Los Angeles is unfortunately going through our regularly scheduled irregular weather season. Known for our beaches and sunshines, tourists and many residents are not sure how to handle this infrequent weather change. It's like entering an amusement park and finding out your favorite ride is out of order. To escape the Spring gloom, Angelos have been escaping to experience mini vacations near California. Top travel spots includes Santa Barbara, San Diego and my personal favorite Las Vegas. This weekend, I experienced a new place to enjoy and that place is Rosarito!
Starting my blog, the main purpose was to share California experiences that other's haven't tried! One of those places happened to be Rosarito. Joining along a friend's trip, I knew absolutely nothing about Rosarito. It's off the coast of Mexico however, it is technically considered Baja California. About an hour away from San Diego, the destination is the perfect get away from Los Angeles!
A Great Spring Break Spot
Once you step foot across the International boarder you can feel the ocean breeze and gust of culture shock within the air. Surrounded by beaches and alcohol, this place has a way of being both relaxing and fun! A great place for all ages indeed however, this place is the new Chuck-E-Cheese for adults. Escaping the Vegas crowds and avoiding the Miami prices, college students are making Rosarito the residential spot for Spring Break. Between the months of April and July, is when this area shows tourists major love! It is a complete boardwalk of food, shops and bars along the beach. Each bar has its special offering, but majority of the entries for the clubs with an open bar are $30. For a cheaper option, just continue to enjoy the various bars along the beach including The Baja and Corona Bar. Warning be expected of wild party animals, drunk tourists and wet T-Shirt contests.
Papas & Beer
This place is wilder than Vegas! By looking at the bar's Instagram page, you'll see exactly what I mean. This bar is located at the beachfront of Playa de Rosarito and its the adult version of Chuck-E-Cheese. The dry water park is filled with dancing and alcohol. Probably the nicest bar staff you'll ever meet as well. Entering the bar, it is a party wonderland with about 7 bars, an upper area, poles on the counter, various stages and a pool.
The star staple of Rosarito is also known for its large concerts. The joint has brought big names to Mexico such as YG, Lil John and Lil Uzi Vert. Before visiting check out the club's websites for tickets, events and parking info.
Camels, Horses & ATVs ...oh my
Did you really go to Mexico if you didn't try any of these things? The answer is no! Enjoy all what Mexico has to offer by taking part in these various activities along the beach, Closer to the Beach of Rosarito, horses are lined up along the beach to try to go for a ride. There isn't necessarily an area to book a horse ride, but scheduled rides are usually booked based off of the hotel packages. As far as camels, because they are not so accessible as horses it is best to look up actual locations that have them as an option. Also , because Tijuana isn't that far from the area, you can travel for 30 minutes to do bookings there. Accompanied with the animals are also ATV's and tractor rides. Majority of these bookings are available either higher into the city more than directly along the beach. Below are the various websites offering all of these great things.
Stop On By
-Come in a large group! Co-Ed is cool but, a full group of girls gets more attention and opportunities to get into clubs for free.
-Follow @Papas&Beer for Rosarito updates! This includes the visiting performers and day parties.
-Come during fun holiday times including Cinco De Mayo, Memorial Day and Fourth of July! Avoid family based holidays such as Mothers and Father's Day.
- Do not carry a large amount of cash, just in case! Also they do accept American dollars, so brush up on your math conversion skills.
- At least have one member of your group who speaks Spanish.
- Do not attempt to do anything to sketchy, the police down there do not play!
- Crossing the boarder to come back home can potentially take between 2-5 hours. To attempt to avoid it try to leave as early in the AM or late in the night as you can.
Facing the greater fight of the world is me, Autumn Indigo. I understand the magnetic obsession with social media. As a wanna-be blogger I am glued to my phone observing other blogger femmes. Checking out how many followers she has and how much money she is making. When did talent become based off of what the next girl was doing?
Social media can be both your greatest friend and enemy. A helpful tool indeed that has given many people the opportunity to connect with one another and gain opportunities to grow. The development of social media sparked like an invisible asteroid hitting the earth. The spark spread so quickly that we were not even aware of the changes in our world. People had the key to everything in one click or search engine. They are able to find friends, jobs, food and inspiration. Social media's written purposes are to develop connections, garnish opportunities, check out inspiring content and finding the need to knows. Thus trumping the yellow book and computer. Almost meant to be a motivational tool, the service has also proven to be well, intimidating.
In 2008, I was a 10-year-old girl entering my 5th grade class in a grey and pink detailed plaid set. Yes, my love for style came from my OG stylist, my mom. A plaid skirt set reminiscent to Clueless , black ankle boots and a suitcase, I was killing the game. I expected the oohs and ahs of my fellow classmates the minute I stepped foot into the classroom. Unfortunately, I received a simple meh. This was due to the other stylish girl in school wearing the black Baby Phat jacket with the fur trimmed at the hood. She turned around wearing a black pleated skirt and boots with the same color fur as the jacket. Back then, that was unheard of. A full Baby Phat outfit at the age of 10 was riveting, rebellious and ready for everything thrown at her. Therefore, I was defeated. Well defeated, for the moment that is. After the first 25 minute break of the class, I got over it and I continued living my life. As a 10-year-old, I understood the concept of being intimidated by someone else for a minute and moving on. Now, it is not so easy.
Back to the present day, Instagram has developed the most genius and creepiest tool of all, the saving tool. Instead of screenshotting a stranger's photo onto your phone, you can just save it on Instagram to look at later. Confession time: I have over 500 photos saved onto my Instagram of girls with amazing body's, sense of style, gorgeous hair and make up. I am not ashamed to admit that I worship these style sirens. This is when social media is powerful! But, there is a thin line between inspiration and self defeating.
As a blogger, I am reminded of everything that I have ever struggled with about myself. My insecurities with my body, self and career come into the light and steal the shine from my success. Why, because I'm always comparing it to what the next girl is doing. Being in media, I see all the opportunities other girls are receiving such as: tv shows, massive followers and money. Of course these are one of the things that comes with being a blogger. My first year of blogging was difficult and involved a lot of changes based off of what I saw everyone else was doing. The changes continued and my followers progressed slowly. However, I was still not happy with the results. I continued subtly trying things on the blog that was more of my flavor and ultimately decided that even though I wanted the perks of those shiny hair couture flowing foreign bloggers, I am not one of them.
I'm a young African American girl from Los Angeles and I know there are other girls like me. Girls who are not in the location they would love to be but they make the most of it and still represent where they are from. Those girls that believe in going against the norm and trying a career that they once saw on tv and became obsessed with. I am transforming my blog to be the voice of those girls. The best part of doing this transition is that it takes zero effort because I am just being me. I am living my life to the fullest and being recognized for it. And I'll take that over 50k followers any day.
Take Away & Advice
-Don't lose your spirit and confidence based off of what is going on via social media. Remember that not a lot of people will ever post their flaws on social media.
- Don't sell your soul for followers!
- Create an audience for your blog, therefore you will always remember who you are writing to.
Throughout this blogger(website) experience, I've been attempting to find ways to make this website more me. Finding ways to make this website more relatable and actually beneficial to my audience is something that I've been struggling to do. Now to break the normal niche of the Indigo Stop, enjoy the content from "Autumn's Stops". This is where I will write about anything on my mind. Most things will be emotionally beneficial such as developing self love, skin care products or finding ways to become a better person. Some things will be motivational such as finding ways to get that dream job , body or lifestyle. Unfortunately, some things will be TOO REAL. Revealing things that everyday girls go through such as depression and politics. Regardless of the content I've decided to make a page that gives you all an incite beyond the blogger wanna be image. Welcome to Autumn's Stops!