Thailand, and the children of the world

IMG_0682 2Uncovering the natural wonders this earth holds, has always fascinated me. Yet, I must say that while traveling I found my greatest joy in the smile of a child. I never really noticed it back then, but every time I was compelled to volunteer, was to do so with children. It first started when I was in high school, going through some difficult times in my personal life. I decided to volunteer for summer camp at an elementary by my house. Being around children fortified me, made me feel like I needed to protect them. I guess subconsciously I was trying to protect the little girl in me from the big world I was stepping into. The years that passed brought many blessings but also challenges, and with that many travels. It was during these conscious travels that I felt I needed to be there for children, to teach them something, and to learn from them. Continue reading

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Big Easy: New Orleans

img_2169.jpgThe name Big Easy is taken after the spirt of New Orleans, for it’s laid back and easy going atmosphere. New Orleans has something to offer everyone, a city where food and music create the perfect formula for an authentic and memorable experience. Home of the Blues and Jazz, this city lives on music. For those looking for a wild and fun night, Bourbon Street has all sorts of bars, including the Tropical Isle Bourbon Bar, famous for the Hand Grenade cocktails. Continue reading

Mother-Daughter Trip to San Francisco

IMG_1166May is the month of Mother’s Day, and truthfully I could not devote only one day to the woman that has shaped me into who I am today and everything I hope to be. When I was looking for the perfect destination for a mother-daughter getaway, I immediately thought of San Francisco. I love how the urban city meets the bay, and the eclectic aura it exudes. From the Golden Gate bridge to Alcatraz, we made our way around the beautiful city. We also had a chance to escape into nature and visit Muir Woods and visited Napa Valley and Sonoma for some wine tasting, because wine not? Continue reading

My heart is in Havana

IMG_3536They say that no matter how far you travel, you always go back to your roots. After 16 years, I returned to my birthplace. A place where I left a part of me, and the early years of my childhood. For many, Cuba has become the enigma of the Caribbean. The island where time has stopped, where many are attracted by the 1950’s Chevrolets, Cuban cigars, rum, and salsa dancing. For me, it is much more than that, a feeling difficult to describe because it is intertwined with bliss and pain. Bliss because it is the place where many of the people I love live, and pain because I have seen their struggle. Continue reading

Cinque Terre: 5 Lands of Love

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By the mountains of the Italian Riviera, lays the Unesco World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre. The name means five lands, which are the five small fishing villages that make you believe in love at first sight. The secluded area is not easy to travel by car, and most people arrive by train. However, stepping foot into Cinque Terre makes you travel back in time. The architecture, narrow streets, seafood and pesto pasta, captivated my heart since the beginning. Continue reading

Confessions of a nomad soul

IMG_0048I must confess that I was once scared of falling for the dulled feeling of routine and living somewhere for too long. I guess that’s why I felt like I constantly had to get away. I just didn’t want to feel stuck in life, I always want to evolve and grow, and to me that meant traveling. However, I am slowly learning that you can find peace and happiness in the small moments of everyday life. When miles and oceans separate me from home, I realize that home is in the hearts of the people I care about. Continue reading