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My Summer Trip to Norway

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Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are all getting ready for school on Monday. I just wanted to write this post to let you know what I was up to this summer. This summer break I decided to travel for a month with my best friend in Norway.  We heard so many great things about Norway, that we wanted to see it for ourselves. Instead of doing the easy thing, which is staying in hostels or hotels, we decided to camp. It was one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had, because I really had to adapt to the different weather conditions and learn to live with the strict minimum. Looking back it was so worth it, because I got to appreciate my trip so much more, I wasn’t constantly on my phone or on internet, which made the whole experience so much more special. If you are looking for a break from your daily life and really reconnect with nature, going camping is really a great way to start.

Norway was one of the countries I’ve been to with the most incredible scenery I’ve ever seen. There was such a vast range of landscapes, from fjords, to lakes, to mountains, you could experience it all. If you love hiking and a nature girl, I highly recommend visiting Norway. You will fall in love with this country! Although I absolutely loved hiking there, I really enjoyed my stay in their capital Oslo. It’s such a cool city, and there are so many thing to do, see and visit (we didn’t have enough time to do it all), you cannot get board in that city. The people that live there, are some of the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve come across. I really cannot recommend Norway more, it’s a beautiful country with a really interesting culture and some of the most breathtaking views.

If you want to see the rest of the pictures from my trip you can check them out on my blog


Hiking Towards a New School Year

As summer comes to an end, and my time back in California is up – I decided to really appreciate the great outdoors by taking a nice hike not far from my house in the mountains of Southern California.

Know for it’s beautiful creek and waterfall, I hiked up the North Etiwanda Preserve located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The about an hour hike brought me closer to nature and realization beginning a new school year.

Sometimes you may feel discouraged starting a new school year, but what you do for yourself today will improve all of your tomorrows. If you want something more than anything in the world, YOU CAN do it.

As I reached the top of the mountain, where the water fall rushed down I thought about letting go of all doubts. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once couldn’t.

I’m challenging YOU (and myself) to stop wishing and start doing! This school year I want to learn everyday and allow the space between where I am and where I want to go to motivate and not terrify me. Let’s climb to the top of the mountain… (well in New York) let’s run up the stairs to the rooftop of the skyscraper!

Can’t wait for this semester! If you are a new reader, my name is Mariano, feel free to read my short about me by clicking THIS link!

get ready, get set,


– M

A Hike Away

This past weekend, my friend invited me to join her and her friends to hike up Bear Mountain, a state park near Rockland County along the Hudson River.  Until this past weekend, I had yet to leave the city this summer and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.  The hike alone was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever been on, but the view at the top was incredible.  It was so nice to get away from the craziness of the city and be back in genuine fresh air.  A lot of the time I find myself so wrapped up in what I’m doing with school and my future career to the point where I don’t take time to take a breath.  I highly recommend to somehow get away from your current environment when things get too crazy, as difficult as that is.  With Bear Mountain only being an hour away from the city, take the drive if you have access to a car.  (3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Woodbury, Parking $8 per car)

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park View

Bear Mountain State Park View