Month: June 2017

The Secret Behind Floreana Island’s Famous Mailbox

Floreana is a deserted island with a lot of secrets and hidden messages. Decades ago, someone decided to build a rustic mailbox here. This mailbox is just like any other, the difference is that there’s no mail service. (Wait what?) How do these letters get delivered? Ta-da! It’s up to YOU to deliver a letter. The mailbox is Floreana’ main attraction. Tourists find this a fascinating!  Think about it: some of these get delivered, some envelopes spend decades in this mailbox in the middle of nowhere and some of them will never arrive, but how cool would it be if it actually arrives?  I was eight years old when I visited Floreana for the first time. My dad and I took a day-trip cruise to three neighbor islands from Santa Cruz. I remember the my dad’s “lecture”  He explained how the mailbox worked and the history behind it. Lol Both of us wrote a letter that day. And I also remember that I took a letter with me that day, but since I was only eight …

Colorful Barcelona: Photo Gallery 

📍Barcelona, Spain ✈️ Arrive at Barcelona International Airport (BCN) 🏨 Stay at Hotel Regina – Hotel Granvia – Christopher’s Inn Hostal      ☀️ When to go? May – June – July  🏞Must Visit: Montserrat Monastery  🚲 Recommended: City Bike Tour    Typical of Gaudí: Straight lines are avoided whenever possible. There’s something about Barcelona that always captures my attention, whether is an article online or a postcard in the library, I’ve always feel inclined to this colorful city.  I don’t know anything about architecture or Gaudí, but his creative work is what makes Barcelona stand out with its uniqueness. This city is a mix of the traditional with a modern hint!  Did you know: each year 8 million tourist visit Barcelona? Making it Europe’s third most visited city. If you haven’t been yet, make sure to add it to your bucket list of places to go.  Here are some of the best shots I took on my last visit:   About The Author Mariella Molestina Noboa The art of saying “Yes!” can take you far …

Photographic Proof That Greece Has The Best Sunsets 

Life is full of beauty, is up to us to find it… I feel so peaceful every time I look at the pictures I took in Greece. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunset this beautiful! Stunning sunset views, whether you are in Athens or in Santorini, the views are simply unbelievable. When you experience something so simple, yet so mesmerizing it allow us to reflect on the things we take for granted. Think about it: for locals in Santorini, they watch the same spectacular sunset every day. Do you think they appreciate it? or simply ignore it? – Mariella Athens Mykonos Santorini About The Author Mariella Molestina Noboa The art of saying “Yes!” can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I’ve encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you …

Travel Thoughts: If You Live In Fear, Is That Living at All? Nope.

Not too long ago, an old friend from home called me to get together and catch up. “Sure, let’s meet at 9 pm then” I said. Last time I saw her, she mentioned she wanted to go to Madrid to study abroad. When I asked her how was it? She responded: “It was great, until it lasted!” I was confused by her answer… What happened? Two weeks after her arrival to Madrid, she decided to pack all her belongings and head back home. From one day to another, she just said “I’m leaving!” I couldn’t imagine what was I hearing. But why though? “I was scared of the terrorists attacks… When I was in Madrid, there were multiple threats of attacking another city in Europe. That city could have been Madrid, so to play it safe I just decided to go back home…” Wait.. WHAT? If you live in fear, is that living at all? Fear can be a terrible thing, and it restricts us from experiencing new things in life. My mom always used …

Following Harry Potter

Last month I got the opportunity to sneak out of school with my family and travel around the U.K. for 6 days. My trips are normally longer as I like to take time on each place when travelling, but because of the small time gap, I challenge myself into putting together an interesting itinerary that would transcend the typical touristic activities. My family was set on going to London, Oxford and Edinburgh, in that moment I automatically thought of Harry Potter. As an all time Harry Potter fan, it made sense that if I was already going to these places where the Harry Potter saga was inspired and filmed, I could make time to visit some of the locations that created the ambiance for the story. After researching and narrowing down which places we must not miss, I organised a  6 day, self-guided Harry Potter tour around these three cities. Day 1 Starting in London, we visited Piccadilly Circus where Harry, Ron and Hermione appeared after running away from the Death Eaters at Bill and …