Posts By iylana

Back in 2013 we went on an incredible two week journey across Turkey, and made this video to remember the trip. Apologies in advance for the length of the video, as we made it mostly for ourselves and never really intended to share it (before the blog was up and running). But we thought it might help others discover the…

I try to read a book about every place I visit to give me a bit of insight into the culture. Consider this book, Dreaming in Cuban, a short glimpse into a small window of a multigenerational Cuban home. Though brief, it did gave me a little context in which to view Havana and the customs of the Cuban people, touching on topics like the white clothed Santería…

For a city of 21 million, you can imagine how vast and diverse the eating options must be in Mexico City! Having grown up in South Texas, we knew what to expect of this cuisine and sought out our favorites that are sometimes surprisingly hard to find in our beloved Tex-Mex (Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican food can be quite different). Our short…

If you're planning a trip to Mexico, you should definitely be familiar with this artistic genius couple: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Many people have seen details of their life from the Selma Hayek-led movie, Frida. But did you know you can visit their home in Mexico City? Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul) Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, 10–5:45 | Wednesday, Saturday, 11–5:45 Entry…

Teotihuacan is an ancient site located 50 km northeast of Mexico City. It was founded in the 1st century AD and remains one of the most important architectural sites of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Its structures are spread along the 2km main avenue, the Calzada de los Muertos (Avenue of the Dead). This site is famous for its pyramids as well as its multi-level…

Our route to Havana took us through Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the western world. Knowing it would be impossible to see everything this megaplex has to offer, we allowed just three days of our journey to see what we could of the capital city. We flew here for free (using points!) from San Antonio on Southwest Airlines. Unfortunately we didn't get…

Drinking mojitos is one of the top experiences in Havana, and there's definitely no shortage of places to sample them! Here's a list of the establishments we visited—click on the name for the tripadvisor page with ratings, menus and addresses. Looking for restaurant recommendations? Check out our other post, Dining in Havana. La Bodeguita del Medio Hemingway wrote here on a piece of…

When you go to Cuba, prepare to feast on Caribbean classics pulled straight from the sea. We dined on lobster, snapper, and tuna at great prices. In no particular order, here are the restaurants we enjoyed in Havana. Some of these places were so good, they already made an appearance in our Top 5 Things To Do in Havana post! Click…

When we started planning our Cuba adventure, we had no idea where we would stay. We booked the flights with the hope we'd be able to find suitable and affordable accommodations down the line. We wanted to stay in a Casa Particular (private home with rooms for rent) as opposed to a state-run hotel. Casas allow you to have a more personal…

I typically bring quite a few souvenirs home, but this trip was a little different since we really didn't have time to shop. I'm not an impulse buyer, so even in another country it takes me a long time to select exactly what I want to buy. Though I would have loved a nice alpaca wool blanket, I have no regrets because the treasures…

Close