Budapest: From Dracula to Bar Ruins

IMG_8443Divided by the Danube river, and reconnected by beautiful bridges, Buda and Pest, are two cities that are now united as Budapest and is the capital of Hungary. From Fisherman’s Bastion and Castle Hill you can find some of the best views of the city. It is a very economic place to visit. You can find hotels that are moderate or even luxury at a great price that would cost twice the amount in other places in Europe.  Continue reading

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Beyond the Glamour of Portofino, Italy

DSC_0274Portofino is the St. Tropez of Italy, with designer stores (Giorgio Armani owns a home here) and 5 star restaurants, it has all the glamour you can expect from this small village in the Mediterranean coast. However, it was not the yachts or the socialites that frequently visited, nor the flashy lifestyle that drew me to Portofino. Continue reading

Santa Margherita: Italian Daydream

DSC_0127I feel like I am in a dream that I don’t want to wake up from. If only time could stand still and I could savor this moment longer, but the passing time becomes my friend. It reminds me to live in the present and not take a second for granted. I hear the church’s bell ring at a distance and I wonder if I am going to wake up. With its colorful buildings overlooking the fishermen’s boats, this coastal town Santa Marguerita is everything I ever dreamed of and more.   Continue reading

Vinicunca: Rainbow Mountain

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Machu Picchu is one of the most popular locations in Peru, leaving the Vinicunca mountains in the Andes a hidden treasure. However, in order to get a view of this geologic wonder, you must hike 17,000 feet. The journey to the top in nothing but beautifully diverse landscape that changes from snow capped peaks to red desert mountains. The different coloration that gives it the rainbow appearance is due to different environmental conditions and mineralogy. Continue reading

Peruvian legend of love, and sand dunes adventure

IMG_6324The wind echoed her cry and the desert was her only companion. Legend tells the story of a beautiful Inca princess who fell deeply in love with a soldier. When he left to war, she promised she would wait for him until his return. The mornings turned into nights and all she ever received was a notice that her love had died in battle. Heartbroken she cried in despair. Her tears rushed down her face ceaselessly falling into the sand, creating a lagoon. Continue reading