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Tulum: Chill Beach Paradise at a Cost
MexicoTravel

Tulum: Chill Beach Paradise at a Cost

We arrived in Tulum as night was falling. Jarelle and I, balling hard on virtual crypto mega profits, had decided to book one of those overpriced eco resorts right in the protected Tulum beach reserve. Tulum was “discovered” by hippies in the 80’s, who slept in cheap beach huts with minimal to no amenities. In the history and context of exploration, “discovered” would mean when white people first arrived ...
Channeling Our Inner Indiana Jones at the Ek Balam Archeological Site
MexicoTravel

Channeling Our Inner Indiana Jones at the Ek Balam Archeological Site

Our first morning in Mexico had already brought its lot of exciting wonders. If you've read our article on Chichen Itza and Ik Kil, then you know we got to experience some worthy tourist blockbusters. At 1pm on that day, we drove back the 45 min to Valladolid and had a quick lunch of leftover foods at our AirBnB. Then, around 2:30pm, we drove the opposite direction, 45 min straight north of Valladolid. What ...
Happy International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Incredible Women We’ve Met
Friendship

Happy International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Incredible Women We’ve Met

Behind every great man, there is a great woman. So this archaic saying goes. Today is International Women's Day, and we have plenty of women to celebrate who take center stage and don't have to be behind or come after a man. Last May, I attended a Google talk by Zim Ugochukwu, the creator of Travel Noire, a travel company, blog, and community for Black millenials. She is one of the most inspiring ...
Exploring the Wonders of Valladolid, Mexico: Colonial Architecture, Cenotes X’Kekén, Samula and Samaal
MexicoTravel

Exploring the Wonders of Valladolid, Mexico: Colonial Architecture, Cenotes X’Kekén, Samula and Samaal

Ask your friends who have been to Yucatán where they’ve visited, and they’ll most likely say Cancún, Chichen Itza pyramid and cenote Ik Kil. One is the spring break destination par excellence and the others postcard-perfect tourist magnets. Large and modern highways take you from one to the other uninterrupted, in air-conditioned tour buses. But hidden in the dense jungle and little pueblos are other ...
Playa Gigante & San Juan del Sur: Two Views of a Beach Day
NicaraguaTravel

Playa Gigante & San Juan del Sur: Two Views of a Beach Day

Playa Gigante: sunsets and relaxation Three volcanoes in our Nicaragua journey (...and we had skipped two for lack of time), we had planned the final days to be all about relaxation at the beach. So after narrowly managing to board a small ferry off the island of Ometepe, we drove 45 min west to Playa Gigante. There are about a dozen small beach towns like these on the Southwestern coastline of ...
Masaya Volcano: Entrance to the Underworld
NicaraguaTravel

Masaya Volcano: Entrance to the Underworld

This morning, the lock screen of Windows computer (yes, Windows, don’t give me any shit Apple fanboys) showed me a picture of Erta Ale, an active basaltic volcano in Ethiopia. You can go to the edge, but the volcano is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area and one of the toughest place on Earth. So if you don’t want to caravan on a camel’s back for a week under 50°C heat, but still want ...
Going Through Airport Hell to Reach the Heavenly León Cathedral Rooftop
NicaraguaTravel

Going Through Airport Hell to Reach the Heavenly León Cathedral Rooftop

Hello all, and welcome to my first blog post of the year! Jarelle has given his impression of our first two days reuniting in Nicaragua, and has shared the awesomeness that is volcano boarding, so I won’t go over it again. I want to give you my impression of the start of this memorable Central America trip and tell you more about those first two days in León. Going Through Airport Hell The trip started in ...
Mediterranean Lamb-Stuffed Eggplants recipe
FoodHealth & Wellness

Mediterranean Lamb-Stuffed Eggplants recipe

What you’ll need: 1 eggplant per bro (us healthy bros eat a lot) 200g of lamb mince Half a can of chopped tomatoes 1 onion or 3-4 shallots 2-3 garlic cloves Salt & Peppa, Mixed Herbs A healthy dose of paprika, cumin (if you have any) and some chili flakes Pine nuts, or if you don’t have any: almond and hazelnuts Olive oil straight from the Olive Tree of Peace (shout-out to ...
Is Barcelona Worth the Hype? Geeking Out on Urban Planning and Tapas Eating
BarcelonaTravel

Is Barcelona Worth the Hype? Geeking Out on Urban Planning and Tapas Eating

After a wonderful stay in Budapest, we headed to the final stop on our European trip: Barcelona, in the Northeastern part of Spain. Every travel blog out there will place Barcelona as one of their top go-to cities in Europe. However, I personally believe that this city has been hyped way too much. The reason we ended our trip there was that it was the cheapest flight out of Europe back to San Francisco ...
A Broneymoon on the Amalfi Coast, the Romantic Destination par excellence
ItalyTravel

A Broneymoon on the Amalfi Coast, the Romantic Destination par excellence

After 24 hours in Capri, we took the ferry back to Sorrento after lunchtime. We had the afternoon to drive the sinuous road of the Amalfi Coast and reach Salerno, where we had booked accommodation. Yes, our location change is as fast as the one in a James Bond movie. Failing at the Positano Instagram game The first notable spot on the road was to be Positano. If you are at all on Instagram, you know ...

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