Christmas time is always bittersweet for me. It's a time when I really miss my home country, Finland. Christmas just doesn't feel right without snow, Finnish Christmas Star Pastries, Christmas drink glögi, and most importantly my family. After not seeing my Mom and little sisters for 1.5 years, I was blessed to have them visit me for Christmas. The (second) best part, is that they always bring me LOTS of Finnish goodies; chocolate, tea and my favorite candies (licorice and sweet licorice called 'salmiakki'). We continued our European tradition and celebrated Jesus' Birth on Christmas Eve and opened our presents. Below are some of the sweet moments we captured from our 2016 Christmas Eve with a short video created by my sister Susanna.
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This summer I had the opportunity to travel to California with my dear friend Emma. Both of our husbands have complex work schedules and as I had just a few vacation days left I definitely wasn't going to let them go to waste! The first stop on our trip: Los Angeles! Watch a short video blog (vlog) of our adventure in LA. (This is the first video I've ever made, so please excuse the quality :) I'll get better with practice!)
How was my first vlog? :) iMovie is no simple tool! What are some of your favorite places in LA?
On our last day in Singapore as we were walking in downtown, we came across some big event at Fort Canning Park on Hill Street. There was live music playing, huge crowds of drunk young people, and lots of sticky (probably beer) puddles. So Dima and I tried to walk through the crowd as quickly as possible to get away from the craziness. Of course as I'm walking, out of nowhere, someone pours something all over the back of my shirt and I'm drenched! Naturally, I flip out a little :D ...
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We spent our first night in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The hotel itself was luxurious and conveniently located, but the one and only reason for our stay at the hotel was the rooftop pool. (And you'll see why!)
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Heat, humidity, and the smell of fresh air hit me as I got off the MRT subway, which we had taken straight from the airport. It was about 27 C (80 F), humidity at 80% at it was only 7 am in April! This was definitely going to be a sweaty trip. Singapore was our first of two destinations in Asia, and after 32 hours of travel from the US (3 flights, one of which was 16 hours), we were ready to move around and explore...
I hope my blog and pictures have inspired you to travel and explore! If you are thinking of traveling to Peru, I've gathered some helpful information for you in this post. This includes: our itinerary, tips and tricks for your trip, and of course budget details. If you have any questions, or would possibly want my help in planning your trip, please comment in the comment section or email me at: email@example.com. Happy planning!
Our itinerary definitely wasn't perfect. You always learn things you should or shouldn't have done when you are at your destination. Below our itinerary I have added some " * " with tips for future travelers. I've also added TripAdvisor links on places to visit / things to do.
Part 3: Ancient Capital & the Hike to Machu Picchu
Ancient Capital of the Inca Empire
On our 4th day in Peru, we took the afternoon flight from Lima to Cusco. Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire in the Andes Mountains. It is a city at an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,152 ft) and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and archaeological remains. It was my mistake, that I did not do my research on traveling to high altitude cities. Once we landed in Cusco, I felt the air to be a bit thinner to breathe but I was feeling fine. Within a couple of hours, however, I started to feel lightheaded, a headache began, I felt extremely tired and weak. The altitude sickness was kicking in. Dima had a massive headache and vomited several times, although it could have been from food poisoning. I immediately researched how to deal with altitude sickness, and one of the first tips on WebMD was to avoid flying in to high altitude cities like Cusco, Peru, but rather ascending gradually. (Oops!) Clearly that was no help, as we were already in Cusco... The hotel offered complimentary coca leaf tea, which supposedly relieves headaches and helps to cope with the altitude. That evening we were too weak to do anything but stay in bed, relax, sleep, and watch some Netflix.
PART 2: From Humboldt Penguins to Desert Oasis
Where: Lima, Peru - South America
When: October 3 - 4, 2016
Peru Trip: October 3 - 11, 2016
Lima is the capital of Peru, and one of the largest cities in South America with a population of about 8.4 million people. (Peru's population is roughly 30.38 million.) I had imagined that Lima would be a very warm place all-year round, as it's semi-close to the equator. As it turns out, it's not that warm and on most days the sun hides behind thick clouds making the city very gloomy.
Exploring the Historic Town of Savannah, GA
Where: Savannah, GA
When: July 8-10, 2016
I definitely recommend spending a day or two in this vibrant town filled with top notch restaurants, shops, and live music on the streets. However, I would recommend coming here before or after the Southern summer heat.
Welcome to my travel & lifestyle blog!
This blog is long overdue! I've wanted to start it years ago, but never got around to it. Traveling is my passion. My dream is to one day visit all continents, countries and states in the U.S. Thankfully I have had the opportunity to visit 38 countries in 4 different continents so far. Keep posted for my adventures and life events on my blog! - Rebecca
Blog launched: June 2016
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