#studyabroadbecause: 5 great reasons why you should study abroad

Last week over a hundred influential travel bloggers and digital media experts were invited to the White House in Washington D.C in order to participate to a summit on study abroad and global citizenship. #WHTravelBloggers became a trending topic worldwide!

So what was the main purpose of this summit you may ask?

The U.S government took advantage of this opportunity to discuss ideas and implement strategies that will encourage students to study, volunteer and gain valuable work experience abroad.

Not only do I think it is great that the political leaders realize how important it is for future generations to develop important skills which will help them stand out from the crowd and prepare them for the real world. It will also allow them to deal with constant changes, be more open to different customs, cultures and develop or build strong international relationships.

Have I ever told you about my own experience?

After coming back from one of the best trips of my life, that is traveling around Europe for a few months,

Traveling aroun the Old Continent

Traveling around the Old Continent

I came back home and accepted a teaching position at an international school in Canada’s capital, Ottawa where I taught English, French as a Second Language to foreign students as well as government employees!

It was right after graduation from the university and it was my first real position in the work space.

Quite frankly I now truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I saved diligently while doing my internship at the government and went to the old continent.

Every single experience, encounter and misadventures were true blessings and it was helping me become a better person.

Teaching to young students from South America: Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Europe: France, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Asia: China, South Korea, Japan was definitely amazing!

Getting to know them every day and teaching them the language helped me appreciate more their own country, culture, customs, food! In return I made sure they learned all they could and during our day trips they got a glimpse of how incredible our country really is.

As I look in retrospect, I can say that all the time and effort well worth it!

Then an unexpected opportunity, a blessing in disguise came knocking at my door….

From a teacher to a student: My own Study Abroad story

I had been teaching at the language school for a few months when one day I went into a cultural institute and asked if there were any scholarships available for a polyglot like me.

The registrar was super kind and looked at the opportunities on my behalf.

I left her my contact information, my résumé and forgot about it.

Then one day, out of the blue, I went to open my mailbox which had a nice little stamp for a foreign country.

I opened it with excitement and anticipation and it said something like this:

“Congratulations Miss Karla, welcome to our institution.

You have been accepted and granted a full-tuition scholarship in ITALY!

Can you just imagine what I did upon reading that? I let out a scream and started jumping up and down with joy and amazement!

Wow! That was unbelievable. Dreams do come true :)

No need to say that I was flipping out and started preparing to live one of the best months EVER!

Even though I had won a scholarship, I still had to pay for my airfare and living expenses. So I worked extra hours and did whatever it took to cross the pond!

I landed in Rome

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where I spent a week before classes were due to start and fell madly for Trastevere :)

I traveled like a local and made my way to the tiny, yet charming little town of Castelraimondo, tucked in the green hills of Le Marche province near the Adriatic Sea.

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The school director was waiting for me and fellow student at the train station with a warm smile and open arms! Italian hospitality at its best! She drove us to the school and we were pleasantly surprised to find out that out that the school was located within our apartment building! Very convenient :)

We had a welcome party, met the other students from around the world (Thailand, Indonesia, India, Argentina, Greece, Finland etc) and the wonderful teachers!

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Besides learning Italian from early morning to mid afternoon, we were exposed to various aspects of the culture through movies, music, FOOD and the best part (you know that I am restless right and can’t stay still) were all the field trips every week-end! That was just music to my eyes and soothing for my traveler soul!

We traveled around the area (San Severino Marche, Fabriano, Ancona) and beyond! We visited several cities such as Venice, Florence, Assisi, Gubbio, Umbria visited the small republic of San Marino, went to coastal towns and up to the mountains.

It really was a well-rounded program which made us truly enjoy our time there.

As I have a natural knack for languages, it was very easy for me and by the second week I was almost fluent and talking like a native!

That’s the best sign that you are doing what you love and love what you do right?

Now time flew by and before long, we were preparing for final exams and graduation!

I had to leave earlier since I had plans and someone to see in Zürich, Switzerland, so I wrote the test and got my well-earned diploma :)

I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher and excellent classmates. They were all unique and special and we sure did bond. I am still friends with a few of them. Time nor distance have any effect or can’t affect our friendship!

Again the super nice director offered to take me to the train station to catch my train and on the way there I didn’t help but shed tears, even she did.

She stood on the platform until I was seated on board and waved good-bye! Now who does that these days?

I may sound like a broken record again but this truly was a life changing, life improving, unforgettable experience that I was meant to live.

I simply bow in gratitude to the universe for having been incredibly good to me and for having allowed me to learn, grow and inspire others in the process.

This is why I want to share with you

5 great reasons why you should study abroad:

1- Travel will transform you

Your life will never be the same after you make that important decision, take a risk (that is well worth it) and you open your spirit, mind and soul.

 

2- You will build friendships that will last a lifetime

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Everyone you meet on your path of life has a specific reason. Although it does not seem obvious at first, learn from them and listen. They will help you grow and become stronger, a better version of you!

 

3- Studying in a different country will teach you to accept differences

You may be in for a real shock when you go to a new country and you may be left puzzle after observing some of the things the locals do which may not seem normal back home.

An extra dose of patience will be required but remember to accept those differences and be at peace with it.

We all have very ways of thinking, living, celebrating. Just go with the flow!

As the saying goes:

“Keep calm and Carry On!”

4- Learning a new language will help you stand out when you apply for a position

Speaking more than one language is a must nowadays; two and more will really set you apart from the rest!

In an ever-growing global economy, it is important that you have an advantage over others.

Work locally, think globally I say.

In this day and age of immediate information and connectivity, communicating in a different language will improve your chances of a promotion and who knows, maybe it will allow you to be sent to another city or country :)

 

5- Studying abroad is the best investment you will ever make

I know that the costs may be intimidating and that stops several people from making their dreams come true but do not let this stop you!

You probably have heard or seen this but…

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 (and smarter too)

The best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Never stop learning.

Do what is necessary in order to make it a reality. Start small and once you have gotten used to it and reserve some funds, go and explore the world!

Now over to you.

I want to know something,

 

Have you ever studied abroad? Where was it?

If you haven’t, would you like to?

 

 

Let us know how your experience was!

I just can’t wait to read all about it :)

Until next time.

Many happy travels!

Tashi delek, all the best,

K :)

Reader’s Q & A: How to get more followers on Twitter

Welcome to brand new edition of Reader’s Q & A, the last one of 2014. How time flies!

Last time I shared with you my Top 10 Tips on How to Get More Followers on Social Media and was pleasantly surprised that many of you liked it, learned a lot and found it very useful just as the previous posts on getting more post shares and also how to get your blog noticed.

This time I would like to respond to a reader who send me an email specifically asking How to get more followers on Twitter.

Let me share with you how to use Twitter in a more useful and efficient manner.

I have done and seen quite a lot in the past 5 years that I have been tweeting away and let me be honest with you. I’ve seen and read many things that have left me speechless! Some users should really do not take the time to use it correctly and commit some avoidable faux-pas.

Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Twitter dos and don’ts

1- Curate great content & different subjects 

This is very important to keep an interesting, inspiring, entertaining and educating Twitter feed. That is the best way for you to gain more followers and people who share the same interests as you do!

Where do I find or curate great content in one place, you may ask?

For starters you can use a Social Media Management Tool like my favorite: Hootsuite

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You can see everything related to your Twitter, Facebook Page, Google + profile and other accounts in one single place such as your timeline, mentions, retweets, direct messages and more.

The best thing to find great content is to create specific “streams” by using a hashtag #

For example: I have different streams: travel, photography, SoMe, ttot, hotels, wine etc

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When it comes time to program tweets (I simply go to 1 or more categories then properly write or edit them in the right order:

Title > shortened link >via >@twitter handle of author/site > 3 hashtags max

As my primary focus is on travel or photography, I search for my favorite sites and schedule content to be published.

I normally program tweets for a few days, sometimes an entire week. I do have other work to do and even though it requires for me to be connected (online dictionaries and all), I do take a few moments to update, reply to mentions and stay updated during the day.

2- #do #not #use #hashtags #for #everything

This is something that I find very hard to understand and lately I’ve been seeing quite a few of these in my timeline and ask why?

#Iknow #that #itwill #get #more #attention and #results in #searches but really? You can’t really read the essence of the message and end up ignoring it or probably mark it as spam.

As I just mentioned in point 1, if you add from 1 to 3 hashtags at the end of your tweet it is just fine. If you overcrowd the tweet then it’s a big no-no and I recommend deleting it…immediately!

You will end up losing some followers in the process…avoid it at all costs.

3- Don’t abuse retweets

This is another extremely important thing to discuss. I see some accounts that retweet everything in sight and clearly it makes me look for the unfollow button ASAP!

If I reply to their mention or if their message is shared by 20 persons they will retweet it. That is just wrong!

Ever read this awesome presentation by Gary Vaynerchuk where he talks about Birdy Bragging: Retweet abuse and the importance on being human on twitter. If you have not, here it is

It is all quite clear don’t you think?

Personally, I think a few retweets are fine but take the time to write a proper tweet and it is much better than appearing to be too lazy to edit and just abuse the RT button!

Show some respect to your followers, they will appreciate it. Trust me on that one.

4- Reply and say thank you

Now we are all aware that we lead busy lives but it is of utmost importance to stop and take the necessary time to respond to your mentions and shares.

I personally write back to the person who shared my post or sent me a direct message or mention and others I simply hit the “favorite” button which lets them know that I’ve seen their tweet and is greatly appreciated.

A little can go a long way!

Always remember to start your tweet with @nameoftheperson then your message. Some people leave it at the end but it’s recommended to put it 1st.

You know, being grateful for their support is the very least you can do. If it wasn’t for their trust in you, being online would make no sense right?

5- Share your content sparingly

I share my own posts at different intervals during the day. Mostly they are the latest on the blog but sometimes I dig into my archives and find some posts I wrote long ago but still am very proud of having written them.

Some never get old, like the post of Petite France which is still the most popular and remember it was so much fun to prepare.

It also helps improve your writing and photography :) After all we want attention to the site we work hard on right?

There is just one thing I have noticed too that some persons post the exact same photo on 3 different sites but the updates appear on the timeline, which is not really useful.

Yes it is time-saving but do we really need to know every time a photo is posted to Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest all at once?

You let me know what you think of that one….

6- Share your followers content

Social Media is all about being sociable and growing through networking. That is why the best way for you to get noticed and build a community is to share other people’s content. They may be your favorite bloggers (from various industries or niches), sites, magazines, channels etc.

Whichever you think your followers will find interesting and useful and will share in return. It all comes full circle, you help them and they help you.

7- Participate in chats to meet people with similar interests

Twitter chats are definitely THE best places to put yourself out there, be known to others in the community and have fun while answering questions, sharing your stories, experiences, tips etc.

There are quite a few nowadays but you can find a list of them here.

I used to participate in a few of them such as Travex, TNI and drop in when I have the time but I highly suggest you check them out and meet awesome people there!

8- Follow up with people, ask them how they are

Again I may sound like I’m repeating the same thing over and over but being social is talking to people. Ask them how their life is going or what projects they are working on and you will be surprised to see how many people respond back :)

Not only it shows your human side, it will make you feel them important and special, which they are!

Be approachable too, it is great to know that it is not a robot or fake person behind your account or online persona.

This leads to the next point.

9- Greet them

As I just mentioned above, do not hesitate to greet or say hello to them!

When I take a few moments during the day to check my account, I will send messages to people who cross my mind or want to know about.

Caring for them and ask them if they need help or if they are doing great makes me happy.

You never know, a few words of encouragement can make their day so do it.

10- Use humor and add some of your personality to the tweets

Adding some humor to your tweets and show your personality will make you stand out!

Instead of appearing as a boring or bland, it will actually make you very interesting.

Making people laugh is very therapeutic and you know it. So tell jokes or funny stories, I’m sure you’ve plenty of to share :)

So that is pretty much what I can suggest or recommend. It has worked very well for me in the past few years and the results speak for themselves.

I am constantly looking for ways to improve, grow and be much more fun to whoever reads my multi-lingual tweets.

One thing is for sure; I will always do my best to educate, inspire and entertain you in as many ways as I can!

I hope you enjoyed reading my Top 10 Twitter Dos and Don’ts.

Now it’s your turn.

Tell me,

 

How has been your experience on Twitter?

What other tips did I miss or would you add?

 

 

Let me know,

Until next time!

Many happy travels and tweet tweet!

K :)

Finnair Business Class: In flight dining experience

The food that enters the mind must be watched

as closely as the food that enters the body.

Pat Buchanan

 

As you are very aware by now I just love great food! Last time I shared with you the wonderful and spectacular culinary delights I had at Parador Resort & Spa in Costa Rica and see that many of you enjoyed seeing so many photos of delicious creations.

I was recently going through my archives and found some that I almost forgot and they certainly deserve more attention!

You may or may not know this but last year I received an invitation to fly to Helsinki, Finland in order to participate in a group workshop organized by Helsinki Airport and Quality Hunters where travel experts, enthusiasts, influencers and community members met to generate ideas on how to improve air travel and passenger experience at the airport, during the flight and upon arrival. We sure had a great time working and discovering the city!

Now on my way there I got to witness and  experience Finnair‘s legendary service on-board. Nothing prepared me for what was waiting ahead.

After flying on OneWorld airline partner, American Airlines, to New York City’s JFK airport, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had been upgraded to Business Class for my 2nd leg of the trip: NYC-Helsinki.

So what did that mean you ask?

Well, for starters, I had access to the Admiral’s Lounge at Terminal 8 before the flight which was very nice.

Now the best part came when it came time to enjoy the in flight food.

Finnair serves a 3 course meal in Business class on all intercontinental flights.  There are options you can choose from their menu and ordered after reaching cruising altitude.

Here is what I selected.

Welcome drink

Champagne

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Entrée

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Prosciutto ham and melon

 

Cheeses

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Danish blue and cheddar

 

Main course

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Beef filet with thyme demi-glacé, creamed spinach and potato gratin

 

Dessert

Fresh fruit

 

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Sirocco herbal tea

 

Breakfast (before arrival in Finland)

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Omelette, sautéed vegetables, sausage, roasted potatoes, small bun, fresh fruit, yogurt, honey and coffee.

 

On my return flight, Helsinki-JFK,  I opted for a lacto-ovo-vegetarian 3-course meal.

 

Entrée

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Spinach salad with fig sauce, tofu and whole-wheat bun.

 

Main course

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Risotto with mushroom ragout, Manchego cheese and pine nuts

 

Dessert

Fresh fruit and tea.

 

Snack (prior to landing in NYC)

 

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Roasted vegetables: eggplants, red peppers, cherry tomatoes and tofu.

Needless to say that I was quite impressed by the high quality, freshness and exquisite taste of the food. I didn’t know it could be that savory at 30 000 feet!

Oh did I mention the fab wine & drink selection and Finnish coffee I had? :)

Finnair‘s service is unparalleled. The staff is very efficient, professional, makes you feel welcome from the moment you set foot on the plane and go above and beyond.

It was my first time flying with the airline and trust me it certainly will not be my last one.

Hopefully next time I will get to stay a few more days in order to explore the country and on my way to another European or Asian city!

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Finnair & Quality Hunters (Kiitos Paljon!) for allowing me to live and experience this. It will be a memory that will last for a long time!

Now over to you,

Tell me.

 

Have you ever been upgraded? If so by which company?

If you haven’t, would you like to one day? :)

One more thing, what has been your best in flight meal?

Tell me all about it! Better yet show me or send me photos!

I hope you enjoyed viewing these food pics.

Until next time!

Happy & safe travels,

K :)

The New GoPro Hero 4 – A traveler’s best friend

The following is a guest post by

Australian writer and photographer, Bethany Cleg.

Beneath the GoPro Hero 4’s near $400 price tag is an impressive 4K resolution camera that breaks portable camera norms many times over. It’s also incredibly durable withstanding all the travel wear and tear even for the most adventurous world trotter. Gone are the days pampering your camera and fretting over its well-being while you miss the beauty of your destination.

Outer Design

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Photo Credit: GoPro.com

The design of the GoPro Hero 4 Silver looks almost identical to its predecessor, the GoPro Hero 3+ Silver. But unlike the Hero 3+ Silver that received less than average reviews from the camera world, the GoPro 4 Silver is more than just a slight name change to the lackluster camera – the Hero 4 Silver performs like last year’s exceptional Hero 3+ Black.

For the first time, GoPro has introduced a touch-screen menu to the back of its camera. The 1.5 inch display replaces the battery slot (the battery has moved to the base of the camera and allows photographers to review footage in real-time, as well as frame shots without having to reach around to the front. The touch screen adds al lot of functionality for use on the go. I found myself capturing footage of just about everything while I traveled because it was so much easier to use than the previous versions. Convince and ease go a long way when you’re abroad.  Framing up a shot and shooting it ultra HD slow-motion is as easy as using your smart phone camera. The only drawback is how much footage you will have to sift through when you get home. It’s bound to make any user an overzealous shooter.

Camera Resolutions


Likely just a name change of the Hero 3+ Black, the Hero 4 Silver uses the same camera sensor, clocking in at 12 megapixels. There is also the same variety of recording selections that were available in the previous Hero 3+: 4K at 15FPS, 2.7K at 30FPS, 1440p at 24FPS, 30FPS, and 48FPS, and 1080p at a maximum of 60FPS. Also available is the ability to enable “Superview,” which increases the default aspect ratio up to 16:9. This puts some artifacts and distortion around the edges of the image, but you can get more picture detail into each shot.

Protune, a newer function for GoPro cameras, allows you to disable all of the default color and contrast settings to record RAW footage instead.  For the lay man RAW footage just means uncompressed footage which gives you more options if you’re planning on messing around with your footage on the computer. But it also takes up a lot more space.

Photography

 
Photographs have never been GoPro’s strong suit. This GoPro can almost replace your expensive “action” or DLSR camera. Some Still photographs can appear blurry in recent tests with the Hero 4 if not shot correctly and zooming in sometimes produces grainy results. Still, the Hero 4 is capable of taking still photographs at 5, 10, 30, or 60 second increments while the camera is shooting video footage. These “captures” are helpful for storyboarding and for review in post production. In recent tests, most of the photos taken came out blurry if a tripod wasn’t used. Then again, this is a video camera, primarily with some very decent camera functionality added to it.

GoPro hasn’t released much information about the Black edition of its Hero 4, so not much is known about its photographic capabilities. If the previous Black edition was any indication though, it will be a significant upgrade to an already impressive camera.

Camera Rental

The $400 price tag to purchase the new GoPro Hero 4 may be a bit steep for some amateur videographers in need of a quality action camera for the day. Video camera rental can provide a significantly cheaper option to those who need something durable in the short-term, but who don’t want to purchase a new camera for a single job. I personally rented one out for a hike in the Blue Mountains and now it’s on order for Christmas.

Final Thoughts

The GoPro Hero 4 has already made it clear that it will be the new standard for action cameras for the next few years. If you’re in the market for a new action camera, the Hero 4 should be at the top of your list. 4K shooting resolution, RAW footage capabilities, and GoPro’s renowned endurance make the Hero an action camera workhorse.

Have you used a GoPro camera?

If so what has been your experience?

Tell us more about it!

Until next time,

Happy travels :)

Culinary delights at Parador Resort and Spa in Costa Rica

“I like good food”

 – Anthony Bourdain

 

I certainly agree with the amazing world traveler and extraordinary food connoisseur, the one and only, Anthony Bourdain.

The best way to get to know the culture of any country is through its food. It is an unforgettable experience for all your senses.

Now as you know very well, I have a good and hearty appetite, a “buen diente” as we say in Spanish :) I simply love typical dishes and soul food from many countries around the world. From bibimbap, to souvlaki to pupusas and tacos to pizza margherita and everything in between!

A little while ago I traveled to one of my absolute favorite countries on earth (which has been also included among the happiest and friendliest) Costa Rica.

Little did I know that it was going to be an educating, entertaining and life-changing trip!

I’ve already shared with you some of my adventures but did you know that there was also a special one taking place every single day at La Galería Restaurant at the stunning Parador Resort & Spa? It was an adventure for my palate and taste buds:)

I sure needed the necessary fuel to go visit a school, hike down to the beach, zip lining, tour a National Park and  recharge batteries before coming back home :)

It was a surprise after another which I loved. Every single time I ordered, I was waiting with excitement to see how it was going to be presented and how delicious it would be knowing that they use only the freshest and local ingredients.

As you know, I am a certified foodie and obsessed food photographer.  I certainly did not miss an opportunity to capture the culinary delights of Chef Alejandro Torres and his cooking team as well as the fantastic service from Team Parador Staff: Marlen, Eric, Nereida, Jason, Fabian, Warren, Dianny and Dalberto among others.

Let me share with you some of the most delicious meals, #ParadorPuraVida style of course. By the way, they  are totally Pinterest and Instagram worthy, so feel free to share!

Dear food lovers, again I offer you my sincere apologies if it makes you drool or hungry or thirsty.

It is not advised to lick the screen :)

Desayuno/Breakfast

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Fuel for the day

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Desayuno típico /typical Costa Rican breakfast

 

Lunch/Dinner

Entrées

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Patacón y salsa

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Veggie spring roll

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Vegetarian lasagna with house green salad and garlic crostini

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Salmon Mahi Mahi : rice, cucumber, avocado, sesame seeds, shredded carrot

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Beef Tacos Platter

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Chicken Caesar salad

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Chicken quesadilla

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Club sandwich

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Ceviche

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Veggie wrap platter with yuca frita

 

Drinks anyone? 

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Fresh lemonade

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Café Britt Gourmet coffee

 

Dessert? Yes please!

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Oreo cheesecake

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Apple tart and guava ice cream

Needless to say that I was in foodie heaven and it was just unbelievable!

There is something I need to mention which is truly important and it really amazed me. Before traveling to the hotel, I let them know about my food allergies. Believe it or not, the staff knew it and made sure it was all taken care of. How incredibly kind, thoughtful and incredible of them to do so. That is certainly not a service or attention that other 5 star hotels have offered me in the past!

They also cater to special needs and if you want vegetarian or gluten free food, they will gladly prepare it just the way you like it. Actually you will be stunned as I was :)

I sure loved every minute I spent in Costa Rica which turned out to be one of the most unforgettable trips I’ve ever taken.

I would like to thank everyone at Parador Resort & Spa for welcoming me and treating me as a family member. I can’t wait to go back in the near future!

Now over to you.

Tell me something,

 

When was last time you were amazed by the cuisine offered at a hotel or restaurant.

Where was it?

 

I want to read all about it, better yet SHOW us pics to drool for!

Until next time.

Many happy travels and PURA VIDA :)

All the best always,

K