Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice National Park is incredible, and crowded, and has more waterfalls than I’ve ever seen. Plitvička Jezera, as it’s said in Croatian, is the country’s biggest and oldest national park. It’s made up of 16 lakes and over 90 waterfalls. The waters are brilliant blue greens, attributed to minerals and organisms. Over a million tourists…

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Sunrise in Split

Good morning from an ancient city. If you like sunrises, this is the place for you. Split gets over 2,800 hours of sunshine every year. The following images are views from the patio of the Airbnb where I stayed in Split. Terra cotta shingles are an iconic part of Croatian architecture. These brilliant red tiles…

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Hello, Split!

Sometimes, you have the rare occasion to sleep somewhere incredible. Platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have opened a whole new set of locations. Like the Cube House I stayed in back in 2016, the barrel hut on an Icelandic farm, or this incredible one room cabin overlooking a glacier fed lake in Norway. After arriving…

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The Fort Dedicated to Archivists and Comedians

Fort Lovrijenac overlooks Old Town in Dubrovnik. Three terraces make up the triangular structure above the West Harbor. Perhaps you recognize bits and pieces of it from Game of Thrones. It was the location of the Red Keep on King Joffrey’s Name Day Tournament. The fort was named for Saint Lawrence, who was burned alive in…

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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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