Kyoto | Nara | Osaka | Tokyo | Alaska
For years, visiting Japan had been on my bucket list. Due to it being a pretty pricey trip, plus needing quite a bit of time off in order to truly enjoy it, I held back. Well, this September I was finally able to check that off my never ending list of musts.
// Plot twist: On our way back, the plane had to make an emergency stop because one of the wing engines wasn't working. We landed on Anchorage, Alaska. Really pretty sight.
Sarchi | Naranjo | Volcan Poas | Tamarindo Beach | Playa Conchal, | Playa Avellana | Las Catalinas
There is nothing better than spending the holidays in warm weather. I get it, if you have never experienced a "white Christmas" it can look dreamy and romantic from afar... but for us who have already had plenty of snow every other year, BEACH weather is LIFE. Luckily, I was able to spend the last week of 2017 and welcome 2018 in one of the happiest countries on the planet: Costa Rica.
Lima | Cusco
While I was still in high school, I would go back to Perú every summer break to visit my family. After I started college, it became harder to travel (since after graduating, I had to start #adulting and pay for my own plane tickets... thanks mom). Then, wanting to explore other places became my priority and visiting Perú wasn't at the top of my list anymore (I know, shame on me). After 13 years, I finally went back. There was a lot that had changed, but all the familiarity rushed back the minute I set foot at Jorge Chavez (the airport in Lima).
I had never visited the magical Cusco. I was beyond happy to finally be able to see this Wonder with no filters. I don't think any picture you will ever see does this amazing city justice; it is truly breathtaking. The immensity of the ruins and mountains is beyond belief. The energy you feel while standing in front of the grand Machu Picchu is incomparable.
Barcelona | Sitges
There is nothing more exciting than to stay in the heart of it all. We chose to stay at a charming Airbnb right in the Gothic Quarter, near the Museu de Picasso. Our host was the sweetest. Mónica, originally from Uruguay, moved to Barcelona approximately 9 years ago and never looked back. She gave us a list of cool spots to check out and interesting things to do around the neighborhood. We had a nice chat about the political environment in Catalunya and how much the people in Barcelona are eager to become an independent country as well as to welcome Syrian refugees. It was pretty interesting hearing all the different points of view, including the taxi drivers and other tourists.
This tiny flat was so perfect for us because it was right in the middle of bars, restaurants, museums, transportation and La Barceloneta beach 20 minutes away by foot. Since most people woke up after 9AM, we generally woke up by 6AM to beat the crowds and have the sand and sea aaaall to ourselves for a few hours.
Three hours and a half of driving, to spend the day in Washington DC. It was the middle of winter and probably the coldest day ever. The night before we had decided we were going to drive to DC and spend the day there. That's it, that was the plan. Well guys, it was COLD ASF, but we had fun! (Until it was my turn to drive back at 11PM that is heh.)
The Adams Morgan district was super colorful and hip. We stopped to eat at this Peruvian Restaurant and then headed to see if we could meet Mr. and Mrs. Obama at The White House. (They were too busy for us. No worries, we get it.)
This labyrinth of mosaics, it's truly like the name says MAGICAL. The artist, Isaiah Zagar, uses recycled materials to create immersive installations like this one (I believe this one is his largest one so far). I was in love with every wall, floor, and sculpture we came about. I didn't know where to focus my attention first.
You could potentially stay there an entire day, exploring every single detail and still not see everything. They even have an "I Spy" game for kids (or anyone really). They only let in a certain amount of people at once, which is great because you are able to appreciate the space without it been super crowded. The day we went, it was a bit chilly so there wasn't a ton of people.