Going to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea

We’ve written about this multiple times, but going to the Olympics was one in a series of decisions that might have seemed irresponsibly expensive and prohibiting to us when we first started traveling, but by changing our travel approach to focus on experiences rather than time or money spent put an event as novel as…

Hiking the Quilatoa Loop

What Is The Quilatoa Loop? The Quilotoa Loop is a hiking trail that ends at ‘Laguna Quilotoa.’ That doesn’t sound super exciting until I tell you that the Quilotoa Lagoon is inside a massive caldera- aka an exploded volcano! The caldera is 3 km wide, which is the perfect size. Its not so big that…

Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa in Photos

We went to Arequipa to hang out at cafes, eat good food, and generally relax, so we didn’t do a lot of touristing. One of the few attractions on our list was the Santa Catalina Monastery and I am so happy we didn’t decide to skip it. The historical city within a city, that occupies…

Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico City

I have been fascinated and moved by the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead, since I attended a Dia de los Muertos processional the first year I lived in San Francisco. So while we were planing our trip to Mexico I knew I wanted to stick around long enough to participate in the observances of…

The Magic of the Mercado

Undeniably our favorite part of Mexico was the food. We could not get enough of the street tacos or the delicious mole sauce. But, it wasn’t the easiest to eat out as a vegetarian, especially when, after eating ordering mushroom quesadillas six days in a row, I reached my limit on having cheese with every…

On Doing Hard Things

or The Lesson of Hiking the Ausangate Trail Last month we did a four day hike around the majestic Ausangate mountain near Cusco, Peru. It was one of the hardest, most enjoyable, challenging, delightful, fulfilling things I have ever done. Before we left I was obsessed with reading reviews and watching videos about what the…

Explore Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua

We used our last week in Oaxaca to visit all of the local attractions we hadn’t yet made it to and Hierve el Agua was one of those places on our list. But we almost didn’t make it. The petrified waterfall, about 20 miles east of Oaxaca is one of the area’s top tourist sites…

Explore Oaxaca: Our First Big Excursion to Yosondúa

Our First Big Trip out of the City Maggie, the manager of our AirBnB invited us to join her and three friends to this big waterfall called Yosondúa. She didn’t tell us much about it except that was she was trying to figure out logistics of how to get there and where to stay overnight. She…