An Afternoon at Claridge’s for High Tea

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I had always wanted to go to a swanky High Tea in London. As a student, I didn’t have the means to go to the nicest ones and during my previous visits to London, I never had the time to do it. I had nothing to do for a few hours on a Friday afternoon and felt like treating myself so I said, why not. After a five minute Google search for “the best High Tea in London”, I called Claridge’s and asked for a reservation for 4 pm. The gentleman told me they didn’t have any availability and I…

The Short on London

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Oh, London. You never cease to amaze me. I hate the power you have over me. I can be anywhere else in the world and still miss your busy streets, crappy weather and lovely architecture. There’s something about you and I can’t put my finger on it. Although I loved Rio de Janeiro, in the back of my head I was counting down the days to arrive to London. My overnight flight to London was delayed three hours but 12 hours later, I was in my favorite place in the world and I’ll admit – I even got a little teary eyed…

An Afternoon in a Favela

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Before I write about my experience in a favela, you should know what a favela is. It’s a a slum located within or on the outskirts of the country’s large cities, especially Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It’s a neighborhood made up of shanties constructed from salvaged or stolen materials and most – if not all – are run by drug-trafficking gangs. It is the stage of murders, revenge killings and fire-bombings and no one – including Brazilian police are allowed to go in. In 2010 authorities began a “pacification” program to regain control of these communities from armed…

The (Cuban) Girl from Ipanema – The First 24 Hours

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Rio de Janeiro was such a fantastic experience. I arrived on a Wednesday morning at 7:30 am after an 8 1/2 hour flight from Miami on TAM airlines, where I ate M&Ms to my heart’s content and watched an abysmal but mildly entertaining Hugh Grant film. Great airline though!   Yay for legroom! Upon my arrival I was greeted by a long line at customs. After my 30-minute ordeal, I got a taxi to take me to my apartment from one of the kiosks at the airport. 

5 Most Common Solo Travel Questions—Answered!

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I’m about to embark on a two month journey to several countries. Excited doesn’t even begin to cover it. I travel often, either by myself or with friends and family but I haven’t planned a holiday quite like this. Other than that time I moved to England almost ten years ago, I haven’t really been out of the country for such a long period of time.  Obviously, taking a trip like this alone and as a woman may be considered a bit unorthodox by some. So here are the top five questions I get asked when I tell people about…