Photo of the Week: Blossom

IMG_3150New York City, USA

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and somehow we found ourselves without any travel plans.  This is pretty rare since as you know, we usually plan our travel to coincide with national holidays to maximize our work vacation days.  Seeing as how we are in the city on this gorgeous weekend, we decided to do some of the things we don’t normally do – like go boating in Central Park, and visit the Brooklyn museum.  Sometimes it’s nice to play tourist in your own city.  

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Photo of the Week: Cliff of the Dawn

IMG_2724Isla Mujeres, Mexico

A few years ago we visited Isla Mujeres, a tiny island about 10 miles off of the coast of Cancun, Mexico.  During our stay, we rented a scooter to ride around and explore the area.  One of our favorite places was Punta Sur,  the easternmost point in Mexico where the rising sun first touches Mexican soil each day. Here you’ll find a Mayan temple sitting on a jagged cliff rising out of the turquoise water.

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Trip Report: New Zealand

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that New Zealand is without a doubt the most beautiful country I have ever been to! This incredibly diverse country has it all – mountains, forests, lakes, volcanos, fiords, beaches,  and the list goes on and on.  All of this nature can be easily accessed by well maintained hiking trails found throughout the country. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Beach Front

IMG_2566Nungwi, Zanzibar

This was the scene during our morning walks on the beach of Nungwi, a small fishing village in the north of Zanzibar.  White sandy beaches, clear blue water, and swaying palm trees made up the idyllic scenery.  From the shore, you can see the Dhow – traditional fishing boats, getting some much needed repair before they head out to sea again.

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Eating in New Zealand

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One of my all time favorite things about travelling is the food!  I am always excited to try exciting new flavors, cuisine, and fresh local produce. New Zealand is not only known for their unbelievable natural scenery, Lord of the Ring movies, and a massive population of sheep, but also their amazing food.  Their cuisine is an interesting mix of Polynesian, Asian, and European flavors.

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Photo of the Week: Sakura

IMG_2003Brooklyn, USA

My parents came over to visit this past week and we went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the cherry blossoms.  Even though we were not there during the Sakura Festival, the park was still full of people out enjoying a beautiful spring afternoon. The promenade of cherry trees in full bloom is  sight to behold.  They even insisted on taking a few selfies in front of the delicate flowers. I managed to sneak in a picture of them while they were doing it. 

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Photo of the Week: Tannery

IMG_1257Fes, Morocco

Fes is the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco – known for its leather tanneries.   The tanneries in Morocco still follow the ancient method of treating leather whereby hides are soaked in diluted pigeon excrement and water for a few days to be softened.

A visit to a tannery is quite an experience. We walked down twisted and narrow paths in the Medina to one of the leather shops where we could get the best views of the tanneries. We stood on the rooftops and watched the tanners using nothing but their bare hands and feet to dye the leather. The local merchants offered us a few sprigs of mint to ward off the strong odors.

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Hiking Fiordland

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After spending more than two weeks in New Zealand, I can definitively say that the best way to experience the pure nature of this country is through hiking.  There are a network of well developed trails spread over the North and the South islands. From the volcanic terrain of Tongariro National Park, to the mountainous Rob Roy glacier, to the lush forests of Fiordland National Park; New Zealand has almost every type of hiking trail with picturesque and jaw dropping scenery.  It was here that I developed a new found love for hiking. So it was bittersweet to know that these would be our last hikes in New Zealand.  After 2 weeks of camping and hiking, I have to admit, I was ready to check into a hotel and relax at a spa, but the experience has taught me so many things and my appreciation for nature increased each time I pushed my body to the limit.  Here are two of my favorite hikes in Fiordland National Park:

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Photo of the Week: Family Trip

_DSC0601Runaway Bay, Jamaica

A few years ago, we organized a family trip to Jamaica with both of our families.  The thing about family trips is that they are stressful and fun at the same time, and this trip was no different.  From beginning to end it was packed full of adventures including stolen fruits, hijinks, and a rescue mission. All the ingredients for a memorable trip.  We are due for another trip soon. 

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