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Altar in Tzintzuntzán for Day of the Dead

Experiencing Day of the Dead in Michoacán: Morelia + Pátzcuaro + Tzintzuntzan + Janitzio Island

Ever since I found out I was going to move to Mexico I was ecstatic that I would finally get to experience Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) the Mexican holiday in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Many in the USA believe that Day of the Dead is an extension of Halloween and this misconception couldn't be more wrong. Día de Muertos is not a gloomy or morbid occasion, but a festive and colorful celebration…

La Joya Honda

La Joya Honda; San Luis Potosí’s Secret Natural Wonder

Coming from the flatlands of the midwest B and I were instantly mesmerized with the mountain ranges that surround San Luis Potosí. Not being a city girl and having a strong need to be surrounded by nature I was quick to ask the locals about hiking routes nearby, only to be told that there weren't any and that it wasn’t safe to hike in the area.    After almost a year had gone by (read more about our expat story) and…

Driving in Cuba

Havana, Cuba Photo Journal – Part 1

Our trip to Cuba may have started out with some headaches, but they quickly dissipated as we found ourselves walking down streets frozen in time. Each moment a scene out of a 1950's movie, classic American cars driving down the street, 1950's architecture, and a Betty Boop themed restaurant. After our breakfast at Betty Boom (yes, I said Betty Boom) we booked a classic car tour around Havana through our Air BNB friend. He called up a friend who owns…

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato; Mexico’s Most Colorful City

Our short Guanajuato adventure stared with a 2.5 hr bus ride from San Luis Potosí to Guanajuato. Leaving at 7 a.m. and arriving close to 10 a.m. with a few stops along the way. I love taking the buses here in Mexico because they are safe, cheap (around $20-25 USD), and air conditioned! It is easy way to travel if you don't have a car or don't want to worry about driving, since many of the towns close to San…

Heidelberg Project Detroit

Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is a 30 year, two-block art creation that was started in 1986 by Tyree Guyton. It contains elements of recycled materials and found objects, most of which were salvaged from the streets of Detroit. Each work of art is carefully decided to tell a story about current issues plaguing society. It was developed in part as a political protest, as Tyree Guyton’s childhood neighborhood began to deteriorate after the 1967 riots. This constantly evolving work transformed a…

wall mural detroit

Detroit: A Photo Journal

"We've been considered many things: a city in decay, a city in distress and without hope. However, we have never given up and we never say die. We are born fighters, we rise from the ashes. We are a community that believes in our future despite whatever anyone throws against us. We are Detroit." - Fel3000ft Detroit has gotten a bad rap. People outside of Michigan (and some in the state) have a misconstrued idea of the Motor City, people often…

wetmorebeach

A Northern Michigan Adventure

I'll be back in my home state of Michigan for the month of April to finish some requirements for my graduate degree. After I booked my ticket I found out that the school district I will be working in actually has Spring Break the first week of April. This unplanned week quickly morphed into an impromptu trip with my sister to visit my brother and future sister-in-law in the Upper Peninsula of northern Michigan. My brother moved to Marquette, MI a few…

San Luis Potosí

San Luis Potosí City Centre Tour

San Luis Potosí, Mexico is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. The city sits at an elevation of 6,700 feels. The city is named after Louis IX of France who is the city's patron saint. Potosí was added in reference to the rich mines of Potosí, Bolivia. The exploitation of silver and gold mines in Cerro de San Pedro near San Luis, was the main reason for the founding of the city…

Salvation Mountain View

Salvation Mountain and Joshua Tree Roadtrip

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill  My favorite thing about traveling are the friendships you make along the way. I met my soul sister on my first trip abroad. We met in 2011 at a surf hostel in Bali, Indonesia. We quickly bonded over our love for nutella and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  I have always found it enchanting how traveling has the capability to bind people together or tear them apart. I have witnessed the remains of both…

Prayer Flags, Clouds, and Trail Map Mt.Fuji Japan

Once a Wise Man, Twice a Fool – Climbing Mt. Fuji

There is a Japanese proverb about climbing Mt. Fuji: “He who climbs Mt. Fuji is a wise man; he who climbs twice is a fool.” 「富士山に一度も登らぬバカ、二度登るバカ」 Growing up I remember playing with my mom's hiking stick from Mount Fuji. She shared her story of climbing Mount Fuji and told us of how special the hiking stick was to her, I imagine in an effort to get us to stop using it as a fighting stick. We learned that when she…