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Pineapple and Painted Chickens: the Road to Monteverde

Our first morning in Costa Rica introduced us to the full-blast, no-kidding-around sunrise of Central America. It was beautiful, it was instant, and it was 5:30am. Being someone who would happily sleep 12… Continue reading

Drinkin’ With the Ticos

  Our Liberia AirBNB host, AndrĂ©s, was unavailable to meet us at the apartment, and instead left a key with the rental service and asked us to call him. One friendly but awkward… Continue reading

Landing in Liberia

Our arrival into Liberia was pretty straightforward. It was noticeably oven-y on the tarmac, as expected on the west side of Costa Rica (90+ degrees this time of year, not to mention the… Continue reading

Choosing Costa Rica

Rob and I have been itching to get out of the country – we’ve had small trips to US destinations and Canada in recent months but I always crave the experience of being… Continue reading

Getting around the Costa del Sol (without going broke)

Although well-connected via paved (sealed) roads along the coastline, the cities in the Costa del Sol are relatively far from one another. Well-off tourists just rent a car for the entirety of their… Continue reading

Parisian Perfection

On the 23rd of January, Rob and I took the Chunnel (train via an underwater tunnel) from London to Paris. He had never been on a long-distance train before; another awesome first-experience to… Continue reading

London Part Two: City still charming, people still…not.

Being catastrophically jet-lagged (Rob woke up at 4:30am!), we started our first real day in London pretty early. Following a quick breakfast at our hostel, Clink 78, we headed to Kings Cross/St. Pancras… Continue reading

Christmas with the Byrnes

Each member of the Byrne family has a comically distinct personality. While staying at their romantic vineyard-side ranch house, we had a wine-country style holiday; something I had never experienced before. We cooked… Continue reading

Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is the name of the area surrounding Hawke Bay (brilliant nomenclature, I know). This area includes Napier, Havelock North, Clive, and probably another town or two that I can’t remember at… Continue reading

Kerosene Creek & Taupo

Kerosene Creek was home to some pretty cool hot springs*. Although it’s a site listed frequently in guide books and travel maps, there were only a few people visiting when we were there.… Continue reading