Lori Macias

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San Francisco, USA

Cupertino, gratitude and a piece of the berlin wall

Who is "you"?
A city dweller who loves travel, live music, urban hikes and coffee shops.  I’m also a big foodie - I love to dine out and am always interested in trying a new craft cocktail place! I grew up in Cupertino, a small suburb about an hour south of San Francisco that no one had ever heard of until Apple put it on the map. I moved to San Francisco in the year 2000 and have lived here since.

Wich is the thing you love the most in your city?
I am very grateful that I can call San Francisco home. I love so much about the city - the amazing food, weather and diversity.  I also love living in a major hub of technological innovation.  I live in the Mission District which is well known for it’s hipsters, taquerias and great foodie scene. The Mission is the heart of the city and I love everything about my neighborhood.

What makes you travel?
Travel gives me perspective and, I believe, makes me a better, more thoughtful person. I always return home with gratitude for what I have in my life and a desire to declutter my life of all non-essential things.

Places you´ve been in the world?
The most memorable trip I ever took was in early 2011.  It was my first time traveling alone and I visited 5 different countries on 2 continents.? ?Travelling alone is both challenging and liberating. I have done it several times now since 2011, but that first trip definitely included some of my favorite destinations and experiences. I loved every place I visited but the three that stood out were:? ?Bariloche, Argentina - While here, I had a great whitewater rafting adventure that started in Argentina and ended in Chile.? ?Easter Island - A truly unique experience spending the night in a local family’s backyard when the repercussions of the Japan earthquake/tsunami forced everyone on the island to higher ground. Lisbon, Portugal - A city that is so reminiscent of San Francisco with the best people in the world. It is my dream to move here some day and open a coffee shop?. ?More about the South America portion of that trip is posted here on my travel blog.

Tell us a smell, a taste, a color, or a sense you remember from a place you´ve been?
I’ve been known to talk about my travels based on the food I ate along the way so that is usually the first thing that comes to mind. My favorites include Piri Piri chicken in Portugal, curry noodles in Japan, and Nicksan sushi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. ??I’m also a huge music fan. When I travel solo, one of my favorite things to do is to map out neighborhood hikes and spend as much time as possible walking the different areas with my headset.  My travel soundtrack is heavy with indie rock and singer/songwriter types.  I usually remember places I’ve visited based on the songs I was really into at the time of my trip.  My Spotify travel playlist (“Train Music”) is here.

What is the silliest thing you ever bought in your trips?
A piece of the Berlin Wall.  I am pretty sure it is fake but could not resist.

If Lisbon was a person, who does it remind you of?
Tina Fey - beautiful, accessible and totally unexpected

We hate tourism tours?
Bradley Cooper - edgy, funny and cool

Have you ever fell in love with someone when you travel?
Some fun crushes, but never love.

The most embarrassing/funny moment you had while travelling?
Trying to figure out the Colectivo transportation system in Valparaiso, Chile. Colectivo’s are taxi’s with pre-determined locations that you share with other riders.  You have to be sure you get in one marked with the area of your final destination. I annoyed many drivers and passengers by getting in the wrong cars several times until? ?someone finally explained to me how it worked

Next stop?
Reykjavik, Iceland is high on my list.  I am not very good with cold weather so am waiting for the summer months and and 20 hours of sunlight a day.

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