What’s in your snack pack?

One thing I have realized over the years is that when planning road trips I get the most enjoyment out of preparing a snack pack.

What is a snack pack? (You might ask) 

I define a snack pack as whatever snacks and drinks that you enjoy or will enjoy while riding in the car on a road trip, sitting on the beach, or in your hotel room when you arrive at your hotel.

Who inspired your snack pack? 

Many people ask where I got the idea for my snack packs and it came from My Aunt Sister. I heard a story about her going on one of her famous “casino bus trips” and one person that went on the trip spoke of this “cooler” that she carried with her.  He said she had the entire cooler full of sandwich meats, bread, sodas, snacks and whatever other food she wanted while she was traveling. He then mentioned that thanks to her cooler they managed to save money on food and with their excess money they were able to play some more games at the casino. After I heard this story, I asked my Aunt Sister about this special cooler that she had and she mentioned on every trip she went on, she took the cooler.

After hearing the story, I kept it in the back of my mind and once I started going on trips as an adult I started working on items that should go in my snack packs. Each one was different and catered to what I wanted for that particular trip.

The snack pack images featured below are from a recent beach trip.  (Items include: paper towels, napkins, plates, cups, a shaker, tequila, whiskey, margarita mix, hard cider, water, pineapple juice, ginger ale, cheese, mandarin oranges, triscuits, hummus, tortilla chips, turkey pepperoni, salsa, gummy bears, snickers bites, turkey sandwiches, and a few other things not pictured.)

What’s in your snack pack?

Let me know what you include in your travel snack packs.

 

 

***This post is dedicated to the memory of My Late Aunt Sister. After writing this post via pen, she passed away. I will always be grateful of the times we shared and the inspiration to my snack packs. RIP Aunt Sister  ***

My Trip to Cancun, Mexico: My Top 5 Recommendations for fun.

Hello friends,

This year I had the pleasure of going to Cancun, Mexico in early February and it was  experience. I enjoyed it so much that I can’t wait to go back. So here are a couple of things that I recommend you do if you get a chance to visit.

  1. All-Inclusive Resort

    I had a chance to stay at the Oasis Palm which is a family resort, but the all-inclusive was definitely worth it. The layout of the resort is great and had some great views from the room.  I think that all inclusive is one of the best ideas ever. Drinks and food all day with no strings attached, I definitely recommend. It can become a little overwhelming, but if you pace yourself you will enjoy every bit of it.  All inclusive is an adventure. Here are some highlights from that.  I am not big on buffets, but for breakfast they had an omelet, fresh fruit bar, and quesadilla station, so that was all I needed. There were many more options available in buffet style, but I just wasn’t interested, but a lot of people seemed to be enjoying it. For lunch I found a restaurant that I loved on the property Los Agaves. They served fajitas. I ate them everyday for lunch until my heart was content or they ran out of chicken lol. For dinner there were other buffet options, but the best for the all inclusive was Los Agaves.  For dinner you had to have a reservation and the menu was very different from lunch. A meal with an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and after dinner drinks was definitely a highlight.

     

  2. Casitas at the Ritz Carlton 

    Ok, first let me say this. If you like the beach and good food, you should definitely go here.  They set up a casita, it’s like a cabana on the beach, with decor and lighting. The restaurant is in the back of the Ritz Carlton and there is a walkway with little lights that has been placed on the beach. A waiter walks you to your private casita and you hear and see the ocean waves and from the terrace of the restaurant behind you there is a jazz musician playing. This is a very relaxing and lovely space. They have a couple different menus, including one specifically for vegetarians. The meal started with a drink, so of course I ordered a margarita. It was heavenly. Next, I decided on my entrée which was a grilled piece of Tican Xic, a local fish to the area. Let me tell you, the fish was grilled to perfection and was very “meaty” but good. I also ordered sautéed vegetables and sweet potato fries as sides, but they were huge enough for an entree. The food was amazing. After eating the server made up a beach bed and said since I paid for the whole night, I could relax and listen to the waves. It was so peaceful out there I ended up falling asleep right on the beach. I did wake up in time to leave and go back to the hotel. For about $115 they do the setup and then you order your food on top of that. You have to pay in mexican pesos or by credit card, so I opted for pesos just because. This was a great experience and one that I won’t forget.

  3. Steve’s Boobs Cruise

    Ok, so this is an adults only catamaran adventure. However, it was so much fun that I can barely articulate into words, just how much fun it is.  It’s a great experience, all you can drink while sailing in a large catamaran across some of the “bluest” water you have ever seen. There is a dj on the boat and plenty of adult fun, complete with snorkeling and swimming in the ocean.  It’s not just for anybody, but if you want to have some fun outside of the norm, this is definitely the boat for you. We passed by a lot of other catamarans as we sailed to Isle Mujeres for lunch and they all wanted to get on the boat we were on.  The lunch was pretty good, it was a buffet style as well and then there was time to hang out on the beach, oh yeah on the island the open bar continues. I just wanted water though lol. I want to note that this cruise is NOT FOR EVERYBODY! It is for those that want to have fun, like to drink and are just enjoying life. One of the great things about the cruise is that there is a fundraiser for cancer awareness and highlighted any breast cancer survivors. That was beautiful. I will be honest, I used to think I could dance and drink, but this boat put me to the test, drinks constantly flowing, shots being poured, it’s like 80+ degrees outside and the boat is rocking across the water.  When the boat docked, I felt like I had been to a homecoming weekend and played all of the drinking games lol. So, I crashed when I got back to the hotel, almost missed dinner lol.  (Oh, yeah most important if you don’t like Boobs ,this is not the boat for you.)  If you determine that this is not for you there are plenty of “booze cruises” that you can go on that are cheaper, so you may like that. Boobs cruise runs about $108 (US dollars) more if you use a credit card. Other cruises are about $50 or $60 per person.

  4. La Vaquita

    “The little cow”, this club rocks. It’s the only club in Cancun that plays hip hop and r&b. I know you are probably wondering why I would go to another country for this. Well, I wanted to go out to a place that I knew I would enjoy. So, at this club, Open bar is a big thing. The first drink was a “Big Gulp” size, giant slurpee size cup.  However, since it is open bar, you can get as many drinks and shots as you want, but the bar will always win. (Remember that) The music was cool, it felt like I was at a hip hop club in the states and they played videos, had a dance contest, confetti flowing from the ceiling, at one point they were giving out balloons to everyone. It was just an all around carefree time. I definitely recommend this club as well. I think open bar was about $35 (US dollars) and that included admission to the club, so you just walked right in and didn’t have to wait in a line.

  5. Performances on the Beach

    If you can catch a performance on the beach, I suggest you pull up a beach chair and enjoy it. While out walking to the beach bar I noticed a light on the beach, then I heard music. I heard the sound of a djembe. ( I have spent a lot of time listening to drums in my life and that sound is distinct) So immediately I was drawn to the beach like a moth to flame. I had to see what was going on and to my surprise there was a performace of dancers with fire performing to a rhythm I knew all too well. This made me feel great. Hearing african drums being played and the dancers dancing to a Guinean rhythm Sinte made me realize how much of an impact african influence has made all over. It was a beautiful feeling. The best part of watching a great performance on the beach is that it was FREE, can’t beat that price.

     

     

     

     

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  6. These are my top five things to consider trying out when you visit Cancun. I know that some may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed every bit of my trip and am already trying to figure out when I can return.

Mini Charlotte Getaway: Solo Travel Adventures

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to take a little drive to clear my head and my thoughts.  This time I chose Charlotte as it is not too far away and was an easy drive.  A couple of days to relax in a hotel is always a good idea, especially when you are a World of Hyatt member.

As I traveled down the highway I realized that I was most excited about going to brunch on Sunday and I knew that I picked an awesome place with great reviews to eat.

I arrived in Charlotte on Friday, and checked into the Hyatt Place Downtown Charlotte.  I enjoy staying at this hotel as it is nice and very easy to find.  They also provide you with breakfast daily and have a little bar where you can have drinks if you would like (and the drinks aren’t too expensive).

I got checked in to my King room on the top floor for the hotel,  and it was nice and spacious.  Most Hyatt Place rooms are created equally, however this room seemed to have a little more space in it, which was fine with me.  There was a king bed, flat screen tv, pull out couch, you know the usual.

So I unpacked my things and enjoyed my night stay in the room.

Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Level Up Sis Brunch.  This was an amazing workshop centered around women that were all entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs.  Let me tell you that I walked in the room and was immediately surrounded by beauty and positivity.  The hosts/speakers were bloggers and it was great to hear their points and ideas on blogging and just how to level up in everything that you do in life and while focusing on being an entrepreneur.  The workshop definitely made me think about a couple of things differently and I enjoyed every moment of it.  It also allowed for networking with other bloggers and female entrepreneurs.

Saturday afternoon I went to Mertz restaurant, where I had a chance to try their Soul Food Sampler.  It was delicious.  The sampler consisted of Fried Chicken Wings, a salmon cake, soul rolls, and cornbread.  This was a moment that was “yummy to my tummy”.   The soul rolls were egg rolls filled with collard greens, rice, black eyed peas, and chicken. Everything else was self explanatory.  I was trying to figure out why I never thought to make soul rolls at home, I mix up and think of all different types of food.  I am definitely going to have to try this.  I enjoyed the food and was definitely ready to go home and take a nap.

I woke up Sunday morning waiting for, what I felt like I had been waiting all of my days for.  I had been wanting to go to Farenheit restaurant for brunch since the end of last year.  I know what you are thinking. I could have gone at any time, and I could but, I wanted to enjoy this meal with one of my good friends.  She just got engaged and I wanted to celebrate in her town with Brunch.  That gave me an occasion to go and I was ready.

Farenheit is located on the 21st floor of the same building as the Hyatt Charlotte Downtown.  The chef is known all over and I completely understand why.  Many of the menu offerings for brunch will make you think that you just want to order the whole menu.  If you know me well enough, you know that this is not something that is far fetched for me at all.  However, I had my heart set on the king crab benedict and that was all I needed on this particular morning.

Let me tell you, if you like king crab and eggs you will definitely want to try this amazing dish. It literally melts in your mouth.  I got my eggs poached as close to well as possible, but that is how I like them.  The king crab was succulent and it was topped with a kimchee hollandaise sauce.  I was a little skeptical about it in the beginning, due to the kimchee, but they let me sample a little and as soon as I tasted it, I realized that it was going to go great with the crab and the eggs.

I also had the pleasure of trying my very first bloody mary.  Normally with brunch I am a mimosa girl, but I had heard so much about the build your own bloody mary cart that I couldn’t help but try it.

The cart pulls up with a server driving and asks what all you would like in your bloody mary, there are all kinds of toppings and 2 different types of mixes.  I tried the spicier of the 2 with some added horseradish and hot sauce.  I always told myself if I ever had a bloody mary it needed to have some shrimp in it and this one was everything I wanted and more.  If only they had some turkey bacon to go in there too, that may have really made my day. (I love turkey bacon, by the way)  Nonetheless, this first bloody mary was a great addition to my meal.

Of course to toast my friend I had to switch over to a mimosa and I do love champagne so it was great.  We even went out to the lounge area outside and sat on the comfy furniture for a bit. I will definitely be returning back there.

By the end of brunch I needed a nap.  The good thing is rest was the whole point of my trip.  Needless to say, a couple of days at a hotel and some amazing food, can give anyone a much needed recharge.  I advise that everyone take some time out and do this whenever they get a chance.  If you go to Charlotte, I definitely recommend the Brunch at Farenheit, and I also recommend staying at the Hyatt Place downtown., but don’t take my word for it.  Try it out for yourself. 🙂

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That time I lived in a hotel and what I learned.

Last year, I had the rare opportunity to live in a hotel.  Not just an extended stay hotel, but a very cool Hyatt Regency in the North Dallas/Richardson Area of Texas.  So you are probably thinking, maybe she just stayed for a couple of days and didn’t actually live there.  I didn’t even think I would be there for more than a week, max 2 weeks, but that turned into 47 days.

Before you ask why I did this… I will give you a simple answer.  I agreed to help someone out and trade places with them for a work assignment. I thought the assignment would only last for a short time and then everyday turned into “Groundhog Day”, you know the movie where each day is the same until the very last day for the main character.  Well that is what life was like for me, but I did try to do something different each day to get something out of the experience and over all it wasn’t terrible and I could have been placed in a different hotel (for that I am thankful).

I arrived to the hotel after a 1 night stay at the Hyatt House.  The hotel was booked the day before due to a huge hail storm that had happened one week prior and was full of insurance adjusters.  One thing is for sure, I learned on day one that anything could be happening at this hotel on any given day.

The staff was very polite when I checked in and assisted me with my reservation.  I was placed in a king room on the top floor and they asked, ‘How long I will you be staying with us?”.  The most interesting part was my answer “I don’t know”.  I literally had no idea of how long I would be there, I just knew that I was there for work. So I said, ‘Let’s start with 2 weeks and go from there.”   They laughed as if it was a joke, I was serious, but laughed anyway.

My room was normal, a king bed, coffee pot, tv.  U know the usual.  However, when I looked out my window. I had a pretty good view.  (Night image featured below) The first night I was getting used to my new surroundings so I ventured down to the bar to have a drink.  This was a great idea as I was able to meet the bar manager and the bar staff. (Note: Always network with the staff in a new place, they can tell you things that others won’t)

The most awesome part about living in a hotel in my opinion is not having to take out your own trash or clean your room everyday, someone does that for you.  I loved every minute of it. (Don’t forget to tip)

I learned a lot from this experience and I would like to share my very important tips for hotel living.  These are keys:

  1. Make friends with the staff, after all they are the ones that can help you out when you need assistance. I quickly met the staff and arranged for a microwave and mini fridge to be placed in my room, the staff will look out for you if you are nice to them.
  2. Treat the bar as if it is your living room.  Dress  appropriately, but enjoy the perks of happy hour and whatever the hotel offers. It will feel like you are at a house party/social everyday and you can meet new people.  You will feel more comfortable when talking to people and when you get the question “So, how long are you here for?”, you can just respond with “I live here.” (there is your icebreaker and conversation starter)
  3. Figure out who on the bar staff makes the best drinks, and remember to order from them everyday.  (Don’t forget to tip)
  4. Ask the staff where the best food places are around town.
  5. Take a look at the crowd when you are in your “living room” every day and see if you see the same people everyday.  You can make some friends and form a “crew” of people that are living there too.
  6. Learn the menu of the restaurant. If you know it then you will know what you will or won’t want to eat, just in case you get stuck in due to a storm or being  too tired to leave for the evening.

Those are my keys to hotel living.

While we are talking about my stay at the hotel I have to talk about a couple of things that were specific to my trip. Remember earlier when I said at any given day anything could be going on at this hotel. That was really true.

One day I saw a sign near the bar and there was a fitness drink convention.  All of the people looked like body builders and were very much in shape and selling a special fitness drink.  These people were also in the gym heavy, but that wasn’t anything special.

The most interesting day in the bar would come a  week later.  I walked into the bar and saw some flowers on 2 stands near the door. As I looked at the flowers I was thinking I wonder what type of program is going on here today.  I then noticed a small sign and everyone was dressed in black.  I realized I had walked into a memorial service.  However, everyone was ordering shots and said that the Memorial service was for a guy that was known for “having a good time”. You would have thought that it was a party in there.  I had a regular drink and went to my room.

I could write about this experience and chronicle each day, however my favorite part of my stay was a Hawk that came to visit my window everyday.  I named him “Jack (pictured below).  He came to visit my window each day and even when I changed rooms, he came looking for me. It could just be a coincidence, but Jack made my stay more comfortable.  They say that Hawks are a spirit animal of protection.  So he was my protector.

My Dad even got a chance to come out to the hotel for a week.  He knew the keys and made friends with the staff quickly.  Once they found out he was my Dad they treated him like he had been there for 30+ days already.  He was getting perks I didn’t even know about.  Never underestimate ‘The Old Man” (affectionate term for my Dad).

Each day brought something new and allowed me to learn something about myself or others.  After everyday being “the same”, 46 days later the alarm music changed and I was getting ready to come home.  It was tough to know that I was coming home to my Dad being in the hospital Emergency….but that is another story…(VA Chronicles part 1)

I will say, that the staff at the Hyatt in North Dallas/Richardson, is one of the best.  They are very accommodating and  helpful.  They even took good care of my Dad when he came out to visit me. If you are ever in that area and just need a nice place to stay check them out.

Below you will find a couple of pics from the hotel.

Puerto Rico: My Solo travel Adventure

I always envisioned wanting to go somewhere warm in the winter. So this year I decided I would take a trip by myself to somewhere that I have never been.  Let me tell you this…traveling solo was a phenomenal experience.  I don’t even know where to start.

I flew Delta out of RDU connected in ATL and then finally ended up at SJU.  I have been flying for a long time, so the flight for me was a breeze.I booked a room at the Hyatt House San Juan and it was beautiful.( Pictures are below) I will describe the highlights from my trip.

When I arrived in SJU I had a driver that showed up in the airport with a sign with my name on it.  That was cool, until I realized my name was misspelled.   I told them, and we laughed about it and kept it moving.  The driver took me in an SUV to my hotel.   As we rode around town she mentioned different places I needed to go and what to do and eat.  She was very friendly and nice. She then mentioned that she had to pick someone up in Old San Juan so she could take me over there after I took my bags to my hotel.   So of course I said yes, so that I could get a brief glimpse of Old San Juan.

She dropped me off and told me that when it was time for me to come back that I needed to go to the section where they have cabs, and a cab could take me back to the hotel. This was great, so I am here in another country and I am able to just explore without any planned schedule. So I walked around for a bit and looked at some bars.  I got a little thirsty, so I tried some fresh coconut water.  Yes, they cut the coconut in front of me and put a straw in it.  It was delicious.   I also got a little bowl of chicken mofongo (Puerto Rican dish that is made with plantains) At this point I realized I was a little tired and wanted to sit down to eat.  As I looked around, there were no free tables anywhere.  This young guy and his girlfriend asked me to come sit with them.  He then explained how his dad owned the food place and a couple of restaurants, they asked if I was alone and then proceeded to tell me all of the cool things to try while I am here.  Oh yeah, and lets not forget, he let me know that they had uber in Puerto Rico and it would be super cheap to travel, but be mindful of the rules to using uber in PR.

So apparently the taxis are regulated by a gov’t body, so uber is infringing on some peoples job.  This can mean hostility as serious as a fist fight between a cab driver and an uber driver.  So there are certain places that uber drivers are allowed to pick up and drop off and I found this out  quickly as my first uber driver told me I was in the wrong spot and near some cabs and had to move so that he could pick me up.   For me this was interesting. So I got in and my uber driver is talking to me about how uber just got there last year and he enjoys driving.  He also told me some places I needed to check out, one important place was Casa Cortes, where he described he had the best chocolate french toast ever.  He dropped me off at the hotel and I thanked him for my trip.  So I made a point to tell myself I need to go to that place for brunch.

Saturday night was uneventful as I was tired, so I decided to order in and veg out.  Which is really one of my favorite things to do when I travel. So I ordered some delicious pizza and wings from Mike’s Pizza, watched lifetime movies (which I never do), and relaxed.

I woke up Sunday morning ready to get out.  So this day I woke up got dressed and decided I would go through all of Old San Juan today and get this delicious french toast I heard about. So I used my uber app and got transportation to  Casa Cortes. So, I get there and there is a line that looks like I am about to go to a nightclub.  The hostess has a clipboard and is recording all the names of the parties waiting, as she walks closer to me, I said, “it’s just me, I need a table for 1”. She smiles and then comes someone with some “hot chocolate to taste” as you look around you realize that this place is definitely a house of chocolate. There was even a tree in the front that was made out of chocolate. (Pictured below) An older gentleman behind me, looks at me and says, if  it is just one of you, maybe they will make a place for you at the bar.  Me “it doesn’t hurt to try to see”.  So I walked up to the bar and saw all of the seats were full.  Then I looked closer and realized there was a backpack in one of the seats.  I asked the person sitting next to the bag if I could sit there.  He said, “yes”. So that was great I had a seat in what looked like a very busy brunch place. I looked back at the line and the gentleman that told me to walk up was near the end of the line with his wife and that line was not moving.   This made me want to thank the guy sitting next to me again.  I noticed a bit of an accent, and found out that they were from California.  So we talked about what they did while they were here, and of course the question came up again, “Are you here by yourself”, “Really?’.   Me: “Yes” . It actually felt liberating to say it.  Meanwhile, the bartender comes over and describes what sounds like an amazing watermelon drink, then she says oh the rim is covered in chocolate. Me: “Wait, chocolate and watermelon?” She says, “Yes”.  Me: “Ok, I’ll try it”.  This turned out to be a great decision.  I also ordered the chocolate french toast that I heard about the day before.  So I am expecting to get some french toast with a chocolate sauce or something.  When  they brought it out, I realized the bread was actually chocolate.  Man, this was great. I ordered another drink and decided I didn’t want to drink to much and was going to be doing some walking around, so I also ordered some water.

Before I left the restaurant a lady came over and said that there was an art exhibit upstairs featuring Afro-inspired art and masks.  So I definitely wanted to take a look.  After looking at the art I went for a walk.  I literally walked all over Old San Juan, tried some local food from food trucks, stopped and got a water.  Then after a couple of hours of walking and a few thousand steps I decided it was time  to go home.  As I am waiting on my uber driver, I see some people in my sight that asked me if I was waiting on the trolley.  I mentioned that I heard about the trolley at brunch but hadn’t seen it.  This group was 3 generations of women that lived in Georgia. So I said I will ride the trolley with you guys, so I canceled my uber. This was great, all of the walking that I did all day, I was able to see riding on the trolley.  I rode the trolley all around until it returned back to where I was going to get my uber.  I booked another uber and actually went home this time.

Now in this uber the driver told me about a place called “La Placita” and said you need to go there. Me: “ok”.  My Manager from work had some friends that lived not that far from my hotel so I they picked me up and took me to La Placita.(Pictures from that night below) It was like a street festival that happens almost every night of the weekend, which was so much fun.  We had some amazing mojitos and danced in the street.  This was a good time.    I definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to travel to PR. Got dropped off at my hotel and was thinking about what I may want to do the next day.

I woke up Monday morning and asked the staff where I could go eat breakfast on the water.  The front desk person recommended going to La Playita in Isle Verde. (Only the view and food are pictured below)  So I used my uber app as usual and when I saw the building that I was getting dropped off at, I thought I was being punked.  So I walked through and asked someone where the restaurant was.  The view was breathtaking and the water literally came up to the edge of the restaurant.  The food was pretty good too.  Of course I ordered a drink.  They had something called a coco loco, it was 4 or 5 rums and in a coconut.  Once I finished that and my meal it was time to go.  I hit the uber app and walked outside.  I saw the easiest access to a beach, there was someone sitting there having a drink and just looking at the water.  So I looked too until my uber arrived.

This uber experience was different than the others.  My uber driver didn’t speak English.  I don’t speak spanish, but I do know how modern technology works. So I used google translator to tell her that I didn’t understand what she was saying but I would listen just in case I knew some words that sounded familiar.  Now is when it became interesting because she talked to me from the time I got in the car until we got back to the hotel which was about a 15 minute drive.  Can you imagine listening to someone talk to you and you have no idea what they are saying.  It made me think it must be incredibly frustrating for people that don’t know any English and people still try to talk to them, because it basically sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher.

For the evening I decided that I would like to go sailing.  So I went online and picked Sail San Juan Bay, and it turned out to be a great choice.  The Captain, Captain Ivan, was great he mentioned that no matter what his boat has never tipped over, so if we are leaning a little bit, don’t worry.  So I took that information and was prepared for the ride. (Pics below)  The other people that were going on the boat with me were US Military veterans that were on an excursion from a cruise ship, 2 from Desert Storm and 2 from Vietnam. I told them my Dad was a vet and they started talking to me.  Well you know what the number one question was, “Are you here by yourself?”, Me: “Yes”.  Them: “Really”. Me: “Yes”.  After we went back and forth about it they finally accepted it.   Out comes the first mate and he says, “Do you want a drink”, (by the way, this sailing trip has unlimited drinks) Me: “Of course” . So he pours me a drink and we set sail.  This was probably the best part of my trip.  As he is sailing the boat he starts discussing the history of old san juan as we are sailing around the bay.  The scenery is beautiful.  I just relaxed and took it all in.  The captain says, “You seem so comfortable, are you enjoying this?” Me: “Of course”. We sailed around the bay for over an hour and it was great.  I would definitely recommend Sail San Juan Bay to everyone.  Once we docked, I hopped off the boat and walked back to my hotel.

These were some of the highlights from my trip.

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Walking around Old San Juan
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Just arriving my initial visit to Old San Juan
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Casa Cortes
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La Playita- Isla Verde
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My Night in La Placita
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Hyatt House San Juan

I even have a list of things to try when I return to Puerto Rico.  So if you are traveling there add these to your list if you want:

  1. Bio Bay: Best if the moon is full, so that the light from the sea creatures is seen
  2. La Factoria: One of the best bars in the world
  3. Pinones: Has some really good street food; a good place to go in the daytime
  4. Take a Catamaran and go snorkeling or do a jungle hike: There are plenty of these tours.
  5. Casa Bacardi: If you like rum, check it out. They have different packages.
  6. La Placita: I went, but would definitely go again.  Fun festival type atmosphere
  7. La Respuerta: They have hip hop/R&B night on mondays so I would definitely check it out
  8. La Concha lobby: In this hotel they have a world famous lobby bar.
  9. Club Brava: Nightclub
  10. Club Kronos: Nightclub

Oh yeah, by the way.  My airport experience on my way home was phenomenal. I took an uber to the airport. He dropped me off, they ran my bag through a machine, and I went through TSA in all of 10 minutes. So it was quick and they were efficient.

So all in all, solo traveling can be fun.  However if you feel uncomfortable answering the questions about why you are alone, take someone with you.

Welcome to the world of Misstakenid

This will be my public diary. I have spent years wanting to share my thoughts with the world, however I always felt like maybe no one cares or my writing isn’t good enough.  Well, I have decided that this year and hopefully in the years to come I can share things in my life that may inspire others.  Sometimes you never know what your story can do to help another person. So in this blog I will share my stories with you.  No matter how outlandish they may seem from time to time, they will all be true accounts from my life.   I have so many things that I want to share with you, so this isn’t just a food blog or a travel blog, this is an INSPIRATION/LIFE  blog.

I would like for you to keep in mind that I am usually a private person, mostly because I have always felt like things that I do or have done didn’t mean a lot. However, on a daily basis I realize that things that I think are simple could actually inspire someone else or elements of my stories could help inspire someone else to be great.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MISSTAKENID….