Catching Up

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I can’t believe it’s fall already, where did the summer go?  I have learned to love the fall season in New York, with the brisk air and colorful leaves.  But with the change of season, comes the colder weather – which I am definitely not a fan of.  This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, so I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on our year so far.  There are so many heartbreaking things going on in the world, and it makes me appreciate everything that I have and everyone in my life. Continue reading

Guess what day it is!

It’s the one day a year, where I get to be mushy – Caitlin’s birthday!  Like me, Caitlin isn’t into big celebrations; she prefers smaller, more intimate events. She does however like to be reminded when her birthday is coming up, and just mentioning it causes her face to light up. Normally, we would use this occasion to plan a trip away and simultaneously escape the cold weather in February.  This year because of my new job, the logistics just didn’t work out.  We even came close to booking a short trip to Milan but had to cancel it at the last minute. Instead, we are home this week, just in time for the deep freeze. I know she is not expecting a large display, but she deserves a thoughtful one at least.  Caitlin is always thinking about me – making sure I’m presentable, fed, and ready for anything. She’s one of the strongest people I know, and among the long list of her super-powers are:

  • her impeccable memory,
  • her appetite,
  • the speed with which she reads books,
  • her ability to win every argument,
  • and her being the best all-around wife anyone can ask for.

With that being said, I’ll leave you all with the baby picture displaying Caitlin’s trademark face. Its the face that motivates me, and keeps me in line. Love you sweetie, happy birthday!

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Year in Review – 2014

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It’s that time of year again. The end of December is when everyone looks back over their year and makes lists. So far be it for us to not follow the trend.

2014 was one hell of a year for us. In addition to starting this blog, we still found some time to travel around the world while working full time. We were on the road almost once a month in 11 separate trips. We finally got to cross off Australia and Peru from our bucket list, which were over 2 years in planning. We’ve even literally flown around the world – flying only eastward to Australia through Abu Dhabi and then eastward home through Los Angeles. We also visited our 6th continent – only one more to go! The more we see on our travels, the more we wanted to see.

Some of the more impressive stats include: over 91,000 miles flown, on 42 individual flight segments. 7 countries, 5 continents. We spent over 26 hours flying in first class, 70 hours in business, and countless hours in coach.  12 of those flights were over 8 hours long, and 5 of those 12 were more than 12 hours – thats a lot of long-haul flying.  Even with all that however, we fell short of of the re-qualification threshold for American Airlines Executive Platinum status – 100k miles. It looks like next year we’ll have to settle for being just Platinum. This means no more unlimited domestic upgrades, and no 8 SWUs for international flights, but we still get lounge access and priority seating/boarding, etc. We also have a stash of points built up this year we’ll work on using up in 2015.

Our trips in 2014 included:

This past year we specifically planned more travel than normal in order to maximize the benefits of our status. This resulted in a lot of busy weekends and running around packing, unpacking, and repacking. In fact, it felt like we spent most of 2014 living out of our suitcase. All this travel definitely took its toll on our bodies.  Between the long-haul flights, meals in airport lounges, time changes, jet lag, busy weekends, and packed schedules to fit as much in as possible on our trips we both feel a bit worn down.  Even though we loved every minute of of our whirlwind year, we’re also looking forward to some R&R time at home this winter. For 2015, we have a lot of ideas of where we want to go, but nothing concrete planned. We are excited to start planning our next adventure around the world (any suggestions?).  It’ll be hard to top 2014, but we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings. We wish everyone a safe and happy new year!

Happy Birthday to My Wonderful Husband

Thirty three years ago today, Fausto was born.  The thing is, he doesn’t like to celebrate his birthday.  In fact, he absolutely hates being in the spotlight. So usually, we avoid the typical birthday party and choose to travel instead.  This year, we are getting ready for our trip to Australia coming up next week, so we won’t be having a big celebration either. Since I am away on business and can’t be there to wish him a happy birthday when he wakes up, I want him to know that he is the most amazing husband.  We definitely have our ups and downs, but he has always been there for me. I know I am so lucky to have him in my life.  Before I get any sappier, here are a few adorable pictures of Fausto.  Now who doesn’t love that face?

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Mr. Heartbreaker

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Lounging after a big bowl of pasta

Four Years

Four years ago today, I walked down the aisle with my best friend.  One of the first things that drew me to Fausto was our mutual love of adventure. I remember how we used to spend endless hours talking about all the places we wanted to go over a hot cup of tea, back when we were just friends. So after 7.5 years together and 4 years married, I am glad to say that our passion to see the world has not waned.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than to go to Hong Kong for a few days. It was a spontaneous decision that we made this week after seeing some cheap airfare.  Since this is the second time around, we won’t be rushed to visit all the tourist attractions.  Instead, we will spend our time leisurely strolling through the markets, taking in the sights, and eating some tasty food local to South East Asia.

We are that crazy couple that pack our bags at a moment’s notice and travel half way across the world, and that’s what I love. I am thankful for our time together and will end the post with a few of my favorite photos of us throughout the years.

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Crete, Greece 2007

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All About Caitlin

Me on a sand dune in the Arabian desert

Me on a sand dune in the Arabian desert

I am one half of the dynamic duo that’s lifeafter9to5. The other half is my husband Fausto, check out and see what he has to say about himself here. I am a full-time actuary and part-time traveler. I travel on the holidays, weekends, vacation time, basically whenever I have a chance. Check out this map of all the places we’ve been. The map will be continuously updated as we see more of the world. When I am not traveling, I think about it, I plan for it and I dream about it.

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