Balboa

How to top the most amazing year of your life

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We welcomed in the new year in a new city – Bogota. While everyone rushed out to parties and clubs to celebrate, I decided to honour a tradition I started several years ago.   I like to find a quiet space and spend time reflecting on the past year, celebrating my successes and learning from my failures. Then I dream about the new year and...
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How I found/drank craft Beer in Europe

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As I began my year long trip around the world, I wasn’t sure which things I could continue abroad and which I needed to drop. Back home, I love to play golf but I knew that wouldn’t be reasonable in each country I visited. I also love going to the beach but many of the cities wouldn’t have beaches. One thing I knew I could...
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Aloha

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Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy Yesterday after driving back from the Bamboo Forest and finding hidden waterfalls to explore and swim in, a guy from our hostel told us about a local gem, Peahi, also known as Jaws Beach. It’s down an unmarked dirt road, full of potholes and obstacles, which only adds to its mystery and allure....
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Gliding into the New Year

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I love flying. I love the feeling of being in the clouds, of seeing for miles, of floating along. So when I heard about the opportunity to go paragliding, I jumped at the chance!   I’ve been skydiving but I’ve never done paragliding and it was on my list of things to try this year. We hopped into taxis and drove all the way through the...
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Peru- Eating and exploring my way through the gastronomical and biodiverse capital of the world

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The gastronomical capital of the world, a city high up on cliffs overlooking the sea boasting a population greater than New York City, the city of Lima has something for everyone. I spent the last month in Lima, Peru diving into the country’s diverse cuisine and even more diverse landscape. There are two things that initially come to mind when one usually thinks of Peru...
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Colombia – more than just coffee

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After falling in love with Peru, I was sad to leave for Colombia. After all, it’s not on the water and the only thing I knew about the country was they grow coffee and have a reputation for drugs. I reluctantly packed my bags and boarded the plane for the three-hour flight.   After spending two weeks here, I can honestly say I love Medellin!...
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Let’s give South America a try- Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires, the “New York” of South America. The biggest city in the biggest South American country outside of Brazil, Buenos Aires is a business and tourist hub on the east side of Argentina. Argentina is a huge country, in fact much bigger than I think people realize as evidence by the photo below. Much of the population is of course centered around Buenos Aries...
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Forging friendships at Machu Picchu

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When I saw my itinerary included Peru in month 9, I began planning my trip to Machu Picchu. I didn’t realize all the ways you could arrive there – everything from one, two, and four-day hikes, the classic Inca Trail, the short Inca Trail, the Salkantay/Inca Trail combo and more.   As I read about the effects of higher altitudes and was honest about my...
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Falling in love in Lima

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I started off my year-long journey with one goal – to fall in love. Maybe to fall in love with a person or maybe to fall in love with a place, an activity, a lifestyle. I wasn’t sure what it would look like but I was open to the idea of love.   Every month my travel mates ask me if I’ve fallen in love...
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Exploring new ways to live

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Spending one month in twelve cities is a great way to try on different lifestyles. You get a better sense if you’re a city person or a small town person, if you like to be on the water or surrounded by nature, if you value space or amenities.   Wrapping up my time in Argentina, I had the chance to observe two different lifestyles –...
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