Jewel of the Emerald Necklace

Dear Reader, Just a few miles southwest of downtown Boston lies a large patch of grass, trees, and woods. This is not just a city park, rather this gated collection of nature is the Arnold Arboretum. The 281-acre “jewel of the Emerald Necklace” is owned by Harvard University and is home to an abundant collection... Continue Reading →

By the Pound

Dear Reader, Are you a fan of thrift shopping? As a budget buyer, I have visited a number of second-hand stores from Goodwill to the fancy consignment shops. In my time thrifting, I have never twice run into a place like the Garment District. The Garment District is a thrift store in Cambridge, Massachusetts that... Continue Reading →

Madonna Lives in East Boston

Dear Reader, How often do you explore your own city? While I have a number of plans in my head to visit different parts of Boston, I have a tendency to collect rather than enact these plans. Today, however, I finally made a long-awaited visit to East Boston. If you have ever considered a trip... Continue Reading →

Last Day Luxury— Panama City

Dear Reader, When I travel, I typically try to do and see as much as I can on a budget. This past week, I was lucky enough to take a vacation in Cartagena, Colombia with a one-day stopover in Panama City, Panama. While about 90% of this trip adhered to my adventures-with-frugality principle, the last... Continue Reading →

When in Panama…

Dear Reader, Today, I began my trip from Cartagena, Colombia back to Boston, MA. Instead of taking a flight straight to the U.S., I decided to prolong my adventures and include a 27-hour stopover in Panama City, Panama on my return journey. I am a fan of the “long layover.” So often when I travel,... Continue Reading →

A Farewell to Cartagena!

Dear Reader,Today, is my last day in Cartagena, Colombia. A week can be such a long short time. Some days I tried to fill my time with as many activities as I could and other days, I just… lived! As I am reflecting on my week, I wanted to take this time to share with... Continue Reading →

Wherever the Bus Takes Me

Dear Reader, Cartagena is a city comprised of many neighborhoods. Like many older cities, Cartagena has an old historical center as well as a modern areas. Today, I had the pleasure of taking a bus tour through Cartagena’s many parts. Ordinarily, I forgo bus tours in favor of walking. Cartagena is the sort of city... Continue Reading →

Food and Fitness in Cartagena

Dear Reader, Should our health and fitness goals ever take a vacation? I am currently in Cartagena, Colombia and am pondering this question. On my first full day in the city, I walked around a little in the morning (before the intense Caribbean heat set in) and ate what was convenient—mostly doughy and, admittedly, greasy... Continue Reading →

My Trip into the Volcán

Dear Reader, Have you ever bathed in a mud pit? This is the question that our tour guide asked us at the base of “Volcán del Totumo.” The “volcán,” which looks more like an overgrown anthill than a volcano, is located about an hour north of Cartagena, Colombia. I first stumbled upon this tourist attraction... Continue Reading →

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