part was that my friend and I got to have a fun photoshoot.

Placita Olvera

Guys this place is unbelievably gorgeous and it carries so much history with it. If you guys have never heard about this place, it is well known as the “the birthplace of Los Angeles” it is a Mexican marketplace with old and traditional structures, painted colorful walls, street vendors, delicious Mexican food, and gift shops everywhere. My friend and I had a blast strolling through this place, and smelling and eating the yummy food (taquitos, tamales, churros, and champurrado). Side Note: This is a must-check-out place next year when you guys are here ti!

Laguna Beach

This beach is beyond expectations, it is so gorgeous and there are so many fun things to do. My friend and I took our lunches and had a picnic with an ocean view. Then, we decided to walk around and check out the shops and coffee shops around the area. We also went for a run and did a workout at the beach, not going to lie it was very challenging but so rewarding.

My friend and I got to catch the sunset at this beautiful beach and those are just memories I’m beyond grateful for. Also, I’m very thankful that I got to spend some time with my one of my best friends and for friendships such as this one that cherish the simple things in life that bring the most joy.

A Small Town in Big Bear Lake Called The Village

It is a very charming small town up in the mountains, when I went there was still some snow, so guys this place definitely still felt like Christmas. My family and I had such a great time exploring this place and discovering the BEST HOT CHOCOLATE EVER! This place is called An Ran Ju, it is a Gelato and Teahouse place, but their hot chocolate won’t disappoint you. It was so nice to catch up with my family and be able to create new memories with them.


There’s no place like home and as fun, as it sounds to be checking out all these great destinations, home is always a must for my destinations. I love being at Biola but being away from home has also taught to become more appreciative of my time with my family. I was able to enjoy my mom’s homemade meals and sleep in a little bit more than usual.

This break was so rejuvenated and fun. I’m so grateful for the friendships I’ve created during my time at Biola because they bring so much to my life, and the time I get to spend with my family and at home because, I get to be reminded where I come from and also, share with them all the amazing things I’m learning and doing here at Biola.

Hope you guys have at restful, fun, and safe break!

-Blogger Stephannie