Snapshot of Iceland, PT. 1

Sorry friends, family and followers!

I’ve neglected my blog for some time (life gets busy…you know) but you’ll start seeing posts more frequently with images from my recent travels – starting with Iceland.

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Skógafoss, Southern Iceland

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Typical picturesque views from Ring Road

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Fun street art in Reykjavík

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The clear and very cold Silfra water that you can snorkel or scuba dive in at Þingvellir National Park

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Check out all of those stars!

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Farm along Ring Road in South Iceland

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Solheimajokull Glacier hiking

Stairs in Peru

 

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TBT Snapshot of Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro

 

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Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Underwater fun in the Western Caribbean

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New York City adventure

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Here we are holding a Mac and Cheese recipe book which I received as a present from my father (the peanut next to me).  In search of the perfect Mac and Cheese my father booked a sightseeing day in NYC and a delightful dinner at one of NYC’s top restaurants known for their Mac and Cheese!

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We started off our day with visiting the empire state building and going all the way to the observatory point, boy were we high! (Just a suggestion, during holiday season I would recommend buying the express pass, it saved us a few hours of waiting in a line!)  We then visited a unique art gallery which featured an exhibition on Hurricane Sandy, which displayed photographs of the damage that had been done in the New York and New Jersey area.

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We finally ended the day with Bacon Mac & Cheese at Heidi’s House which was delicious.  The small restaurant can only fit about 22-25 people, and was fully packed only 30 minutes after opening.  We also had their delicious chocolate soufflé.  I would recommend going here if you have a cheese and chocolate craving!

Paths I’ve Taken.

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Jersey Shore

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An East Coast Weekend

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Nothing beats the aesthetically pleasing, beautiful colors of Fall.

Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)

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There were a ton of beautiful tree pathways.

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My new statue friends….

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…them too.

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Even the simple picnic areas are colorful.

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Nice restaurant on the grounds, French-Country cuisine, Rats Restaurant!

New Orleans

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Aha! I knew I’d catch your attention with some food!  Oh yes, this photo (and all the photos following) were taken from my iPhone, they tasted better than they looked!  These wings were from Daisy Dukes- I got a tip from a local, he said they were the best wings in New Orleans, and boy was he right!  (If you like them extra crispy, tell the waitress you’d like them “fried hot”!)

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These chili cheese fries were also from Daisy Dukes, yum yum!  You are probably wondering why in the hell do I have no pictures of some of their delicious and famous seafood?!  I am sad to say, I’m not a huge fan of seafood.

Side note: I have no photos that will do it justice, but some of the best desserts are from Palace Cafe- in particular the white chocolate bread pudding, you will not be disappointed. (I actually have the recipe, long story, so just ask!)

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…I also went on a swamp tour and met this big guy, along with….

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…this little guy!

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Policemen on towering horses throughout Bourbon Street was interesting.  The French Quarter at night is so wonderful; you can get crazy walking in the streets with your oversized drink, bounce around to various bars (country music, hip hop, smooth and relaxing jazz, among many other “vibes”), or just spend a magical night taking a ride around the city in a carriage; this city has got it all, it’s fun and enjoyable for all ages.

One thing that made me *happy and feel at home* in New Orleans was how proud the locals were, they loved their city, and it showed; all guests were treated with hospitality, even the homeless were helping out the ridiculously drunk kids on the street… now that’s love!

Guatemala

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Just outside of Xela

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Hike to….

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Laguna Chicabal

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Nice hike from a Finca called Nueva Alianza to a waterfall!

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Beautiful sunset on my way home from the Finca!

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One of the many delicious meals my home stay mom made me.

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Chocolate con leche, yum yum yum!

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I was fascinated watching her make all of the colorful scarves and clothes.

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Some serious balance right there!