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Our 8th anniversary trip to the island of Kauai, Hawaii

We spent one week on the island of Kauai to celebrate my husband's birthday and our 8th wedding anniversary and what a blissful week it was! Being restless at heart, it is rare for me to truly sit back and relax but that peaceful condo on a secluded beach was so perfect that it felt like heaven on earth. Drinking my morning cup of coffee while watching sunrise on the beach, listening to the sound of the waves while they are caressing my feet, with no one around but the birds, is probably the biggest luxury I could ask for in life. And to experience that for a week felt like it was more than a dream come true. It would forever remain as a truly special week of my life.

Our dream stay @ Kapa'a Sands:

Every morning, I would sit on that log in the beach with a cup of coffee, and admire the sun that always rises up and the waves that always hit the shore, no matter what.

Thrilling Zip lining:

We started the week with an 8-line zip line course in a beautiful forest setting as a gift for…

Channel Islands National Park, California

Have you guys heard of Channel Islands National Park, a series of 5 islands near Ventura in Southern California? If not, don't worry, you are not alone. The Channel Islands National Park is remote and can only be accessed by boat or plane and is among the least visited National Parks in California. But, as National Park enthusiasts, we decided to check it out during this July 4th holidays. 
It has 5 islands out of which Santa Cruz Island is the largest and is the easiest island to get to. It is about an hour boat ride from Ventura through Island Packers Cruises. So, we packed our lunches and decided to make a day-trip out of it. The round-trip boat ride cost us ~$60 per person and what a fun ride it was!

The boat wasn't too big which meant it was a roller coaster ride all the way through till we got to the island. I am prone to sea-sickness but on this particular ride I did not and I can't tell you why. We were out in the front deck the whole time and had so much fun on this…

3 days in Washington DC

Washington DC surprised me in many ways. It was more casual, less grandeur, more touching and less pompous than I imagined. It was both amusing and comforting. The city had more warmth than I expected and less traffic than I anticipated. Some of its monuments were quite touching while some of its museums were less impressive. Some of its buildings and monuments were old while some of them were huge and grand. The city looked as beautiful at night as it was during the day. I enjoyed staring at the White House and surrounding buildings in their dazzling lights at night. I loved that it is so walk-able, that there were no long lines and that most of it is free. Overall, it is a city in the US one must visit and I am glad I did. If I have a chance to visit again, I would do it in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

For all the surveillance this country is infamous for, I was surprised by the casual vibe at the U.S. Capitol. I was amused that I could just sit on the steps of …