They’re here!

I apologize ahead of time for this post in case it seems disjointed; I’m a little sleep deprived these days. Why? Because the twins have arrived! I know this is a travel blog and not a mom blog, but these little monsters represent the biggest journey of my life so far and that’s travel related enough for me. Continue reading

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Extra Snapshots: Cartagena edition (by sea)

I’ve mentioned before that I document our trips by making Shutterfly books. I love these books, but it’s funny, after I order a book, I’m never initially all that excited. Sure, I glance at the pages to see if anything major when wrong, but then I put it down. I blame my temporary lack of excitement on their outrageously unrealistic deadlines for their fantastic discounts. Continue reading

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Tiny Travel Tale: My sister has a dirty mouth

Eating a cockroach in Cambodia

Oh no she didn’t!

Okay, so her language isn’t really all that bad, but just look at what she’s eaten. I mentioned the cockroach cuisine in yesterday’s post and afterward she sent me the pictures.

She was on a bus in Cambodia when her and her Vietnamese friend noticed a girl snacking on a bag full of them. Then, as luck would have it, the girl offered to share her snack. The proper way to eat a grilled cockroach, apparently, is to pull off the head and legs and pop it in your mouth, so my sister did just that… albeit not without a bit of hesitation. Continue reading

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Travel (blog) Fail: Lots of beginnings without any endings

When I was just six years old, I got my first diary. It was a Ramona Quimby diary with lots of writing prompts aimed at bringing out the creative genius of your average first grader. Looking back, I’m not sure if mine did more than just highlight my terrible spelling. Still, the diary is cute; I wrote about my friends, my family and the fact that my wolf howling impression was dead on. Continue reading

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Friday’s Five Favorite Things: Artwork on Guatapé’s buildings edition

I’m so stir crazy!

Sometimes life just doesn’t do happy mediums. I’ve spent the last few months bored out of my mind, physically unable to do very much because of my twin pregnancy. It’s like some kind of sick joke; here I am, unable to do much except twiddle my thumbs when in less than two months I will undoubtedly be busier and more exhausted than ever. If only I could trade some of that busy with some of this boredom and when the time comes, visa versa. But, time doesn’t work that way so here I sit, bored and stir crazy. Continue reading

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Foreign Findings: Shot nerves and street performers

I once saw a street performing fire dancer in Nicaragua get burned. I want to say she was maybe European and she was probably just bumming around Central America as some sort of fire dancing apprentice of sorts. She was clearly in the process of learning the tricks of the trade: twirling batons, doing stunts, charming crowds, and she was trying to do it the safe way first, aka sans fire. But then, cheers from a devil-may care crowd interfered with her good reason and she lit her baton and burned her arm. You could see it had hurt a lot and you could also see she was unhappy with her reckless decision to heed the peer pressure of the crowd. Continue reading

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See Jules Review: The (extremely complicated) second tallest building in South America

I almost named this post something about how Andy would make a good arms smuggler but changed my mind in case the government failed to see the humor in it. Still, last summer in Colombia while sightseeing in Bogotá, we accidentally discovered that he might have a knack for it – despite massive amounts of security measures meant to prohibit such things. Continue reading

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Extra Snapshots: Dubai edition

I’m feeling a little sad and a little jealous this morning. Before the sun was up, I took Andy to the airport. He won’t be gone long – just three short weeks – but he’s headed to a country that I’d love to visit and it’s hard to think about the fact that if I wasn’t six months pregnant I’d get to go there too. Overall, I’m not too bummed, but an airport goodbye combined with pregnancy hormones combined with not really liking being pregnant all makes me feel a little stuck. Continue reading

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Foreign Findings: One souk, two souk, old souk, new souk

As you might have guessed, the fact that I’m growing two little human beings inside of me (both girls!) means that I won’t be traveling any time soon. Still, even though my passport will be on hiatus for a bit, my blog is gearing up for some serious catch-up action. I have a whopping 27 unpublished posts in my blog’s “draft” folder and countless more in my head from all my past travels. Continue reading

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Foreign Findings: An experiment in the way we travel

This post is about our recent jaunt to Jamaica, not about Nicaragua… but I’m going to open by telling you about a conversation that took place years ago between my sister and her then-boyfriend, Oscar, a native Nicaraguan who, at the time, had never been to the United States. In this conversation, Oscar casually mentioned that it was his impression that Americans were open-minded, curious, adventurous and free-spirited… maybe a little lacking in personal hygiene, but overall they were okay in his book. Continue reading

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