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Hala A. Malak

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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485158_10152592783715601_1098958161_nA beautiful person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination, a lover of music and of travel, Hala A.Malak founder of The Design Critic and Kaflab a branding consultant and Middle East expert who has her own particular view of the world. Born in Beirut during the civil war, she grew up, worked and studied all over the world – Lebanon, USA, Canada, Dubai, Holland, Morocco and Paris. Her multicultural background is reflected in Hala’s versatile approach and continuous interest in design, identity and social change. She currently resides and works between Beirut and New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is her diary

Destination Road trip West coast L.A – (Las Vegas. Death Valley. Sequoia Forest. Los Angeles. Big Sur. Carmel. Santa Barbara. San Francisco)

Stayed at  Luxury air streamer trailer from 1975 in Big Sur – Not you typical hotel, it is classified under boutique glamping! We even had an outdoor shower!

Month  August

In your suitcase Shorts, T shirts and sun dresses. Don’t forget your sunscreen and bug repellant gel!

Dined at We had a BBQ station in front of the trailer and so we grilled shrimp, steak, pork chops, vegetables and made a big salad all from my favorite supermarket, Wholefoods.I have to say that was probably the best food we got all the trip until San Francisco (We are spoiled in NYC!!)

Shopped There is a beautiful art/craft shop and cafe (Big Sur Coast Gallery) on the road and it would be wonderful to stop there. You will find some gems for sure and don’t forget to enjoy a drink on their terrace. Highly recommended!

Diary It wasn’t your typical hotel or motel, and the beauty of such a trip is really uncovering unique spots and that is why we chose to go for non-typical choices. It was the perfect place, the Big Sur is breathtaking. The moor, ocean and views are incredible. The nature on Route 1 is fantastic, and we had beautiful sunny weather. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming in the river, or take advantage of our inner tube rentals. Gaze in awe at the towering redwoods or enjoy the relaxation of sitting around the campfire. You can go hiking, fishing and enjoy the wildlife!

Tips The drive and trip are wonderful. Be sure to have a camera to capture the beautiful scenery and travel with close friends and lots of music, because there will be a lot of time spent in the car! And pack wisely!!

Mode of travel  I flew in from NYC to Las Vegas on American Airlines then back from San Francisco. I drove in between.

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