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The Absolute BEST New Resort in the Maldives!!!

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The Absolute BEST New Resort in the Maldives!!!

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If you know ANYTHING about me, you know the Maldives is on my top 3 (I say 3 but really 2 hah!) destinations on my list in the world!!! There are a few places I will always jump back to in conversation as my dream destination..and well, now we have another reason to go….

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A new 5-star, exclusive luxury resort has opened up this past November by the Soneva team called Soneva Jani.

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This is the third property by them that has pioneered around-the-clock butler service, a strong environmental code and a determination to disconnect from the noisy outside world (guests are asked to remove their shoes on arrival, which are then slipped into a linen bag until their departure; how relaxingly fancy!).

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The island lagoon of Soneva Jani will comprise of 57 villas – 24 water villas and 23 beach villas. All the villas will enjoy all the amenities of the resort, and each would get their own personal butler, as the same in all Soneva Properties, called Mr./Mrs. Friday.

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Each Water Villa will feature an amazing water slide and private pool, large lounge areas with open views on the blue, ample wooden decks, kids’ sleeping area, a living area with sunken seats, top floor with seating and a dining area as well as several other amazing living spaces.

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Among these, what you are not going to get enough of is the waterslide!!!!! YES, you can SLIDE your way to the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean!!!!! As if a private pool isn’t enough!

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The amenities for the beach villas are more or less the same, and all guests can enjoy the resort’s exclusive amenities.

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Soneva Jani Resort has a cinema, Cinema Paradiso, which is the first overwater silent cinema in the Maldives!

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Guests are provided with Bluetooth headphones, leaving the surrounding nesting wildlife at peace. The resort also includes the first ever over-water observatory, a beach restaurant, a spa, and a water and sports center.

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Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of Water Villas and Island Sanctuaries set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery. The highlight of the islands that the resort is surrounded by 5.6 kilometers of private lagoon! An awe-inspiring azure spectacle that inspires a sense of calm.

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The resort can be reached by a scenic 40 minute seaplane flight direct from Male International Airport.

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Already making headlines in the hospitality industry, it’s not surprising if Soneva Jani will make it as one of the must-visit luxury resorts in the world!

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-Karen Bahri

 

Stilt Fishing – a unique attraction on the shores of Sri Lanka!

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Stilt Fishing – a unique attraction on the shores of Sri Lanka!

Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island of Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From this high position, the fishermen casts their lines and wait until a fish comes along to be caught. One may assume this to be an ancient practice with an engaging history, but stilt fishing is actually a recent tradition.

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The practice is believed to have started some 70 years ago during World War II; when food shortages and overcrowded fishing spots prompted some clever men to try fishing on the water. At first they started fishing from wrecks of capsized ships and downed aircraft, then some began elevating their stilts in coral reefs. The skills were then passed on to at least two generations of fishermen living along a 30 km stretch of southern shore between the towns of Unawatuna and Weligama.

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The practice is unlikely to last much longer other than as a tourist attraction as the catch is pretty much always meager. The 2004 tsunami that devastated much of the Indian Ocean coastline forever altered the Sri Lankan shoreline and reduced access to fish using this method. Fishing also stops entirely during the annual monsoons. The best time is when the currents are flowing in the right direction; which is mostly between October and December during sunset. And the sunsets are as beautiful as ever, which makes for amazing photographs!

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Today, few fisherman are willing to pass their stilts to their sons, instead renting them to “actors” who pose as fishermen for photographers and tourists. Definately one of the many attractions to check out on the spectacular island of Sri Lanka!

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-Karen Bahri

Discover Australia with me!

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Discover Australia with me!

Welcome back to my channel guys!!!! Sorry for the gap. Been sick. Better now but for some reason I can’t hear out if my left ear how do I fix this? It’s annoying. I bought some drops but no luck yet ughhh!

Anyways, been watching a lot of vlogs from people in Australia so I’ve got Aussie land heavy on my mind!

Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”.

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Australia is one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries; it is well known for the attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

The cities are as stunning and colorful at night as they are bright and sunny by day!

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Gold Coast

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Brisbane 

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Perth

Honestly I’m not too familiar with Australia. But as I’ve been watching these vloggers – one set being from Sydney and the other set being from Melbourne it’s peeked my curiosity. Seems as the above mentioned 4 cities are the top spots as well as the beaches on the gold coast, which is a beachy area close to Brisbane. As I have googled pictures, all of these cities lool gorgeous and are all by the coast! I really hate comparing places but it appears as if Sydney is the Australian version of New York and Melbourne could be the Aussie version of LA. Maybe Perth is the Aussie Miami, they have lots of Palm tree haha!

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Palm Trees in Perth

I also wonder if Aussie’s think their accent is totally different from the British. I was watching one of the vlogs and the guy was mimicking a British accent and he literally sounded the same haha! I think the biggest difference is they elongate some of the vowels.

Anyways! Here are some pretty pics I found off all four cities and I’m going to include some of the gold coast too! There are probably many, many more cities, beach towns, islands I am not mentioning but we can talk about those later 🙂

SYDNEY

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MELBOURNE

 

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PERTH

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BRISBANE

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GOLD COAST

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-Karen Bahri

The Rock – A luxurious fairytale in the Indian Ocean

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The Rock – A luxurious fairytale in the Indian Ocean

Call it a beautiful drop of luxury in the Indian Ocean. The Rock – A fairytale restaurant perched in the Indian Ocean off Zanzibar. It is by far one of the most unusual and unique restaurants in the entire world!

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If there was anywhere to travel half way around the world for, it just might be The Rock in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This restaurant, perched on a rock in the Indian Ocean, is straight from a fairy tale!!! During high tide, it becomes a veritable island with a wooden boat taking you the short distance to shore. In low tide, you simply walk across the seaweed strewn beach to get to this magical place. Both methods will take you to a rickety wooden staircase and into the restaurant, built in the local Zanzibar architectural style with a Makuti palm tree roof.

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Inside the restaurant you will find 12 cozy tables while if you head to the back, you will find a beautiful patio surrounded by the turquoise sea.

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The menu at the Rock is seafood inspired as well as an incredible cocktail menu. Be aware it is a bit on the prettier side of the penny. A two person meal with starter and main course with two cocktails will run you about $90. As a New Yorker, this is pretty standard though.

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The wine list is impressive and you can even got a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne for $330. They have a variety of tropical cocktails to entice you as well. You can take your drinks out the the terrace and take in the beauty of the surrounding ocean and ponder about what life should really be about while watching the sunset – ahhhhh sounds wonderful to me!!!

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So how did this come about and who thought of this unusually magnificent idea?? The story is, as is often the case in Zanzibar, a little blurry round the edges. The people behind this hotel project were (probably) Italian. They left the island because they may or may not have not satisfied the right people in government. Do they still own it? Did they own it in the first place? Possibly.

However it began, it is an absolute unique experience! It being in the ocean though, one cannot control mother nature, so the view will depend on if the tide is high or low. Overall though, it’s worth the adventure!

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-Karen Bahri 

Over-Water Villas & Outdoor Showers? YES PLEASE! #MaldivesGoalVacation

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Helloooo my colourful Kaleidoscopers!!!

I hope all of you are having a great start to the year! I have something I want to talk about! Goals. My goals in life are travel related. I want to see the world, wear diamonds, stay at luxurious resorts and make friends with locals. My daily motivational speech to myself are along the lines of “I wanna go to this country and stay and that resort.”

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I stumbled upon a youtube video of a resort in the Maldives that I just cannot get out of my head. Its like one of my ULTIMATE goal destinations that I want to pamper myself with. It won’t happen soon bc its really expensive (around $900/NIGHT, fam!) and if I travel the 72 hours on planes and trains and boats to get to the Maldives I better spend at least a month! But momentary my eyes are locked on the Six Senses Laamu!

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They have over-water and over-land villas, for those afraid of sharks. As funny as it sounds, the part that struck me the most about this resort (besides the fact its a 5 star resort with 1250 excellent reviews) is that there is an outdoor shower! Lol! Aaannddd…a glass bathtub with a window looking out into the ocean!!!!! And under the tub (and various areas of the floor throughout the villa) is glass so imagine you sitting in the bathtub and you look down into the ocean AAAHHHHHHHHH I WANT IT SOOO BAD!!!! I’ve never stated at an over-water villa and just the thought seems soo heavenly!!!

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This is something I will do in the next 5ish years, so watch this space, because you know I’ll be taking 28543 pics & posting them all on my *new* instagram page! (karenskaleidoscope on insta, find me! Follow me!)

I’m not gonna say anymore. The pics can do the talking! 

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Website/Links: 

http://m.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/destination

http://m.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/accommodation/villas

http://www.tripadvisor.com/2045398?m=19905

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~Karen Bahri 

Stay healthy this winter before jetting off to the tropics with Aloe Vera!

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Stay healthy this winter before jetting off to the tropics with Aloe Vera!

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Wishing you all a happy & successful new year! The most common resolution people make on new years almost always is to get fit and travel. You want to escape the gloomy, depressing post-holiday months. You want to plan a tropical beach getaway. Once that’s all sorted, next step is you gotta get fit! See the cycle?! 😉

Whenever I am about to go somewhere, I find myself getting rediculously motivated to get fit! I always want to look and feel my best, especially when I’m about to travel somewhere. There are so many trends in the health, fitness and wellness industry, but the options that are most trusted are the ones that have been around for ages in all parts of the globe!

Lately I’ve been doing my research on the benefits of aloe based products, and wow! What a discovery! Aloe Vera is an amazing plant that grows wild in tropical climates around the world. It’s known for its natural soothing, cooling and moisturizing abilities and can help aid your skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself. Nowadays it can be found in many medical and cosmetic products including lotions, ointments, lip balms, shampoos even beverages!

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Aloe Vera is GREAT for hair, skin & weighloss. It contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp, therefore, acting as a GREAT conditioner that leaves your hair smooth and shiny!!! It’s also rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene, which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. It can moisturise the skin without making it greasy, which is great if you have oily skin (like me)! Also, drinking aloe vera juice early in the morning on an empty stomach improves digestion and can cure any kind of stomach trouble. The key here is that if you’ve got a healthy inside, it’ll give you a glowing outside which in this case is radiant skin!!!

Ever since I’ve been doing my research I have been finding myself purchasing products containing Aloe Vera and throwing them in my carry on luggage! Excellent way to pack healthy toiletries along with you to make you feel good on the go! There have been times when I’ve gone shop to shop looking for decent toiletries and personal care items but the travel sections are normally filled with such items that don’t contain the healthiest ingredients for you. A lot of drug stores carry the most dated items in the travel section, and everything is usually also in limited quantity.

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Let’s face it! We all want to look good and feel good before we jet off to a tropical island! And then you want to glow and stay healthy while you are out enjoying paradise as well! I know, I know, you are thinking “yes, my Punjabi princess, but I don’t know where in my small village in the middle of nowhere Germany they sell good quality aloe vera products.” Well, Gertrude, sweetheart, I got you covered! 😉

Follow the link below to discover an amazing variety of aloe vera products to get you prepped for your next exciting getaway! I bet you never thought of certain products containing this wonderfully hydrating plant! The harsh winter winds can really take a toll on your skin, but thats where this magical plant comes in to rid you of that dull, dry, flaky skin! Trust me, you will feel soo good and then you will have one less worry pre-vacation!

http://www.monicakapur.myforever.biz/store/

If you have additional questions or concerns, all of the contact info is provided in the link. Happy & healthy shopping!

 

Life is an adventure! Visit Guam!

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I know since the year started, my blog has been less travel (although in my mind, I can give you reason on how it relates to “travel” in maybe an unconventional form) my blog has turned into a more personal diary of what has been going on in my life, I guess. I will include entries about myself and my family and personal thoughts and feelings. This is MY kaleidoscope, after all! But anyways, back to an entry focused more on the topic…

I discovered Guam by mistake while researching something else. Now it’s def on my bucket list! From time to time, I like to look up far off, out of the loop places and see if they are worth checking out in some point of my life. I like to keep my bucketlist exotic, ya know. One life, live it to the max and go places you never thought you would ever! That’s that way I want to live my life. There is definitely a lot to this exotic little island!! I never even knew it’s considered a U.S. territory and we don’t need a passport to go there! Keep reading if you are ready to explore a fascinating, beautiful, far off and exotic island!

Guam is also called “Guahah” by it’s natives. When I hear the word “Guam” it reminds me of Guava fruit for some reason lol. Maybe they have good guava or other tropical fruit on the island? I am sure they do! They get a lot of Japanese tourists, since Japan is right there. It’s the largest and most southern island of the Mariana Islands. they speak English as well as their native language called Chamorro. The culture of the natives are a mix of Asian, Spanish and American. They are considered warm & friendly and the crime rate is low on the island.

Tumon is the popular tourist hub and known for it’s beautiful world renowned beaches! They are said to have the perfect temperature so you can enjoy splashing around! What’s insane is that you can find star-sand beaches (!) (?) Ritidian beach is said to be hands down the best beach. They have plenty of shopping and nightlife in Tumon. Guam has a great deal of water sports and activities to take part in.

The sunsets will take your breath away!!!! Shades of orange and pink contrast against the deepening shade of the ocean to create the perfect ambiance for a romantic walk on the beach. This is a perfect honeymoon destination!

The only thing I didn’t notice is that I don’t think that they have many of those over water bungalows as they do in like Bali or the Maldives. If I find a resort that has one, I would still consider it a honeymoon destination. An over water bungalow is high on my check list as far as a honeymoon destination. Otherwise I would just consider this for another special occasion get away! Well, since it IS on my bucket list now, and I am a woman of my word, the day I check it out, I will give you my full “after” review. For now, check out some photos I found and dream about it with me:

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Guam, Tumon Bay, Reef Hotel.

Guam, Tumon Bay, Reef Hotel.

 

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TUMON BEACH AREA:

 

TUMON CITY VIEWS:

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HOLA!!!!!

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Hola Amigos!! I just noticed it’s been 2 WEEEKS since my last post!! Perdóname por favor!!!

You are like “why is she speaking Spanish?? I just got back from MEHEEKOOOOOOOO ANDITWASAMAAZINNNGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was my 3rd trip to Mexico and I REALLYYYY enjoyed it!!! This was my birthday trip and it was definitelyyyyy a birthday for the books!!!! This trip seemed a bit different. We stayed in Playa del Carmen at the Soho Playa (which I personally loved!!) and then we went to an all inclusive resort about 15-20 minutes from Tulum. I made friends with locals. I always make new friends when I travel but in my past Mexico trips, they were always just with workers at the resorts and then it’s time to leave and you just say your adios’s and then they are just precious memories. This time we exchanged numbers and facebooks. We hung out in the towns and witnessed more local culture – next time will be even better because the friends we made can show us the town from their local point of view! They wanted to this time, but time was short, so I look forward to the next Mexico trip! We were there for a week, but it was too short for sure! If we had more time, we would have gone to Cozumel, or Isla Mujeras. A friend wanted to take us to a Cenote, which is like a natural swimming pool in a cave. They are supposed to be amazing even though it sounds creepy lol. That day was kinda rainy and cold, so we opted out, which I kinda regret now!

Anyways, I’m tired. It’s cold and we are getting a snow storm in New York this Saturday. I wish I was still at the playa enjoying the sunshine, dancing to El Taxi (our song of the holiday!) and swimming in the beautiful Caribbean Sea! More on Meheeko later!

Teach me howta be an expert vacation booker

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So my weekend was fabulous!!!! I have some really exciting entreprenual projects I am starting, thanks to fabulous friends. 2016 is going to be like no other! The other awesome weekend activity was WE BOOKED MY BIRTHDAY TRIP YAY!!!!!!! Pssshhhhhh…..It only took 6 hours!!

BTW this song has turned into our Caribbean Baycation anthem  (no typo. Go to Meheeko and hear them say banilla bacation) I DON’T EVEN LIKE THIS SONG BUT I LIKE THIS SONG BECAUSE IT TAKES ME TO DI BEACH!!!!!

We could have ran into so many problems if we weren’t the types to think outside the box. We ran into some trouble due to the week around my birthday is also MLK weekend and a lot of hotels in Playa del Carmen are booked. We took a route that people with one track minds might not think to do or even frown upon. To make a 6 hour long story summed up in 2 lines we booked a (hopefully) amazing hotel right on 5th ave (the main area in PDC) but since it wasn’t available the first night we will be arriving, we took our chances and booked another hotel. This other hotel, umm, freshly opened December 4th. That could be good and bad, but we are only there one night. It looked pretty nice from what we found online (which wasn’t much, since it just just just opened!). After that, we booked the second half of our trip at an all inclusive resort in Tulum! We also plan on doing an excursion to either Cozumel or Isla Mujeres. Sounds crazy, hey?!?!? Sounds expensive, na?!?!? We actually were both shocked at how much we saved!!! Of course, we will be spending once we are there, so that will probably add things up, but we were quoted a more expensive amount through a travel agent so we were happy that booking on our own saved us about $500! On our own, we were able to get creative with that one day that wasn’t really in our favor. I’m not sure if a booking agency would give us a weird option as such. I think the only thing that may suck is with so many change in locations, the trip will fly by too fast.

So now I’ve got 3 weeks to prep!!!!! We thought it was just us that when we go to Mexico our mindset is like we are going to Jamaica and I break out all my dancehall chunes! Then I saw a iiSuperwomanii post where she was in Mexico taking in her Jamaican accent. Good to know we aren’t the only weirdo’s!!

Here’s another fav song I workout to when I know I am traveling to the tropics:

OHHHHHH and this one:

First holiday of the new year. We say these things all the time, every year and end up resorting to the same habits. This time next year I will be in a whole different light than I have been the past several years of my life. I have no space for people that drag me down. I’ve surrounded myself with positive people who push me to work harder and move me forward towards my dreams. These people encourage me and give me a positive vibe. Things have already started changing and it’s only upward from here!

Happy Holidays!!!

 

 

 

Mexico: East side vs West Side

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Currently, I am planning my 3rd Meheekan Baycation (Mexican vacation. Plz keep up with the talk!). I want to get away for my birthday. Why? Because I have never done that and for the past 5 years or so I have been saying I will. What ends up happening is I’ve stayed here and done the same thing – go to the bar and get wasted (btw last year was awesome! One for the books!) I’m over it. I mean its a great excuse to see people who I only see once or twice a year and I look forward to seeing them, but how awesome would it be to climb Machu Pichu, ride an elephant or swim with dolphins on the anniversary of your birth! I am unfortunately not too adventurous. Maybe some day I will push myself to a near death experience but I need to take baby steps. And I have been! That’s a whole other blog post though!

I’ve been to Mexico twice, so I kinda wanted to go somewhere else this time. Many thoughts came to mind, but the plan is to do a cruise later in the year, once the weather gets haaat. So the plan is to go back to a place we know won’t disappoint. The idea was to maybe try the west coast, since we have done Cancun (not a fan) and Puerto Morelos (love). When researching the west coast two places peak my interest – Puerto Vallarta & Cabo.

I’m visual, so pictures speak to me first and foremost. If I like the pics, i’ll read the bio. Then I consult people. So these are a few photos that spoke to me when I googled PV:

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I love a good sky. I love places that look different. I want to feel like I’m in a foreign land far, far away. This place looked exotic so I further researched and asked fellow Meheekanos. Since PV isn’t as familiar I also checked out Cabo. It appears more mountainous. To be honest, mountains don’t really do much for me. Im not visually attracted to them. Like when I went to Spain, as the plane circled over Malaga I was kinda disappointed to see pretty much:

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but after a beautiful drive up to Mijas…I got a whole new appreciation.

MIJAS, SPAIN:

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Spain is beautiful! Mountains, appreciated. It’s like how they say there is more to a book than it’s cover. You need to read the pages to understand it.

Anyways, so Cabo. Here’s what I googled:

It looks nice!

So the west coast passed it’s preliminary test. Next I asked people who have visited. They all told me the water is brown and ugly. (BOOOO) The water is also harsh and not easy to swim in. Okay. Bye. Felicia. I also am getting a vibe that PV is kinda like a west coast Cancun. I could be wrong but I read somewhere that they have a “hotel zone” and I don’t know…a red flag flashed in front of my face.

Lets move on to the east coast! The beautiful Caribbean sea!! I have never had a bad day looking at this beauty:

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These are all from Cancun. I’m not into the “19 year old frat boy from Pennsylvania get disgusting drunk and engage in even more unsightly behavior” type deal so that wasn’t for me. What WAS for me was this WATERRRRR!!!! If only I could wake up to that every morning instead of traffic in the city! The sunsets were out of this world as well. It didn’t feel like I was in a foreign land though bc of all the American tourists and there was absolutely no culture. It was like Vegas or something. Party town for college boppers. We also went into the actual town of Cancun (as opposed to the hotel zone) and it was dead and kinda creepy. Kinda looked like a deserted town in south Texas. We heard about a place that plays Reggaeton so we wanted to have one fun night of dancing. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it for a very long time in between sketch looking Walmart, Sam’s Club & Applebees. We finally did find it and we had to walk up a set of sketch stairs to find an empty, dusty room. To be fair, we were early because two girls roaming around “Real Mexico” – ya know. Get home before dark, child!

My first time in Mexico was a little south of cancun in a cute little fisherman village called Puerto Morelos. I hope this place never changes. It was breathtaking!!! I took 1237 photos. I probably took 72 shots every morning of the same view from our balcony, I repeat, every morning. Let me show you why:

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View from the room

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A different angle

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I don’t think I need to say anything else. I was soo happy here!!!!!!!!

Here are some shots of the sunset/sky:

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This was the first photo i took of the sky and I love it!!! I named it “Jungli” 😉

 

After the sun pics must go fun pics:

Yes thats a slide and on the other side of the rock, you can jump into the pool! It even had a waterfall! Iguanas were everywhere. That’s my friend Igor. I have an obsession with Stop signs in foreign languages. Maybe one day I’ll collect enough photos of them, create an amazing piece of art & then be rich and famous.

And I can’t forget to show you the actual town of Puerto Morelos. Very, very cute. A quick 15-20 minute walk through “Real Mexico” lol and you are there!

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The walk. Pindhin’ it. Ask your punjabi friend what a pindh is if it isn’t clear enough in this pic 😉

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This is the signature symbol of PM.

We also took a day trip to Playa del Carmen but I’m not going to post any pics here because I will be there again in a months time 🙂

Adios for now kiddies!!!