Author: Arielle M.P.

Colors of Goa

Just stepping out of my hotel here in Arambol, there are so many things that catch the eye and I want to take pictures of everything. I wouldn’t put down my camera if I took every photo opportunity. There is always so much going on! People, animals, natures, colours, all coming together in such an amazing combination. So I capture what I can, although I am aiming to take more for my last ten days here. But here are some of my favourites from what I have taken so far:      

Spontaneity- Cabo San Lucas

It seems that activities don’t require much planning here in Cabo. Only after our first few hours scoping the place out we found ourselves on a tiny boat heading to- I didn’t really know where. Some charismatic local man approached us while walking on the beach and 10 dollars later there we were. They took us to see the arch of Cabo San Lucas, it is the spot where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. The water was choppy but it was a beautiful view. Near the arch is where sea lions like to gather and bath in the sun. The American country music being played on the boat created an interesting atmosphere but it was a great experience for our first day. Afterwards for another 100 pesos ‘only’ (they really try and get ya wherever they can) we rented snorkel equipment from them and explored the water a little bit. It was a nice area for snorkelling, the visibility was only okay, but lots of fish! And I’m pretty sure I saw a …

Welcome to Mexico

At some airports of tourist destinations they welcome by adorning you with necklaces made of flowers or  putting your name on a simple sign, Mexico changes the whole game. Immediately after exiting the doors of the airport the atmosphere changes, people are waiting for their shuttles or taxis by lounging and sipping a Corona or margarita. That was as unexpected as it was exactly the moment I knew I was going to love this place. Cabo San Lucas We called ahead to arrange a shuttle to pick us up from the airport, not knowing anything about the place I was weary of taking a taxi. But when we were greeted by so many cheaper options of transportation (as low as $17 per person, our original shuttle was charging a $85 flat rate for 1-6 people) we corrected our mistake and went for the $17, which took us straight to the hotel, Club Cascada de Baja. We drove through mountains and landscapes dotted with cacti the size of trees. Somewhere along the way pulling to the side of the …

7 Reasons Why It’s Easy To Be Vegan in Tel Aviv

Vegans all over the world are faced with the same (slightly irritating) questions and assumptions that come with the lifestyle: “But where do you get your protein?” “All of your hair will fall out by the time you’re 30!” “What do you eat besides lettuce?” Growing up in the United States, a country where people love, and I mean love eating meat, I’ve heard my fair share of those questions. But then Tel Aviv came along with its vegan restaurants, festivals, and love. I was so pleasantly shocked at the openness and understanding people have towards vegans and vegetarians upon moving to Tel Aviv. Whether it’s the love for fresh produce or living creatures, or the inspirational public figures, Tel Aviv is becoming a vegan hotspot. Check out my 7 Reasons Why It’s Easy Being a Vegan in Tel Aviv. 🙂    

Kibbutz Lotan

Located in the middle of the desert in the south of Israel, we stopped for a night at Kibbutz Lotan on our way to Eilat. At the time it was a few months before my brother was to start his program there. The Green Apprenticeship, as the course is called is… […] a sustainable development and permaculture design course. The GA trains apprentices to understand and be able to identify and create sustainable solutions for social, economical and ecological issues facing critical industries such as agriculture, water, energy, waste management, construction, and more. And what a magical place it is! Surrounded by desert and mountains, there was so much to see and to understand around the kibbutz. My favourite part being the dome shaped ‘eco-huts’ made out of mud  by students. My brother is living in one now and I could not be more jealous. THE ENTIRE STUDENT AREA IS SOLAR POWERED! 🙂 Thanks to the unrelenting desert sun this is possible. They also have washing machines powered by bicycles, pretty darn cool. And it …

Pottery class treasures

While traveling, my mom and I were inspired by many of the tea and coffee cups that we came across so the first thing we did when we got back to the states was sign up for a pottery class. Here are a few of my finished projects that I took home today! Wheel throwing was such a blast and I can’t wait to start another session of classes. If you’re around the Chicago area check out Penguin Foot Pottery and take a class!