Heading from Montego Bay towards Annotto Bay, with very accurate directions you’ll eventually find Strawberry Fields, a Jamaican village in the St. Mary parish – population 100 or so – that features an undeveloped coastline flecked with fishermen and farms. (more…)
I’m stuffed. Turkey, ribs, cornbread dressing, corn pudding, my mom’s famous broccoli casserole, sweet potato soufflé, and potato salad followed by my nephew’s banana pudding, pecan pie, and ice cream. This Thanksgiving was nothing short of a food fest, and I’m literally on the verge of a food-induced coma as I type this. (more…)
Dear Mom & Dad –
We’re on the verge of yet another Thanksgiving – that time of year when people take a collective pause to reflect on all that they’re thankful for. And while I try to reflect on what I’m thankful for on a daily basis, I think it’s necessary for me to share my gratitude with you guys, not only for being amazing parents, but for this lifestyle of travel you’ve cultivated within me. (more…)
There’s a seaside town along the Aegean coast where people traveling by land and sea converge. This is Kuşadasi – the gateway to Ephesus, a city once claimed by the Greeks and later by the Romans and that was one of the seven churches of Asia referenced in the Book of Revelation. Kuşadasi is a bustling port city that welcomes cruise ships carrying passengers from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. (more…)
Cruise around Lake Nicaragua – the final “to do” during our recent trip to Granada. Ever since I read that there are 365 small islands (“isletas”) in Lake Nicaragua that originated thousands of years ago when Mombacho blew its top, I knew that I had to see them for myself. My intrigue increased when I learned that many of the isletas are inhabited by locals and foreigners who’ve built their homes on them. (more…)
During our recent short getaway to Virginia, Jave and I decided to squeeze in a night in Washington, D.C. While planning our trip, we knew that we’d be pressed for time (as usual), but we decided that the 200-mile drive from Hampton Roads to D.C. would be totally worth it since Jave has never been. I had been to D.C. a few times before – once as a child and again for President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Still, I wanted to visit Washington DC to see some sites that I either missed out on or didn’t recall seeing the first few times around.
Here’s an overview of how we spent our short, twenty hours in our nation’s capital… (more…)
Because we’re always so pressed for time, it’s very rare that Jave and I don’t have a set itinerary when traveling. When we’re off seeking new travel adventures, it’s very rare that we sleep in late or have a “free” day to travel slowly because we know that our time is short and all too soon, we’ll have to return to our responsibilities back at home. So we usually find ourselves trying to see and experience as much of a place as we can within a very short amount of time.
Jave and I have been roadtripping a lot lately. Earlier this year, we traveled locally throughout Southern California to Carlsbad, Goleta, and Palm Desert, and more recently, we roadtripped from L.A. to Sacramento and from southeastern Virginia to Washington, D.C. This past summer, I also roadtripped with my cousin Lauren from Atlanta to Savannah. While I’m still working on becoming a better roadtrip planner, our recent journeys on the road motivated me to put together this brief list of some helpful tips to make your road trip a bit safer and a bit more enjoyable. (more…)
In the heart of Granada’s city center, within the unassuming walls of the Convento de San Francisco adjoining the Iglesia de San Francisco, we discovered a fascinating collection of art and artifacts that date back to centuries past and tell the rich stories of Nicaragua’s colonial and pre-Columbian history. (more…)