April 16, 2015

Spring getaway to the U S of A


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J and I are escaping to Washington DC, Alexandria and Philadelphia for a getaway!

Well, technically it's more of a getaway for me than it is for J as he'll be doing a week long business course which prompted this trip in the first place, but it still counts right?
First stop: Washington DC to catch up with friends & see the sights over the weekend. J studied in DC and hasn't been back since he graduated so we'll be sure to check out some of his old watering holes and hang outs. I'll also be linking up with my blog buddy Setarra from Quaintrelle and I'm super excited!
The course is in Alexandria so we'll be there during the week, followed by a weekend in Philadelphia to celebrate J's brother's 30th birthday.
I've never been to an of these cities so I'm curious to hear suggestions on what you do if you were visiting for the first time? I'll try to avoid the tourist traps while still taking in the historical monuments and museums. So far my bucket list includes:

Washington DC
Cherry Blossom Festival
City Bike Ride

Alexandria
Foodie Tour of Alexandria

Philadelphia
Rodin Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Center City Jazz Festival

Any tips or tricks for how to see them like a local are greatly appreciated.

Also, and most importantly, food.


We're not fussy travelers, but we're fussy [and serious] when it comes to food! Any tips & hidden food gems in the DMV area [Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland] and Philadelphia that we should check out? So far my foodie Bucketlist includes:

Washington DC
Vietnamese Pho
Lobster rolls

Alexandria
Ethiopian - Alexandria has the largest Ethiopian expat community in the world, so I'm really keen to try my first Ethiopian meal at one of the many restaurants.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Cheesesteak

I'll be snapping away and sharing on Instagram & Twitter during our trip, so you can follow along via @skiptomalouuu or #Jusloutravels

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April 12, 2015

Island Diaries: Sail Away


Why only spend one day celebrating your birthday when you can do it twice as nice?
We celebrated Jess' birthday again [our first celebration was SUPing on Tuesday afternoon] on Calypso Cruises with a group of friends and I couldn't believe our luck with the weather! The day started off dark and stormy, but eventually the sun peaked through the clouds and gave us the perfect amount of rays. When you're used to sunshine every day, people start to panic when there's 'rainy' weather for more than a day...

I can't believe how lucky I am to live here and I feel even luckier getting to do something like this twice in one week. There's nothing quite as amazing as spending the day on a boat with great friends, eating delicious food and feeling the salt on your skin. 
Having friends visit from overseas is always the perfect excuse to go full out 'tourist' and enjoy the special things that this little rock has to offer. Catamaran cruising is high on the list of things we enjoy most about island living, and Calypso Cruises has been a favourite amongst my group of friends for a long time now. Not only are the crew really cool, but the food and 'vibes' are unbeatable and they offer a local, discounted rate on top of that. You can check them out here.


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April 9, 2015

Island Diaries: #Ilivewhereyouvacation


Warning: This may potentially be one of those cliche Caribbean dream living posts full of colourful underwater and sunset photos.
I took the afternoon off of work on Tuesday, after a bank holiday weekend spent working, to celebrate a dear friend's birthday.
It was one of those 'Phuck it' moments where I switched off my phone, brought out the GoPro, fully relaxed and really and truly appreciated living in paradise.



This feeling was amplified with the rare sighting of 3 stingrays and 2 beautiful turtles; all playing together and hanging out. I nearly passed out from a combination of sheer excitement and holding my breath a bit too long trying to snap as much footage of these creatures as possible.


After the underwater excitement and the collection of a few beers from the nearby catamaran, we were inspired to attempt yoga poses on our boards.
Thanks to the power of Banks Beer, both Jess and Angie were able to get their poses done after only one attempt.


For any of you who know me well, I am far from a yogi on dry land, so this was a pretty unrealistic attempt for me, and I looked like a drunk penguin even without a sip of beer. The snaps below are a testament to my determination though...even if it took me 10 attempts.
 I finally got a split second tree pose done, thanks to the help of Jess holding my board steady for me but I thought it only fair to include some more 'realistic' shots...


Days like these help to remind me to stop and enjoy the sunshine every now and again. We had friends visiting from NYC, who repeatedly asked us whether this is how we spend every Tuesday.
Thanks to our friend Ryan of WhatSUP Barbados for the boards that contributed to a great afternoon with a great group of people!

Photo cred: Ryan of WhatSUP Barbados
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