Sundays in Medellín

I arrived in Medellín on a Saturday night and the liveliness in the streets on Sunday morning was refreshing. I was staying right off of Avenida El Poblado (San Fernando Plaza Hotel) and it turns out every Sunday morning until 1PM half of the avenue is shut down so locals can walk, jog or ride their bike. This is a great opportunity to rent a bicycle along the streets near Parque de El Poblado or San Fernando Plaza and experience this event, Ciclovía, the way the locals in El Poblado, Medellín do.

If you’ll be in Medellín on a Sunday, I also recommend planning to do things open 24 hours (graffiti streets, Mirador de las palmas, etc.) or tours that you can schedule in advance. When I was looking into the best places for lunch I immediately noticed that there were very few local restaurants open; after asking a friend and doing some of my own research I realized Sunday is the only day of the week most people in Medellín have off so few restaurants and even fewer different establishments are open.

Fun Fact: The average business hours in Medellín range from as early as 7AM to as late as 5:30PM with a 1 hour lunch break, many people also work half days on Saturday with a 2 hour lunch break on weekdays.

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Medellín’s Metro

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The day I arrived in Medellin I rode on some of city’s public transportation for the first time.

The metro in Medellín was by far one of the most impressive public transit systems I’ve seen: fast service, no delays and clean, like if I needed another reminder that the NYC MTA system really needs to step its game up. At certain metro stops there is also a free transfer available to one of the metrocable lines in the city. Continue reading “Medellín’s Metro”

What to Pack: The Essentials

Whether traveling for 2 days or 4 weeks, to the tropics or the rainforest, I’ve come to learn that there are some things you cannot survive a trip without.

I’m becoming a master packer like I tend to move around a lot to different towns when I travel and need to pack as light as possible. I’ve brought my essentials down to a science and always get away with at most a carry-on and personal item. Not only is this more convenient but I don’t have to worry about surprise airline fees.

I put together the following list and images as a reference; I hope when you’re getting ready for your next trip you can customize & utilize it as your own. You’ll notice some of these are quite obvious but sometimes the most obvious items are the easiest to forget.  Continue reading “What to Pack: The Essentials”

This Blog’s Purpose

IMG_0951To be honest I’m not quite sure yet what it is, at least not all it is.

When I first started my blog it was just for my family and friends, it was a way to tell everyone about my experience at the same time and not have to answer the same questions over and over. As time passed and the travels continued I realized how much I enjoyed writing about my travels. I thought about sharing my experiences on a much larger scale but kept finding excuses and hesitating – who’d be interested? What do I know about blogging? Am I even a good enough writer? etc.

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Let’s Get Those Flight Deals

Coming from a lower income family people often times find it hard to believe that I have been able to travel . So many times I get asked how I do it and my answer comes in two parts: first off, its all about the flight deals and secondly my motto is to book flights now and worry about the rest later.

People always want to know how to find the best deals when booking flights and below I’ve outlined my best practices! I hope this is helpful for you and if you want specific help booking flights or have any questions please reach out to me!

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A Hummingbird’s Home

From the people, the tourist attractions, the animals, the waterfalls and the mountainous landscape, Costa Rica is a beautiful place and was such an amazing experience for me.

I was only able to spend 10 days in the country making it one of my shortest international trips to date. It was an unfriendly reminder how a full time job with a specific amount of vacation time would prove to be difficult for someone who enjoys traveling as much as I do. However, for the time being working is what funds my travels so this will teach me how to make the most of every trip no matter how long.

I came to several realizations in Costa Rica: Continue reading “A Hummingbird’s Home”

If you’ve been following my blog long enough you know no trip is complete until I try the ice cream

IMG_3564And I won’t say it was but the best I ever had but Costa Rica didn’t disappoint

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