Magical Medellín! – Part 2 (All Around The Town)

Our first night in our new home, we ventured to the grocery store to buy some staples so we’d have things in the house and wouldn’t have to go out for every meal (girls on a budget, and all that). However, on our way home, we kept passing street food stands where they were cooking up all sorts of amazing looking (and smelling!) things. Continue reading “Magical Medellín! – Part 2 (All Around The Town)”

Weekly Whim: Bus Trip From Bogotá to Medellín

It is the nature of a whim that not a lot of advance planning goes into a particular adventure. Such was the case with our spontaneous departure from Bogotá in favor of Medellín.  We decided to do it on Thursday night and Friday morning we headed for the bus station.  (Once again, our awesome Air BnB host came through for us in an unexpected way.  He was out of town, but his mother agreed to drive us — and all our luggage — to the bus station in the morning.  We could have made it on our own, but it was very sweet and generous for them to do us this one last favor!). Continue reading “Weekly Whim: Bus Trip From Bogotá to Medellín”

Brrrrrr From Bogotá!

Bienvenidos a Colombia!! The big day finally arrived and I got in to Bogotá around 9:30 pm. Malia had come in several hours earlier and was already set up and waiting for me in our gorgeous Air BnB apartment. Our amazing host, Jaime, includes airport pickups with his rentals and was kind enough to collect Malia from the airport that afternoon, and also arranged for a friend of his to meet my flight. Door to door service can’t be beat!! The apartment is very conveniently located to the airport in a gated and secure condo complex in a quiet suburban area of the city, Ciudad Salitre. Malia and I had a huge private room to share, with its own balcony and en suite bathroom for the unbeatable price of $30/night! The unit is on the 10th floor of the tower and the balcony offers great views of the sunset (sorry, no pics, too busy being awed).

Our beautiful Bogotá penthouse!
Our beautiful Bogotá penthouse!

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This Is It!

Well, friends, we have reached the end and the beginning.  Tomorrow is the big day!  I’ll be getting on a plane and heading out into the great unknown!  I am terrified, but also exhilarated.  My bags are packed and I’m ready to go! In the last week, I think I’ve managed to get all of my affairs in order.  My traveler’s health insurance is purchased, my banks and credit card companies have been informed of my plans, and the things I’m leaving behind are all safely stashed. Continue reading “This Is It!”

Weekly Whim: Nashville, Tennessee!!

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We believe!

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite ladies — the most excellent Amanda Holmes — was visiting NYC for a quick weekend and we came up with the brilliant idea of working in a trip to visit her on her home turf in Nashville during my last month in the US. As is my wont, I immediately loaded my Delta app and booked a pair of tickets for Brit and I to spend 4 days in Music City with Amanda and her darling husband, Kurt. We packed a lot into our time and the verdict is: Nashville is awesome! Continue reading “Weekly Whim: Nashville, Tennessee!!”

LuxWatch: Moon Palace Resort (Cancun, Mexico)

As highlighted in a previous post, the TBEX ’14 travel bloggers convention was held at the gorgeous Moon Palace Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico. Palace Resorts has a string of luxury all-inclusive resort properties across the Yucatan peninsula, all of which look amazing (at least according to the promotional materials provided by the resort). I can personally attest that the Moon Palace is one of the most lux properties I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at and I enjoyed every minute of my time there. It is also likely one of the last high-end properties I will stay at for the foreseeable future, as budget restrictions go into full effect once the big trip kicks off. Continue reading “LuxWatch: Moon Palace Resort (Cancun, Mexico)”

I Left My Heart…Or At Least My Stuff In San Francisco

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The kiddos ride bikes in the cul-de-sac while Bryant football-holds the baby

As the kick-off to Practice Trip month, Brittany and I spent a long weekend in the Bay Area visiting friends and family.  I also had the ulterior motive of wanting to stash a couple of suitcases at my brother’s house.  Since I still have no idea where I am going to wind up in the states at the end of this adventure, it seems prudent to salt away capsule wardrobes in a variety of places.
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The Final Countdown!

Well, my friends, the last days are upon us!  Sunday marked my last day in my 14th Street apartment after four long years.  Other than my childhood home in Laie, this is the longest I’ve ever lived in one place and leaving it behind definitely brings mixed emotions.   However, other than a slight hiccup with getting rid of my mattress (a long and rather boring story involving someone I considered a friend basically screwing me over at the last possible moment), the final move out went off without a hitch.  So now, I’m counting down my last days in the states and celebrating with a few small “practice” trips to prepare me for the long haul ahead. Continue reading “The Final Countdown!”