Our Visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

I had never heard of this temple until about three weeks ago when my sister mentioned it to me. The moment she showed me the pictures of the temple, I immediately set my mind to visit the place. So my family and I went on a Saturday afternoon. There are no parking or entrance fees. And there’s nothing that makes my family more pleasing than that :D. Yeah, free is good, right!?

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A Half Saturday in Solvang

So I finally got to check off my list, not a bucket list, just a regular list. Solvang, you are as beautiful in person as you are on Google image! It felt like I was walking around in a Disney themed town at least for awhile during the early morning when there were not many cars and many of the shops were still closed. Then brunch time came, people started coming in, and I had to watch out for cars.

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Explore Downtown L.A. on New Year’s Eve

I woke up and it didn’t feel like New Year’s Eve to me because my husband, Mann, and I had absolutely no plan. And it has been like that for… I don’t know how many years, lol. But just like usual, we always end up doing something, big or small.

We passed ideas back and fourth. Mann suggested Solvang because he knew I wanted to go there. But I don’t wanna go there on a whim because it’s like almost 3 hours drive. So, rejected! I didn’t want to go anywhere too far because it was already like 9am and we were still in our Pjs. We came so close to going to Disney Land, but we decided we didn’t want to go through the crowds and the longgggg waiting for rides.

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6-Day Road Trip Santa Ana, CA to Sugar Land, TX and Back!

Day 1: Santa Ana to Las Cruces (~745 miles)

By 4 am, eight of us (my mom, my mother-in-law, my aunt, my uncle-in-law, my sister, my sister-in-law, my hubby, and me) hopped into a 2019 Chevrolet Suburban, which we rented from Enterprise, and started our trip without any written plans. Because the only sure plans we had were stopping by my cousin’s house for lunch in Phoenix, stopping by my other cousin’s house in Tucson, and the final destination which is my brother-in-law’s house in Sugar Land. Everything else was ~90% sure only.

So off we drove! We got on a bunch of freeways before getting on I-10 E and stayed on it for a majority of our trip. We didn’t make any stops at any touristy sites in Arizona both back and fourth. Hence, I have nothing to report about Arizona ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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