Sunshine Blogger Award

          Viajando Together has been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!award

 

It is an honor to be nominated by Fede, (by the way, THANK YOU Fede for this nomination) Fede is a fellow blogger who shares her passion for travel like many of us. Her blog La Depaysee, is positive, clear and an inspiration for people of all ages. I invite you to visit her blog, you won’t regret it. No wonder she is been nominated several times with different awards. Click here to check some of her posts:

Fede, La Dépaysée               https://abelinati.wordpress.com/

Sunshine Blogger Award is a great opportunity to encourage bloggers to continue writing about their passions. It’s a way to inspire and feel inspired by others. It’s a reward for what you do.

                                                                         Thanks for the Award!

 

The Rules

Post the award on your blog

Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you

Answer 11 questions that have been assigned to you

Nominate 11 deserving bloggers for the award

Ask 11 questions to your nominees

 

 

Here are the questions I was asked and my answers to them:

1) What is your favorite drink? 

Few years ago was the mojito (I’m cuban) and a good mojito with yerba buena its delicious, but in the present time, I prefer red wine.

2) If you could gain a talent/skill, which one would you choose?

I would like to be able to sing. I’m a terrible singer:(

3) Have you ever felt alone in your life? What circumstance did make it happen?

I think most of us have felt lonely at least once in our life time. I felt like that when I left my family and became an immigrant

4) Where are you from? And what country would you have liked to be born or just to live in? 

I am from Cuba. I have not regrets for being born in Cuba, but I which to live in Spain at some point in my life.

5)Do u like more the sea or the mountains? Explain why.

I love the ocean, I have Caribbean blood in my veins. It just relaxes me, the color, the sound, the smell.

6) What is/are your hobby/ies?

I have many hobbies: I’m ALWAYS planning trips, I blog, I read and write (I published a book in 2011), and spend time with my family and friends.

7) What is your favorite cuisine?

Italian

8)When did you have the best and the worst moments of your life?

The moments of my life were when both of my daughters were born. The worst? When my mother died.

9)What is your biggest fear/s?

I’m afraid of high, but my biggest fear is not to live long enough to see the world 

10) What is your favorite language?

Spanish

11)What do you do when you feel depressed?

Grab some travel magazines and go to the beach

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My nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Awards are blogs with personality, they express happiness and an irresistible love for travel. Check them out and see if you agree with me:

  1. Italophilia

2.Little Miss Traveler, Love Travelling

3. Kaitlyn, Me, Myself and Everything Else

4. Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan, fromdreamtoplan

5.simpletravelourway

6. travelrat, Travelrat’s Travels

7. Live Life Lah

8.Ruben Arribas, Gamin Traveler

9. sofiapozuelo, Come, Ama, Viaja

10.Lyn, Travelling Italy with Lyn

11. Becca and Alex Foss, roamwildandfree

 

Here are the questions for you guys:

  1. What makes your blog different?
  2. Which part of the world (country, continent) you enjoy most or you had the best experiences?
  3. When did you discover your passion for travel?
  4. How you choose the places you will visit or live in next?
  5. What’s your #1  item on your bucket list?
  6. How you travel:  alone, couple, family, friends? Why?
  7. Which part of the world you like least or you had the worst experience?
  8. What is the most appreciated gift you have ever received?
  9. What inspires you in life?
  10. One word that describes you is:____________
  11. Any future dreams or goals?

 

 

The Second Best Thing To Do. La Segunda Mejor Cosa Para Hacer

It is a Personal Opinion!!!!

It is not new to my followers, and to the people that know me well, that I’m a people-person. I don’t enjoy being by myself for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I need my time once in a while; but I do like being with people. Whether I know them or not, I will establish some type of dialog just to make new friends and have a conversation. The second best thing to do is just being with friends and families and spending quality time together.  We are a group of people that get together by the beach, just to enjoy the company of each other, laugh, talk about trips we’ve taken, have some wine, and swim in the middle of the night. After all, the best wine is the one you drink with your friends.

Spending time with people is a beautiful thing!

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¡Es una opinion personal!

No es nuevo para aquellos que me conocen y para algunos de mis seguidores, que soy una persona sociable a la cual le gusta estar rodeada de personas mucho mas si estas personas son amigos o familiares.

No importa donde o con quien me encuentre, siempre trato de entablar algun dialogo o conversacion para no sentir la soledad. Espera, no me mal interpretes, a veses es necesario un poco de tranquilidad y de estar con uno mismo, pero la mayor parte del tiempo, lo prefiero pasar junto a las personas. La segunda mejor cosa para hacer es precisamente pasar tiempo junto a familiars y amigos. Somos un grupo que nos reunimos a la orilla del mar para compartir anecdotas, historias, celebraciones, reirnos, planificar cosas y nadar miemtras degustamos vinos. A fin de cuentas, el mejor de los vinos, es el que bebes con tus amigos.

No dejes que la soledad se apodere de tu vida, compartir con otros es un sentimiento hermoso.

 

 

Essentials That Will Help You Save $$$. Cosas Escenciales Que Te Ahorraran $$$.

In no particular order these are Essentials you can’t forget, just because they can help you save some time and a few bucks here and there.

  1. You should carry an empty bottle of water at all times. It is very convenient when finding a water fountain for a free refill. Even when you buy your wine or any liquor, at a market/store, you can always save the bottle’s left overs inside your convenient bottle. I found a good one, that can be folded when it’s empty that way I also save space in my bag.
  2. Poncho or raincoat: For every trip, my poncho is with me. I remember those rainy days in Italy and the umbrellas I ended up buying because the rain/wind wouldn’t stop. Since then, I suggest to my followers to fold a cheap raincoat or poncho in their suitcase for weather emergencies. It doesn’t take up space in your luggage, yet will save you from headaches and a couple of $$.
  3. It doesn’t matter which country you are visiting, try to have some available cash in their native currency to avoid lines at a bank, delays at airports, and transactional fees. Look for an exchange place ahead of time, check what will they charge you for every $, do your math, and establish a budget having some singles/ short money in your pocket to handle in any case. Also keep in mind not all the places are open, don’t have sufficient amount, or may only carry large bills (very inconvenient) at the time you might need the cash.
  4. Scarf: As I mentioned in another post, the scarf has saved my outfit from being wet, for being inappropriate for some temples and churches, has saved me from the chillier weather, and has decorated my bags. So in all these cases, it has saved me some time and extra money.
  5. Go Pro, Selfie Sticks, Phone and Phone Water Proof Cover are part of my travel tools. With these 4 essentials, I don’t care if I forgot the camera or the laptop. Everything I need is in these 4 pieces. They are easy to carry, to store, and to use. I don’t have to ask anyone to take a picture or video of me. I can check my emails and be aware of my flight, train, and hotel information. You can check words and phrases in other languages and download a map application of the city/country you are in. Note: For some travelers a physical dictionary and map will be better.
  6. Earplugs or Headphones: To me they are a must. Just the fact that you need to pay for them in some airlines makes me remember to take them with me everywhere I go. It saves some bucks and I need them to concentrate on my work while traveling.
  7. Last but certainly not least: the Hidden Passport/Money Purse I carry it under my shirt in some countries to avoid pick-pocketing. (If you look at the picture, it’s the red square below the poncho.) Extremely convenient and leaves you worry-free.

These items are not the only ones you need on any trip, but are some of the most needed ones when exploring new countries, cultures and places. I hope I was able to provide you with some good tips and ideas for your next travel experience.

Keep traveling!

essentials

 

Sin ningun orden en particular, aqui les dejo cosas sencillamente Escenciales y utiles que debes empacar, por la conveniente razon de que te ahorraran tiempo y algo de dinero.

  1. Querras llevar contigo una botella vacia en todo momento. No tienes idea de lo utiles que son. Si encuentras agua en una fuente, si te sobra de ese vino que compraste, ahi tienes donde cargarlo. Yo encontre una muy buena botella que al estar vacia, puedo doblarla y guardarla en mi mochila, asi no pesa y no consume espacio en mi equipaje. 
  2. Poncho o Capa de Agua: En cada viaje, el poncho viaja conmigo. Recuerdo aquella epoca de lluvia en Italia, donde el viento rompia cada sombrilla que compraba y gastaba sin necesida extra $. Desde entonces, la experiencia me obligo a llevar el poncho conmigo. No me quita espacio en el equipaje y me ahorra algunos dolores de cabeza.
  3. No importa el pais que este visitando, siempre trata de llevar algun dinero o moneda del pais al que vas, esto te hara tu viaje mas placentero, te ahorra tiempo de lineas en los aereopuertos, casas de cambio, y en hoteles. Tambien te ahorrara cargos  por el cambio. Si lo planificas bien, puedes buscar una casa de cambio que te de un precio justo por tu $. Ademas es importante tener en cuenta que muchos lugares no estan abiertos, no tienen suficiente dinero, o los billetes son muy grandes (valor) y/o simplemente no esta disponible cuando tu mas lo necesitas.
  4. Bufanda: Como he mencionado en escritos anteriores, la bufanda es una pieza de gran utilidad. Me ha salvado en numerosas ocaciones cubriendome del frio clima, de la lluvia. La he usado alrededor de mi cabeza al visitar templos, iglesias , ha decorado mi ropa cuando he necesitado lucir un poco mas presentable y hasta ha decorado mi bolso en algunas ocaciones. En todos estos casos me ha ahorrado tiempo y dinero.
  5. Go Pro, Selfie Sticks, Phone and Phone Water Proof Cover: Todos estos son mas que accesorios, para mi son herramientas de viajes y trabajo importantisimos. Con estas 4 cosas no me importa si se me queda la cabeza, la computadora , ni la camara de fotografias. Todo lo que necesito esta en estos cuatro electronicos. Son faciles de cargar, de guardar y de usar. No molesto a nadie para que nos tome fotos o videos, puedo chequear mis correos electronicos, responderlos, ajustar hotels, trenes, tickets de avion etc. Buscar el diccionario y bajar aplicaaciones de los mapas de ciudades, paises y carreteras. Se que para muchos es mas sencillo un mapa y un diccionario, asi que pueden incluirlo en su lista de importancia.
  6. Audifonos: Para mi el audifono es obligatorio para la concentracion, me ayuda a dormir en los trenes, y aviones y a concentrarme al escribir. Solo el hecho de que algunas aereolineas te cobren un audifono, hace que lleve los mios conmigo todo el tiempo y ahorrarme esos $ que no estan de mas. 
  7.  Por ultimo, pero no por eso menos importante, esta mi diminuta carterita, donde escondo mis pasaportes y algun dinero , asi como tarjetas de credito y la cargo debajo de mi ropa. Si miran la foto, es la roja. Este sistema es muy eficaz y seguro.

Estas cosas no son las unicas importantes para llevar a un viaje, pero si son de gran utilidad y escenciales sobretodo cuando explores nuevas culturas, paises  y lugares. Espero haberte ayudado con estas ideas y consejos para tu nueva experiencia viajera.

¡Continua viajando amigo, de eso se trata !

15 Things To Do Before Leaving your House.

     

 15 Things in your To Do List before leaving the house to any trip. Applicable for any lengths of the trip. Complete list:

  1. Throw away the garbage.
  2. Unplug your electronics. Switch off.
  3. Clean the refrigerator, throw the left overs.
  4. Pay your bills or schedule payments.
  5. Call your bank, let them know which countries you are visiting.
  6. Close the main water access and turn off the air conditioning, heater and water heater.
  7. Leave copies of itineraries, flight  information, copy of passports, contact numbers, alarm system, passwords to someone you trust or e mail it to that person.
  8. Take off and put away your jewelry.
  9. Don’t leave dirty clothes on the laundry basket. Do laundry.
  10. Don’t leave any thing in the sink. Wash dishes before leaving.
  11. Make arrangements for someone to water the plants and take care of the animals.
  12. Take a picture of your passport and save it on your camera or mobile.
  13. Close windows and doors. Lock gates. Set the alarm.
  14. Leave a copy of your key with the same person you are leaving everything else.
  15.  Pray for a wonderful trip.

Te regalo una fabulosa lista, para que te sea mas facil recordar lo que debes hacer antes de salir de viaje.
          15 Cosas que hacer antes de salir de tu casa. Aplica para cualquier viaje, no importa cuan largo sea.

  1. Botar la basura.
  2. Desconectar los equipos electricos. Apagarlos.
  3. Limpiar el refrigerador y botar las sobras de alimentos.
  4. Pagar las cuentas o ajustar los pagos mensuales.
  5. Llamar a tu banco, dejarles saber que paises visitaras.
  6. Cerrar el acceso  de la llave de agua y apagar o ajustar la temperatura del aire acondicionado, el calentador de agua y/o el heater.
  7. Dejar copias de tu itinerario de viaje, informacion del vuelos, copia de pasaportes, numeros de contacto en caso de emmergencia, las claves para la alarma, todo esto a alguien de tu confianza o familiar.
  8. Quitarte las prendas y guardarlas cuidadosamente.
  9. No dejar ropa sucia. Lavar antes de salir de viaje.
  10. No dejar vajilla sin fregar en el fregadero.
  11. Hacer arreglos para que alguien cuide tus plantas y/o animales.
  12. Tomar fotos de los pasaportes y guardarlas en la camara o mobile.
  13. Cerrar las ventanas y las puertas. Asegurar los portones. Poner la alarma
  14. Dejar una copia de la llave de la casa con la misma persona con la que dejaste todo lo demas.
  15. Pedir que tu viaje salga maravillosamente bien.

 

 

3 Must Do’s When Abroad| 3 Cosas que debes hacer mientras viajas.

  • Try local and new food: Don’t be a picky eater and try new and local food! This establishes a connection with the culture and its people. When trying “strange food” you feel like a baby, at first it’s a weird, scary feeling, but little by little you adapt and feel more comfortable with it.  If traveling with kids, expose them to new food items, don’t be afraid that you guys are gonna get sick, just try it! (of course you are not going to eat in a place your instincts don’t trust) Look for clean places!!!!Long trips give you the opportunity to mature and learn how to open to a new gastronomical aspect.
  • Blend with the locals:  Trying new foods is just the beginning but blending with locals is a must! You feel like you have visited the country! People and culture with its similarities and differences make a country. Dance, eat, live and work with them. Listen to their stories, what they do for a living, their traditions, etc.. The fascinating world of culture differences, and the history behind them will help you understand why this mixture is needed in the world. The more I travel around different continents, the more I respect its people. Become one of them.
  • Take lots of pictures: When that moment is gone, there is no way back; it’s gone forever, so my advice to you is to take your camera everywhere you go and shut, shut, shut. Better safe than sorry. Treasure those moments before you move to your next destination. Capture the faces. They are so different from all around the globe!!! If traveling with children, you will see them grow through pictures. The experience you have together: with new people, your partner, your family, yourself it’s a reward that you will carry with you all your life.

Laugh often, enjoy your trip, keep traveling. 🙂

 


  • Probar las comidas nuevas y del lugar : No ser muy selectivo al comer y probar la comida local y nueva es un reto! Ya lo se, pero esto establece una conexión con la cultura y su gente. Cuando se trata de “comidas raras”  uno se siente como un bebé, al principio es un verdadero, miedo, una estraña sensación, pero poco a poco te adaptas y te sientes más cómodo con la idea. Si viaja con niños,  exponlos a alimentos nuevos, no tengas miedo de que los chicos puedan  enfermar, deja que por lo menos lo intenten! (por supuesto no vas a comer en un lugar en los que tus instintos no confian) Busca lugares limpios!!!!!! Viajes largos te dan la oportunidad para madurar y aprender a abrirte a un nuevo mundo gastronomico. 
  • Mesclarse con los lugareños: Probar nuevos alimentos es sólo el principio pero la mezcla con los lugareños, es una necesidad! Usted siente que ha visitado el país!  La gente y su cultura con sus similitudes y diferencias hacen un país. Bailar, comer, vivir y trabajar con ellos; escuchar sus historias, lo que hacen para vivir, sus costumbres. El fascinante mundo de las diferencias de cultura y la historia detrás de ellos te ayudará a entender por qué se necesita esta mezcla en el mundo.
  • Tomar muchas fotos: Cuando el momento se ha ido, no hay forma de recuperarlo, se ha ido para siempre, así que mi consejo es: toma la cámara  y llevala a todas partes. Atesora esos momentos antes de pasar a tu próximo destino. Captura  los rostros, las emosiones. Si viajas con tus niños, los verás crecer a través de imágenes. Las experiencias y vivencias con nuevos amigos,  con tu pareja, con la familia, son una recompensa que te llevas contigo toda tu vida.

            Rie a menudo, disfruta el viaje y continua viajando. 🙂

Buscando mi Rumbo| Finding my Way

Que afortunados somos cuando encontramos lo que nos gusta hacer y lo podemos llevar a cabo. Este blog es parte de ese sueño que recien empieza para mi. Aunque llevo algun tiempo paseando por ahi, se que soy turista y no la verdadera viajera que quisiera ser. Estoy trabajando en base a eso,  buscando un camino mas libre y No estoy diciendo que no soy feliz, (son dos cosas completamente diferentes) SI que lo soy. He tenido la dicha de arrastrar conmigo a la familia que yo misma cree y los cuales no reparan en mis locas decisiones de viajar a cada minuto, sin embargo quiero mas y es que viajar libera a alguien preso dentro de mi, perderme sin apuro, sin importarme que dia de la semana es,  escaparme dias y dias a lo desconocido rebela quien soy y aunque no creo que viajar solo fuera lo mio, no pierdo las esperanzas de algun dia irnos todos con solo el ticket de ida,  sin planes, y sin reloj.

How lucky we are when we find what we really like to do and we are able to it. This blog is just the beginning of a dream of mine. Although I’ve traveled, I know I’m a tourist and not the truly traveler I would like to be. I’m working on that, looking for a more flexible path that gives the freedom I want. I am not saying I am not happy, I am happy ( there are two different things). I’ve been blessed to have with me the family I’ve created it and they follow me everywhere I go, but I need more. Travel frees something inside me that seems to be trapped, I want to go without rush, with out knowing the day of the week, with out calendars or a watch. And even do solo travel it is not my thing, I hope one day we all (my family) can buy that only ticket(one way) we need.

Corticos para estas Navidades | Reflexions

  • Best Wine: The one you drink with friends/el que bebes con amigos
  • Best Free Stuff in Life: hugs, kisses and love/ los abrazos,  los besos y el amor
  • Best Make Up: The smile/ La sonrisa
  • Best Collection: Moments/Momentos
  • Best Souvenir: Lots of Pictures!!!!/ Muchas fotos
  • Best Desert: The ones grandma makes/ Los que hace la abuela
  • Best Drink: Cuban coffee/ Café cubano
  • Best Thing to do: Travel/Viajar
  • Best Advise: Enjoy Life!/ Disfruta la Vida
Felices Fiestas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! y sigue viajando!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!! and keep traveling!!!!!!!!!!!