Hometown Tourist in Downtown Miami

I’ve moved around a bit. In the past 7 years, I’ve lived in Miami, New Jersey, and Tampa. I’ll sometimes get asked why I ever moved to the northeast. Why would I ever leave the warmth of Florida? Wasn’t it hard moving away from home (Miami)? 1) I don’t know really and 2) I’ve been…

My Californian Summer: The Final Part

The places I visit are more than destinations, they’re images, feelings, relationships, memories. With every trip, there’s a new deposit, another plethora of memories. Some, I’d sooner forget, others I’m happy to reminisce on and share with all of you. My time in California falls into the latter category.  Palace of Fine Arts: Photogenic. Within…

My Californian Summer: Part 2

Featuring Presidio Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Japanese Tea Garden  I spent a lot of my time in the bay area simply exploring. My goal was to see as much as possible in one week. The featured places above were my plans for the next two days, so I prayed for…

My Californian Summer: Part 1

While I was in Ecuador, I decided to look for and purchase a ticket for one week in California’s Bay Area (Specifically San Francisco & Oakland). I had never been to the west coast and was itching to visit. In fact, I was simultaneously planning two trips out west. That’s how badly I wanted to…

Afternoon Bliss in Chelsea, NYC

New York City is one of those places that I love to visit but wouldn’t want to live in. Are there any places like that for you? There’s something stressful about the crowds of people and the way buildings are packed so closely together. Having to navigate the ocean of people can be overwhelming sometimes…

Wanderlust Wednesday #18

I was watching Insecure on HBO the other day and a character said: “…that’s why they’re called dreams, you’re not supposed to achieve them…”. It was funny in a strange kind of way. That’s definitely one way to look at it, but the only way to make your dreams reality is to achieve them. So this…

It’s Disney World, Revel In It.

My sister turned 21 earlier this week and wanted to celebrate it at Disney World; a fine plan in my opinion, but I’ll admit, I’m biased. I love the place. I’ve been coming to Disney World with family and friends since I was 5 years old and I think I appreciate it more as an…

6 Memorable Travel Firsts

Hey, Y’all! You know those memories that stick with you? The ones where you don’t need photos to recall the moments because they were so profound? Sometimes, of course, certain memories fade, but some seem like they’ll last forever – like these events that make up my memorable travel firsts. Most of these are good memories. Some…

24.5 hours in Otavalo, Ecuador

You know those places that make you want to elope or quit your job? Those cities where you find yourself thinking “I wish I had one more day”? Yeah, Ecuador is filled with them. On our travels, we met a few people who had either visited once and returned to live in the country or…

A Shopaholic’s Guide to Artisanal Markets in Ecuador

…or anywhere else.  I can’t count how many times I bought an item from an artisan on the street or in an outdoor market in different cities in Ecuador. I’m not new to artisanal markets, but my trips here in Ecuador were definitely more successful and kind to my pocket because of a few tips…

A Hard Goodbye

Sunday, July 9, 2017  The Ecuador Journals: #7 Final Part  “No, I haven’t tried Quimbolito, but I want to,” I said to C in Spanish. “You haven’t tried it because you haven’t come to my house”, she replied in more fluent Spanish. What followed was an invitation to her house which we regretfully turned down…

A Forest of Clouds

Another week, another part of this country ticked off a list I never had. If you had told me in May that I’d get to see this much of Ecuador, I would have asked you where the time would come from.  Between our often busy weekly schedules and my graduate research project, I didn’t expect…