Today I Met a Man

Today I met a man. He approached me and said, “Can you help me? I do not need money, I do not need cigarettes, I do not need food.  I need your advice!” “Answer just one question. Can you tell me what I need to do, what I should to do, to improve myself? …to…

369. Sarasota Ballet

Bucket List Item #369: See a Ballet. COMPLETE (29 April 2016). The Sarasota Ballet 25th Anniversary with Wheeldon and Ashton at the historic 1926 Sarasota Opera House. Three beautifully choreographed ballets with three very different styles. The night started with Tony Award winning choreographer Wheeldon’s The American to Dvořák’s String Quartet; a classical ballet with…

My Bucket List: Life’s Ultimate To-do List

Many people have a desire to see the world or have a particular destination they one day dream of visiting? There is nothing more exciting than crossing that dream vacation off your list or completing something daring. What’s on your bucket list? If photo ops with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Island hopping in Greece…

156. Visit Every Country in the World

Bucket List STATUS: In Progress (32/196) Albania (2008) The Bahamas (2008 & 2015) Belgium (2009) Belize (2011 & 2013) Bosnia I Herzegovina (2008) Cambodia (2007) Canada (1989) Costa Rica (2015) Croatia (2008) Estonia (2009) France (2007) Greece (2008) Iceland (2009 & 2015) Jamaica (2002) Kosovo (2008) Latvia (2009) Lithuania (2009) Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia…

New York, We Meet Again

Spending the day in New York City as we plan to take a bus to Boston and then board our plane to Reykjavik. Gabe shares with me past experiences as a teenager in the city with his father, as I share with him my love for the city. Walking around aimlessly, biking to lower Manhattan,…

Low-Speed Malfunction

The day I landed in Winter Haven, situated amongst hundreds of acres of open landscape in the heart of central Florida, the sky above the landing strip formed a thick layer of clouds because the day provided the usual amount of moisture to create them. Behind me my ‘better half’ breathing heavily from the rush…

Belizean Circus

The lights of the circus tent off in the distance begin to build a little excitement for that inner child in me. Circo Ponce: Circo Grande Famoso; a spectacle to see in the small town of Belmopan as trailers housing lions, tigers and camels drive through this capital city. The talk of the town and…

Belize it or Not…Abroad again!

I find it interesting as I stare out into the world from this airplane window how the blue waters of the Caribbean merge into one with the sky easily distorting our concept of where exactly these two worlds collide. Billowing clouds are strewn about in the distance; flashbacks of childhood memories fill my mind as…

Day 2: Soraypampa to Salkantay Pass to Collpapampa

  Woke up to the song, “Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride. Nobody’s gonna slow me down. Oh no, I’ve got to keep on moving.” Today was the most difficult day, we began walking and Deniz and Cindy needed to horses to make it to the top, whereas Carmen, Chala and I made our way up this 50 degree…

Star Gazing in the Andes

As the sun sets behind the Andes Mountains, the white snow-capped peaks begin to lose the bright majestic effect which makes them stand out among the other surrounding summits in the distance. Still visible with the outline of our tents pitched in the shadow of this vast mountain; the scene looks picturesque as I gaze…

Day 1: Mollepata to Soraypampa

The sun is rising over the mountains surrounding Cusco as we ascend to the top of the valley on our way to Mollepata. We all sit patiently in the bus ride as most are half asleep and I stare out the window thinking about what the coming days will bring and how beautiful the country…

Los Secretos del Cusco

Bright and early at 8:45am I awoke in eager desires to begin my day in this UNESCO World Heritage Site in which reading about all the gems that capture this city made waking up an easy task. Carmen and I ventured off into the city below to get a taste of Cusco after getting everything…