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Weekend Escape to Ft. Lauderdale & Miami

Weekend Escape to Ft. Lauderdale & Miami

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 | One Comment

I’ve never considered myself to be a “Florida person,” because as a travel destination, Florida just seems so… basic (hate to use that word, but it’s true). I mean, who hasn’t been there? My trips to the Sunshine State have been limited to two childhood vacations to Disneyworld and one family reunion in Daytona. But when my friend Camila invited me to go to Florida with her for her birthday weekend, I decided it was finally time to make my first trip to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.

48 Hours in San Antonio, Texas

48 Hours in San Antonio, Texas

Posted by: on Oct 17, 2014 | No Comments

So I wasn’t even in San Antonio for 48 hours but that title has a better ring to it and sounds slightly more doable than the whirlwhind 30 hours I was actually there. Why on earth was I flying halfway across the country for such a short time? My friend Camila was there for work, and I decided to tag along because, why not?

I didn’t do much research before I went since I was crazy busy with work, and I honestly didn’t expect much of the city. But sometimes it’s those unexpected places that turn out to be amazing (like Nashville!).

Photo: Nan Palmero via Flickr

Where I’m (Hopefully) Going Next: Mexico!

Where I’m (Hopefully) Going Next: Mexico!

Posted by: on Oct 10, 2014 | No Comments

While I’ve traveled to far away places like Denmark, Argentina and Morocco, the place I’ve always wanted to visit the most is the USA’s southerly neighbor: Mexico. This year is looking like the year I’ll finally make it there, as I’m tentatively planning a short escape from the cold in December (fingers crossed!). I have been taking Spanish classes at Fluent City Brooklyn for a few months and I’ve finally made it through every single episode of my favorite Mexican telenovela, Porque El Amor Manda. I now know how to confess my love, foil an evil plot and fake cry hysterically in Spanish – so it only makes sense that I book my flight, right?

Beach hopping in Orange County

Beach hopping in Orange County

Posted by: on Sep 17, 2014 | No Comments

As I drove from LAX to Orange County, I heard The OC’s theme song playing in my head…. “California, here we come, right back where we started from.” Just kidding, but before my trip to the actual OC this month, all I knew about the area came from that show and of course, Laguna Beach. Did anyone else own the box set of DVDs? Mine is still in my childhood bedroom.

Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

I was only in Cuenca, Ecuador for four days… so how did I have time to take a day trip elsewhere? The truth is that there’s not a ton to do in Cuenca, especially if you’re there on a Sunday when everything is closed. But there are tons of adorable small towns and outdoor adventures to be had near Cuenca. On my second-to-last day in the city, I took a day trip to Chordeleg, a picturesque place known for its great shopping.

While Cuenca is a dead zone on Sundays, the shops of Chordeleg were bumping. Apparently, locals know that this is the place to come and shop for jewelry and handmade crafts.


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