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Yucatan Part II: Tulum and An Announcement!

March 27th, 2015 2 Comments

After Chichen Itza, we drove the few hours back to the coast, meandering slightly south to the beach town of Tulum. I have mixed feelings about this place. Having heard nothing but glowing reviews from friends and other bloggers, I was perhaps expecting more. However, if you are looking for a lovely resort town with a heavily ex-pat community, Tulum is for you. For Jacob and I, it wasn’t quite our cup of tea. Beautiful ocean, absolutely. Friendly people, oh most certainly. Mayan ruins, trendy restaurants, and Californian-run coffee shops? Check, check and check. But (with the risk of sounding like a travel snob) for us it just felt a bit to over-built. So much so, I didn’t really take any photos of the town itself.

On the morning of my birthday, we headed over to the Tulum ruins. This time we beat neither the crowds, nor the sun, though … Continue reading

The Yucatan Part I: Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza

March 24th, 2015 1 Comment

Hello my lovelies! This year for our joint birthday celebration, we sneaked away for a week on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Our first stop was the rather touristy, Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean Sea (which, incidentally, we never did swim in there). We were lucky enough to find the sweetest little boutique hotel called Hotel la Semilla at what I can only describe as the good edge of town (quiet, pleasant, away from the crowds of Quinta Avenida, Fith Avenue). This little haven honestly made the whole experience of Playa for us, and turned out to be our favorite accommodations of the trip.

We did a lot of walking around the bustling little town, seeking out the best tacos and looking in vain for any shops not selling the same ubiquitous souvenirs. A notable meal was in one of the oldest restaurants in Playa, La Cueva del Chango, conveniently … Continue reading

Costa Rica Part II

October 15th, 2014

I would like to dedicate this, the second part of my Costa Rica experience, to my dearest kula. These amazing people, especially my soul family (you know who you are), made this training truly unforgettable. I am so lucky to have shared it with these kind, creative, inspiring individuals. Even more so that though we all had our different lives and personalities, we were able to form a close-knit group with openness, support, and laughter as our watchwords.

Looking back at Blue Spirit from the beach:

Giant cricket! We thought it was a bird when it first flew into the studio. I rescued it, naturally. The sucker was bigger than my hand…

Horse trekking on the final day:

Graduation celebration!

Thank you dearest kula. Thank you Silvia. Thank you Laura. Love and love and love.… Continue reading

Costa Rica Part I

September 17th, 2014

Hello all my lovelies! I’m excited to finally share with you the first installment of photos from last month’s Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training. This experience was truly a wonder, from which I am lucky to take lifelong friends, newfound courage, practical teaching tools, and a heart full of beautiful memories. The retreat center, Blue Spirit, was a miracle of natural luxury with a silky saltwater pool, the sweetest, most attentive staff, and what has got to be the most glorious yoga studio in the world. Our home for nearly every session, the aptly named Sky Mind Hall had us floating above an emerald canopy of lush Costa Rican jungle, looking out toward the ribbons of breakers marching into the bay. You can see a bit what I mean in the photo below (taken by our endlessly helpful assistant teacher, Laura Hand) of one of our meditation sessions…that’s … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Fiji Part II

August 8th, 2014

Well my darlings, this is it: the last honeymoon post. Many thanks (and congratulations) to those who stuck with the whole series! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. I will leave you with this last glimpse of Fiji, including my birthday and a few recordings (apologies for the camera mic, it seems to only pick up the off notes) of the Likulikui staff choir, which serenaded us on my birthday.

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My friend Mere muddles a mean drink.


I also received a special, giant and very green, cake one my birthday.

We left so deeply relaxed, the feeling of tranquility stayed with us for weeks. And possibly the snorkel marks.

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With that, it’s on to the next adventure! I am leaving at the crack of dawn tomorrow for Nosara, … Continue reading