Travel Diary: Chiang Mai

For this week’s travel diary, I will be sharing with you a few pictures of an amazing trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand. This amazing town reminded me of home when I was very, veeeeery far away. The temperature was ideal and there was greenery and mountains everywhere! My favourite part of the trip was getting to meet and spend an entire day with elephants and BABY ELEPHANTS at the Patara Elephant Farm! We learned how to care for these gentle giants and the important role they play in our world. It was truly an amazing and inspiring experience.

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We also got to visit the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai. We did inquire about the care of these tigers in captivity and we were assured by several sources (we researched online as well) that they were not drugged or mistreated. All these tigers are domesticated and therefore used to human interaction and the trainers are very clear when guiding you with instructions on how to engage. After all, they are wild animals so precautions are needed. The Tiger Kingdom was very well kept and clean and we even had the opportunity to see some newborn tigers, although you can’t touch them for health reasons.
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This was an amazing experience that I believe everyone should have at least once in a lifetime!
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Thailand: Photodiary Part 1

During the summer I had the opportunity to visit Asia for the first time! It was a trip of a lifetime. Our first stop was Thailand! My friends and I spent 2 weeks enjoying the sun and the heat after what seemed like the longest winter in England. Our first stop in Thailand was Bangkok, the capital. With over 60 million inhabitants, Bangkok is definitely a busy city. The beauty of it, however, lies in its rich buddhist culture which is ev  er present in every corner.  We stayed at the Galleria 10 Sukhumvit and we could not be happier with the hotel and the staff! We were very happy during our stay and the hotel was beautiful and truly affordable! Although we did not spend enough time in the city, I enjoyed and learned very much! Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our stay!  Stay tuned for more pics of the trip!

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Photo Diary: Bacardi Triangle

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the exclusive Bacardi Triangle in El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Yes, this event took place right in my backyard. It was 3 nights filled with some of the funnest and most amazing moments I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. I can’t go without saying that this past Halloween was probably the best one to date. The whole vibe of the place was awesome, everyone seemed like they were enjoying themselves and having an amazing time! Saturday during the day we went to a pool party at the hotel and had a blast, dancing to music and playing in the pool with a giant volleyball. At  night I had the most fun at Palomino, a private island part of El Conquistador, where Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris played. I had never seen them live and they did NOT dissappoint! Since pictures are much better than words, I will leave you with some of this weekend!

This was my first time staying at Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which is right next to El Conquistador, where all the fun and parties where at. Let me just say,  the views were stunning and the staff was amazing! They made our little getaway very special! I can’t wait to come back!

Enjoy the pictures!

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Toronto, Canada: Summer

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Last year, I had the opportunity to visit Canada for the very first time. It was one of those impromptu trips that turned out to be a great vacation.  I visited Toronto and immediately fell in love. It is a great city with a great atmosphere and  amazing people.  I am at a point in my life where wherever I go I think if I would like to settle and live there. Toronto got a big, fat, YES!

I had the idea that Canada was this beautiful, COLD country, 365 days of the year. I visited towards the end of August, and let me tell you… It was HOT! I had packed jeans and some light long sleeves and it was just not suitable, so check the temperature before you leave!

During the summer time there are plenty of cool things to do in Toronto. Some of these can even be done all year round! Here are some of my favorite!

1. CN Tower: One of the tallest buildings in the world, the views from up top are like no other! You can see the city of Toronto and Lake Ontario. Do not miss the glass floor that allows you to stand and stare at the people waaaaay down below! Don’t worry, the floor can hold the weight of 14 hippos, so you’ll be fine.

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2. Catch a baseball game at the Rogers Centre: Although we are now right in the middle of the World Series (GO GIANTS!) The home of the Toronto Blue Jays is a must visit in Toronto. I had the opportunity to go to a Yankees vs. Blue Jays game and sporting my beloved Yankees cap ( I am a Yankees fan FOR EVA!) , I braved through a sea of blue and got some light hearted abuse along the way. It was a very fun night out and I would totally recommend it!

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3. Outdoors Summer Concert: I didn’t realize until the day before, that KiSS 92.5 was presenting their annual Wham Bam concert at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) and that Avril Lavigne and Robin Thicke were the main acts!  It is a must do in the summer! Also, be sure to check out the summer festivals in the area!

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4. Have a drink: Now this can be done year-round! Two places that we’re perfect for a drink before the baseball game and a fun night out with friends were the Real Sports Bar & Grill next to the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors and the Maple Leafs and Madison Avenue Pub, one of the largest pubs in the world. Real Sports bar is a great place to meet before a game and if you can’t make it inside, then the screens across the bar will put you right in the action. Madison Avenue Pub is set across three Victorian Mansions, and it has good music, great beer and an amazing atmosphere.

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5. Eat Poutine: This is an amazing Canadian dish that is perfect after a night out or whenever hunger strikes. It is made of French fries, gravy and cheese curds. One word: Delicioso!

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I can’t wait to go back to Canada and experience all it has to offer, and of course…eat some more poutine! What is your favorite part of Toronto?

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*some images are mine, and others were taken out of Google Images.*

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

 

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For my birthday I decided to treat myself and went to visit my friends in Costa Rica. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Most of my trip was spent in a little town called La Fortuna set on the foot of an inactive volcano. This volcano had been very active two years prior and you can still see smoke coming out of the top! This town is an amazing oasis where you come in contact with nature in all its glory. That is one thing I loved about Costa Rica: how civilisation has respected the natural surroundings. You can literally breathe fresh air wherever you may go, whether its in the capital of Costa Rica, San José or in the natural hot springs of La Fortuna.

My friends and I stayed at the wonderful Montaña de Fuego Hotel , where we had an amazing experience thanks to Jeffrey Cervantes Calderón, Guest Services Manager (THANK YOU!). Everyone on the staff was welcoming and so nice, from check in to check out! It is definitely a place I recommend and that hopefully soon I will be coming back to visit and enjoy all the fun activities that La Fortuna has to offer.

Among the leasure activities that can be enjoyed around the pool area and hot springs, that include a fun mud bath (your skin will feel soooo soft afterwards) there are plenty of adventurous activities fit for all types of thrill seekers. On the day of my birthday I went ziplining, tubing, rappelling and horse back riding along the mountain (my favorite part).

If you are planning a visit to Costa Rica, then you definitely need to visit La Fortuna and Montaña de Fuego!

Here are some pictures in the gallery below to show you just how amazing La Fortuna is!

*pictures taken from Google Images and myself*

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