The Oregon Coast and Oswald West State Park

Have you been to the Oregon coast? Well, let me tell you, it’s beautiful!The Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast

Driving alongside the coast, there’s plenty of places to lookout and take in all the natural beauty.

But don’t just click and go! Pay close attention!

The Oregon Coast - Oswald West Beach

You may find an unassuming spot, with few parked cars, but no big signs saying “this is awesome, come look!” But it is, and if you don’t go see for yourself, you may miss a beautiful (somewhat) hidden treasure!

Oswald West State Park and Beach

It’s almost as if you’ve found a secret garden! The path takes you through a beautiful hike, surrounded by trees and streams. On this particular day it was close to empty, which adds to the feeling of finding a secret beach.

And you know you’ve hit gold when surfers are spotted coming and going.

The Oregon Coast - Oswald West Beach

And when you find the beach, you know there’s nowhere you’d rather be.

It’s almost as if it was waiting for you to arrive all along.

The Oregon Coast

And you’ve arrived at just the right time, because it’s the perfect place to catch the sunset!

The Oregon Coast - Oswald West Beach

The Oregon Coast - Oswald West Beach

Only hours away from Portland, the Oregon Coast and Oswald West State Park are sights not to be missed!


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Cafe Saturdays (On Sunday) – PublicUs

You know a place is good when you can’t stop reading about it in your Facebook feed! Well, at least that’s been my experience. And PublicUs is a winner in my book.


It’s a cute place in Downtown Las Vegas, on the corner of Maryland and Freemont. It doesn’t have a huge sign to announce it’s presence, but if you find it, you may want to stop by!

PublicUs - The SweetsThey have an assortment of pastries that look mouth-watering good! Except, I haven’t tried them so don’t take my imaginary word for it (haha!). What I have tried are the savory items on the menu, and I like!

PublicUs - Savory DishesPictured Above (starting from top left):

  1. Shishito peppers. Delicious! Served with green onions, and a delicious Sambal Gastrique! That red glaze made it so tasty! We asked the server what the sauce contained but no luck, it’s a delicious mystery!
  2. The Cu-Ban-Mi Sandwich. I really liked this sandwich! It had pickled veggies, which made it crispy and tasty all at the same time. It comes with a side of green salad and some potato chips.
  3. The Fried Chicken. I was a bit hesitant about this one because I don’t usually do chicken, and I am not into kimchi (sorry!). But man the chicken was perfectly crisp on the outside and perfectly juicy and tender on the inside. I mixed the egg with the rice and included a piece of chicken in every mouthful, a delight! This was recommended by a staff member, and I am glad he did!
  4. The Crispy Pork Belly Sandwich. This one was a bit of a disappointment. If you know me, you know I like my pork belly, but here I wasn’t very interested. It might’ve been the sweet potato? I couldn’t tell you.

PublicUs - The DrinksAt PublicUs, they have an eclectic beer selection. I’m going to say that sour beer is not for me, but I’m glad I tried it. Then there was the green tea with citrus, a blend of lime, green tea, and orange juice. It was tasty, and very different. It was still not a sweet drink, despite the juices, so I liked it.

And then they have this insane coffee machine that looks like a classic car. You know, the ones you see riding down the road, with black and platinum colors, and it probably cost a pretty penny. I had to try whatever concoction came out of that thing! What I thought was odd was that they sweeten the coffee for you.  It was sweet enough for my taste, but I still found it weird. The coffee was good, and I loved the little cookies it came with. Nice touch!

I like this place! Have you been? Let me know what else is good!

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Oyster Gets Featured

Oyster gets featured! It’s been fun times traveling and telling! There’s a big traveling community out there, and it’s great to be a part of it! There’s still a whole world out there and not enough time to see it all and share it all! In the meantime check out blogs where Life is My Oyster has been featured:

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Travel fails. Don’t you love it when something goes terribly wrong! Ok… maybe not. At least not in the moment. But how great is it when you can look back and laugh at your most terrible travel fails. Whether you’ve been accidentally maced, almost missed your flight, or even crashed a party, it’s always fun to reminisce! Check out these glorious travel fails at;


Locals give their tips. If you’re like me, you do your due diligence when planning a trip. That means researching like a mad person until you know all the awesome things awaiting at your destination. And what better than getting tips straight from the locals! Check out insider tips for Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Huntsville at

Do you have any fails or travel tips you’d like to share? Let’s hear ’em!

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My Brazilian Love Story – Rio de Janeiro


IMG_9529I fell in love with Rio long before we ever met!

Let me explain. I grew up on telenovelas (soap operas). Every night I was glued to the TV watching beautiful love stories from Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela. It was awesome! But then there came a time when I tired of the usual poor girl who falls in love with rich guy, and is then antagonized by his horrible family, until one day true love prevails… somehow. I took a break from the melodrama to focus on other things (Roswell, Buffy, and Charmed). Until one day, a magical thing happened: I watched my first Brazilian soap!


Arcos da Lapa

These soaps weren’t like anything I was accustomed to. The usual melodrama was there… but then there was also history, culture, public interest themes, and lots of Brazil! Their transition shots always seemed to showcase a beautiful part of the city, and I fell in love! It was at the top of my travel bucket list ever since.

The Famous Copacabana Sidewalk

The Famous Copacabana Sidewalk

Unfortunately, it’s been tough times trying to plan a trip to Brazil. I always seem to get pulled in a different direction. But two years ago, when I was being pulled to Argentina (don’t get me wrong, I wanted to go to Argentina too), I made sure to plan a detour to Rio, even if it was just for four days! And it was just as amazing as I always imagined!


As usual I studied the map meticulously, making sure to know exactly where my favorite characters lived so that I could see the sights they frequented. Every time we walked or drove past one of those neighborhoods, excited I’d tell my mom “look, that’s where Duda lives!” hahahaha!

Favela - Santa Marta

Favela – Santa Marta

I crammed a million things into my long Brazilian weekend: Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Beaches, and a Favela tour! The favela was the highlight of my visit… nope not the tour, it was my nighttime rendezvous that did it! While on our Favela tour, our guide let us know that he plays at the samba school of this very Favela, and that we were welcomed to come and watch them practice. That night they were going to rehearse and vote on the songs they would use for their school during the Carnival. He didn’t have to tell me twice! I was in! My travel companions not so much. They were terrified. But I was determined.


I dragged my two travel companions all the way to the Santa Marta Samba School… in the middle of the night. Our guide had said that although Favelas are known to be the most dangerous areas of Brazil, this particular favela had been rid of the drug lords and criminals. I held on to that thought very tightly, as I ventured into what could be the lion’s den.


It was amazing! We watched as cariocas convened into one building in the middle of a favela to dance the night away. There were people from all walks of life and all social classes. Maybe a fight broke out that night, and maybe a month later the news reported the assassination of a samba school vice president. But nothing could come close to ruining the energy and happiness that filled the school that night. It was a true immersion into Brazilian culture. An experience I will treasure forever.


Four days weren’t enough. I still hope to one day check out the scene in Lapa, watch the Carnival, and visit Sao Paolo. Brazil still holds a spot in my bucket list. I still watch the soaps and dream of the day when I get to visit the neighborhoods of my favorite characters!


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