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Visiting Budapest

Visting Budapest: Photos, recap, and favorite spots

Oh hello there! Sorry for the lack of posts recently; I’ve been off adventuring.

I recently returned from a vacation with George to Budapest and Vienna. We spent about 5 days in each place, and today I’ll share some stories and my favorite spots from Budapest.

Visting Budapest: Photos, recap, and favorite spots

Overall impressions
Budapest is a really neat city. It definitely has the old, European look, with stone front facades and historic buildings everywhere. Almost everyone we met was very kind and polite. Most Hungarian people we encountered in the city spoke at least basic English, which is great, considering how difficult Hungarian is to learn.

We bought a house!

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

I cannot believe I’m saying this, but we finally closed on the house. We are homeowners!

Anyone who has been following along, or who has seen me in real life over the last few months knows what a long and stressful process this has been. There have been many times since having our house offer accepted in November that I didn’t think things would actually work out. I won’t go into all of the gory details, but buying a first home in this day and age is not for the faint of heart. The good news is that we survived the marathon.

We’ve been living in the house for a couple weeks now, but we’re still not settled. While we love the neat details and historic style of the house, it needs quite a bit of love. That’s to be expected with a building that’s 120+ years old. Anyway, I won’t editorialize anymore; here are some photos of the place, just before we moved in.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a “Great Room” one time, and George and I both agreed that’s way too pretentious for us.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Port Days

Eastern Caribbean Cruise -- Recap of Port Days on Celebrity Equinox

Eastern Caribbean Cruise -- Recap of Port Days on Celebrity Equinox

Hi gang! I just got back from an awesome 10-night cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. It was a super generous gift from my parents, and my whole family was there. I wanted to share some of my photos, along with notes about what we did on each port day. Later next week I’ll spill on what it was like on board the boat, the Celebrity Equinox. I haven’t been on a cruise in many years, and I believe it was my first time at all of these stops!

St Thomas
Our first stop was St. Thomas, and I ventured off with my parents and older brother to see Coral World. It’s an aquarium with other non-aquatic animals, like lorikeets that you can feed. My little niece loved all of the animals, and it we all had a particularly good time with the birds and in an underwater viewing room where you can see all the tropical fish in the wild. Later we went next door to Coki Beach, which was a bit busy, but a very nice place to swim and snorkel for a little while.

Two Weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Two weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico | a travel recap

Two weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico | a travel recap

We just got back from two weeks in Mexico, and it was quite a trip. I already talked about how much of a culture shock it was, but today I’ll share more photos and details of the trip.

Posing on zicatela beach in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido is on the southwest coast of Mexico. It’s a fairly new city, and it attracts Mexicans as well as loads of foreign tourists. A lot of people come from all over the world for the surfing, and it wasn’t uncommon to meet people from France, Australia, other parts of Mexico, and the US.

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

I’ve been thinking a lot about different ways of having authentic travel experiences, and about the various ways to vacation. Right now I’m on a getaway in Mexico, and I’ve had some of the most real (read: uncomfortable) interactions with a different culture.

I could barely hold back my gag reflex as we walked through a market filled with smells of raw seafood and meat, out at a nice 85-degree room temperature. And I’m pretty sure our surfing instructor was talking to a drug lord as we rode away from our lesson. Don’t worry- he left us by telling George and I not to walk in our neighborhood alone at night because people hide in the bushes waiting to mug you. Oh, and did I mention that I only speak about 30 words of Spanish?