The city of Medellín has several green spaces established in what I believe is another attempt to rebuild the city’s reputation.
If you’re searching for a local’s experience in Medellín, I assure you Mirador de las palmas won’t disappoint. You’ll be greeted by loads of parked cars, motorcycles and food vendors on the side of the road trying to convince you your’e hungry from the moment you arrive. Continue reading “Mirardor de las palmas”
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”
The people of Medellín work hard to steer away from the narrative created by Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel and the violence it brought to the city. Whether through urbanization, art or museums the people are letting visitors know Medellín has a lot more to offer than the history of one of the largest drug cartels in the world. Continue reading “Pictopía Graffiti”
Often times, Medellín is illustrated as a very dangerous and violent place, so much so, that when I told one of my Colombian friends I was going he shared with me how happy it makes him when people visit his country and make their own conclusions about it rather than being solely influenced by the media coverage.
This violent and dangerous portrayal dates back to when the city was the capital of the world’s cocaine business under the surveillance of Pablo Escobar, one of the world’s largest drug-traffickers. Continue reading “(Not So) Violent Medellín”
I really needed to give myself time before I could start writing about my experience in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was a place I had wanted to visit for 3+ years but life always got in the way. When I finally purchased my ticket, got on the flight and landed it felt surreal and although my trip did not go as planned, I loved every minute of it.
I took the time to think about what I could even say at this point – what could I possibly say about Puerto Rico in a time where the island is going through one of its worst natural disasters in history? Continue reading “Puerto Rico, My Heart is Yours”
From the arts, to the parks, the views and the food, Philadelphia is quite captivating – below I’ve outlined some suggestions based on popular city spots & those that brought me the most joy: Continue reading “The City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia”
Lately people have told me it seems like I’m going on a trip every other week. Although this is not the case in the last year I have traveled 3 times internationally, 8 times nationally and have another 3 trips planned in the next 3 months, all while working full time!
In this blog post I will answer the question you’re all asking yourselves now, HOW! In a short amount of time I’ve learned how to strategically use my time-off to travel often & make the absolute most of every trip.
Now it’s time I share my best practices with you and hopefully help you make the most of every day off and trip opportunity! Continue reading “Work, Work, Work and Travel Too”
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”