Caribbean, Central America, Travel

La Habana Ooo La La

"My Mojito in La Bodeguita My Daiquiri in El Floridita." - Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway may have been onto something in the 1950s, but so many things have changed since his departure. Both bars are now caricatures of their former selves. Think about it, back in Ernie H's day, these were local bars, with people going there to meet… Continue reading La Habana Ooo La La

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South America, Travel

How to travel the Galapagos without breaking the bank

When my mother-in-law told us she wanted us to accompany her on a trip for her 60th birthday, we all began planning on where to go and what to do. Top of our list was Vietnam and Cambodia but after some extensive research by my MIL, she wasn't comfortable with making that trip. When crunch… Continue reading How to travel the Galapagos without breaking the bank

Trulli Houses
Europe, Travel, Uncategorized

Trulli living in Alberobello, Italy

It all started with a 1997 episode of Lonely Planet (or GlobeTrotter depending of who you ask) where Justine Shapiro made her way through Southern Italy, ending up in a small town known as Alberobello. The unique huts made of stone with cone-shaped roofs that scatter the town's skyline left an impression on me and I… Continue reading Trulli living in Alberobello, Italy

South America, Travel

Middle of the Earth in Quito, Ecuador

All I knew about Quito before visiting was that it's home to the equator, it has a very high altitude, and there are a lot of pick pockets. Despite my best efforts to learn more, there was very little information about the city outside of these three subjects. Oh, and potatoes. Not only was this… Continue reading Middle of the Earth in Quito, Ecuador

Europe, Uncategorized

Split, Croatia

It was three weeks out before our return trip to Europe and we still had no plans outside of visiting our beloved Paris, and spending a day in Champagne. At this point, we had planned a trip based on a cheap flight we scored direct to Paris and we had 10 days for our adventure.… Continue reading Split, Croatia

Caribbean, Central America, Travel

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

It took me so many years of unbareable Canadian winters to finally do what so many Canadians do - escape the winter... well, at least for a week. I wanted a place where the only worry I would have is not putting on enough sun screen. This dream came true when I took my first… Continue reading Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Central America, Travel, Uncategorized

Mayan Mexico

I've never been someone who quivers at the thought of rappelling down a mountain, or climbing up to the top of a tower and looking down - never... until I went to Mexico. Mexico has always had my interest. Even as a young girl, Mexican food was always my favourite (well, what I knew of… Continue reading Mayan Mexico

Sorrento
Europe, Travel, Uncategorized

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast, Italy

It's been a long few days. I've just turned 30 and since then, everything has been going downhill. I got sprayed with toilet water, I arrived to Italy without luggage, I can't find decent clothes in Rome that fit me, and now I had to go through Naples - the armpit of Italy (in my… Continue reading Sorrento & Amalfi Coast, Italy