Living like a Local in Leeds, England

In February, with plans to head back to the states by the end of March, I had about 5 weeks left to explore more of Canada (I was in Montreal), but I was really feeling the need to slow down before beginning the journey home.  The project I worked on in Canada was over and I'd already adjusted to the cold, so I thought: why not finally make my way to [...]

Hotel de Paris: My New Favorite Boutique Hotel in Montreal

Hotel de Paris is an old family manor turned hotel on Sherbrooke street in Montreal, and I was lucky enough to call it home for 10 days.  The hotel has been operating for over 30 years and has quite a cool growth story, starting out with only 9 rooms and expanding over the years to their current size which holds 43.  It speaks to the quality of the hotel that they [...]

Finding Bliss in a Blizzard

Note to readers: I'm trying something new.  You can now watch this article in video form on Youtube!  [youtube] Click and subscribe here. It's below zero degrees outside and I've found myself in Montreal, Quebec, Canada of all places, in the dead of Winter.  I'm looking out the window at white covered everything, wondering how I'll ever find the courage the step outside in my highheeled boots to make my [...]

8 Reasons I love Montreal

1. People. I would venture to say that 50% (minimum) of the experience you're going to have with a place is a direct result of the people you meet and interact with. I was fortunate to meet quite a few cool people in Montreal, and even made some lifelong friends. There's a strong sense of community in this city and you can feel it the more your interact. People are extremely [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:16:15+00:00February 9th, 2018|Destinations, From ___ with love, North America|3 Comments

Where I stayed this week: Cahuita, Costa Rica

My first five days in Costa Rica were spent at the Magellan Boutique Hotel in Cahuita, and I could not have picked a better spot to start my tour of this country.  Cahuita is a quiet little beach "town," near Puerto Viejo, where you're forced to slow down, look around and just enjoy nature.  There's one restaurant that's opened for limited dinner hours, one tiny shop a few minutes away where the owner sells [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:42:00+00:00December 23rd, 2017|Destinations, From ___ with love, Reviews|6 Comments

My Favorite Places to Eat, Sleep and Beach in Bocas Del Toro, Panama

I am just a Hippie Island girl at heart, and nothing has ever made that more apparent than my stay in Bocas del Toro, Panama this month.  My heart felt so full as we first arrived on the Caribbean side of the mainland in Almirante.  It was the first time I'd seen the Caribbean!  We hopped into a long tail boat that reminded me of the ones I became so accustomed [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:48:42+00:00December 16th, 2017|Destinations, Reviews|7 Comments

Red Frog Beach Resort | Bocas del Toro, Panama

Want to see all this on video?  Check out my YouTube episode! I found a slice of heaven on an island called Bastimentos in Panama. Nestled on the quiet side of Bastimentos Island, Red Frog Beach Resort is quite literally paradise on Earth. When my contact at the resort, Dan, said I'd be set up in a "Villa" I had no idea he meant a three bedroom house... Imagine my surprise [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:44:53+00:00December 13th, 2017|Destinations, From ___ with love, Reviews, south america|1 Comment

Review: Hotel Caribbean View | Bocas del Toro, Panama

My first week in Bocas del Toro was calm, pleasant and surrounded by water. In other words, it was heaven, for me. For the first six nights I stayed at Hotel Caribbean View on the island of Bastimentos, home to the always nearly empty (and stunning) Wizard and Red Frog Beaches. This island is less touristy than the main island in Bocas (Colon), which I really appreciated. Quiet slowness was exactly [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:33:10+00:00December 11th, 2017|Destinations, From ___ with love, Reviews|0 Comments

Beachside Living in Playa Coronado

After 10 days in Medellin, seemingly endless rain, and a few sleepless nights, I was SO ready for some beach time when we arrived in Panama.  Luckily, we had four days lined up at Inn Hostal B & B Las Catalinas where we would be a two minute walk from the ocean. Our flight over to Panama was the easiest flight I've ever experienced (shout out to you Copa Airlines!) as [...]

Finding my Zen in the madness of Medellin

We spent 10 full days in Medellin, Colombia- and I've got to admit (especially after so much chill time in Peru) the raging energy of the city could feel exhausting at times. Many people are constantly partying, cars are driven by crazies behind the wheel, and the city seemingly never sleeps (for tourists at least). Medellin is one beautiful, crazy city! I had a totally different experience than most [...]