So it took me 17 years to finally head back to the country where most of my childhood was spent…Argentina. One of my childhood best friends invited me back and it was just the invite I needed to go back. I traveled to Argentina in April 2014 with a layover in Miami. The flight was about 8 hours from Miami.
At Miami International Airport
Getting Ready to Board
Once I arrived in Argentina, my friend picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to her apartment. I was ready to see Argentina again…this time with gleaming eyes and an open heart.
The Argentine Peso ($1 is about $10 Argentine Pesos) April 2014 Currency Rate
On one of the days we got to visit La Boca. This was actually on my bucket list. I remember going as a child but wanted my memory to be refreshed. La Boca is the oldest, most colorful and most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The neighborhood was settled and built by italian immigrants that worked in the warehouses and meatpacking plants in the area.
Rainy Day in La Boca
El Caminito (“little walkway” or “little path” in Spanish) is a street museum and a traditional alley, located in La Boca.
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Cupcakes in Buenos
Same Place…17 years Later
Wating on the Train heading to Tigre.
Tigre is a city in Argentina where most people go when they are going to Puerto De Frutas. This is where there are hundreds of stalls selling everything from furniture, handicrafts, and reasonably priced souvenirs filing the area around the docks around Rio Lujan.
Arriving at Puerto De Frutas
Things for sale at Puerto De Frutas
Puerto De Frutas
Yerba Mate is a South American tea made by steeping the ground leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant. It is traditional drink in Argentina.
Argentina has theeee BEST empanadas (meat pies) in the WORLD...seriously.
Empanadas in Argentina
Cafe Con Leche
Posing at the Centro Naval
After my AHH-MAY-ZEEN time in Bangkok, I took a 30 minute flight to Phuket. Phuket is like the Miami of Thailand. It’s an island located on the western part of Thailand that most tourists make it a MUST to visit when in Thailand.
When we landed in Phuket, we were greeted by some very pretty native women. It was definitely a warm welcome!
The hotel I stayed at was the Novotel Hotel in Kamala/Phuket Beach. The hotel was located directly ON Kamala Beach which made the place exceptional! My room was very spacious and had it’s own balcony which was great for perfect views. I just really appreciated the free wi-fi. You will never understand the struggle of getting free wi-fi until you travel internationally. Any hotel that has FREE wi-fi always gets an A plus from me.
After getting settled, I was able to walk around and explore the beach some. There were many vendors on the actual beach. It was very easy to get anything from pancakes to massages…right on the beach!
The following day I went on a tour to the Phang Nga Bay which is also known as the James Bond Island. The island was almost 2 hours away from the hotel and on the way there, we visited the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha) which is also known as the Monkey Temple. This temple was literally filled with hundreds of monkeys. When they see tourists with food, they come out of the caves and expect to be fed. It was quite the experience.
After the Money Temple, it was time to take a long tail boat to the actual island. The ride was VERY scenic. I can’t express how beautiful the ride was. The scenic area covered over 30 limestone islands, rock formations, caves and evergreen mangroves. Once I arrived at the James Bond Island, I was ready to explore…
The following day was set to be my last day in Thailand. I spent the day at leisure in Phuket. I started the day by visiting the Tiger Temple in Patoong Beach. The experience was everything. I honestly wasn’t scared at all. I was just very alert and the trainer that was in the cage with me made me feel very comfortable.
I spent the rest of the day picking up final souvenir gifts and just lounging on the beach.
Thailand was my favorite country to explore thus far!! There’s so many more to see.
The following day I was able to experience Thailand’s own Grand Palace. This walled city known as the Grand Palace was built in 1792 by King Rama I. It is the city’s most famous landmark and was home to the Royal Family for 150 years.
The palace, known for its decadent and unique style, became an important architectural symbol of the Thai royal family and country as a whole.
Although it is open to visitors, the buildings are sometimes used for state occasions and royal ceremonies. This place was absolutely beautiful! If you are ever in Thailand, it is a MUST see.
I’ve been traveling pretty much all my life and Thailand (thus far) has been my absolute favorite. I can honestly say I fell in LOVE with this country. This was my first solo trip and it was seriously amazing. To be able to do you WHAT want… WHEN you want, HOW you want and even IF you want is just very liberating. It really makes you feel powerful and allows you to learn so much about yourself along the way.
My trip to Thailand started November 2014 and it was the longest trip E V E R …seriously…like I said, I’ve traveled to many places but this was my longest to date. I had a total of 3 connecting flights but I was ready! I first departed Chicago and then headed to LA. It was an awesome connect location since my best friend lives there. It had a four hour layover but I was ready to make the best of it. After I landed in Los Angeles, my best friend picked me up from LAX and we then headed to a Mexican restaurant about 15 minutes away from the airport. It was good seeing her and catching up over dinner.
After that she dropped me back at the airport and shortly after I was headed on to Asia! My next stop was to Hong Kong, China where I had an 8 hour layover.
That layover was tough! I actually thought I was going to take advantage of the layover and go see The Great Wall of China but as soon as I got there, I was informed that this Great Wall was in Beijin and NOT Hong Kong….talk about embarrassed….I was SO salty. This is why you should do all your research when traveling. I figured I would still take advantage of Hong Kong. I left the airport and took a transit train to a mall called IFC that was about 25 minutes away from the airport.I made sure I was aware on how to get back to the airport before I left.
It was seriously a basic mall with the Apple store in it. I could tell I was in a touristy area due to the niceness of the place…I wasn’t a fan. I walked around, snapped some pictures, ate a snack, tried to hustle an iPhone 6 from this man on the street and then hopped back on the transit back to my safe haven: the airport.
I would soon begin my journey to Bangkok, Thailand…
I live for experiences...and Dubai was definitely one I had to check off my #bucketlist. In October 2013, I gifted myself a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I found a Groupon that I though was very reasonable. This was my first time buying a “trip” through Groupon but I wasn’t skeptical at all. Within 48 from purchasing my Groupon I was contacted by Gate 1 Travel agency and they were able to confirm my ticket and room reservations. They also emailed me with a very detailed itinerary and I can’t say I wasn’t impressed. This Groupon was all-inclusive with the hotel and flights and most meals included. Someone would come pick us up at the airport when we landed in Dubai so I figured that was safe…and it was!
I’m not gone lie, I was a little nervous about going to Dubai since I had heard so many myths about how strict the culture was there but I wanted to experience it for myself. I soon began to research Dubai and found it to be pretty regal. Everything about Dubai seemed to be magical. I saw pictures of buildings that were amazingly beautiful.
I took all my pictures on my iPhone while I was in UAE. When I got back to the states, I never backed up my phone and all my pictures were lost when I was doing a silly Apple update…I was C R U S H E D 😦 All my pictures were gone…. I was able to save the ones below off my instagram page and from the email of pictures I sent my mom while I was in Dubai.
Below are few of the main attractions that I witnessed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I seriously can’t wait to go back with my Momsi in September! We were lucky enough to catch the flight deal last Christmas through Etihad.
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the WORLD. It is named after the President of UAE, who is also the Prince of Abu Dhabi. It has the tallest free-standing structure in the world and the highest number of stories in the world.
View from the 124th floor
About 7 years ago, this was all sand and ruins. Building it’s growth on trade and tourism, Dubai has created a niche for itself and made it’s mark as one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
Burj Khalifa At Night
Not sure of the name of this building but it is Indeed a beautiful sight.
Pure B L I S S
Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. The HEAT was REAL.
Elegushi Beach / Lagos / Nigeria
…so I decided to dedicate a blog entirely to my experiences. Traveling has really allowed me to learn a lot about myself as a person and taken me out of my comfort zone. I’ve been traveling FOREVER and I want to be able to share my travel experiences…
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