The time has finally arrived! We are on our way to the windy city to meet our baby niece, Annalee, and celebrate my husband's birthday. As you can tell, we have been counting the days!
Since neither of us have been to Chicago before, evidently, we are both very anxious and excited to see what this beautiful city has to offer. It will be a breath of fresh air for us. So, if you have any recommendations of places we should go, see, eat, shop, etc., please, please do share!
As you may already know, last Friday Gian, my father and I accompanied a group of friends on an adventure we'll never forget: hiking and spending the night at the summit of Acatenango Volcano, one of the highest of 22 volcanoes in Guatemala.
At last, the Con Dao, Vietnam pictures! I'll be honest, I think it took me this long to sort through the pictures I wanted to share with you because I was afraid I'd feel a bit nostalgic in doing so. And I was right! I feel a tightness in my chest just by remembering the good times we had there. God, I miss that place- terribly!
Here in Phuket we've done a lot of relaxing...and eating. I don't think I've ever eaten so much noodles, Phad Thai and sticky rice (with mango) in my life. The food here is so incredibly delicious (although sometimes, a wee bit spicy) that it's hard not to try everything in the menu. Trust me, I have 2 extra pounds to prove it and we still have a number of days to go!
Although visiting Paris and Bangkok was absolutely magical and fantastic, I have to say that I haven't felt "on vacation" until we arrived in Phuket 3 days ago. Being near the ocean relaxes me and helps me forget of all the stress and problems that await us back home. I finally feel detached from the hectic "city life" and have given in to a more laid-back island lifestyle - at least for a week.
So far, Thailand has been amazing! The Thai hospitality really has to be one of the best in the world. Everyone is so nice, warm and welcoming, you never want to leave. Our second day in Bangkok was a hectic one. Since Bangkok is a very busy city, getting around can be pretty overwhelming - particularly when it's 90 degrees and extremely humid outside. In order to avoid any inconvenience, my husband and I booked a personal driver through our hotel to take us around the "must-see" temples within the city.
After saying good-bye to Paris and staying a night in Dubai, we have finally arrived in Bangkok, Thailand. By the way, we were highly impressed by Dubai! The airport was extremely organized (the Duty Free is open 24 hrs!) and the service was impeccable - we really must plan a vacation there. Oh, and don't even get me started on how amazing Emirates Airlines was! Even though the flight hours were long, we didn't feel it as much as we did going to Paris.
After an exhaustive and eternal 11-hour flight from Mexico City, we arrived in Paris yesterday ready and excited to spend an entire week in our favorite city in the world. Paris is beautiful this time of year...cold, but beautiful nonetheless.
Phew. The time has FINALLY come! After many months of exhaustive planning (and saving!), we are leaving on our Paris-Bangkok-Phuket-Con Dao one month-long vacation...today (Saturday)! Next time I talk to you, I'll likely be sitting on a small desk over-looking the Eiffel Tower.
I have a feeling this will be a very inspirational trip, so stay tuned because I don't plan on disappearing! I'll be updating the blog every-other-day to keep you on the loop and take you on this unforgettable journey with me!
As I told you yesterday, my husband and I were cordially invited to spend last weekend at Hotel Casa Palopó, in the village of Santa Catarina Palopó, by Lake Atitlan. Although we had been to the hotel's restaurant a number of times for lunch and dinner on our prior visits to the lake, we had never stayed there as guests. After hearing great comments from my in-laws, whom have stayed there various times in the past, my husband and I were anxious to see if all our expectations would be met.