I am one lucky girl. I am blessed to have amazing friends who will go to the ends of the earth with me… A couple of girlfriends and I conceived the idea for this trip over a year ago – at the time seeming like it was infinitely far away, and we didn’t know if it would actually happen, or that it would end up being as amazing as it was. I’m chalking it up as one hell of a birthday celebration as we left two days after I turned 30 – what a way to ring in the beginning of a new year and decade of life.

We enjoyed a great combination of relaxation, sightseeing, going out and having chill nights. We had some wonderful food and obviously amazing caipirinhas. I’ve made my first attempt at recreating this classic Brazilian drink at home, and am excited to share with you soon the best caipi out there. I couldn’t have asked for better company or a better experience, which was truly one of the best trips I’ve taken.

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Ever eager to see the world, try new foods and embark on adventures, I leapt at the invitation to join some friends in Colombia for a week and a half. We’ve had this trip planned since October, and it was amazing to finally be there. There were five of us and we filled our days with scuba diving, laying on the beach, eating ridiculous amounts of whole fried fish with coconut rice and plantains, visiting the mountains and touring Cartagena – ‘The Walled City’ which is a charming colonial town and biggest tourist destination in Colombia. We spent the majority of our time; however, based out of El Rodadero, a very popular beach destination for Colombian tourists. I loved all the fish (albeit after the first week I was craving steak, chicken and a good old fashioned sandwich), the warm, clear water that you can jump into and laze around in without any reservations, and the fact that we all just wanted to relax, sleep and read. We got a cooking lesson from our friend’s aunt, so I am hoping to recreate coconut rice sometime soon for you all, but until then, hopefully the below photos will give you a little taste of what what is was really like.