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I hope you won’t mind indulging me in one more set of pictures from Cartagena (yesterday’s set here).  New York City looked so cool and quirky to me on my way home last night.  As much as I enjoy exploring a new place and experiencing another culture, I equally love and appreciate returning home to see my own surroundings with a fresh perspective.  If it’s been awhile since you’ve been anywhere, take at least a day and get out of town!

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IMG_3967 I’m back in New York after a relaxing, sweaty week in Cartagena, Colombia. I most loved the colors of this highly walkable city. We stayed in a sweet guesthouse in Getsemani, a once run down and dangerous neighborhood that is now home to many delicious restaurants, small hostels and hotels and lots of street murals. During the day young kids played soccer in the neighborhood square; at night people sat along its perimeter eating and drinking from food carts.

When we weren’t in Getsemani, we were a short walk away exploring the windy streets of the walled-in colonial old city. It was so hot during the afternoons that we were constantly stopping to eat or drink something. The food was delicious, fresh fruit and juice is available at almost every turn. We ate amazing ceviche, arepas and empanadas from street vendors, drank limonada de coco (coconut limeaid) and, my favorite, fresh strawberry-lychee juice.

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My time at home was awesome. Ohio was greener than ever. There were so many wonderful things about being home. Here are just a few:

Swimming in Lake Erie and learning about the water snakes.

Ate BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Cedar Point.

Had a sunset golf cart ride through Put In Bay.

Made french toast, drank coffee and waiting for the storms to pass in Huron.

Saw a Friday Night Flick in Lakewood park and sat by the water and looked at the super moon.

Had two wonderful family dinners in our back yard and watched the sunsets.

Biked the Towpath on Albert’s birthday.

 

I had the mostly lovely weekend in New Mexico for the bachelorette of my beautiful friend Alison. With all of the planning and logistics I never really thought about the fact that I would be going to New Mexico for the first time. I really loved it. The drive from Denver to Taos was so gorgeous. The mountains and the plains were unreal. Overall, the whole weekend was so great and I recommend Taos to anyone who is interested. Here are some of my favorite parts from the weekend:

Downtown Taos

Downtown Taos

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The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

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Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

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The Stars

The Stars

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These girls

These girls

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