An Afternoon in Santa Barbara, CA.

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I found a trendy, new thing that I wanted to try while we were in Santa Barbara. It was kind of like yoga… except it was goat yoga. Like, yoga – with goats.

“Doesn’t that sound like fun?” I asked.

“You’re not serious.” Kyle said. And fine – maybe I wasn’t being TOTALLY serious, but only because the class was being offered on Saturday and we had only planned to be in Santa Barbara through Thursday afternoon.

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After it was established that we would not be participating in Goat Yoga, or any of the scary-water-activities that Kyle wanted to do (because it was too cold – literally no one was in the water, except for the sharks probably), we decided to go on a walk through downtown Santa Barbara.

Downtown Santa Barbara looks like the kind of place where people live who… well, I don’t know. It looks like paradise. That’s the only way to describe it. And I assume that the people who live there know that they’re living in paradise. I assume they just walk around saying things like, “What’s there to be upset about? We’re living in paradise!” <— we’ve tried to use that motto in Chicago, but it’s a little hard to call a place “paradise” when the air is so cold it hurts your face.

They don’t have air-that-hurts-your-face in Santa Barbara. They have palm trees, and hibiscus trees. And other kinds of trees that just grow flowers.

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If you Google and/or Pinterest-search: “Things to do in Santa Barbara” – the first activity that pops up is “Go shopping”. Initially this concerned me because –

  1. Is there NOTHING else to do in Santa Barbara?
  2. How am I supposed to fit all of my purchases into my suitcase? I brought 4 pairs of shoes on this vacation – I am not exactly known for being a “light” packer.

There are other things to do in Santa Barbara. Definitely go shopping if you want to (and if you have room in your suitcase) – but if you DON’T want to, there are other things to do. Like eat, drink wine/mimosas, and hang out at the beach/pier all day. Which is essentially what we did.

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Other points of note –

  • Some kid jumped off the pier. I mean, he was fine – I’m assuming, because after we heard the splash, we heard a group of a kids say/yell into their Snapchat/phones, “DUDE! HE JUST JUMPED OFF THE SANTA MONICA PIER” -…… oh wait, this didn’t happen in Santa Barbara. It happened when we were in Santa Monica. Never mind. I’m getting my Santas mixed up.
  • I bought a t-shirt at a gift shop, even after I said I wasn’t going to buy anything. And then rationalized it with “But it’s JUST a t-shirt. And I need a souvenir. This will TOTALLY fit in my suitcase… if I can maybe shove it inside of a shoe.”
  • We saw THIS giant bird. And everyone was trying to take selfies with it.IMG_1187 2

Have any of you been to Santa Barbara, California? What were some of your favorite things to do there?

Jennifer1

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