A Taste of India

The clunk of the wheels deploying under the plane jerked me awake. After 20 hours, we were finally there. It was early, sometime between 5am and 6am, and still dark. The lit-up grid below looked like some flattened robot, all these bright buttons, yellow and white and orange. Streams of tiny lights darted across the grid like a line of radioactive marching ants.

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7 Reasons Why Iceland is the Next Big Travel Destination

In case you haven’t heard, Iceland is sort of becoming a thing. In recent years, the country has amped up its tourism efforts—especially in the states—and as a result, everyone and their mom is heading to the Nordic island. If you’re thinking about taking a trip this year, Iceland should be at the top of your list. So, here are the top 7 reasons why you should take a trip to Iceland... 

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Morocco: A Night Camping in the Sahara Desert and a Few Other Gems

As I write this, I'm sitting here in my apartment in Madrid with sand from the Sahara still in my Converse sneakers. When I scrunch up my toes, I can still feel bunches of sand that have become successful little continent-crossing stowaways under my sock. It seems surreal, even now, to think that just a few days ago I was in Morocco, trekking across the Sahara Desert on a camel. 

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Top 9 Things to Do in Granada, Spain

Located in the south of Spain in the region of Andalusia, the city of Granada has become an icon of Spanish culture. Due to its sunny weather, open plazas, and "traditionally Spanish" ambiance, it has become a favorite for many traveling through Europe. If this isn't reason enough to peak your curiosity, here are the top 9 things to do when in Granada that may have you researching flights (or trains) sooner than you thought.

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Why I Travel: A Few Thoughts on Recent World Events (or, Love from Andalucia)

Last weekend, a few friends and I traveled to the south of Spain where five days were spent falling in love with the city of Seville and then Córdoba. Both cities are located in Andalucia, a region just north of Africa, giving it a heavy Moroccan influence in the local art, food, and architecture. Needless to say, the place is a beautiful hodge-podge of culture that gives it a certain life and energy unlike any other in Europe. 

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From Island Girl to City Girl: The Art of Going Outside My Comfort Zone

Every once in a while, I think it’s beneficial to throw ourselves into something that is so out-of-the-ordinary for us. To push ourselves, to do something that scares us (obviously within reason). Because the thing is, it’s always at the edge of our comfort zone that we begin to define, to mold ourselves into who we are. How would we ever grow if we stuck with what we were comfortable with? 

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One for the Record Books: From the Spanish Mainland to Croatia

There are certain trips that go down in the memory bank as “that one trip.” The kind that when you hear a particular song or catch a smell or taste something vaguely familiar, the memories come rolling out of you like a wave, an echo of images and thoughts and feelings reincarnated from another place and time. Where moments come pouring out of you in one long string of images, as if they were sewn together, washing you in all of those good memories.

This past trip was one of those.

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Hiking Mallorca's Epic Torrent de Pareis

I’m a little late on this post, but better late than never. Especially for a hike as worthy as Torrent de Pareis. If you live on Mallorca, you’ve probably heard the name thrown around once or twice. The Gem of Mallorca, I’ve been told on more than one occassion, as if it’s a second name.

I’ve been on my fair share of hikes on the island, and I’ve never seen anything quite like the Torrent de Pareis. Running along the northwest side of the island, beginning in the mountains of Escorca and ending at the beach of Sa Calobra, it’s nothing short of epic. For an average person, it takes around six hours to do and consists of a mix between walking and bouldering down the riverbed (meaning this isn’t a hike to do after or during a heavy rain).

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A Quick Update: South America

Look who's back!  For a very, very short time.

In my last post, I dropped the bomb that I quit my job and was off to South America for a few months' of adventure.  Three months later and I'm back stateside for a hot second before departing (again). 

In short: I regret nothing.  While myself and Kelsey have many more posts planned about our adventures, for now I'll leave you with a few photos to fuel your wanderlust.  After all, I have another plane to catch...;)

xoxo, Krista

P.S.  We have an Instagram!!  Double-tap that ish: @thetoastyavocados

Llamas in Quito, Ecuador

Llamas in Quito, Ecuador

Fun tours in Cusco, Peru

Fun tours in Cusco, Peru

Tropical fruit up to your ears - here, in Quito, Ecuador

Tropical fruit up to your ears - here, in Quito, Ecuador

Goofing around and licking the salt mines in Salineras, Peru

Goofing around and licking the salt mines in Salineras, Peru

Incredible views on Santa Cruz Island - the Galapagos

Incredible views on Santa Cruz Island - the Galapagos

Amazon women - in Cuyabeno, a region of the Amazon in Ecuador

Amazon women - in Cuyabeno, a region of the Amazon in Ecuador

Babes biking around Baños, Ecuador

Babes biking around Baños, Ecuador

Never too much fun in Montañita, Ecuador.  Miss it and the people there.

Never too much fun in Montañita, Ecuador.  Miss it and the people there.

Macchu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the world!  Besides us four.

Macchu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the world!  Besides us four.

Never enough ruins! PERUined in Peru!

Never enough ruins! PERUined in Peru!

Hiking up to Lago 69 in Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru

Hiking up to Lago 69 in Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru

Swimming away in the Amazong...I can't imagine experiencing South America without these girls!

Swimming away in the Amazong...I can't imagine experiencing South America without these girls!


Peter Pan Syndrome

In my fifth grade class this week, all of the students went around the room and said what they wanted to be when they grow up. When all of the students had given their answer, one of the girls raised her hand and said, Kristine, what do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m not going to lie, the whole growing up thing is a little scary (okay a LOT scary). I mean, honestly, does anyone really, fully understand how taxes work, or what exactly a high dividend stock is, or just what exactly makes up your credit score?

Where is the textbook, the college class, the How-to-Be-An-Adult for Dummies book?

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Exploring Caves, a Live Concert in an Underground Lake, Jellies, and More...

From caves created by ancient Genoese sailors to live music concerts in caves, this weekend was one for the record books. Swarms of jellyfish, hikes through pine forests overlooking clear blue Mediterranean water, and boat rides in underground lakes surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites.

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