Traveling the Ruta de las Flores

The main reason for coming to this area of El Salvador is to visit the small towns along the Ruta de las Flores. The three most frequented are Juayua, Ataco and Apaneca. I also visit La Ceiba (not to be confused with the city of the same name in Honduras) on a last second whim….

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Who Are You-a, Juayua

That might be the cheesiest blog post title in the history of blog post titles. But it’s how I reminded myself of the pronunciation of the next town we visit. Until my arrival in El Salvador, I butchered Juayua over and over again. Who-ay-a. Wha-ya. Ju-a-yu-a. I took Japanese, French and Hungarian in school, so…

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Meeting Santa Ana’s Locals

On our last day in Santa Ana, Emma and I spend the morning walking around the local market. Carlos, our hostel host, has been asking if we want to try the best pupusas in Santa Ana – the only catch is we have to go early. Like 7am. Which is fine by me. I’m awake by…

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not going to lie, spending New Year’s Eve in Havana, Cuba was definitely not my worst decision ever. It has been an absolute blast! From riding horses in Vinales to walking along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba is a photographers dream. For New Year’s Eve, Maggie and I went to Plaza Vieja, bought a…

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Best of 2016

One of my favorite ways to end a year is to remind myself of all the things that made that year great. I’ll be honest, 2016 has been a rough one for me, both personally and because of what is happening around the world. It leaves me feeling conflicted. How can I be unhappy in…

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Hola Cuba!

You guys. It’s happening. I’ve been hinting and blatantly mentioning to everyone who’ll listen, I’m finally on my way to a place I’ve been hoping to go for the last 16 years – Cuba! Words can’t describe how happy, nervous, anxious and excited I am to finally be taking this trip. As most people know,…

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Merry Christmas 2016

I just wanted to stop by real quick and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! Currently I’m packing for my upcoming trip to Cuba (more to come on that soon), finishing some last minute present wrapping and furiously cleaning my house from top to bottom before the dog sitter comes to stay….

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2016 Book Review

It’s time for my annual (two years in a row makes it annual, right?) list of books that I read this year, and my personal review of each. I had a goal of reading more this year, but instead, I actually read less. It’s a bit disappointing since reading used to be such a large…

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2016 Craft Projects

Call me a nerd. Call me crafty. Call me whatever you want. The truth is, despite how much I love traveling, I also love domestic hobbies as well. Cooking, gardening, binging on Netflix, and various craft projects. And when I can combine my domestic hobbies with my love for travel, that’s even better! Sometimes that’s…

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Ruinas Mayas in El Salvador

“Central America is famous for it’s Mayan ruins. So El Salvador must have some of their own, right?” This was the thought that went through my mind when I was trying to find things to do on my trip. Once again, my research online turned up few results, but I did see 3 sites that might…

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Hiking the Santa Ana Volcano

El Salvador isn’t exactly on the tourist circuit, so when I started searching for information on hiking the Santa Ana volcano, I found very little. There are a few blogs out there that have some details, but not as much as I was looking for. I’m going to try to remedy that here. It’s a long post…

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Wandering the Streets of Santa Ana

It’s time to trade the sandy beaches and colorful reefs of Roatan for the city streets of Santa Ana, El Salvador! I would be sad to be leaving if I wasn’t looking forward to exploring a new country. Hello El Salvador! You look so pretty from the air! As I usually do when planning a trip, I…

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