Destination of the Month: Parador Resort & Spa in Quepos, Costa Rica

I have a confession to make. I’ve been keeping a secret from you for a little while. I’ve been biting my tongue and really had to hold myself back for as long as I could but now I can let it all out and spill the beans :)  I am beyond excited, thrilled, and enthusiastic to finally be able to share the great news with all of you!

By the time you read this I will already be in one of my absolute favorite countries on earth, COSTA RICA!

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Aerial View of Parador Resort & Spa, Biesanz Beach and the Pacific. Photo Credit: hotelparador.com

Yes you read that right, the Rich Coast, Tiquicia baby yes! Pura Vida :)

Words cannot even begin to describe how much excitement and gratitude there is in my heart right now and it is about to burst with joy!

To be honest, it’s been quite some time since I was last there and I was WAY overdue for another visit.

I am so grateful and really fortunate to go and stay at the prestigious, luxurious, eco-conscious and award-winning hotel Parador Resort & Spa

Located on the Pacific Coast and the hotel is about 3 hours away from the Costa Rican Capital, San José.

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Map of Manuel Antonio. Photo Credit: govisitcostarica.com

Perched high above Punta Quepos, the hotel was built around 12 acres of tropical and protected rainforest, rich and varied wildlife and is next to one of the country’s most incredible national parks, Manuel Antonio.

So what will I be doing there you may ask?

I will be relaxing on the beach and work on my tan…NOT!

Well I might do that every chance I get. But before that happens, I’ll be participating in a wide variety of activities in and around the hotel and area.

For starters, I will learn why Parador Resort & Spa is Friendly by Nature and Responsible by Choice.

What truly makes the Resort an eco destination? It actively promotes sustainable tourism, living in harmony with nature and has received many national and international accolades in return.

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Aerial view of the Resort, protected area and the Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: hotelparador.com

Next up, I’ll allow myself to get pampered and recharge my batteries. In order to rejuvenate and relax, I will get a hot stone treatment and mud wrap at Pacifica Spa. Now that promises to be quite an experience :)

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Rest & Relaxation, massage at Pacifica Spa. Photo Credit: hotelparador.com

Since I am an educator (and always learning) and I want to find out more and see how the Costa Rican Education System works. That is why I will visit a local school as part of the Pack for a purpose program. Education is truly a passion for me and the more I know, the better teacher I can be and share my knowledge and also improve my teaching skills. It’ll certainly be a very valuable and unforgettable lesson!

As you already know by now, I can’t stand still for too long. My adventurous spirit (and antsy feet) will probably want to go explore the area, observe the flora and wildlife as well as connect with nature. That is why I will go to neighboring Manuel Antonio National Park which is only a short distance from the hotel.

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Entrance to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Photo Credit: hotelparador.com

As I just mentioned, I love adventures and that makes skip a beat. That is why I simply cannot wait to go on a Canopy Tour. Can you imagine what that will be like? How’s that for connecting with Mother Nature in all her glory and splendor? It will be a thrilling ride for sure!

Moreover, there will be a Night Tour and that, I must admit, makes me a little scared. Life and wildlife moves to a complete rhythm once the sun goes down. It’s like another world comes alive and we must learn to accept, respect and admire living creatures in THEIR habitat. As any good guest, we must observe the rules and appreciate what surrounds us right? :)

You know what I’ve learned so far? Whatever I fear the most never happens and the only thing left to do is simply go ahead and do it anyway! There is no better feeling than having faced what you were afraid of and conquer it. That is one of life’s best rewards for taking a risk. It is totally worthwhile in the end don’t you think?

There is something I am very much looking forward to and that is seeing one of the best things in life (and Mother Nature’s finest shows): sunrises and sunsets like such as these.

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Phenomenal and fiery sunset over the Pacific. Photo Credit: hotelparador.com

Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy a few of them during my stay. It’s like a wonderful canvas of colors and a spectacular movie ending if you ask me! Ah did I even mention that I plan on having a drink in my hand to celebrate that? Yes, yes I will!

There will be also several meetings with important persons at the Hotel who will teach me a lot and I can’t wait to learn more, so much more!

I intend on enjoying every single moment to the maximum and take time to fill myself up with positive energy, come back stronger than ever, prepare for the next chapter in my life and definitely be ready for anything life brings.

Now do YOU want to tag along and go with me on my adventures? It’s very simple. Follow the hashtag #ParadorPuraVida on my Social Media accounts :)

I will be reporting live when I get the chance to be connected to Wi-Fi and will sure be sharing lots of photos and stories of the day and trust me there will be plenty of them!

I hope that you will be inspired, motivated, educated and I’ll do my best to keep you entertained :)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them.

Before I go I would like to invite you to also follow my awesome hosts Parador Resort & Spa on Social Media:

 

Web: www.hotelparador.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotelParador

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ParadorQuepos

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/paradorresort/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/hotelparador

 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for welcoming me with open arms and for allowing me to live this amazing experience!

We’ll be talking very soon.

Until then, enjoy the rest of the week wherever you may be!

Hasta Luego y Pura Vida mi gente :)

Lots of love always,

Karla xo

Review of NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router & Range Extender

Disclosure: The following is an unbiased review. I was selected as a

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Opinions are always mine. I was not asked to write a favorable point of view

but to actually share my experience about the usability and performance of the product.

I LOVE trying out new products, especially related to technology & connectivity as well as productivity. That is why I was thrilled when I found out that I was chosen to test and review one of NETGEAR’s products: the N300 Travel Router and Range Extender.

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You may or may not know this but in addition to being a travel writer, blogger and photographer, I am a freelance translator (my main occupation during the day! My language combination is mostly from English to French but I also translate from Spanish to English or French. ) and I often go to a café (instead of sitting at my home office, inside 4 walls and talking to the wall or myself ;) to get some work done!

More often than not, coffee shops are usually quite crowded and connecting to an unsecured network is not exactly the most ideal situation but hey, you have to go what you’ve got to do right?

Now I am a professional and I NEVER miss deadlines (I promise + I’ve proof  and always deliver what I promise!) In fact, I have been doing this for the past 6 years and so far I’ve not had any complains, so that means I have done something right :)

When I learned that it is possible to share an internet connection in a public hot spot and adding a firewall to make it more secure, I said to myself: “I wish I knew about it earlier! That’s just what I need to work more efficiently without having to worry!”

What does the N300 Travel Router and Range Extender have to offer you may ask? Well actually a lot! This device allows you to do this and more:

  • Share one Internet Access with multiple devices (mobile, tablet, pc, laptop) at Home and on the Go
  • Boost public Wi-Fi signal for a stronger and more reliable connection thanks to a high-performance flip out antenna
  • No separate power adapter is required. It can be charged via USB cable with laptops
  • Access the NETGEAR Genie App Dashboard where you can monitor, control and repair your personal network in one place
  • Easy portability thanks to its practical palm size
  • Quickly Install and run it

The set up is quite easy. Let me show you exactly how I did it and step by step!

1- Take the content outside of the box.

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The content includes: a device and a USB cable.

2- Turn the antenna clockwise (turn it 90 degrees to get better reception).

3- Connect the USB cable to the device and then to the USB port of your PC or laptop or if you prefer, connect it to a power outlet.

4- Move the switch button from Off to Internet via wireless connection.

5- Look for wireless networks on your smart phone, PC or Laptop.

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Connect to a Wireless Network  (BTW, do you like my desktop?yes,  I’m organized and if you’re wondering what it says in the background it’s: Ask, Believe, Receive. See I read your mind ;)

6-  Look for the Device ID (it is clearly identified on the back).

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Select the NETGEAR Device identified by a number

7-  Once you have selected the NETGEAR device, this prompt will appear. It will ask you to enter the PIN or do as I did, enter the network key or password (again this info is found on the back of the device).

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Enter Network PIN

8- Next, open your browser and enter the following address:

http://www.routerlogin.net and press the ENTER key.

9- The NETGEAR Genie Application Dashboard will come up and will display all the available wireless networks. It is suggested to check the box where it says “Extend my current wireless router’s range” to find more networks.

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Available Networks and Extend my current wireless router’s range option

10- Select the network of your choice on the left, and then enter a name if you wish to save it for future use.

11- If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, then just click on the Green Apply Button. It will take you to this page with the following message.

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Attention message

12- You will need to enter the passport of the Wi-Fi router (example at a café) or check & accept the terms and conditions as requested before connecting.

13- Once you’ve connected successfully, you will receive this message on your browser.

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Success!

14-  Then all you need to do is surf the net as you normally do. Knowing that you have a firewall that protects you from any attacks is truly invaluable and puts your mind at ease!

15- Don’t forget to disconnect when you are done working or browsing. I always clear my history & cache at the end of a work session! Also properly disconnecting and turning the device off is recommended.

 

In all honestly, this took me less than 20 minutes to set up but I have something to confess. I guess it’s the teacher in me that makes me act this way but whenever I have a new product, I always go to Youtube to get a quick tutorial by people who used it before me and show me how it’s done in a few minutes :)

In this case I stumbled upon a great online teacher, Mr Geeks United (great name) who in less than 4 minutes shows you how easy setting up the N300 Travel Router and Range Extender truly is!

I found it very cool that I thought of sharing it with you (it’s the European version but it’s great anyway :)

Easy breezy, right? As you can see, not only it is a great and reliable product that I wish I had bought way earlier, back when I started working online but also during my travels!  I normally bring my laptop with me, because believe it or not it is my working tool and I DO work while I am away (I’ve even translated some urgent documents for some clients at an internet café! How’s that for being a pro?

Whether it is translating, editing photos, writing blog posts, answering emails (personal and business related), having Skype chats, updating or programming my Social Media updates, I really need to have a secure connection!

Now that I have this router, I believe it will be an indispensable travel companion (after my passport, laptop, and camera). It will definitely help me be more productive, perform better, feel safer and trust that everything that I do or work on will get done on time and sent where it needs to be :)

It’s your turn to tell me.

 

Have you ever used a NETGEAR product? If so which one?

If not, would you like to try it for home or for work?

How do you protect your systems?

 

I’m all eyes and ears and cannot wait to hear or read about it :)

 

Before I go, don’t forget to follow NETGEAR online!

Website: http://www.netgear.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NETGEAR

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Netgear

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NETGEARChannel

 

Until next time!

All the best,

Karla :)

Top 5 Cities I’d love to return to

I was recently tagged by my friend and fellow travel + aviation enthusiast Charles, a.k.a @JA815A on Twitter, to write a list the Top 5 Cities I would love to return to.

What an interesting and fun challenge! There are way too many places I have had the opportunity of visiting and would go back in a heartbeat but I simply can’t name them all!

Quite frankly, the hardest part is to narrow them down and just choose a few of them.

So which cities made it to the Top 5?

Without further ado, here they are in no particular order!

Seoul, South Korea

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View of the Han River in Seoul. Photo credit: Ssalae

Ah Seoul, my soul mate! What can I possibly say about my 3rd home that I have not already said before?

I repeat myself: I absolutely love & adore Seoul! The South Korean capital is by far one of the greatest, craziest, busiest, most dynamic and fun cosmopolitan cities on the planet!

My love story with the city started when I first lived and worked there as an English as a Second Language Teacher.

It was very difficult at first but it got way better with time and any expat can confirm this.

I had the opportunity of going back for Round 2 and I fell even more in love!

Not only with the area where I was but also with my kids (students), the school where I taught and also the great friendships that I built which helped me feel welcome, loved, taken care of, respected and more!

Every single week-end I went out to explore different neighborhoods and the rest of the country which of course turned into amazing adventures :) I don’t remember having so much fun in a single place!

South Koreans are super friendly, kind, welcoming even if language is a barrier! They are very proud of their culture, country and in spite of all that happened in the past & the obstacles they’ve overcome, you can’t help but cheer them on! They are a great example of determination and strong will. Tae Haminguk – Go Korea!

I’d definitely go back to either visit, live or work or both in a second. Well it could happen again, we never know!

 

Toronto, Canada

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Toronto Skyline from Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Queen City of Canada is my second home!

I’ve always been fascinated by it since I was very young and think it is just an incredibly diverse, multi-ethnic, fast-paced, energetic cosmopolitan where any dream can come true!

To be totally honest with you, I like it so much more than my hometown.

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve visited and loved it so much that I even moved there to further advance in my professional career!

They say that when a door closes another one opens right? Well they did open alright! And when it rains it pours! A shower of blessings came down.

What was supposed to be a 2 week vacation, to test the waters or try my luck, turned into a 2 year, life-changing, unforgettable and very valuable experience. Some of the best years of my life if you ask me, hands down.

I was very determined, focused and never gave up in my search for better opportunities, so I did everything to the best of my abilities and all that hard work did pay off.

Having a group of people believe in you against all odds means the world to me and showing them with actions, results is the best way to thank them for taking a big risk!

I loved discovering different parts of Toronto and suburbs. Trust me; 2 years were simply not enough to get to know it all but I did see quite a bit and saw it from different angles!

Toronto will always have a special place in my life and I would certainly not hesitate to go back if given the opportunity or for a short stay. It makes me proud to have been a Torontonian.

 

 New York, New York, USA

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Central Park, New York City.

The Big Apple, the Capital of the World, the Epicenter of the Universe, whichever name you wish to call it, New York City is one of the most incredible cities on earth!

Each neighborhood is so special, unique and the whole world comes together in one place.

I truly got to live like a New Yorker during a summer there and lived in Queens. I travelled to the city back and forth every day and I must say that my favorite place is definitely Soho/Little Italy.

I also LOVE Central Park. It is such an oasis of calm and serenity right in the middle of the concrete jungle.

There is definitely so much to see and do and once you visit you will fall under its spell, trust me on that one.

I really can’t wait to return to go see a nice Broadway Show and have a nice meal at a great restaurant and also go on a little shopping spree!

 

Rome, Italy

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Monument to Vittorio Emmanuelle II

They say that all roads lead to Rome and that is certainly true!

I’ve always been fascinated with the Eternal City ever since I can possibly remember.

Images of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Ancient ruins, the food & la Dolce Vita especially in Trastevere (my absolute favorite part of the city) immediately come to mind.

My first visit was when I went to Europe by myself and have returned on two more occasions.

What can I tell you about Rome that you have already not heard or read or seen?

As soon as you arrive in the city, there is this air of mystery, incredibly rich history, torturous past, a sense of pride by the locals and ah did I even mention the culture and FOOD? Travelling just for that is a good enough reason ;)

I stayed there for a period of 2 weeks (before going to my school in Le Marche and before returning home) and frankly, it felt as if I was at home!

Strolling along the many streets or vias, piazzas, stunning parks and getting lost on purpose (read the part about Trastevere above) was a daily ritual.

Having a gelato or coffee and watch the world go by while listening to the beautiful & charming language, admiring gorgeous people, smelling the fresh-baked goodies or food…ah it is a true feast for your senses!

I sure dream of the day I return to Roma. By the way, if you spell the city backwards it is Amor which in Spanish means Love and that is certainly what I truly feel for the city and I’m sure you will too :)

 

Barcelona, Spain

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Parc Güell. Photo Credit: Futurezone

Barcelona has definitely been one of the best yet unexpected surprises of my life.

It was my last stop on my 2 month European whirlwind tour and I couldn’t have ended it in a better place!

It was my first time on Spanish soil, so you can just imagine how happy and excited I was! I had heard nothing but amazing things about the Catalan city and were they ever true!

It was 100x better than the descriptions or stories I was told ;)

I stayed with some friends of mine I had been speaking to for years and they took me all over town!

From El Tibidado to the Sagrada Familia, to the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, to Camp Nou all the way to the top of MontJuïc.

Oh I haven’t even mentioned our parties? Catalans sure know how to through some amazing ones!

Recovering from them was easy thanks to the fabulous food available everywhere but especially at La Boqueria, one of the greatest markets on earth if you ask me.

If I close my eyes right now and transport myself back there, I see myself sitting on the soft, golden sand at la Barceloneta facing the Mediterranean. I feel the light breeze and the warm sun rays on my face. Ah now THAT is what makes my heart skip a beat and really makes me want to go back in a second. I am pretty sure I will in the very near future!

As I mentioned at the beginning, selecting just 5 cities is not enough. So I decided to include some Bonus (and fantastic) Cities that I would like to visit again.

Here they are:

Paris, France

London, UK

Berlin, Germany

Hong Kong, China

 

So there you have my Top Cities I’d love to return to.

 

Now over to you!

Tell us,

 

What are your favorite cities in the world?

Which ones do you want to or will visit again?

 

 

I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

Until next time, happy travels :)

All the best, Tashi Delek.

Karla

 

 

 

 

Review of PicStick photo magnets

You probably don’t know this but I absolutely LOVE, love, love magnets….fridge or photo magnets that is! I may be one of the last or rare persons who will buy one or a few anywhere I go. Yes, I probably am old school or old-fashioned but I have no shame whatsoever in admitting it!

I never miss the change of adding magnets to my collection. Every time I go to the fridge to get something to eat or drink, I look at them and can’t help but smile. Simply because of all the memories associated to those amazing places and the images come immediately to mind, an instant flashback :)

 

I was beyond excited when I learned that I had been selected by a British Company called PicStick to try out their services, personalize my own photo magnets & order them!

Do you know that the most difficult part was? It was selecting ONLY 9 photos! As you already know, I am a photographer and serial picture, so that represented a real challenge.

I capture anything that I see and find interesting or really strikes me. I simply do not let the opportunity pass me by! Therefore how in the world would I just select nine among the hundreds, if not thousands of photos I have stored on my computer, online or on my Smartphone?

Well, believe it or not, it took me a few hours to browse through my photos and I did narrow down my selection and created a folder specifically for them.

Then it was time to proceed to order them. Fortunately their steps are pretty easy to follow and allow me to show you how I did it.

I headed to the Picstick Home page at https://www.picstick.com/

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1. You need to Sign up first to create an account. You can do this by clicking on the green Begin button on the top right part.

2. You will be taken to the Create Account You can select your Facebook account or choose your email address like I did.

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3. Once your account has been created, it’s time to Upload your Photos from the specific location on your computer. Once all the 9 have been selected, click on upload obviously.

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4. Next you will see all the uploaded files on the build page. You need to click on each photo to Crop, Rotate & Save your image and it will be added to the grid on the right.

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5. After you do this for your 9 images, you will click the Add to Basket button.

6. You can Review your order and select the number of prints or photo grids you wish to order by selecting it on the scroll down menu on the bottom left.

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7. Once you are satisfied and ready to place the order, you select your Payment Method (and apply any special or discount code that will be applied to your order).

8. You will then need to enter your Shipping Information by filling in all the details.

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9. The last step is to click on order and you will receive a Confirmation Number. An email of the transaction is sent to you.

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I only waited a day to receive a subsequent email letting me know that my order had been shipped! Usually delivery takes between 5 up to 10 days.

Now when I received my package a few days ago, I was as excited as a kid in a candy store! I don’t know about you but I LOVE receiving mail…Real mail!

So you can imagine when I received a white nice envelope in my mailbox :)

What was inside was even better and made me say 1 word: WOW.

They say that the photo magnets are glossy and trust me they sure are!

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I showed them to my family members and they all want one! I guess I will have to reorder some more soon!

So I am very happy and impressed at how easy it is to place an order, waiting time is quite reasonable (pretty fast if you ask me!) and well worth it.

Now tell me something…Would you like to give PicStick a try? If you do then I have very good news to share.

Since you have are awesome & loyal readers (very grateful for that!) all over the world, I’m happy give you a special code that you can apply to your order and it is the following: SOUL25. This is a 25% discount just for YOU!

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and create your beautiful, glossy magnetic pictures that can stick to any metallic surface. It’s an awesome & original gift you can give to friends or family.

Upload your images from your computer, phone, Facebook or Dropbox. The choice is yours.

Oh did I even mention that shipping is FREE anywhere in the world? Yes you read that right > gratuit, gratis, frei, gratis (wait, how do you say free in your language? Teach me please.

It’s truly a great product with quick, friendly and very efficient service!

If you order them, send me a photo of your PicStick photo magnets.

I really look forward to seeing them!

Until next time,

All the best, Tashi Delek.

Karla

 

Disclosure: I was selected to receive a set of magnets.

However opinions are mine only. No one twisted my arm and I’m serious.

I have & will continue to collect magnets in any shape or size and many more destinations or  wherever my adventures take me.

Yes, I’m very happy that there is no cure for the travel bug :)

Book Review: Backpacks and Bra Straps by Savannah Grace

It is such a pleasure for me to dedicate today’s post to the launch of the new book by an incredibly talented and fabulous writer Savannah Grace titled Backpacks & Bra Straps.

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It is the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning travel memoir Sihpromatum.  You probably may or may not remember, but that I featured her in the Reading Corner on the blog a few months ago. If you haven’t, then I invite you to read the fun interview.

Backpacks & Bra Straps is the continuation of Savannah’s fun, unexpected and life changing adventures with her family in Asia. It picks off where it left off in the 1st book.

Thanks to the incredible details of the journey, you become an active participant and become the 5th member of the clan!

Traveling though endless, sometimes unbearable train, bus or wild taxi rides makes your head spin. However reaching each destination is very welcoming, a relief I would say.  Each recount is almost as if you’re watching an action-packed movie in full color while you’re actually reading a book!

What I truly enjoyed about this second installment is the fact that you completely dive into the story, see the locations, learn about history, experience culture and can almost taste all the exotic food they eat.

I personally was hooked right from the get go and could not put the book down! Turning each page was even more exciting and didn’t know what to expect but adventure after adventure ;)

Alongside the young Savannah, is her sidekick and older sister Bree who made me cry of laughter with her timely and wildly funny comments! Then there is her positively positive mother Maggie, she is one wise lady who always see the good side of things no matter what. Then there is the group leader, older brother and walking encyclopedia Ammon who knows just about everything!

Although Savannah did not realize it then or perhaps she did later on, she was surrounded by the most interesting, diverse, dynamic and best group of individuals she could have asked for and best of all? They were her family, her rock!

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Their day-to-day or minute to minute interaction played such an important role in each one of their lives and the lessons learned in all different locations were absolutely priceless (and unforgettable).

There are a couple of passages that really struck me and one of them is when they board an overcrowded train, try to squeeze in and blend in with their fellow travelers. In spite of the language barrier, they all end up playing cards, exchanging whatever articles they wish to have and before they reach their destination, they seem to be like a big family!

That’s what travel does to you, no matter where you are, people will genuinely bestow their kindness and offer you the little they have with all their heart!  It’s one incredible lesson of humility and it reminds you to appreciate what life presents to you :)

My absolute favorite line from the book is when Savannah is sitting outside to admire the night sky:

“The endless starlight became brighter and more incredible than I could even begin to describe accurately. Stars reached out to touch the deepest measure of my soul. Unlike the usual wash of whitish flow across the sky, tonight the richness of the Milky Way sparkled like a gazillion diamonds spread across an infinite stretch of exquisite black velvet.”

Wow, that truly left me speechless. What a beautifully written paragraph. I still read it and reread it and can’t believe how amazing it is. Pure genius if you ask me!

If you love adventures, travel though different countries without leaving your chair, I highly recommend you read both Sihpromatum AND Backpacks and Bra Straps.

You will agree with me that Savannah Grace is a naturally gifted and brilliant writer and the story will stay with you long after you finish reading.

EBOOK GIVEAWAY!

Since you are awesome & loyal readers (and very special to me), Savannah is offering YOU the chance to win some EBooks!

2 of the 1st book: Sihpromatum and

2 of the latest installment Backpacks and Bra Straps

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Savannah proudly posing with her labor of love at home in the Netherlands

It’s very simple. All you need to do is to share this post and let us know by leaving a comment below!

4 lucky winners will be chosen at random and will be notified via email or private message.

We wish you all the best of luck!

 

I also invite you to follow Savannah on the following Social Media Channels:

Website: www.sihpromatum.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sihpromatum

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/savannah.grace.549

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Happy travels & enjoy reading!

Until next time.

All the best, Tashi Delek.

Love always,

Karla :)