Exploring One of North America’s Most Livable Cities (pssst…it’s in Canada)

When I visited Calgary back in 2016, I shared my experience with you guys. After revisiting a few years later, I found it even more charming than the first go round. Calgary sits at the junction of the Bow and Elbow River, in the transition zone between the Rockies and the Canadian prairies. When you…

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The Giant Beehive & A Tea House in the Mountains Supplied by Helicopter

Last week, I shared a few photos from my walk around the Lake Louise Lakefront Trail in Banff. Just above those turquoise waters are many more hikes and sights, including the Beehive and Lake Agnes. The Beehive, pictured below, was named by J. Willoughby Astley in 1890, for obvious reasons. The lake directly below the…

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Banff is one BAMF’in National Park

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s time to say goodbye to this pair of Nike Zooms. Sadly, I blew out a sole while hiking. However, they took one hell of a victory lap. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be sharing a Canadian adventure in Banff–one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid…

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My First Sneakers of 2020

For my birthday a few weeks back, my husband bought me these beautiful Nike Air Max 97s. It’s the first pair of shoes I’ve gotten in 2020. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be sticking to a new set of sneaker guidelines: The Six Commandments. It’s all a part of my journey to…

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how to be a relatively bad sneakerhead

If you want to be a terrible sneakerhead like me, then follow these 6 simple sneaker commandments.

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Just Don’t Do It

My dad and his family fled Cuba in 1961. Their lives were in immediate danger. They escaped to the United States–a feat many Cubans have staked their lives on for decades, past and present. The journey was a dangerous one–full of intrigue that could have ended disastrously. But along the way, people stood up for my family–advocated…

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An Artistic Celebration of 50 Days in Quarantine

I’m sharing this post in honor of my 50th day of quarantine. Yes, we’ve all heard it a million times already–these are strange, historic, and difficult times. Although we’re all struggling on different levels, it’s always good to be thankful for who and what you have. I’m so grateful that my family is happy and…

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I blew all my SPG points at this hotel on a Greek Island, and it was worth it.

If you’re daydreaming about what vacation you’ll take once the quarantine is over, I found the perfect hotel for you. Mystique, in the impossibly beautiful neighborhood of Oia in Santorini, seems too good to be true. I assure you, it’s a real place and not the stuff of fairy tale. We booked our stay during…

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Explore an Ancient Seaport From Home During Quarantine

Oia in Santorini nowadays is known for its sunset views. However, this settlement in the northern hilltops dates back to the early 1200s. It served as one of the city’s major seaports for trading and travel. One of their major exports was wine, which remains the case to this day. In fact, they’ve been producing…

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Tour Athens From Your Couch

Last year, I traveled to Greece. Last week, I finally found time to edit the pictures I took there. In light of the current pandemic, I thought I’d share old travel pictures with all of you. Helpfully these images will provide you a bit of virtual relief for your cabin fever. Around 15 years ago,…

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