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New Video: A Day in Havana!

I’m prepping for an upcoming week long trip where I’ll be road tripping through Cuba with 3 friends. I’m curious to see how Cuba has changed in the last 2 years with the onslaught of tourism and the death of Castro. Naturally I’ve been gathering information about where we should go, what we should do — kind of. Besides having a few things booked, I’m excited to play it by ear and see what we come up with. Where the days (and nights) take us. Reminiscing about my last trip to Cuba in 2015 with my mom, the unexpected was always my favorite part. I must say, I yawned through most of the touristy sites in Havana (an old Ford is an old Ford is an old Ford, and that decaying building that looks cool in photos actually has people living in it and it’s pretty dangerous and sucky for them), but I perked up when I got to really hang out with Cubans, see things from their perspective, have those conversations during which I felt simply weird bringing out my camera. I relished taking the taxis that regular Cubans take, and rolled by eyes at being ripped off by the shiny new ones. I enjoyed seeing the sites at the ration markets and the back alleys of Cuba where our guide Julio took us. That’s where he was from and tourists simply didn’t go there — it wasn’t dangerous, it was just there was no reason for them to go to. I’m excited to share my memories of Havana with you in anticipation for this trip (I even am being responsible and scheduling some posts) and here’s a little video of a day in Havana!

For previous posts on Cuba check out

How to get there Part 1

How to get there Part 2

How to get there Part 3

How to get there Part 4 (It was a long Periscope Q&A)

Volunteering in Cuba

and shooting at a classic hotel, the Habana Riviera.

 

Have you been to Trinidad, Cienfuegos or anywhere outside of Havana? Have any tips for me?

Dominica… Not the DR for PopSugar.com!

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I’ve been interested in going to Dominica for a few years now. Interestingly enough, it was after the devastating hurricane Erika in 2015. While reading about the havoc it wreaked through the beautifully green Caribbean island, I couldn’t get over just that: how beautiful and green the island was. Most of their economy is from eco-tourism, many of these facilities have been destroyed. The most you can do for this island is keep going. That’s what I understood from the article. So, it’s been on my list for quite some time and I jumped at the opportunity to head to the Nature Isle this March. It rained for about 65% of my time there. And I mean pouring rain, not cute island sunshowers . Well, it made the sunshine all that more special. And I had a great time despite the weather!

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Dominica is exactly what you think of when think of the Garden of Eden. Uninterrupted by mega resorts and populated with a people that appreciates their symbiotic relationship with the land, the magic of Dominica is this is where nature does it’s thing!

Here are just a few reasons why you should immediately pack your bags that I shared with Popsugar.com. Click through!

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My Top Travel Essential

Working in the fashion and travel space, I’m often asked about my packing list. 

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It’s also a favorite question for me to ask my ‘Nomads, eliciting interesting answers. One of my favorites? A machete. The more I become not just a traveler but a cultural ambassador, my answer becomes all the more obvious to me. It’s not the hair product I’m obsessed with this week, or the cool suitcase that charges my phone. It’s my smile!

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From the self-deprecating smile as I butchered the French language at a restaurant in Geneva that led me speeding through the Swiss Alps on the back of a motorbike for “the best” fondue to the smile that let me and mom know that we could trust Julio as he led us through the back alleys and even into a rations market to see the real Havana that few tourists get to experience, it’s a smile that bridges these gaps.

Never having braces, my smile is a bit crooked and imperfect in all it’s glory and from what I’m told, quite disarming. 🙂 Pool flips, surfboards, a t-bone steak, they’ve all waged their war on my smile, and it comes out victorious — maybe with a chipped tooth here and there. (True story: I cried in the dental chair when they mistakenly told me I might have to replace my front tooth after an injury, “but my smiiiiiile! It’s my thing!”)

Everyone has their good side in photographs, and we don’t all have the luxury of insisting that we’re only photographed on that side (ahem, Mariah Carey). My good side has everything to do with the overbite on my smile. So when SmileDirectClub offered to help a sister out, for such a great deal, I couldn’t say no.

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My SmileDirectClub invisible aligners now joins my packing essentials. Also, I love it when my smart room at CitizenM Tower of London matches my aligner kit! 🙂

I booked a 30-minute scan at their SmileShopFREE FOR MY ‘N A PERFECT WORLD READERS! — and a few weeks later I had my invisible aligners. (Secret: As a freelancer, wearing invisible liners has been heaven sent in decreasing my snacking). Way less than other name brand aligners and pricey veneers, I didn’t want an overhaul, I just wanted a little fix.

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My smile is my favorite feature. And, once you realize the power of your smile. I hope it will be yours too! 

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Photo Diary & Video: Lima, Peru

My time last winter in Lima, Peru was a whirlwind. There after a work trip to Colombia, I explored the city for a few days before heading to Paracas for Courtney’s wedding. I fell in love with the food — the ceviche is to die for — people, and lifestyle. It’s easy to get caught up with the hustle of life here in New York and on the road in general. The people I met in Peru really knew how to live life to the fullest. Running a successful company and surfing in the Pacific every morning, sure! Seeing friends a few times a week over laughs and pisco sours is de rigueur. It’s this spirit that I will carry with me.

Here are a few shots of beautiful Lima and my latest video.

Miraflores & Barranco, the chic pulse of the city.

The Pacific Ocean informs life in this city.

Beautiful architecture of the historical center.

 

Song by Afro-Peruvian artist Susana Baca.

Photo Diary: Barranco, Lima, Peru

“Oh you’ll love it! It’s like the Brooklyn of Lima.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that in neighborhoods in cities all over the world, and I must said as a girl from Brooklyn, my response is a smile, and a healthy dose of skepticism. Why? Because more often than not, in these cases “Brooklyn culture” that’s been exported throughout the world is synonymous with Williamsburg. That’s not my Brooklyn and frankly, it sells my borough short. But if you mean, the neighborhood is brimming with culture, diversity, creativity, then sure, I’ll take it.

Barranco is definitely cool. It had it’s heyday, was neglected and is definitely booming again. In the 19th century, Barranco, set cliffside on the ocean was the beach resort for Limeño aristocracy. Streets are filled with restored, beautiful old mansions. I even stayed in a hotel that was formerly one. Another hotel I stayed in, Second Home Guest House, set cliffside was home to famed Peruvian artist, Victor Delfín. That’s typical of Barranco: considered to be Lima’s most bohemian and most romantic area, it is home to many of Peru’s leading creatives — artists, designers, photographers, musicians, etc. There are amazing museums in the area — Mario Testino’s museum MATE is there and beautiful parks and ocean views make Peruanos and tourists flock there. This was the perfect place to explore on my first day in Lima.

I walked around, amazed by the beautiful colors of the saturated buildings and ended up at Puente de los Suspiros. Lore states that if you manage to cross the bridge without breathing the first time that you see it, you’ll have a wish granted. The area around the bridge is filled with cute bars and shops popular with locals and tourists. Around the Puente I toured the stone walkway, Bajada de Baño. I think I followed the street art there. The district of Barranco is an Instagrammer’s dream with countless walls of beautiful murals telling stories from whimsy and history in every shade imaginable. So naturally, Barranco needed it’s own photo diary.

The whole area is filled with murals on the street. Imagine that this is just the normal outside of your building! Wonderful, right?

Here’s the area I was exploring during Never Date a Traveler, around Puente de los Suspiros.

The cool thing is the neighborhood is always changing in two days this mural was painted over and replaced by another one. I’m glad I snagged this picture for posterity.

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Barranco, and it’s beautiful microclimate nestled in the ravine, definitely has me sprung,

 

 

Solo Travel Diaries: Paracas

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I’ve loved sharing my trip to Peru on ‘NAPW and one of the reasons is that it brought me back to that love of traveling alone. As you can tell, I travel quite frequently, and I am a huge advocate of women travelling solo; my most life-changing trips have been solo. However, traveling so much for work and making friends around the globe, I find my truly solo trips a little bit further between than I’d like. Either I’m visiting friends in a place I know quite well already (but there are always new things to see!) like Sayulita or London, I’m on a press trip, or exploring new places with other travel-bug friends, or my favorite travel buddy, my mum.

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That was how I felt about Peru, after almost two weeks of an amazing press trip in Colombia, I was ready for some alone time exploring a new city, new place. Yes, I was coming for my friend Courtney’s wedding, but besides a few wedding activities on two days, I was untethered, no obligations — in fact the one obligation I had, I cancelled! Of course, I met G on my first full day in Lima, but Paracas I was all slated to be flying solo. Maybe I’d try parasailing, sandsurfing?

I got into the town on a lazy afternoon mid-week after a 4 hour drive with Cabify. I walked through the town, dined on delicious fresh fish with my kindle as my companion. Paracas is a tiny port town, and the beach is so so but the sunsets are incredible.

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The next day I rented a bike and explored the national reserve.

Kilometers of sands shaded purple and tan. A beautiful bird sanctuary. Biking for at least 1/2 hr before I saw another person. That’s what I found in the National Reserve. Not sure of the way to the beach, whipping winds and dunes that looked like mountains, I started off relaxed and in awe of all of the dunes and just space. A car drove by here and there, but no other bicyclist. I looked at my waning water bottle and the afternoon sun…. Was this a really stupid mission? But I did have service! I turned on Periscope for some companionship, hoping that my mom wouldn’t come on and see that I’m wandering in a desert in South America alone.

Finally I made it to a rest stop and small museum where two older Peruvian women seemed enamored by me and at the same time amused by my fool-hearty endeavor. Saying I was American and from New York it made more sense to them. Oh gosh, I’m that American. Patagonia fleece wearing, always trying to do something extreme. Maybe I looked frazzled. Maybe it was my wind-swept hair or sweat stains, but they simply smiled, offered me jello and a bottle of water (wouldn’t accept payment) and offered me a seat next to them. Gracias and refreshed I continued on my journey. The beach was waiting.

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Podcast: Never Date a Traveler – Lima

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the photo G took of me, and one I took of him moments after we first met

“Damn, I should have brought my tripod.” It was my first day touring around Lima, Peru and I was checking out the beautiful murals of the Barranco art district. Some of the walls were truly incredible and I wanted to get some shots in front of them. Eh, I rarely ask strangers, I’d rather just do it myself. But this time around ended up being different. Listen to my latest Never Date a Traveler, with a first, actually audio of our first encounter — I happened to be go pro-ing and Periscoping the whole time! Hear all about it on Soundcloud or iTunes!

 

And as a fun bonus, in the mood of the Never Date a Traveler series, Lima seems to be a city filled with love. Definitely confirmed this when I strolled through El Parque del Amor (Love Park) on El Malecón, Lima’s 6-mile stretch of park along the waterline. The main focal point of this park is the Victor Delfín, the famous Peruvian artist who owns 2nd Home Guest House, sculpture, El Beso. Opened in 1993 on Valentine’s day, the park is a monument to love with romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles all around. The park draws lovers and supposedly, local couples stand under El Beso to compete for the longest kiss at sunset!

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Victor Delfín’s El Beso

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Yo quiero un mundo contigo // I want a world with you

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Tu amor me reparte en la tierra // Your love brings me to earth

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Cuando yo abro los ojos se abre tu corazón // When I open my eyes, your heart opens

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Mi sangre esta alcanzando a las estrellas // My blood is reaching the stars

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Lirio marchito que la tarde olvida // Withered lily that the afternoon forgets

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Soy incorregible en el amor // I’m incorrigible in love