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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

SMA, one of my favorite places in this world, is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Guanajuato, Mexico. I have been lucky enough to visit SMA a handful of times (not nearly enough!), and only about two hours away from my family’s city, San Luis Potosi. This city is home to many expatriates and there are hundreds of villas, apartments and beautiful hotels available for rent. This last stay was in a beautiful one bedroom suite in the heart of the city, a few blocks from the historic Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel. Next time I’ll have to post photos of my wonderful family stay in a gorgeous villa overlooking the entire city.

SMA has everything! Amazing food, artisan crafts in el mercado, and is home to many artists from around the world.  I found our suite through Home Away, one of my most favorite sites for booking travel.

Some recommendations as you explore the streets of SMA:

-Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel - Your stay won’t be compete without a visit to this gorgeous church. Snag a few pictures in the town center, but you can also see it from many of SMA’s hotel rooftop bars and El Mirador, one of the highest points of the city where you can enjoy a 360 degree view!

- San Augustin Chocolates y Churros - As most of you may know, I am a dessert freak! I love love love chocolate. This popular cafe in SMA will have you raving about their churros, try the dulce de leche and cajeta filled churros!

- El Mercado - If you are a shopper like I am then you’ll definitely want to take an entire morning (and afternoon to be honest!) to check out the Mercado. This market is about 5 blocks of artisan crafts, where I have picked up hand painted pottery, jewelry, flower crowns, pewter candle holders, and soo much more. Definitely check it out and bring your pesos!

-Rosewood Hotel - This was one of the highlights of my stay in SMA. This gorgeous hotel features a beautiful rooftop bar where you can get some wonderful drinks, appetizers, mini tacos, etc. The view is breathtaking! Dress up for this occasion and on your way out check out the art collection in the basement floor, you don’t want to miss this!

-Canada de la Virgen, S.P.R de R.L - If you love to learn about history and archeology, take a trip to Canada de la Virgen. We went with an amazing tour guide Albert Coffee, archeologist who walked us through the significance of these ruins. He was a full of information and entertained us the entire time. We also signed up for lunch at a local ranch and the food itself was fantastic.

As you can tell, I love SMA. Coming to this town, you truly feel welcomed and at home.  Stay a weekend or a week, you’ll catch the beauty and romanticisim of this wonderful town in the heart of Mexico.

Can’t wait to make another trip this summer!

Puerto Rico Part II: Viejo San Juan, Gurabo, El Yunque

Puerto Rico Part I: Arecibo, Orocovis, San Juan

I was lucky enough to go to Puerto Rico this past fall with my wonderful boyfriend John. He was so excited to share with me his home away from home and through his wonderful aunt we were able to stay at her families time share in Carolina, PR, about 15 minutes west from San Juan. This was a great location as we were able to drive with a rental to (almost!) every place we wanted to go to on our trip.

Some highlights of our trip include:

-Zip Lining in Orocovis - This adventure was truly worth the wait. Our first attempt at heading to Orocovis was not a good one. It was about a 2 hour drive from our hotel, and about halfway through driving up a mountain the rain began and we could not see more than one foot in front of us! We were so close and finally decided to turn back home knowing the zip lining experience would have either been cancelled or a horrible experience for both of us. However, we had heard how amazing this zip line was - the tallest in the world! - so we took a second shot the next day. We arrived on time with gorgeous weather and scaled up the mountain with a group of about 15 other people. We took turns through all of the zip lines and ended at the highest and second longest zip line in the world. I also found out that Beyonce had just zip lined here about a week ago so I put my nerves to rest and had an AMAZING time through our final line. Truly worth the energy it took to get up there!

-Arecibo Observatory - On our way to Orocovis, we somehow ended up in Arecibo where we visited the world’s largest single-apeture telescope. It is mind boggling that in the middle of the rainforest you can find such a grand man-made object. We took a brief tour through the museum and then watched a great informational video about the telescope followed by some pictures of course!

- Castillo San Felipe del Morro - As you’ll find out, we are suckers for history. We took a half day to visit el Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the views are breathtaking. There is so much history here and a must see for any tourist.

-Mosquito Point - Now I say this with the utmost precaution, please follow these directions: put on bug spray, get out of your car, order your food, pick up some fresh coconut juice, jump back in your car, enjoy your food. You’ll get bitten by mosquitos if you don’t but you’ll regret not trying this amazing food from amazing street vendors! Try the fried everything! My mouth is watering as I type this up.

- El Yunque - Your stay in Puerto Rico must include a trip to El Yunque. This is the United States only national rain forest and offers a load of picture perfect moments, from water falls to the observation tower that overlook the entire forest. We packed a bag lunch and spent the entire day walking and swimming here, just be sure to bring bug spray!

We were finally able to take a couple of days to visit my boyfriend’s grandmother, a beautiful woman who kept us well fed (as well as her neighbors chickens who she feeds daily), spent the day sharing her enchanting stories and flipping through pictures of the entire family. It was a great way to end our stay in PR and I am excited to go visit again someday.

I am sooooo excited for next week! I will be purchasing my first dslr during next week’s Black Friday sales to take with me on my future travels!
Getting ready to post some gems from my recent trip to Puerto Rico, stay tuned! 

I am sooooo excited for next week! I will be purchasing my first dslr during next week’s Black Friday sales to take with me on my future travels!

Getting ready to post some gems from my recent trip to Puerto Rico, stay tuned! 

I’ve had the unbelievable chance to visit Antigua, Guatemala and Guatemala City this past June as part of a work trip through my employer. Antigua itself is one of the most interesting cities I have ever been to. The volcano Pacaya and a number of earthquakes have transformed this city into a mixture of ruin and restore. 

As you walk along the stone paved roads vendors sell a variety of artisan goods, including terra-cotta and wooden animals. The food is a delicious mix of Latin American flavors, among them flan and fried plantains.

Enjoy!

I’m a BIG dreamer of traveling the world. Learning about new cultures is definitely my passion in life, especially about different latin cultures from around the world. I’m here to travel and share with you all my love of photography, food, people, artisan crafts and life.
I am excited to start booking some travels for 2014. Will keep you posted!

I’m a BIG dreamer of traveling the world. Learning about new cultures is definitely my passion in life, especially about different latin cultures from around the world. I’m here to travel and share with you all my love of photography, food, people, artisan crafts and life.

I am excited to start booking some travels for 2014. Will keep you posted!

CHINA: BEIJING, SHANGHAI, HONG KONG

I’ve been lucky enough to go to China twice in my life. The culture is rich in history, and the sights are amazing. The people, warm and welcoming. Please enjoy my photographs below!

Building at the base of the Big Buddha, Hong Kong, China.

Building at the base of the Big Buddha, Hong Kong, China.

Big Buddha. Hong Kong, China.

Big Buddha. Hong Kong, China.

Starbucks Cake Pops, Shanghai, China.

Starbucks Cake Pops, Shanghai, China.