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Peru: Machu Picchu + Huacachina Sand Dunes

Peru: landed in Lima, took Taxi Green (airport taxi, one can be arranged at the stand located in the terminal which you’ll arrive in) to Pariwana hostel in the touristy but comfortable Miraflores area. Our hostel arranged a taxi back to the airport for us. Flight —> Cusco —> stayed at Pariwana hostel in Cusco, […]

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Brazil

arrived in: São Paulo We used Uber quite a bit (including to/from the airport where there is free wifi). Trains make for easy public transportation to/from downtown. There is a large central park Parque Ibirapuera which we spent a morning walking around. The Mercado Municipal was highly recommended by locals. I went to the Museu […]

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San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco Favorites: SIGHT-SEEING Best coffee shop to hang at: Java Beach Cafe (on La Playa & Judah St, accessible by Muni line N from downtown towards Judah/La Playa/Ocean Beach) … then walk to the beach with a car, head North from here on the Great Hwy towards Sutro Baths, find a cool Golden Gate […]

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

In Chiang Mai, stay at a boutique hotel in “the old city” To Do: —> Take a cooking class —> go to the elephant sanctuary —> check out the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep —> eat all the yummy street food & smoothies! Note: best to immediately accept that you are a tourist in a tourist […]

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Bangkok, Thailand

Udee Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand stay 2 nights at Udee Hostel, buy the elephant pants!!! go to: —> Or tor kor market (walking distance from hostel) and the big market across the street from it for shopping —> take a river boat from Saphan Taksin (metro stop) to Wat Arun (lefthand side of the river, opposite […]

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Life in Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is full of such great art, obviously the Sagrada Família is a must-see, but my personal favorite place to spend a half (or even full) day is the Parc de Guell. You can really  see the size of the cathedral in the skyline from the park too, it’s located on the top of a […]

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Travel Europe

First trip to Paris

Paris is my favorite city on the planet!!! You’ve probably heard that one before, and it’s for a reason. I once spent an entire day searching for the best croissant in town (I got down 8, don’t worry I walked many miles that day!) and the best is… La Pâtisserie des Martyrs. Corbier (region) has the […]

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Northern Ireland

From Dublin, rent a car, drive to Belfast➡️ (London)Derry➡️Galway. Don’t miss the Cliffs of Moher & the Dark hedges are cool (a little touristy) We did this fun Game of Thrones driving tour route: http://www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/Game-Of-Thrones-Tours-A163 In Dublin we stayed at a hostel called Oliver St. John Gogarty and the location was great (although you won’t […]

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Brussels, Belgium

Stayed at the Meininger hostel. 48 hrs is all you need. Pretend it is Christmas- eat all the chocolate (we liked Mary Galerie de la Reine), pomme frites with mussels & Belgian beers that you can! Go for drinks at Delirium, its eight bars or so all connected- over 2000 beers on tap; not to be […]

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Venice, Italy

Stay at Generator hostel in Venice, get a 48 hr ferry “bus” pass & eat at Dal Moro’s (don’t sit on the street while you eat, it’s illegal!) we bought bottles of sparkling wine from a grocery store and ran around like a bunch of annoying tourists for a night- it was the best!!! People […]

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Florence, Italy

Check out the Metcato Central & my favorite little restaurant was called Osteria Godó. Consider a day trip by train to Siena (Tuscany) Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and there is a big cafeteria called the Mercato Central, I went there numerous times. Have fun bartering for lots of leather goods. The tower of Pisa is also a good […]

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Croatia

We initially planned on taking a ferry from Venice to Rovinj but that shut down due to flooding (ferries run mostly in the summer, we were there late fall) so that’s the ideal route but there is also a train/bus option: take the train from Venice to Trieste, then take a bus from Trieste to […]