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Jaco City, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Adventures of a girl with the travel bug.

I am the type of woman who sets a goal and allows nothing to stop her from achieving that goal. I am determined, ambitious with life, and persistent with it all. I set a goal to travel more and much to my surprise I visited 5 countries this year. The last country of the year (until next year of course) was Costa Rica. Tropical, rainforest, volcanos, and great times with great people.

My initial thoughts upon arrival was the atmosphere reminded me of a Haiti–it was tropical and humid. We ordered a transfer service provided by the hotel. Though the transfer service was timely in their arrival, we waited for one more couple to join us. As we waited we were directed to a cafe a few steps away and decided to wait there. The food smelled amazing. Rather than fill up on rice and beans and chicken, I ordered a cheese and ham croissant. It was fresh, warm, and flaky! The absolute perfect combination.

The drive from the airport to Jaco City was about an hour and a half. Our driver stopped at local store where we picked up snacks, drinks, and water. (By drinks I mean alcohol..because…vacation). Our driver made a second stop at a bridge where we could see tons of albino gators. It was like a fish pond, only it was filled with gators. Yikes. Not the type of water I would suggest falling into.

We got to the hotel, checked in and relaxed. There wasn't much time for adventure, so we decided to find a restaurant and have some drinks. If you've been following me, I'm sure you can guess what I had to eat. If you guessed whole fish, then you are absolutely right! At this point, I'm convinced it's impossible make a bad whole fish meal. The fish was amazing, I would have preferred red snapper or a thicker fish, but this was delicious and I would definitely order it again. This restaurant was great except for that fact that they jacked up a $20 bill to almost $100. I guess we got hit with a tourist tax and hidden fees? Is that even a thing? The server wasn't even able to clearly articulate or defend the extra charges.

The next day we geared up for some
Adventure ! We decided to go Zip-lining. I was skeptical at first because of my unrealistic fear of heights. The Zip line was set up throughout the rainforest and there was a total of 10 stations. One station was titled "the big daddy" because it was a mile long and it was the fastest zip-line. After the first Zip-line I realized it wasn't all that bad and was actually fun. Actually, I would zip-line over going on a rollercoaster any day.

After zip-lining, we took ATV's and things through the rainforest and to the waterfall. At this point, it was pouring rain and the mud was flying everywhere as We sped through the rainforest.

On the last day, we took a boat out to the Sea so the men could fish. The boat was small and it rained a bit so the waves were violent. Still, it was a great time.


I would highly recommend visiting Costa Rica if you have the opportunity. It was an amazing trip and I would definitely go back and explore some more.

–esquire in love

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The Magical City of Athens 

This year I opened my birthday in Athens, Greece. I landed in this magical city on my born day, cheers to me!

To be completely frank, I initially used Athens as a layover for my true destination, Santorini. However, in true magical  form, Athens proved me wrong.  Powerful–it felt powerful to be in a city that has existed since 3000 BC. It felt powerful to take in a city that existed before God sent his only son to this earth. Athens is powerful. We visited the ancient city. We saw Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, The Parthenon of Athens, and Panathenaic Stadium. I vividly remember growing up in school and learning about greek methodology and being intrigued.  Being in ancient Athens, I learned that to read about these monuments is  one thing but to experience them is something completely different.

I never really believed in greek methodology and I am not sure that I believe in it now. What I do know is that it took an intelligent group of people with unimaginable strength to have built these monuments over 5000 years ago without the technological tools that we are so reliant upon today.  Even when considering the modern day restoration efforts in Acropolis, one must wonder why it takes heavy machinery to restore monuments that were built with only hands.

As a former track athlete with olympic dreams, I had to visit the Panathenaic Stadium–the home of the first Olympic Games. I climbed to the top of the stadium stairs (I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards)  and the view was spectacular. I even took a stab at triple jump, and my shins obviously hated me afterwards.

— Esquire in Love ❤

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Punta Cana: Views from the other side

So, it’s wedding season. I’m not exactly sure who dubbed this season as wedding season—but I don’t make the rules. My brother proposed to an amazing woman and they will be getting married in September. With all weddings comes the bachelorette party! My soon-to-be sister-in-law invited me to partake in her bachelorette festivities. The destination was Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. When I initially learned of the destination I was hesitant. My hesitiaton stemmed from all the negative things i’ve heard and read about how Dominicans have historically treated darker skin people and people of Haitian decent.

What I learned was one should never let the opinions or even experiences of others define your own views and perceptions. The island was absolutely beautiful and the people were very welcoming.  There were some people that were rude and tried to scam us, but they accounted for a small minority of who we actually encountered. Punta Cana was different than other islands. Specifically,  I’ve noticed that on other island the people speak english. In Punta Cana, Spanish was truly the language of the country and it was difficult finding an someone to translate.

Lastly, my favorite part was the diversity of tourist. We met people from all of the world enjoying the island just as we were.  Be young. Be free. and travel.

 

–Esquire in love.

 

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Healthy low carb banana pancakes 

This morning I was craving pancakes for breakfast. However, I didn’t think that the traditional buttermilk pancakes would have been conducive to my healthy eating diet. So I needed an alternative and decided to try those three ingredient pancakes I’ve been seeing on pintrest. The end result was DELICIOUS.

Ingredients:

Two Bananas

Two eggs

2 tsp of cinnamon

2 tsp of baking powder.

 

Instructions: place the two banana in a bowl and use a masher or a large spoon to mash the bananas. Then mix all the ingredients together in a bowel. Hit up a skillet with your choice of olive oil, coconut oil, or butter. Pour in the pancake mixture to your desired portion size.  Cook for about 5-8 minutes on one side and then flip over using a spatula to cook the other side. Remove from the skillet and enjoy!

 

 

 

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The Chronicles of the Haitian-Cuban

In the most spontaneous series of events, a group of 8 women and 2 men decided to pack their backpacks and board a flight to Havana, Cuba. Cuba has become America’s forbidden fruit. While most americans are either hesitant or fearful to travel to Cuba, particularly because of lingering fears from the historical “red scare” followed by a a travel ban, I was not ever fearful. Rather, I was quite the opposite. I was excited mainly because I have family roots in Cuba but also because of my love for travel. The flights were low, the flight was short, and the airbnb was reasonably priced. It was extremely doable to take a weekend trip to Cuba, spend little, and not take a day off from work. So in all actuality, I can meet my billable goals and explore a foreign country. Work hard play hard, call me the travel savvy esquire!

There are not enough descriptive words in the english dictionary to properly explain the remarkable beauty that is Havana. It was as if the airplane was a time machine and we were transported to the 1960’s and everything was left completely untouched. Havana is uncorrupted from the modern day travesties that are both a gift and a curse. There are no GPS systems and yet with only a mere address the taxi can take you to your exact destination. The buildings were colorful and beautiful. The streets of Old Havana are paved with stone. Actually, to be a bit more relatable, it was as if the time machine took us back to old Miami. The Miami that was before the greed of money and high rises corrupted it.

As an island girl, I thought Havana would be just like any other island. Small, tropical, and beautiful sand. To my surprise, Havana was so much more. There were so many moments when I walked down the streets of Havana and felt as though I had been dreaming. None of it seemed real. I guess it was hard to imagine a city without the pollution, traffic, rudeness, litter, and people too occupied with their phones that they can’t say hello.

Havana is breathtaking, it is fun, and it is absolutely beautiful.