I wrote this post in Cuba, what a great place to get inspired to pursue your creative outlets. I pushed myself to spend my time reading, writing, doing yoga, and abstaining from all social media. My mind became so clear regarding my goals for this year and I was able to reflect on 2018.
2018 was a busy year…Nelli and I celebrated our first year of marriage and we were fortunate enough to start new positions at our company. We also found the time to spend time with each other, our friends and family by exploring the world! Here are our top 10 experiences (in no particular order).
Fran:“I’m Black.”“Really? Are you mixed with something?”I get this response a lot when people ask me what I am and I’m prepared for this follow-up question. It’s kind of crazy that people you don’t even know can challenge you on your identity. Sometimes if I don’t feel mentally prepared…
Hi everyone! This is a long time coming but I really wanted to share our experiences traveling to Cusco Peru for our honeymoon in July.
Top 5 experiences in Peru:
Hiking Machu Picchu
Cusco Culture Day tour – Shops and Restaurants
Staying at Esplendor Cusco
Booking our expedition with Alpaca Expeditions
It has always been a top priority to explore South America for 2018 since I had never stepped foot on the continent. Over the past years, I’ve grown fond of hiking and the outdoors so I really wanted to add Machu Picchu to our accomplishments. Since our visit to Peru would be mostly centered around visiting this world wonder, I prioritized finding the best tour company. My main concerns were cost, ratings, and vegetarian options – Nelli has always wanted to go to South America but was nervous about their meat-centered cuisines. I researched many tour companies online through trip advisor and blogs (thank you Snazzy Mom!) and I ultimately settled on Alpaca Expeditions. I’m very happy with my choice – our hiking group was small (5 people), affordable ($550pp), great ratings, extremely knowledgeable/fun tour guide, and had veg options. There was one lunch rice item that had hot dog slices in it which frustrated Nelli but he said overall he would recommend them.
If you have time go to Java and see Borobudor Buddhist Temple!
Out of all our travels so far, going to Bali with Nelli is my absolute favorite….it was fitting that it was also for our honeymoon! Nelli really went out of his way to ensure it was an enjoyable experience and that each of us got what we wanted out of Bali. The above list only represents a FRACTION of what we did the two weeks we were there. We visited so many more places, temples and waterfalls but I chose my favorites above. As you can see, we were quite busy but there was also plenty of time for relaxation (we had 3 spa sessions and stayed at the BEST hotels) which is important for me (read: spoiled). We also got sick (as usual) so that really slowed down our days and it was nice to lounge around our villa recovering from our coughs! Please bring A LOT of cough medicine when you travel internationally – I still haven’t learned my lesson and didn’t bring enough! Here are some tips and tricks related to our favorite activities in Bali.
Just a snippet of Cambodia…where do I even begin? I’ll just give a brief summary. We were planning this trip for what seems like forever…even before we started going out. I wanted to go the week of our anniversary so it would be more special but in retrospect that was a bad idea because Nelli had major visa issues when we came back to San Fran. Finally the day came…I was anxious but I was flying with an expert traveler. One thing I should do better next time is pack lighter and dress for the occasion. My duffel bag was filled to the brim and it was so heavy and difficult to travel around. Also a lot of the places were temples and wanted people to be dressed conservatively. Of course I brought all my cute tanks and shorts…so I had to wear tshirts and jeans which made me super hot…sigh. Oh and another thing I would bring hairspray and some oil wipes because of the humidity…I know #girlproblems. Anyway, we came into the Capitol which is pnomh penh and our tour guide got started right away. A few things I noticed is everybody was really poor I saw a lot of homeless people living on the streets. There was just a lot of activity in general very hustle and bustle. There were also a lot of motorcycles and way too much crazy driving. We visited a lot of markets and did some successful bargaining for gifts. We saw a lot of other tourists which was cool. The weather was great a little sunny but mostly overcast. We couldn’t see the palace because there was some political tension which made me nervous.
We went to Alaska and visited Denali Park for Nelli’s birthday. This was our first major event as a couple. We started going out June 23rd and our Alaska trip was the weekend of July 28th. I was really happy he asked me because he hates celebrating his birthday with anyone. I felt special 🙂 […]