Wednesday, December 9, 2020

𝙒𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙄𝙣 𝘾𝙖𝙡𝙞 #𝐎𝐎𝐓𝐃

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𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙬! 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙧𝙡𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧..2020 𝙞𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙮 𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙤!

𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣'𝙩 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙙𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡….𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿'𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲! (𝙒𝙤𝙤𝙝𝙤𝙤!)…𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝘾𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙖 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙣𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚. 𝙄 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩  𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙨𝙤 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚!

                   

𝙎𝙤 𝙡𝙚𝙩'𝙨 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙖𝙩! 🤎

𝘼 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙤𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙘 𝙨𝙩𝙮𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙛𝙞𝙩. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜! 𝘿𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙪𝙥 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙮𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙧 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙨𝙣𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠. 




𝙄 𝙤𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠. 𝘼 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙤𝙢 𝙟𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙗𝙚 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙩. 



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cartagena, Colombia Travel Blog!



CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA Travel Blog!


Happy New Year!!! YESSS It's 2020 and it's my first blog of the year!! SO excited for this year and hope you are too! Before the year ended, I GRADUATED from Grad School!! (Whoop Whoop!!) Of course, a trip was in order and I have heard so many great things about Cartagena....the culture, the history, the food and I definitely wanted to visit. We went for a total of 5 days, which was perfect, but I could have stayed longer Lol. Keep reading for our full itinerary and travel tips!



We flew Spirit (which was actually a great experience, no complaints) and stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Bocagrande. *TIP: $1.00 = 3,288 of the Colombian Peso, so Colombia is super affordable!* Anyways,  I HIGHLY recommend the Hyatt Regency hotel. It was the perfect location in Bocagrande, which is a popular area for it's long, sandy beaches, dining scene, cafe's, and shopping. The hotel had all the bells and whistles, breakfast, infinity pool, and was walking distance to most of the restaurants and about 10 minutes away from the Walled City.

The Walled City should definitely be on your list of sites to see! It is an historic wall that surrounds old town Cartagena with colonial architecture, bars, restaurants, and of course the beautiful murals and Palenqueras.



We booked all of our excursions with Experience The Real Cartagena (Alex Rocha) ✊🏾 and they were amazing! They are a Black owned company and pride themselves in "Letting a Black Man teach you Black History" They offer tons of tours that all include lunch and history of Cartagena.


We went to Palenque, a town established by run away slaves with African roots where we learned about music, dance, culture and their way of living. We met with the locals, visited a dance school where the children danced for us, and learned about their history. 




 The tour also came with a delicious lunch! The traditional Colombian meal of Fried fish, coconut rice, plantains, and salad...DELICIOSO!





We also visited El Totumo Mud Volcano, and active mud volcano popular for its alleged healing. Great and weird experience! You bathe in the mud and can get a massage (or not) and are washed off by locals in the sea. Unfortunately the Pink Sea, which I wanted to see, was closed during our visit, but the tour usually visits it as well.

 


*TIP: Hopefully your bargaining skills are good, EVERYTHING is negotiable and you will be approached multiple times to buy things, etc. The best way to say no is "No Gracias". *

And Yes, Colombia is a Spanish speaking country, so I would brush up on your Spanish as well!  Other tours they offer are a Party Bus and a Boat tour, unfortunately we did not have enough time  (sad face) Will do next time!



The Palenqueras are colorfully dressed women who historically commuted to Cartagena from Palenque to sell candy and fruit. Today, they thrive off tourism and are an iconic symbol of Cartagena, highly respected, hard-working women that represent strength and resilience in Afro-Colombian heritage. 






Cartagena is a beautiful city, full of life! I cannot wait to go back! Explore the city, eat, drink, meet the locals, and soak in all the culture this beautiful city has to offer. 


 

Thank you for stopping by! I had an amazing time and encourage everyone to TRAVEL the WORLD. There is so much to see and appreciate about other cultures!

Travel leaves you Speechless, Then turns you into
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Bali Travel Guide and Vlog


BALI TRAVEL GUIDE & VLOG

Bali is a whole mood! I visited Bali with my husband for our 8th year anniversary and fell in love immediately. Watch my BALI TRAVEL GUIDE VLOG below and read the rest of this post to get all the details!




We flew from Orlando, Fl on Singapore Airlines, which I recommend. It is an airline very similar to Emirates airlines. We had three layovers, in New York, Germany, and Singapore, and was about a 24 flight and took two days to get there. So, keep that in mind if you plan a trip to Bali, you will lose two days traveling. Their money, which is called the Indonesian Rupiah conversion rate is about 14,000 ≈ $1.00 US. We exchanged our money in their airport.  We landed in the morning and our driver took us right to our hotel, the Amatara Royal Ganesha, a 5 star hotel in Ubud (About $50 US a night). We were so extremely jet-lagged we fell asleep all day and all night LOL!



On DAY 2, our actual anniversary, we woke up bright and early for my floating breakfast which I reserved with the hotel the day before. They bring out your breakfast for you in the beautiful infinity pool over looking the rice paddies and I took pictures galore (My hubby is amazing!) and afterwards ate breakfast.


 

Our driver, Gede, who was absolutely the perfect driver and we HIGHLY recommend as well! Before our trip, I reserved him. I gave him my itinerary and he made a few changes to give us the best Bali experience. He takes you anywhere you want to go, all day long for $40 US!! His contact information is below!




After breakfast, Gede took us to our first stop, which was the Bali Swing. For $35 US per person, you get unlimited swings on any of their 18 swings and pictures in nests, on rocks, etc.  plus, lunch is included.

 







We stopped at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces where you can walk around the rice paddies before heading to the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary Forest. Here you walk through the sanctuary or natural habitat of Balinese long tailed Monkey. They are roaming free and you should not touch them or stare them in the eye. They may see that as a threat. The monkeys seemed very chill to me, however, other tourists complained that monkeys stole their belongings. So just be safe and smart! 😊

 


Our last stop was the Tegenungan Waterfall, one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali. For less than a $1 US, you can hike the waterfall, swim, and enjoy the scenery. I would definitely bring water shoes. There is also a swing at the waterfall! One of my favorite parts of Bali.

 


We ended the day eating dinner at a restaurant our driver took us too (Sorry I can’t remember the name) The chicken satay was delicious and affordable. Our driver warned us about eating the street food and that it will give us “Bali Belly” aka nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. So, I would advise against that! Go the restaurants in the city center of Ubud that are geared towards tourists. We knocked out that night!


The next day our driver took us to the Lempuyang temple where you see the “Gates of Heaven” and get the infamous picture! Definitely get there early, we got there a 9am and waited 1 and a half hours for the picture, some people we met, waited 3 hours! 





 Stop two, was to the Tirta Gangga Water Palace where less then a $1 you can walk around the beautiful grounds and feed the koi fish.

Later on the night, we went to the Udaya Resort and Spa for a couple’s massage and flower bath. I did make a reservation before I left and put a deposit down. It was such a relaxing experience and the massage and bath were perfect!  The massage was about $75 US and the bath was about $40 US. Make sure you ask for the “Celebration of Flowers” when booking and you can choose however you want the flowers to be designed. 






The next day we checked out of our hotel after breakfast and another swim, and our driver took us to Kuta Bali. Kuta is a touristy beach resort area off the coast of Bali known for surfing, backpackers, and clubs. Other great beach areas to stay are Seminyak and Jimbaran, which are more family friendly. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Baruna, another 5 star hotel (About $50 US a night) We let our driver go home and took a Grab (Similar to Uber) to the Beach Walk mall and two other malls in the area. This area has tons of restaurants, massages and shopping in the area that are all in walking distances. Beach walk mall had Zara and H&M plus Top Shop and other great stores if you love shopping like us.

The next day we went to the Uluwatu Temple, which a is a sea temple with the best views I have ever seen. There were also monkey roaming around there too, but they were much more aggressive!


 

We went to Dream Land Beach after, which was beautiful and good for surfing, not swimming. The waves were huge and will knock you right off your feet! We went to our hotel afterwards to swim in the hotel infinity pool at sunset. Another highlight of the trip.


 Gede had added having a seafood dinner in Jimbaran to the itinerary. This dinner should be added to everyone’s itinerary. We went to the Ganesha Café, where you first pick your seafood, whether, fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, etc. and they make it fresh however you like and bring it to your table on the beach. You get to eat a delicious and fresh seafood dinner overlooking the waves with live entertainment. Another highlight of the trip!





On our last day we got massages (About 7$ an hour) at one of our favorite spots in Kuta CARLA SPA and did souvenir shopping. Bali is always a good idea and I am so happy and blessed that we were able to visit. The people are the nicest, most genuine, I’ve met, and the culture is so humble and 
gracious. Bali…TERIMA KASIH (Thank you)








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