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4 Days In Mexico City (Part 3 of 3): Teotihuacan & Polanco

When I was planning this trip, I had a hard time figuring out what to see and do in Mexico City over a long weekend.  I also had to consider what was feasible on this trip given that our baby was coming as well.  My hope is that by sharing what we did each day, others who are looking for a short visit to Mexico City will find the information useful. Read more >>

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Trishia Jacobs - March 4, 2015 - 9:25 am

I am impressed that you can actually hike up to the top of these pyramids because I understand that you can’t at Chichen Itza — or the pyramids in Egypt. These must be the only ones a person can really climb??
Thanks again for all this info!

JustWanderlust - March 4, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Hi Trishia – I don’t think you can climb the Egypt ones but it’s because they aren’t step pyramids. I climbed Chichen Itza when I went; I had no idea they stopped allowing that! It is probably better that people aren’t allowed to climb the pyramids in the interest of preserving them. :)

karim idali - May 27, 2015 - 10:39 am

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4 Days In Mexico City (Part 2 of 3): Bosque De Chapultepec & El Zócalo

When I was planning this trip, I had a hard time figuring out what to see and do in Mexico City over a long weekend.  I also had to consider what was feasible on this trip given that our baby was coming as well.  My hope is that by sharing what we did each day, others who are looking for a short visit to Mexico City will find the information useful. Read more >>

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Trishia Jacobs - February 26, 2015 - 6:34 pm

Enjoying this. Making me hungry:)!

4 Days In Mexico City (Part 1 of 3): Arrival, Coyoacán/San Angel, & Plaza Garibaldi

When I was planning this trip, I had a hard time figuring out what to see and do in Mexico City over a long weekend.  I also had to consider what was feasible on this trip given that our baby was coming as well.  My hope is that by sharing what we did each day, others who are looking for a short visit to Mexico City will find the information useful. Read more >>

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Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe - February 24, 2015 - 8:15 am

I’ve always been curious about Mexico city, since I’ve only experienced Mexico’s resort cities. Sounds like a fantastic trip!

Trishia Jacobs - February 25, 2015 - 7:03 am

I so strongly associate Mexico with the coastline and beaches, but there are inland places I want to visit also: San Miguel, Guadalajara and Mexico City. In the US I swear there must be a media machine dedicated solely to bashing Mexico and making it this evil empire. So it’s great to go there in person and see, as you say, such warm, kind people.
As for the Day of the Dead shadow boxes, I agree I wouldn’t want to buy one but I do love their take on honoring the dead instead of our Halloween.

JustWanderlust - February 25, 2015 - 8:06 pm

Karisa – it was an unexpectedly great trip! :)

JustWanderlust - February 25, 2015 - 8:09 pm

Trishia – I agree – there is definitely more to Mexico than the coastline and beaches. After Mexico City, I feel like I’m just at the tip of the iceberg with this underrated country.

What Is The Global Entry Interview Like For A Baby?

Global Entry

About a year ago Mr. T and I were approved for Global Entry.  During my Global Entry interview, the CBP Officer, seeing that I was pregnant, informed me that my baby would need to apply for Global Entry as well since she won’t automatically inherit mine.  I thought it was a quirky rule since I’m not sure how they’d interview a baby, and the interview is one of the main … Read more >>

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Sarah - February 11, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Hi Diana – it’s been a few years and I’m still reading! I messaged you a long time ago about how much I love the blog and how helpful it has been for me, and even after two years I still feel this way! Right now I am trying to decide about studying abroad for next year – I will be going to Paris for the fall semester because in school I study French. I might stay for the whole year, depending on how the credits work. But if I only go for a semester, I am thinking of spending the spring semester somewhere else, like Dublin or the Netherlands. Is there any place you would recommend? It will be spring time and I would still like to be able to travel to lots of places so it would have to accessible. Also, what comes to your mind as the top places to visit while I am there? I have read through many of your posts on your favorite places and where to visit, but I wonder what comes to your mind immediately when you think of interesting and fun places to visit in Europe. I’m sorry for the long comment! Thank you for having an amazing blog :)

Ingrid - February 11, 2015 - 8:23 pm

I’m very jealous of traveler #3! I still haven’t applied for Global Entry.

JustWanderlust - February 19, 2015 - 10:12 am

Traveler #3 is going to be a little explorer (I hope!)! :)

JustWanderlust - February 19, 2015 - 10:25 am

Hi Sarah – thanks so much for reading the blog! :) I’m so excited that you are studying abroad — in hindsight, that was one of the best times of my life. Paris will be great because you’ll already be in the center of everything and you can easily hop on the train to get to other cities in Europe. Does the other place have to be where they speak English (or you can take classes in English)? If so, you should probably look at the list of places that qualify and pick from there. I’m happy to help if you have the list! Otherwise, if language isn’t an issue/restriction, how about Italy? There is sooo much to see there that it’d keep you plenty busy on the weekends. Portugal or Spain may be other good options. I’d recommend going some place in the southern half of Europe so that you can explore southern Europe in the second semester and explore the places north of Paris in the first semester. I really enjoyed Amsterdam, too, and it’s not a bad place to base yourself out of either, but if you’re already going to be in Paris, you could easily take the train to the Netherlands already. :)

Why You Should Be Excited About The Google Translate App

(Photo from here)

(Photo from here)

The other week, a friend posted a screen shot of the Google Translate app translating an Italian sign into English in real time.  Even though the translated outcome (“Does Life Goes Then Lived Ensure To”) was a little, ahem, imprecise, the real-time concept is pretty darn cool.  In addition to translating text live, it can also translate live conversations and handwriting that’s written on the … Read more >>

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15 Quotes That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

We’re already in the second month of the year! What destinations will you explore in 2015?  If you’re on the fence about traveling, if you’ve got a bunch of reasons why you don’t think you can travel, or if you’re waiting for the perfect time to travel, cast your doubts aside and travel in 2015!  But, don’t take my word for it.  These 15 quotes will inspire you to pick up and … Read more >>

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Trishia Jacobs - February 2, 2015 - 8:40 am

LOVE, love, love these quotes!!! Thanks for sharing these. The hubby and I are planning another trip to Europe this fall [we went in the spring of 2013] and I know we face a million choices and will change our minds a thousand times before we finalize our itinerary. I’m getting out the dry erase board today!haha! Do we go here first or start at this end and circle north or do we ….!:)

JustWanderlust - February 3, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Hi Trishia – lucky you to be going back to Europe! Figuring out the itinerary can be the best or worst part of trip planning, but it’s worth it in the long run! :)