Towards the beginning of this year my stepdad obtained a job with United airlines, which is pretty awesome considering my whole family now gets great flight benefits. So, at the beginning of this week when a few of my closest friends and I decided we needed a beach in our lives, we started pulling together all the funds and packing the summer essentials. I mean winter is gross and finals had just ended, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take advantage of some extremely cheap flights.
We arrived in Chicago on Saturday and planned to leave for a beach of some sort by Sunday morning. There were two requirements for our trip: the beach needed to be warm and somewhere out of the country. Unfortunately for us, our sights were set a bit too high. (PSA: don’t try flying on weekends during the holidays. It’s a trap.) Flying standby during the holidays is nearly impossible, let alone with four girls. In a matter of minutes we saw our travel opportunities dwindling, and even at one point considered calling the trip off all together. Sunday passed. Then Monday. No flights to any beach destination anywhere. We tried everything. Finally, by Monday morning we caught a lucky break. There were 7 seats available for the 9:09 a.m. flight to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. We were going to Cabo, and it was smooth sailing from there.
We found an absolutely gorgeous airbnb, and truly this trip could not have fallen into place more perfectly. The first day we went to the grocery store and at night ventured down to the beach to check it out. We really didn’t care what we were doing as long as we were in shorts and t-shirts.
On day two we found the cutest market and snack bar right down the hill from where we were staying. The locals were all retiree’s who had made the snack bar their daily gossip space. It was such a fun little atmosphere to have experienced. I can definitely see myself at 60 spending my days at a snack bar in paradise.
Our last day was spent basking in the sun and swimming. The Pacific is still mildly cold, so not much time was spent in the water. None the less, we were all so thankful to be out of our stressful college town lives and in the sunshine.
I’m so thankful for spontaneous friends and all the opportunities to travel the world with them.
Until my next adventure,
It’s that terrifying word that makes you want to run for the hills when you think about it. Questions arise like, “what do you eat?” “Why are you doing that to yourself?” Or my personal favorite, “Isn’t that a little hard core? You don’t kill animals to get dairy.”
No, I don’t hate you for eating meat. No, I don’t talk about it all the time and we certainly don’t have to talk about it. Yes, I’m getting enough protein. Yes, I take vitamins. It’s really not hard. I still eat whatever I want, just minus certain ingredients.
Why I chose to go vegan actually wasn’t because I’m a crazy animal lover. I do love animals, but I really wanted a healthy lifestyle. When I started researching veganism though, I was shocked and actually started understanding all those “crunchy granola people”. They weren’t so crazy after all. Everyone from my parents to my boyfriend have tried to dissuade me in some way from making this lifestyle choice. Even if it was only making fun of me. I guess to everyone who doesn’t understand it, here are the facts; And I’ll warn you from here on out it may get a little hardcore. I also think I just became “one of those crunchy granola people”. So, here it goes.
LISTEN UP EVERYONE. HERE ARE THE FACTS.
- The planet is dying. BECAUSE OF US. And here’s a secret they don’t want you to know: it’s mostly due to animal agriculture. In fact, 51% or more of greenhouse gas emissions (Hello, Global Warming) are due to animal agriculture. That is more than cars, ships, trains, and planes combined.
- COWS ARE KILLING THE RAINFOREST. WHAT?! No really. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. And 1-2 acres are cleared every SECOND.
- Do you REALLY think your body was made to consume the milk of cows? Are you a baby cow? Do you ever wonder why there’s such a thing as ‘stubborn fat’ that just seems to stick to you? Ya hon, your body can’t process what it wasn’t made to consume.
- Which leads us to the question, “What is your body made to consume?” And for that I’ll leave you all with this visual:
With all that being said, I’m a college kid so here are my sources cited now that I have served you with the facts. If you’re interested enough, in these websites are hundreds of more facts. I told you the bare minimum.
This post was not to convince you to change your mind or tell you that you too should go vegan. I just want you all to understand that while you’re chowing down on some cheese, I’m over here trying to save the planet.
P.s. I love cheese, and they make cashew cheese that’s delicious.