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South America

Postcard from the Tamarindo Estuary

When we went to Costa Rica over New Year's Eve, we purposely didn't make any plans or schedule any activities in advance. For the first time in a long time, we figured we would show up and see what was on offer--and worst case scenario, I had no...
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The best of Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Instead of agonizing over what to get each other for Christmas this year, my boyfriend and I bought each a trip to Costa Rica for New Year's Eve. In other words, we may have started the best tradition yet because it was actually a gift that we both...
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Playa Grande, Costa Rica: on video!

New York City welcomed us back with open arms and 12-degree temperatures! Although it's wonderful to be home--and I'm so excited to share more about our time in Costa Rica--I'm definitely missing those long sunny days with nothing to do but swim and...
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Postcard from San Juan del Sur

As much as I loved the isolation and subsequent relaxing vibes of Costa Dulce, I started to get a little stir-crazy midweek: completely blame that sensation on my current New York City lifestyle. A few of us decided to head into town for the...
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The best of Nicaragua, via Instagram

The last week in Nicaragua was (almost) exactly what I'd hoped for: early morning yoga classes accompanied by astrological insights, a hammock on my balcony with an ocean view, lazy afternoons spent reading/walking/surfing on a private beach, fresh...
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Postcard from San Blas Islands

Palm trees, sandy beaches, complete and utter serenity: that's what the San Blas Islands are made of. The vast majority of islands in the Caribbean archipelago are uninhabited, making them the perfect destination for a rowdy sailboat with plenty of...
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Postcard from the streets of Cartagena

Street art is one of those things that can make or break a city for me. A city that encourages good graffiti--or at the very least, recognizes the difference between ugly tagging and talented artwork--is instantly a place that I want to explore....
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Postcard from Taboga Island

It's no secret that I love a bit of sunshine. So when I booked my ticket down to visit my friend Jess in South America, my only request was at least one proper beach day. A day where there was nothing to do but have plenty of girl talk, read...
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Postcard from Cartagena

I'm not sure what I expected of Colombia, but I certainly didn't expect Cartagena to be so pretty. Facades in shades of cerulean and orange, fuchsia bougainvillea strewn over open windows and patterned tiles. Cobblestone streets and shady plazas,...
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Sailing the San Blas Islands with the Black Dragonfly

It's hard to find the most appropriate superlative to describe the five  days I spent sailing from Panama City, Panama to Cartagena, Colombia through the San Blas Islands. It was one of the most fantastic weeks of my life: incredibly relaxing,...
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