Best of: Dominican Republic 2012/2013

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It has been years since we spent the holidays in my mother’s homeland of the Dominican Republic. Continue reading “Best of: Dominican Republic 2012/2013”

Preferring Tradition in Tokyo

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The chorus of the Cee Lo Green song “Bright Lights Bigger City” was on repeat in my head as our bus carried us into Tokyo for the first time. Continue reading “Preferring Tradition in Tokyo”

New Orleans Part 3: by Day

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Most of our days in New Orleans started fairly late out of necessity (more on that later). Continue reading “New Orleans Part 3: by Day”

Coming Home: The List

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Buying that plane ticket home from Mexico was bittersweet. Continue reading “Coming Home: The List”

My Love Affair with Oaxaca

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It really wasn’t very long ago that I had never heard of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Continue reading “My Love Affair with Oaxaca”

The #1 Danger of Travel

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When I started telling my friends and family I was going to walk the Camino de Santiago solo, I got a lot of raised eyebrows. Continue reading “The #1 Danger of Travel”

Keeping Warm in San Cristobal de las Casas

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This is going to sound strange, but upon our evening arrival to the mountain town of San Cristobal de las Casas, all I could think about was my doctor’s receptionist. Continue reading “Keeping Warm in San Cristobal de las Casas”

The Truth About Merida

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One of my favorite guilty pleasures is to watch the show House Hunters: International on HGTV. I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of my dream to one day be featured in an episode. In any case, my introduction to Merida was while watching this show one fall day after Thanksgiving a few years ago. I distinctly remember feasting on leftovers on my parents’ couch while watching a couple navigate a number of beautiful colonial homes located on sunny spotless streets. I remember a scene where the couple negotiated a price for some pleasant-looking fruit on some lazy day with a smiling old lady. It looked so charming and perfect, I inserted myself into the scenes immediately and knew that one day, I’d have to check in for a visit. Continue reading “The Truth About Merida”

Santo Domingo: El Mercado

On our second day in Santo Domingo we set out into the wilds of the city to brave el mercado, the city’s largest market. Vendors met our van on the street and helped us out the door while shouting hellos and pushing their wares. The Politur, the Dominican Police especially assigned to protect tourists, immediately stepped forward to clear our path into the old open-air building. I wasn’t sure if I should feel like a celebrity or a criminal, but it did get my heart beating a little faster. Continue reading “Santo Domingo: El Mercado”