Thursday, October 30, 2014

Providenciales Part 3: Chalk Sound

If you're ever in Turks & Caicos, you've really got to visit Chalk Sound. It's a little cumbersome to visit because despite the fact that it's a national park, there is no official entrance. You've basically just got to drive around the residential area and pull into empty lots (most of which are for sale) and creep around to get some good views.

Luckily, it's not crowded and the residents aren't bothered by visitors (as long as the visitors aren't on their private property) so it's actually quite nice.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Providenciales Part 2: Bight Reef

Last time we were in Provo (which was also the first time we were in Provo), my sister and I were obsessed with the snorkeling at Bight Reef. Because it was the dry season, the water was crystal clear and the visibility was incredible.

This time around, we were visiting during the wet season, though I'm wondering if I should put quotations around the word "wet" because it only rained once during our trip. Anyway, the water levels in general were much higher and the waves were a little more violent so visibility wasn't great and it was much more difficult to swim against the currents.
Despite the less-than-ideal snorkeling conditions, we managed to swim out here two separate times and I snapped a few photos with my underwater camera to share.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Providenciales Part 1: The Sands

Hello! Yes, I am back from holiday. It was a week of paradise; perfect weather with plenty of sexy sunshine and a completely relaxing itinerary make for the ideal getaway. I'm totally bummed to be back but I'm pretty excited to plan my next adventure. I'm thinking about three trips right now: one nature-filled trip (where my dog can come too), a trip to Italy (Positano is a must-see on my list), and a late summer trip to Greece (Mykonos and Santorini are on my bucket list). Don't worry, if anything comes to fruition, I'll share it right here. In the mean time, I'll be sharing bits and pieces of my trip to TCI.
Up until just a few years ago, I hadn't been the biggest fan of tropical getaways. I'd always been more inclined to visit busy cities (particularly European ones) because I felt like you'd get the most bang for your buck. And besides, I live near the ocean, a beach is a beach, right? But now that I'm older, I appreciate the "lay on the beach all day like some lazy S.O.B." style trips where you're laying on flour-soft white sand whilst staring at crystal clear waters. A beach is not always a beach. The Jersey shore hardly compares to the perfection of the Caribbean.

This might've been the best tropical getaway yet (I say that every time I come back from a trip though so there might not be much merit to that statement). You might know that I'd visited Provo back in 2012. So, because I'd done it before, this time around I felt absolutely no pressure at all. I knew the island so driving around wasn't a pressure-filled anxiety attack with my sister and me yelling at each other to look at the map. I'd seen all there is to see so I didn't feel like I was "wasting" time by sitting and relaxing at the beach all day. And because it was the off-season, it was much less crowded (not that it gets v. crowded there in general) so it was extra relaxing.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Standard Grill

I went out to dinner in the city a a few weekends ago. My three friends and I went to The Standard Grill and had a lovely meal. Excuse the slightly poorer photo quality. I didn't have my good camera but thankfully, my new iPhone is not bad at all.
We started with cocktails.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Cake Toppers

Hi everyone! I'm still on holiday so I'll be sharing T&C related goodies when I return. In the meantime, I wanted to do a quick post on these DIY cake toppers that I made for a friend's wedding.
You'll need:
wooden letters (I got mine from Michaels for about $0.50 each)
spray paint (preferably food safe)
untreated wooden dowels
craft glue

Friday, October 10, 2014

Turks & Caicos: Packing List

Tomorrow, I'm flying to Turks & Caicos for the second time. I'm really excited. I'm definitely in need of a break and I'm excited for beach-worthy weather and sun and sand and surf.

By the way, if you're wondering, "What's so great about T&C that you're heading there again?" Well, first of all, the beaches are pristine. The sand is powdery soft, like flour, and it's white like the background of this blog. The water is crystal clear and unreal and the snorkeling is amazing. Secondly, they use the American dollar and the electricity outlets are the same as the U.S. so it's super convenient. Third, it's so close - 3 hours from the NYC airports - and the flights are typically v. affordable, if you book early enough. It's just the perfect tropical getaway. And now that the weather's getting a bit chilly here, I'm so ready for some steaming hot temperatures.

Here's what I've packed:
turks & caicos 2014

I'm hoping we get a good amount of sunshine but seriously, even if it rains, I'll be on cloud nine. I just need to relax and get away and have some me-time away from work. Last year in Belize, we experienced a rainstorm or two, but it was kind of perfect because our hotel room had a bunch of jigsaw puzzles. What can I say? We love our puzzles and games.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

36 Hours in Toronto: Food

If there's one quality that I must have in a travel partner, it's a mutual love of food. I can't be on holiday with someone who won't get excited about scoping out the best restaurant to grab our next meal. And I can't be on holiday with someone who is satisfied eating ready-made meals from the sad little fridge section of the grocery store.

Luckily for me, H is friggin' awesome and enjoys food as much as I do.
During our 36 hour trip, we managed to hit up five different eateries. Yes, we are impressive. So, be warned, this post is on the longer side.

Monday, October 06, 2014

36 Hours in Toronto: Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley, also known as Rush Lane, was one of the coolest parts of this short Toronto trip. Apparently, every summer, graffiti artists come and take over the corridor for 24 hours of legal vandalism.
We made our way over on our bike share bikes (as I mentioned in my previous post).

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

36 Hours in Toronto: Bike Share

I am not a fan of exercise. Let me clarify, I am not a fan of going to a gym and running in place. However, I love certain active activities. Active activities; I need a thesaurus. Anyway, I love walking so I was excited that Toronto is such a pedestrian friendly city. But then we stumbled upon a bike share stand. I really love biking and H biked everywhere when she lived in the Netherlands so we were sold immediately.
It's $7 for a 24 hour "subscription" (or $15 for a 72 hour "subscription") and as long as each ride is shorter than 30 minutes, it's free. If you ride around for longer, you'll be charged $1.50 or more depending on the duration.
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