Dining in Havana

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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 … Read More

Airbnb Review: Casa Densil, Havana

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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 … Read More

Top Five things to do in Havana, Cuba

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Cuba has been on our destination map for awhile now, but plans to visit never materialized. When the changes between U.S.-Cuba relations were announced, we knew we had to make it happen before U.S. corporations began setting up shop and the allure of the “Old Havana” began to change. We’ve just returned from a long weekend in Havana and the first … Read More

Books and Mementos: Peru

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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 … Read More

Machu Picchu: Picking a Trekking Company

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When we began planning our trip to Machu Picchu, we were overwhelmed at the choices of treks and trekking companies to choose from. Like anyone would, we began with a lot of general Google research, then checked TripAdvisor to see which companies had the highest ratings. Deciding on the Salkantay trek instead of the classic Inca Trail helped narrow our options. The classic Inca … Read More

iPhone Photography Awards Honorable Mention!

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The iPhone Photography Awards recently announced their 2015 winners and this photo I snapped in Cappadocia received an honorable mention in the Panorama category! This photo was taken about 6am in Goreme, Turkey from the balcony of Nostalji Cave Suit Hotel. I remember welcoming those morning calls to prayer from the nearby mosque, because I wanted to wake up early … Read More

Airbnb Review: Garden of San Blas, Cusco

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We love Airbnb for finding budget friendly accommodations. Rooms in people’s houses, entire houses, bed and breakfasts, locally owned hotels and international chains can all be found on airbnb. For our last night in Cusco, we stayed at a small bed and breakfast, Garden of San Blas. Garden of San Blas, Cusco | $80 per night Rooms: Each room in this home is decorated … Read More

Airbnb Review: La Estancia de la Abuela

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We love Airbnb for finding budget friendly accommodations. Rooms in people’s houses, entire houses, bed and breakfasts, locally owned hotels and international chains can all be found on airbnb. For our first two nights in Cusco, we stayed at a small, locally owned hotel, La Estancia de la Abuela. La Estancia de la Abuela, Cusco | $30 per night Rooms: Our … Read More