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Riding a Donkey in Santorini

What a hilarious experience! It’s going to get good. Here’s my story:   I always heard that Santorini had the option of riding a donkey like local greeks did back in the day. You know before motorcycles and other motorized vehicles took over the world? Anyways, I never actually considered it but once I was there I said: “Oh what the hell! Let’s just go.”   I was convinced it was going to be a fun experience, so riding a donkey it is! We asked for directions and the souvenir store lady told us: “Keep walking ahead, you’ll start to smell them!”   Smell them? I didn’t understand at first. “Thank you so much!” I replied. We kept walking and out of the sudden we start to smell this disgusting (yet so weird) smell. “Omg please don’t tell me that’s how the Donkey’s smell?” I thought.   Of course they smelled disgusting. There are at least 60 donkeys just waiting in line eating and pooping everywhere… It was funny! “Let’s just do it. We are …

Yeah, I Broke My Foot in Vienna

You know when you are so happy that all you want to do is get up and dance? That’s how I felt my first day in Vienna. My crazy “organizing every detail of the trip” self hired a private car to take me from the airport to the hotel located in downtown Vienna. Called Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark. When I first walked in all I could think was, “well this is not the Radisson Blu in Berlin, but it’s perfect!” Left my belongings and continued my journey. Walked a couple of blocks and there it was. Vienna, as seen in the movies! What a beautiful city. The trees leaves were yellow, white and pink. Gorgeous, isn’t it? I could smell the Spring as the wind blew into my face. I love to walk with no sense of direction. You know like getting lost… But not really because it’s the year 2016 and we have phones with GPS. Walked for hours and hours and took marvelous pictures of the city’s architecture and it’s beautiful (and multiple) parks. …

A day spent feeding, bathing and playing with elephants!

After spending the day feeding, bathing and playing with elephants I realized one thing that I already knew but never actually thought about it before. Traveling the world has opened my eyes in many ways and I feel like these past two years my perspective about the world has changed drastically. This experience made me realize I need to keep traveling the world, go as many places as I can and take advantage of every opportunity that comes across me. I’ve always being an animal lover, but growing up as a kid  I never thought I was ever going to actually bath with an elephant. I remember how happy I was every time I visited the Bronx’s Zoo in New York, always smiling. For many children around the world it is very common to do this, of course! My nine-year old self never imagined this would ever happen to her a decade and a half later. Not being allowed to feed them or touch them at the zoo never bothered me because I was happy …

Thailand’s Tiger Temple: Playing with Wild Animals in Captivity

Tiger Temple was one of my favorite (and scariest) activities in Bangkok. I love animals, but this close encounter  made me realized how dangerous this activity really was. Before our visit, they told us a few safety rules: Do not wear red/orange color clothes Loud noises are not allowed No sudden movements or running Usually, the tour starts very early in the morning. Our guide picked us up at the hotel around 5:30AM and drove us to Tiger Temple, located around two and a half hours away from Bangkok. Here’s my experience: 1. Once you arrive to Tiger Temple, seven monks will line-up to receive their daily breakfast Monks are very respected men in the Buddhist religion. In Thailand, monks receive everything they need from locals, such as medical attention, food, transportation etc. They are only allowed to receive one meal a day. In Tiger Temple, they receive their breakfast around nine in the morning and then they spend the rest of the day praying, educating people and taking care of the Tigers. Shown below, …

See Lima From A Different Perspective! | Paragliding

Last month, I visited Lima, Peru for the first time! Apart from all the delicious food we ate, I had the opportunity to see Lima from another perspective. Apparently, Paragliding is a popular sport in Lima because of their strong winds. Who knew right? As soon as I saw this activity on Trip Advisor, I wrote them an email and booked my flight! This aerial tour made me realize few things: I always want to remember the breathtaking views of the city’s coastline and skyline. I am 100% not scared of heights! See, in order to flight we had to run and jump off a mountain. This helped me understand the city’s layout. “Oh that’s where the Mall is!” “Look that’s the restaurant we went yesterday” “Good to Know” tips: It only takes 10 minutes! Don’t worry, you have time to fit this activity on your schedule. You can always Whatsapp the instructor if you have further questions! Mariella: “Hey Jorge, can I go now?” | Instructor: “Hello Mariella, head over in 20 minutes. The …