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Travel journals: Wynwood, sometimes I still need you

Our hotel at Miami was located at Collins Avenue South Beach, which is kind of nice if you're all about the beach, but next time I know better and choose Wynwood instead. Beautiful industrial Wynwood is a totally different side of Miami filled with amazing street art, cozy restaurants, shops, galleries and local breweries. I don't know why now but after returning home from this journey all I've been doing is planning to go back. Best word to describe the feeling I've had since is hiraeth - it means homesickness for a home you can't return to or that never was.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

wynwood between lunch and dinner

For some reason we ended up being hungry always in between lunch and dinner time when most of the restaurants are closed. Good thing we found Wynwood Diner during those hungry hours! This beautiful, cozy, all-american dining place had the most amazing mac & cheese, burgers and blueberry pancakes few to mention. And when every single song on their playlist was something I alredy had or wanted to have on my playlist, I knew I found home <3

 
 
 
 
 

Travel journals: Tulum explore no.2

Part two of Tulum. There's so much to tell so I think I need to create part three also. I've visited many places all around the world, in 19 countries if my calculations are correct, and this is one of the few places I really want to return to as soon as possible. Usually I'd go to a place I've never seen before rather than returning to somewhere I've already been, but two weeks in Tulum area was not nearly enough to see everything there is to see.

At Tulum we stayed in two different hotels at two different locations. It's funny how the vibes can be so different after changing location only by 15 kilometres. So here's about locations.
 

location no.1: rosa del viento

I prefered the first location and hotel: Rosa Del Viento. Bohemian but yet modern bungalow accomodation where you can lay in hammocks by the beach and eat in outdoor restaurant. The hotel was located at the south end of Tulums main beach area as one of the last hotels before the wilderness of Sian Ka'an biosphere.

The road after our hotel towards the heart of Sian Ka'an was bumpy and rough surrounded by thick jungle both sides. We took a bicycle trip to see the lagoon there, but noticed it might have been faster to walk - the road was that bad. With more time, that same road would have taken us 43 kilometres south to Punta Allen, a beautiful small fishertown. By bus trip to Punta Allen takes about 4 hours. So you can probably imagine how the road is if the average speed is 10km per hour by car.

 
 
 
 
 
 

location no.2: pavo real beach

Our second hotel was called Pavo Real Beach, all inclusive hotel where we ate only when we were forced to. The food in all inclusives is never good, this was no exception. Pavo Real was pretty isolated, 10 kilometres north from Tulum center right next to Cenote Manati - a large cenote connected to the sea and once inhabited by manates. This hotel was perfect for chilling by the beach but it didn't have the same relaxed feeling than Rosa Del Viento eventhough the beach bar served Mojitos among the other drinks, all inclusive as well.

But if you were too restless to just lay in the sun, you could always walk around to see pelicans, eagles or huge iguanas living nearby the hotel area. Note to self: don't go too close to iguanas, they don't like it. One of them got mad and chased me around the yard. I guess my boyfriend and the hotel staff had a good laugh on my expense.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No pasar says iguana. This was a friendly one, the evil one who chased me was really really ugly and I was too scared to get a decent picture of him. This Ace Ventura is done with iguanas for now. Peace out <3

Travel journals: Tulum explore no.1

As november tends to be pretty dark and gloomy here in Finland, I decided to take 3 weeks off from office work, grab my camera and book few flights into the sun. Much more inspiring than cold november rain in Helsinki! Our first stop was Tulum Mexico, the home of beautiful beaches, cenotes and maya ruins. Here's a preview, more coming up later.
 

no.1 / the sun & our hoods

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

no.2 / the storm and rain

 
 
 
 
 

Travel journals: Dubai & The World Islands

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Käytiin tekemässä nopea pyörähdys Dubaissa jokunen viikko sitten. Tämä oli mun ensimmäinen kerta siellä, enkä oikein tiedä minkälainen kuvittelin kaupungin olevan, mutta jotenkin se silti yllätti. Dubai muistutti jollain tapaa Singaporesta, mutta sellainen tietynlainen autenttinen fiilis jäi puuttumaan.

Tässä fiiliksiä The World -saarilta iPhone-otoksien muodossa.

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Tavoite seuraavalle reissulle: hanki kunnon kamera ja kuvaa sillä iPhonen sijaan. Olen viimeiset 3 vuotta hoitanut reissukuvaamisen iPhonen kameraa käyttäen, joten olisi mukava joskus katsoa minkälaista jälkeä saisi aikaan jos olisi oikeasti kunnon kamera jolla kuvata. Ei mitään massiivista järkkäriä, vaan joku tosi kompakti ratkaisu, jolla kuitenkin saa kivannäköistä jälkeä aikaan. Ehdotuksia?