Eight Days in the Mid-Atlantic (Part 1)

This summer, I’m keeping my travel domestic and fulfilling some long overdue visits to friends and family. I forgot how cheap it is to vacation when you don’t have to pay for hotels and you don’t have to go out for every meal. Also, I’ve been to places I’m going this summer many times before, so I’m not running around trying to experience everything all at once. I haven’t taken a vacation that was exclusively focused on spending time with people in, well, ever maybe. But now I am. The purpose of my travel this summer is to immerse myself in the lives of my friends, experience a different America for a bit, and simply relax. As a bonus, I’m saving some serious coin for a big international trip during the end of year holidays and my big mid-life birthday next April. Continue reading →

(El) Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico (April, 2002)

El Tule

While You Are There: The beauty of Oaxaca city is well known and one could easily spend weeks here and not get bored. It’s a very touristy city, but that’s not always a bad thing. The people watching, architecture, art galleries, and restaurants are worth the trip. Outside Oaxaca, there are plenty of day trips, including one to El Tule to see the widest and one of the oldest trees in the world. Also, the ruins at Monte Alban and Mitla are nearby and are a nice alternative to the more crowded ruins in Mexico. And if you are looking to buy textiles, a trip to Teotitlan is essential. Oh, and don’t forget the petrified waterfall of Hierve el Agua. Just get on a plane already and go to Oaxaca.

Why It’s On My List: It is, perhaps, the most beautiful tree in the world.

For this year’s A-Z Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to showcase 26 of my favorite places in the world. I’ve only been to 22 of the 196 countries, so I’ve got some more travelling to do, but these places are well worth a visit.