Months ago, Michael over at Strux Travel was the first to tag us to participate in a project that asks participants to showcase 7 photos – super shots – that fall in the categories listed below.
Tomorrow, our 2012 travel dominoes start to fall at breakneck speed. We’ve got some fun journies on the horizon. In honor of this upcoming round of amazing adventures, here they are – our 7 super shots from past travel.
We’re in shock. For a lotta reasons.
First off, it looks like we’re going to have the opportunity to get married here in Washington State. This sort of news came once before, when we lived down in Oregon, without a stellar end result. It was ruled unlawful. Read more
It’s Antarctica season!
I don’t know that we’ll ever fully comprehend that we’ve made it to Antarctica. When we see or hear something about someone’s journey to that mysterious continent, we still find ourselves picking our jaws up off the ground and reminding ourselves that we, too, have made the trek. Read more
The other day we were talking about our blog with someone. She said: “Not everyone likes to travel.”
That statement reminded us that we’ve recently read a few things from people frustrated by travel bloggers/writers who think that traveling is the only way to enrich your life and to face fear. These critics get tired (quickly!) of the “life is a book and if you haven’t traveled you’ve only read one page” mentality. Read more
Travel seems like the universal dream; something that nearly everyone wants more of. We regularly get a lot of questions about our travel adventures. Beyond questions about where we’ve been and where we’re going, people always seem to be even more curious about the details of how we constructed our current reality.
We call it a “no vacation required” lifestyle because we strive to live deliberately every day. For us that means a life where we can explore the world, work virtually and give back along the way. One of our primary goals is to inspire people to build there own version of a no vacation required life. Along the way, we’re in turn inspired by people who want to break the mold. Read more
A couple of nights ago we were out with some new friends, sitting at a cafe and exchanging experiences, must-dos, life stories – all of that stuff. We ended up going to a place right across the street from our apartment, a place that we’d always pass saying “We’ve gotta get there before we leave.” We always seem to be so worried about making it to the far-off places that we don’t pay the deserved attention to our own neighborhood. Read more
There’s something that’s so gratifying about getting clean laundry when away from home. We love going to our little laundry place (the same place as last time) every week. They do a great job with our clothes, it’s nice to support a local business and it costs next to nothing. Yesterday, upon returning home, we realized that about 10 items of clothing were missing (not uncommon). We were scrambling, trying to figure out how to say the names of all of the items in Spanish, before racing back to the shop. The goal is always the same… Catching the shop-keeps before they give your missing items to someone else. It can turn into a nightmare. Read more
A few posts back, we got into a little bit about the perfect ice-cream that we found up the street from our apartment.It’s essentially: oreos, super creamy vanilla and dulce de leche (similar to caramel). Who knew? We’ve fallen in love with an ice cream that has 12-year-old written all over it. I really don’t know what more to say other than the people in the shop have our order waiting when they see us coming down the street. We’ve become too predictable – it’s time to move on. Read more
THANK GOD THIS PLACE ISN”T CLOSE – We just ventured out into the Recoleta area. We found a really cool European looking/feeling pocket that we didn’t see the entire last time we were here (which left us confused because you are always hearing so much about how amazing Recoleta is). Well, we finally get it in a big way. Our walking adventure payed off especially big because we found what we both agree is the best pastry/dessert shop that we have run across so far. The place is called Florencia, and it’s located on the smallest, most obscure street you can conjure up in your mind. Not surprising, the place totals about 200 square feet, with 2 tables outside and 3 inside. On to the good stuff. (But first, let me say that I wanted to get a picture of the shop but was on the verge of complete shock based on how incredible the food looked). We couldn’t decide between the regular cheesecake with fresh berries, the dense chocolate cheesecake, the brownies (rare here), and the traditional alfajores. Well, we went with the alfajores (click for definition/description) because they were homemade. Read more
Buenos Aires is full of all sorts of little shops that are crammed full of myriad things. As is often the case in international cities, it’s difficult to spot many of these shops because they are routinely well concealed and on the other side of doorways that are not obvious at all. Add to that the fact that a lot of these shops keep strange, inconsistent hours; it can be frustrating. Last time we were here, we were on a mission to get to La Pasionaria – a early/mid- century antique and knick-knack shop chock-full of interesting items (and some crap). The picture above gives you a good idea of the look of these places. They are a blast to explore. That is, at least, before they tell you to put your camera away. Read more
While we’re certainly having a great time, It’s not ALL kittens and rainbows down here in Argentina. We mentioned briefly, in a previous post, that Dengue Fever (yikes!) is a huge problem. Well, it’s worth mentioning that we hear a lot about it because it’s a serious concern that is mysteriously hitting urban areas as well. Because we don’t fully understand the language, we don’t know the half of just how devastating this outbreak a become. We see signs like the above all over a, and we’ve heard about lots of fundraisers/activities etc. to help people in marginalized communities who are the most significantly impacted. Read more
OK, Now I feel like a reporter with a breaking news update! Just wanted to pop back on for a moment to say that we made it to the much-hyped restaurant (mentioned earlier, here). So as not to improve our track-record, we were once again the first people to show up. In this most a of cases, we really and truly could not have cared less because this restaurant is a bona fide mad house every time we go by. Read more