Housing Updates and Lessons Learned

When we chose our Spanish Teacher & School, we also discovered a new friend.  Katya was instrumental in connecting us with one of her wonderful realtor friends.  Through this friend, we were able to find a great beach rental property for a fraction of the cost, given our length of stay. We will be staying at this property for 3 months.  It sits walking distance from the beach and has three bedrooms, a lovely kitchen, and even a community pool. Thankfully it offers Wifi, which we will need, and is close enough to… Read More

Stalked by a Lion

While you may have imagined for years what it would be like to come face to face with an imposing, stately lion, pursuing unsuspecting prey in his natural habitat, nothing quite prepares you for the bewildering deluge of contradicting emotions that flood through you as the scene unfolds, just steps away.  All that stands between you and this massive, powerful beast…is nothing. My husband, Ryan, and I watched helplessly as an abandoned newborn water buffalo we had just befriended unwittingly, began to cry.  His hushed whimpers grew quickly into a loud wail… Read More

Our Leopard Encounter

This was quite possibly the biggest highlight of our African Safari, with the lion cubs being right up there with this experience! To enjoy safari in Samburu, we chose to stay at Larsen’s Camp, which sits right by the river.  We were warmly embraced when we arrived at Larsen’s Camp and made to feel right at home.  After giving us a few moments to relax and get settled in, the staff invited us to lunch, which they had set up for the two of us right by the river. I was so… Read More

Chichen Itza

What an adventure we had traveling to Chichen-Itza in 2012, our first family vacation to the Cancun/Riviera Maya area.  We were staying in Cancun at the time, and decided to rent a car, visiting the ancient ruins of Chichen-Itza, Coba, and Tulum all in the same day . Some people advise against this, but if you’re adventurous and able to get an early start, I say go for it.  Just make sure to bring a lot of water, snacks, sunscreen, and something to keep the sun off your face. We preferred to… Read More