Diving the Edmonds Underwater Park

A few weeks ago, my friend Marissa over at Postcards to Seattle and I got Nitrox certified. It’s something I’ve been interested in doing for awhile since being able to use Enriched Air allows you to dive for longer and you’re less likely to feel fatigued when you’re done. Plus, the course only takes a…

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To The Balkans At Last

Exciting news! I’m off on my next adventure! After putting this trip off for over eight years, I’m finally going back to the Balkans. More specifically – Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Technically I’ve already been to the Balkans as both Bulgaria and the European side of Turkey are part of the Balkan…

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Seattle to Portland Day 2 – Centralia to Portland

Once again we’re up at 4am to get ready for day 2 of the STP. Despite our early night, I have little interest in getting out of bed. Everything hurts and I am so tired from cycling 100 miles yesterday. But I’m not going to get back to my own bed by staying here, so…

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Seattle to Portland Day 1 – UW to Centralia

If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest, chances are good you’ve heard of the Seattle to Portland bike ride, or STP. Every year, 10,000 people hop on their bikes and ride the 200+ miles to Portland, Oregon over one or two days. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever…

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Flamingo Fun at Laguna Guanaroca

It’s our last full day in Cuba and we’re up bright and early. Today we’re visiting Laguna Guanaroca, about 40 minutes outside Cienfuegos, to see the flamingos that live there. And I for one, can’t wait! We’re attempting to arrive as soon as they open as this is a popular activity and the groups fill…

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Cienfuegos – City of One Hundred Fires

Before I tell you about Cienfuegos, I should probably fill you in on how we got here. It’s the latest chapter of “Kelsey and Maggie’s Cuban Transportation Saga”. For many reasons, we didn’t buy our bus ticket from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in advanced. So once again, we find ourselves at the bus station the morning…

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Stellar Views of Trinidad

I’m not usually much of a museum person on my travels. If it’s a big one like the Prado in Madrid, then sure, I’ll give it a few hours. But generally they don’t hold much interest for me. However, while reading through my guidebook on Trinidad, I came across the Museo Histórico Municipal. It’s the former…

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Chasing Waterfalls in Parque el Cubano

As you’ve probably heard me mention before, information on tourist activities in Cuba was really hard to come by before my trip. Especially for anything outside of Havana. The Lonely Planet guidebook has a blurb about hiking to a waterfall in Parque el Cubano, part of Topes de Collantes National Park, but aside from that brief…

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New Year’s in Havana

After our crazy morning attempting to get back to Havana, we settle into our new accommodations and head back out in search of dinner. From our previous explorations, Havana Vieja seems to have the most restaurants, so this is the direction we go. On the way, we pass another of Ernest Hemmingway’s former haunts –…

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Cuban Transportation Frustrations

Remember how I told you about buying bus tickets in Cuba, how we lucked out on our way to Vinales but it wouldn’t always be that way? Well today is the day I find out just how screwy Cuban transportation can be. And this is only the first of three times we deal with this…

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Horseback Riding Through Vinales National Park

One of the most popular activities in Vinales is to go horseback riding through the national park. Originally I thought this would be an activity that I’d skip in favor of more hiking, but after our morning at Los Aquaticos, I’m ready for something a little easier. Plus we can cover more ground on a…

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Los Aquaticos Sunrise Hike

Upon our arrival in Vinales, a park ranger stopped by our casa to see if we were interested in booking any guided tours of the park. One I’ve been really keen to do is Los Aquaticos sunrise hike. A few Google searches have shown some incredible images and I’m excited to see it with my…

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