Dreamy Dreamy Weekend in Copenhagen

Last week my very fancy, smart friend was over in Stockholm for work which means she was a heck of a lot closer to me than anyone else from home so we decided to meet for a little weekend get away somewhere new. When I moved to Ireland I had the idea that I would be travelling every weekend and seeing all of Europe, even though it is SO much closer and much more affordable life definitely gets in the way and being semi-unemployed travel must be on a budget. So this was my first trip off the Island since Guatemala.

A quick google flights trip (a life saver) search showed Copenhagen, London and Amsterdam to be the lowest cost flights so we picked Copenhagen. (Maybe because my fancy, smart friend had an international boyfriend there and maybe not…).

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After finding an affordable flight  I didn’t think we would have any problem finding a cheap hotel or hostel. First mistake! I think there are many cities in Europe you can book accommodation last minute, Copenhagen in August is not one of them. Hostel prices were over $500 a night and there was not an available (affordable) hotel within 10 miles. Maybe we should have checked this before booking the flights. Regardless.  After a few hours of panic we eventually ended up finding a moderately priced AirBnB north of Copenhagen ($200 a night for a 1 BDR Apartment eeeh). Usually I would be able to fly directly from Cork but to save $100 I added 100% stress and flew from Dublin via Oslo… again, next time I might book a bit further ahead.  Continue reading “Dreamy Dreamy Weekend in Copenhagen”

Don’t miss! Things to do in Guatemala

Surprising to me but maybe not others but there was a huge variety of things to do in Guatemala. A nice mix of relaxing, tropical enjoyment, high adventure and then a little but of ancient history. During our visit we did most everything on our list except Semuc Champey but since we mainly around Lake Atilan for our trip we had to choose between Semuc Champey and Tikal and are pretty happy with our decision!  Continue reading “Don’t miss! Things to do in Guatemala”

Visiting Guatemala: Best Restaurants & Hotels in Panajachel, Lake Atilan & Flores

A mix of super specific volunteer needs (mushroom marketing specialist), and new work from home freedom allowed C and I to visit Guatemala for three weeks in May. Three weeks is ALOT of time to spend in one place on holiday which gave us time to find great food, visit several different towns and participate in all of Guatemala’s best activities for locals and tourists. We spent the bulk of our time in Lake Atilan but also visited Antigua, Tikal, Flores and Guatemala City. I will share a separate post on the other cities we visited but Lake Atilan became our little region so after eating out ALOT, hopping on pick up trucks and becoming experts at Lancha navigation here are top picks not to miss when visiting Lake Atilan. Continue reading “Visiting Guatemala: Best Restaurants & Hotels in Panajachel, Lake Atilan & Flores”

South Florida and Harry Potter World

I once spent three days in South Beach and it was just enough to last me my entire life. The senior style of the surrounding beach towns are much more my pace than the Miami club life. I have luckily visited family in Delray & Boyton which I absolutely loved. Not to say South Beach isn’t absolutely worth visiting. It is definitely a one of a kind city just a little bit loud for me. Recently when visiting family in Boyton we traveled up to Universal Studios to visit Harry Potter World for a dream come true vacation. Favorite parts about visiting South Florida and Universal:

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What to do in Washington D.C. Top Ten

I travel around Washington D.C. and New York City often enough that they receive a special top ten post from not quite a local but not quite a tourist either. My trips to D.C. have been a mix of visiting friends, frequent business travel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and family day trips when foreign visitors are in town. Washington D.C. is beautiful, historical, busy,packed with transplants, eclectic, maneuverable and a place I thought I may move before I decided to move to Ireland. Who knows, maybe we will be back!

Top Ten D.C. Activities: 

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Searching for the 12s in Seattle

Well I did not have to search long. The 12s are everywhere, EVERYWHERE. This city LOVES their football team and I guess back to back Superbowl appearances only encourage the fan enthusiasm. Every manicurist in town must have perfected the tiny sea hawk nail designs for the amount I saw during my week visit. Although I was unable to catch a game and experience the very loud crowd I thoroughly enjoyed Seattle’s many, many other offerings.

Dreading a long flight home and having my favorite mushroom friend as a travel companion we decided to avoid a red eye and add a day to a Tuesday- Friday trip giving us a bit of extra time to enjoy the city and surrounding wilderness.  Here are a few of my favorite things caught between board meetings and late night dinners:

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Weekend Trips to Boston

A short, direct flight gets me easily to Boston for quick weekend work trips. As much as I love the West Coast I dream of easy East Coast trips that get me there and home as quickly as possible. Last time I went to Boston I was able to fly from Philadelphia to Florida for an early morning meeting and up to Boston in time for a late afternoon event. That was definitely a bit (a lot) stress inducing but we are spoiled with how easy it all is to get around. I have visited Boston a few times for conferences and food festivals, always in the summer, and feel like I see a different part of the city every time. Whenever I go back I want to move there immediately. Here are a few of my favorite work trip escapes and event  successes from my recent trips: Continue reading “Weekend Trips to Boston”