Erryting Irie!

Walk abouts in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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We’re about to cross the border between Casta Rica and Panama!

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This river separates both countries

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Decided to take a weekend trip to Panama for Carnival

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She tattooed all the places she has been to on her back

 

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This guy was just hanging out
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Cocles beach is famous for it’s surfing

Every weekend, local vendors are out selling handmade everything

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These are all hand made faces from dried coconuts. Talk about having a laugh!

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Decorative pipes
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Everything irie

 

 

 

 

To be humbled… is to feed pigs

So I know it isnt Friday but this was too amazing not to share. We filmed this a couple weeks ago and I am not uploading it. And holy cow, these pigs are huge! I am about 5’1 and their backs come up to my waist! This was an amazing experience though, we had a lot of fun and I had the chance to do something I had never done before!

Dont mind my sillyness 🙂

 

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And the count down has begun. Hold on to your hats!!

Hey everyone! so sorry we went AWOL for a while! There has been so much to so with preparations for the trip and getting things together for the final countdown (dun dun dun!). I woke up Sunday morning and  thought we leave in exactly one month (holy moly thats so soon!)

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You never know how much stuff you have in your home until you’re ready to move out.

well maybe it isnt that much, but it sure feels like it!! We both contacted some local charity organizations to collect the items in our apartments. It was bittersweet but knowing that the furniture would be given to someone who needs it was well worth it!

Oh! And my passport came in the mail last week! Things. Just. Got. Real. -_-

We have a lot of upcomming information and cant wait to post it all!!

International health concerns: Why I choose not to leak from both ends

illustration by Liz Szabo, USA Today

I have been taking more of an effort to learn about different health concerns around the world. Staying healthy is obviously a big concerns for those who are traveling away from home, especially internationally. Airports, taxi cabs, communal bathrooms all increase the chances for getting sick. I recently read a great blog that had a lot of wonderful travel information. Check it out here. Different countries have higher statistics of travelers who become sick after being exposed to new germs that the traveler would not normally come in contact with.

But I refuse to fall to these statistics!

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a listing of travel guidelines for travelers to read to ensure their health while away from home. They give information on being “Proactive, Prepared, and Protected!” Along with the CDC information, I have compiled a list of helpful tips to use when traveling, both close to home and miles away.

photo via mint.com

1. Know the health concerns of where you are going: Be sure to learn about vaccines that are needed if you are going to another country or even another continent. (Dont forget about the flu shot) Growing up and living primarily in one area can make a traveler more susceptible to health concerns that are not native where you live. Also be sure to learn about the water quality of the area that you are traveling to also. If necessary, have water purification tablets or a water filter. (nothing is worse that being caught with your pants down, literally!)

2. Be sure to have a list of all health issues: I have learned when traveling, both alone and with friends that it is important to make sure that if something were to happen, emergency personnel knew my allergies, emergency contacts and important health information about me. Be sure to have a list of medication allergies as well as a list of current medications that you may be taking for quick reference in the event of an emergency.

3. Have bug spray: Creepy Crawlies are all over the world. Being from the western part of the world, I know that there are many critters that I have yet to discover. Critters that can cause rashes, welts, fevers, and… *ahem* leakage that I am not interested in having. Be sure to have antiseptic spray or antihistamine spray in the event that you are allergic to a new bug bite.

4. Wash hands: This is a bit of a given, but should be taken more seriously with being in a new area. It is one thing to not wash your hands after petting your family pet, and quite another after grabbing the handrail of a street car in another country. Be mindful of not touching your face or eyes until hands are clean.

5. Be careful of new foods: I love food. Period. And it takes a lot to separate me from it. But I am always careful when I travel to other countries where food borne illnesses can be a concern. I enjoy going to street markets and farmers markets but am always careful of what I eat and how it is prepared. Be sure to know what is in food that is prepared and always be aware of consuming raw foods in a new country as well.

This is a good list to reference to when traveling internationally and wanting to be aware of potential health concerns and the possibility of bodily leakage (which im sure I speak for everyone when I say no one wants to experience this)

Do any of you have suggestions for other travel health concerns? I’d love to hear them!

Ay! Whats all this about?!

So, I have something to share. It isn’t often that I talk about myself, let alone open myself up to discuss some of my deepest passions and fears.

Now is one of those rare moments.

Those that know me, know my upbeat, passionate, and thought provoking personality. In school I was always “everyone’s friend”, but It took a while for me to form my own identity. To differentiate me from the vast other 7 billion-ish people in the world.

Who knows, maybe it’s the “quarter century crisis” or this is just a path I am destined to take. Whatever thereason, here goes…

I have to admit, the thought to do this trip wasn’t entirely my own, and I have many people who have inspired me to thank and contine to admire.

Like me, everyone has a story to share. Stories that too often go un heard in the hustle and bustle of every day life. But late one spring evening, my best friend and I pondered: what happens when all is quite and someone is willing to hear that story?

The seed had been planted.

She and I decided we wanted to do something but what? Then the idea came hurdling at me like a train.

We would trek across the world both on foot and on bike hearing, capturing and sharing the voices, lives and stories of those that have not been shared.

Friends and family looked at us on amazement.
Traveling across country, ok? But on a bike? Why not a car?

The answer was simple: In order to capture the truest and rawest essence of human
life- of the human soul, we wanted to be up close, in the most vulnerable and
truest form that we could, and turn that into a documentary that can be shared
for generations to come.

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I cannot do this without you.

Again, thank you all so much. Whether you know it or not, each and every
one have you has touched my spirit in a way that has molded this journey for me.
I can only wish you will continue to travel along side me during it. And my hope
for each of you is that, through my journey you are inspired to find your own.

So, If someone wanted to know your story, would you tell it?