I reluctantly swayed myself back and forth in the uncomfortable hammock during the hottest part of the day. Being under this thatched roof sitting above a round concrete base was the only place that was cool in this tiny, dusty village called Yupukari in Western Guyana. I prayed for a breeze. Read more “Night of the Piranha”
The airport was as empty as I had ever seen one, with only a few passengers going through customs and anger written all over the remaining employees’ faces. It was 10pm and I had just landed in Trinidad. Being the cheapskate (errr…”budget traveller”) that I am, the least expensive way to get to Guyana was to have a layover here for the night and then fly to Georgetown in the morning. Read more “The Camo Conundrum”
After living abroad for almost four years in four different countries, my life has changed for the better and I learned things beyond my wildest imagination! Read more “5 Reasons to Live Outside of Your Country”
Each year that I traveled abroad, without fail, I would bring back the obligatory souvenir for my friends and myself. Usually something mass produced, maybe something original and handmade once in a while. Something that would probably be forgotten or thrown away eventually. Everyone has a souvenir from someplace. Read more “The Souvenir”
I’d always lived in the ‘burbs until I hit the road in 2013. I went from a population of 1.4 million to a few thousand overnight when I moved to Costa Rica. Ever since, I’ve pretty much lived in small communities for the past three years. I used to think I could never do that, but yet again, being open to new places and stepping out of my comfort zone taught me some valuable lessons. I now see the allure to living around less people and am hesitant to go back to city dwelling, traffic gridlock and fast paced action. Read more “5 Reasons Small Town Living is Better Than Cities”
With the weather turning colder, it only feels natural to make Chicken Tortilla Soup. I’ve been through multiple copycat recipes from several San Antonio restaurants, trying to concoct my own personal recipe that suits my taste. I’m still working on it, but I did make a large pot the other day. Being so excited about having it again (a twice a year experience, typically), I failed to remember how to actually eat it “properly”. I had remembered the cheese, but left out the lime, forgot to buy tortilla chips, avocado (not in season now) and add the little cilantro I’m growing on my windowsill. The following day, I added the three of four and it tasted much better. Read more “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures”
Everyone knows I’m a cheap skate…I even admitted to it in this post! However, money when travelling is one thing you want to try and spend less of, unless of course you’re filthy rich. Since I’ve never known what that feels like, I try to get as much value out of my dollar as possible and I’m sure you would like to as well. I’ve come up with some frugal tips on how to save money on your next (and future) trips.
“We serve breakfast all day long! We also have mimosas and some fresh berry Bellini’s,” a lovely lady exclaimed as she stuck her head out the doorway of a café in Pacific Grove. My eyes glanced down the menu posted in the window and I noticed a Philly cheese steak sandwich. I got excited and said, “Wow! I haven’t had a cheese steak in ages! How are they here?” She responded, “They’re great and they come with fries and a salad!” I was sold, so in we went. Read more “Reverse Culture Shock”
As my boyfriend and I sat at the bar having a drink, I gazed up at the clock – 1:15.
“I should get to the airport…I need to be there at least an hour early.” I paused for a moment, looking up at the clock again. “But I don’t remember what time it leaves!” Read more “All Packed With Nowhere To Go”