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How To Get the Most Out of Your Visit to Japan During Sakura Season

It has been one of my dreams to go to Japan and visit this crazy amazing culture that gave us the likes of sushi, anime, and Harajuko girls. Last year for my birthday I was so incredibly blessed to be able to travel to Japan with my boyfriend and now here I am ready to tell you all about it! Sakura season in Japan is known the world over and with good reason: for a few weeks, Japan is covered by cherry blossoms, peppered in between its alluring landscapes. Planning for Sakura season, however, doesn’t have to be stressful! Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when planning your trip to Japan during Sakura season:

5 Things To Do in Harbin

In a blink of an eye Christmas is here and I’m drinking tea in my Family’s house in New Jersey. Looking back now, I am very lucky to have traveled so much this year. With the cold weather now at my doorstep, I was reminded of my trip to Harbin at the beginning of this year. 

Spirited Away in Taipei

Being a English teachers abroad has its perks, the biggest one: getting vacations during holidays. Although we didn't really get Christmas or New Years off, we do get a five week winter vacation! I planned to meet my mom in Thailand around the 12th of January which gave me a few days where I had nothing planned. At first, I had decided to stay home and get everything settled in my apartment. However, after much deliberation, I decided to plan a solo trip in the days leading up to my Thailand trip. One of my New Years resolutions was to solo travel more. I believe than in these solo trips,  you reconnect with yourself and your ideals, and you discover more about yourself that perhaps you never knew.

Have you ever seen three pools mirroring the moon?

December 14th will mark the official date of my three month mark in China! Yeah it has been three months… I am still frequenting the small coffee shop in Hongkou called Waterfish during my lunch breaks. And here I am sitting and reminiscing about a small day trip I took about a month ago with my roommate James. We planned to visit Hangzhou, despite the weather telling us that it was going to be miserable that day. 

Boat rides and small streets: Zhujiajiao and Suzhou

I close my eyes and I open them again. I still cannot believe it has been a month since I arrived in China. Things have been a complete whirlwind, a complete blur. Right now I am sitting down in a small coffee shop across the street from one of the schools I work at, drinking hot water and reminiscing on some of the trips I’ve taken within this first month. 

First Impression: Shanghai

As some of you might know I have accepted a job offer in Shanghai, China to teach English for a year (10 months to be exact). So now I am sitting in a hotel room in Shanghai writing about my first thoughts of the city and what not. But before that I should explain the process in case any of you are ever interested in doing something like this (which if you are in your 20s why not?).

Earth Day

As an April baby myself, I think it is one of the best months of the year: spring showers, flowers start to bloom, days get warmer, school's almost out, bikini season is almost here, and well it’s my birthday (which I celebrate all month). Another reason April is amazing is that it hosts one of the biggest environmental awareness days: Earth Day. The environmental movement has been around for quite some time now, and it celebrates nature and motivates people to learn about their environment and how they can do better.

Maximum adrenaline in Quepos

Costa Rica has many places to visit and each region is absolutely different. It has dry forest and cloud forest, beaches and rivers, wetlands and estuaries. All of these areas have unique sights, fauna, and flora to offer its visitors. My first trip to sightsee in Costa Rica was to Quepos in the province of Puntarenas. This area is known for being in close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest national park in Costa Rica.

10 Things to bring to a remote Turtle Project

As many of you know I am currently living and working in Costa Rica. My job involves working with sea turtles and living in a remote location with a group of people. As the days pass, I have come to the conclusion that there are some essential items that I cannot do without. With that being said here is a list of these top items to bring if you ever decide to work at a turtle project (or perhaps camp out at the beach).

How to start living "Pura Vida"

So here I am two weeks into my internship in Caletas, Costa Rica working with sea turtles and I am absolutely loving it! Don’t get me wrong it’s long hours and hard work, but it’s all that I wanted and then some. Since I will be mostly here for a while I thought I would break up my posts into something a little different: I will do posts mostly about the work that I am doing here and how to live remotely in a sustainable fashion (thinking of my friend Suzie here).

Jet-setters: an all girls weekend (Part II)

So if you haven’t read part one you might want to take a look. But I will start where I left off which is a small vineyard in St. Emilion. We woke up early and headed downstairs for our cute little breakfast that was offered to us by our amazing hostess. We laughed about all the craziness that happened the night before, we hoped that there was more time to explore around, and we planned our day in Bordeaux. 

Bikes and... Amsterdam!

Walking down a small alley I look around me and all I see is bikes and canals… Yes ladies and gents I officially arrived in Amsterdam! Walking around you can easily forget your problems and troubles. Everyone here looks happy to see you, and they probably are, Amsterdam is dependent mostly on tourist visits this amazing floating city. 

No Planning Trip: Bienvenidos a mi Barcelona!

Right after our class trip to Freiburg, we got back and immediately started packing for our fall break trip. Our first stop was Barcelona. My first visit to Barcelona was when I was very young, and I honestly do not remember much except seeing the Sagrada Familia cathedral from afar and thinking it was super weird looking. That’s it. This time around, I planned on seeing more. Of course things never go as planned, and the only event that I had bought a ticket for was the Barcelona vs. Eidibar game. Of course we wanted to check out other tourist attractions but we failed to realize that we have to make reservations for everything in Barcelona. Also, all museums and things to see in Barcelona are very expensive. So my advice when visiting Barcelona is to plan it all out. But in case you are already in Barcelona and you didn’t plan it out here are 5 tips to get the most out of this amazing city.

Wine and Cheese in Saumur

The beauty of any country lies not on all the big monuments, but on its beautiful people and its small villages. Saumur is one of those small villages. It is small, quiet, and perfect for a day trip. It is only 30 minutes by train from where I live in Angers, France. The town is cute and totally what you expect from a small, provincial village in France (if you need a mental pictures think “Beauty and the Beast”).

Prost to Germany

As I finished my month of traveling, I reflected upon some of the differences I saw between all of the different countries I visited. I had already visited France and Italy, and now that I was in Germany I could truly see what was special and unique about each country, and even made me think how different these countries are from my homeland (USA) and further think about developing countries such as my beautiful Colombia.As I finished my month of traveling, I reflected upon some of the differences I saw between all of the different countries I visited. I had already visited France and Italy, and now that I was in Germany I could truly see what was special and unique about each country, and even made me think how different these countries are from my homeland (USA) and further think about developing countries such as my beautiful Colombia.

10 Things to do in Florence

After our trip to Montpellier, we headed over to Florence. Our mode of transportation: bus (not thrilled about the 10 hour bus ride, but hey it was cheap). The ride was also overnight so we mostly just slept through it. We did stop a couple of times twice at gas stations, and once we got stopped by border patrol to check for drugs (they obviously did not find any). We arrived in Florence and headed to our AirBnB and its was just a bus ride away from the city center. That night we planned out our way into the city for the next day. We did some good old sightseeing and took a crazy amount of pictures.

Conference in Montpellier

So our trip continued from Paris to Montpellier. Our mode of transportation: carpooling or as the europeans call it "BlaBlaCar". The car was a small Fiat and we were pretty much squished into our seats and held there by gravity and by our own sweat making us stick to our seats. Yeah it was pretty hot. Not to mention that the air in the car seemed to not circulate. After a 20 hour car ride (which was meant to be a 7 hour car ride) we finally made it to Montpellier, and to the door room where I was gonna stay for the conference. Rewind: I was accepted to present a poster at an international conference for the Society for Conservation Biology. Thus, here I was ready to present. One small issue though: I dragged my brother with me so we had to manage and sleep in this small twin size bed. Dark times. But we did it!