A Story of Transformation

A Story of Transformation

  When I look in the mirror, I like what I see.  I wish I was taller, there are times during the year that I gained some pounds that I wish I could get rid of, and if I could choose, I would not mind having a smaller booty.  These are all silly wishes in the big scheme of things and not anything to stress over. However, what happens when you wake up in the morning and you do NOT like what you see?  Does this not apply to most people at some point in life?  Don’t we ALL have to go through a process of self-love and self-acceptance after pain and disappointments?  Imagine if this feeling went a step further.  What would happen if you feel like one gender on the inside, but your body is the opposite gender?  For one second, imagine living in a Halloween costume that you cannot take off at the end of the night. I do not know what it is like to be born a man any more than I know what it is like to be born a Scottish woman.  I have no idea what a Chinese person feels like when they visit their grandparents after having been born and raised in The United States, but then they are judged by others for not speaking the language.  I have zero idea of what it means to be black and the struggles and prejudice that they go through.  However, that does not mean that I cannot find common ground in their story to reach a place of compassion and understanding for their...
Five Things to Do in Ibiza for Introverts

Five Things to Do in Ibiza for Introverts

Foam parties until dawn, music that may forever tarnish your ear drums, sex, drugs, and rock & roll.  That is what people think of when they hear that you are going to Ibiza.  I noticed the party starts on the plane on the way there.  Until this day it has been the most noisy of flights ever.  It got so bad that the pilot faked turbulence just to get us all to sit down and be quiet.  However, I learned that we get the experience we are looking for and moving my booty to booze and other recreational activities was not on my personal plans for Ibiza.  I wanted a lot of alone time, reading good books, and just enjoying the people watching and discovering what it is that makes this place so special.  Ibiza feels like you have landed on another planet and the beaches are as different from each other as if you were in an entirely different place.  I believe this is as close to paradise as possible.  My introduction to Spain was this island before later venturing out to the mainland. I definitely did not go for foodie adventures since the island pretty much caters to tourists, worldwide, but I did discover Pintxos on this island.  All in all it was an absolutely memorable time and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  To read about food in Spain check out my post: 12 Yummy Barcelona Experiences. #5 LET IT ALL OUT:  On my first day I arrived from London, where it was already getting chilly so I had to quickly get rid...
The Un-Life of a Train Conductor Vs. Trump’s America

The Un-Life of a Train Conductor Vs. Trump’s America

When I tell people I was once a train conductor I get a big gasp of disbelief.  It seems I am not the image of a train conductor and I am pretty sure I do not look like Tom Hanks.  However, I really hated it when people didn’t have their ticket or when passengers wanted to use some lame excuse as to how I was “singling” them out because of some irrelevant yet a hot trending issue.  It is not easy being around hundreds of people every day.   Managing different personalities with lack of sleep combined with the over-worked lives of our travelers is a skill that cannot be taught. However, the position taught me how to observe people from all walks of life and how to eventually be able to write articles like this one. The truth is that at one point I LOVED being a train conductor.  I was able to use the train for free and I took advantage of that very much.  I was able to go from one side of the country to the other.  I was able to hop in my car (yes, my car) from Virginia to Florida as I wined and dined on the Auto train.  It was a magnificent time and I enjoyed every minute of it—until I didn’t.  See, riding the train and working on one are two totally separate experiences. I wrote this article to honor all the railroad employees and  staff from the Engineers to the Snack bar employees and Train conductors.  I call it the “un-life” because so much of our everyday lives are sacrificed.  From...
A Taste of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand

I first visited Thailand in 2015 as a solo traveler.  Thailand had always been on my list of places to explore and I loved it so much that I decided to stay a month.  During this month, I explored a “Taste” of Thailand and I realized that it was the perfect trip for the first time visitor.  As a beach lover, I knew that I would love this country and its beaches and it sure did NOT disappoint.  If you are a foodie, this is one of those places that the food is a destination as well.  I loved everything about it.  If Thailand has always been on your list but you do not think you can afford it—-I have designed this “Luxury On A Budget” package just for you. The trip includes TEN nights in Thailand and we will be visiting the main attractions in Bangkok as well as experiencing your first island on this enchanting part of the world.    The itinerary includes a visit to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha), and Wat Arun.  I love my tour groups to connect with each other so I provide a local and traditional dinner so that we can all introduce ourselves.   In addition, I want people to have free time to enjoy themselves.  Whether you are a night owl or an introvert at heart—I will provide input on where to go and what to do.  I will not judge you.  Whatever happens in Thailand is YOUR business:) Once we arrive in Ko Samet, we will do a day tour of Ko Samet beaches as well...
Trump Slump

Trump Slump

        The unimaginable has happened.  The world must get used to President Elect Donald Trump.  Even typing this requires great effort on my part.  Who am I?  I am not a celebrity, a lobbyist, a politician or anyone that the world would call ¨important.¨  As a matter of fact, I am a private citizen of The United States.  I am an immigrant and for the purpose of this article the world labels me as being Latina.  In addition, I am a woman that wants to see other women treated with respect.  It has taken me over 36 hours to process this information and to go from disbelief to acceptance of what is.  I can write about what a tragedy this is or I can choose to focus on what to do next.  Initially, my reaction was to cry and feel angry that America has chosen this man as their leader.  However, after I got through these initial feelings,   I realized that I was not angry because of Trump.  I was able to pin-point that I was angry because of the consciousness that created him.  He is simply a symptom of a larger problem.  He is the materialization of fear, hate, and bigotry that has been suppressed in our culture for far too long.  For a while now, ¨political correctness¨ has become more important than actually voicing our truths.  Trump has facilitated this process by giving people permission to voice their fears and their hatred towards immigrants, minorities, homosexuals, Islam, and whatever else they can direct their hatred and fear towards.   I am upset because humanity...
Synchronicity Travels and My Commitment to Budget Travelers

Synchronicity Travels and My Commitment to Budget Travelers

Dear Traveler, I just got back from a wonderful trip to Europe and wanted to share my commitment to budget travelers everywhere.  I do not travel just to see beautiful places and eat yummy foods.  For me, the benefits of traveling outweighs what our five senses can perceive.  For me, the joy of meeting people that are different to our way of life helps us grow and learn outside of our daily bubble.   On one end, we appreciate others as a part of the bigger picture and their contribution to OUR WORLD.  On the other end, we feel the common thread that we are all united no matter where our roots are.  It is my goal to share with others this inexplicable energy that happens when we immerse ourselves in other places.  Synchronicity happens in our lives but we are not always aware of this energy.  It is a passion of mine to create memories that start with our imagination and to allow these materialized experiences to transform our lives. One evening in Thailand, I could swim and eat dinner while going back and forth between swimming and eating.  A group of us sat quietly enjoying a Thailand sunset, eating amazing food, and enriching each other by sharing the moment regardless of the fact that we all had a different language.  We were an International family for that moment in time.  I live for moments like this and I consciously create them. In retrospect, my travel career started a very long time ago.  I was once a NYC tour guide and have also given walking tours of Washington...