We spend a Thursday afternoon at La Cuisine Paris learning how to make delicious chocolate, vanilla, and coffee eclairs! It was a rainy day in Paris and escaping from the rain into the kitchen at La Cuisine was fantastic. 12 students and one chef, very intimate and fun way to learn. We couldn’t have imagined that so much work went into baking eclairs! This was one of the most fun activities that we’ve enjoyed in a long time.
Our driving tour of the Madiran wine region in south west France. We were practically alone on the roads on a beautiful Sunday in September. The grapes were almost ready for harvesting and the wine tasting at Aydie family winery free! We’re used to having to pay up in the United States so we enjoyed the freebies. The bottles of wine were also fairly priced starting from 5 Euros up…
Highlights from our stay in Costa Rica. We experienced some Costa Rican adventure, beautiful nature including spectacular waterfalls and deserted beaches as well as the Cowboy culture of Guanacaste region. We enjoyed the Arenal Volcano area and the southern pacific region of Costa Rica: Costa Ballena.
“Hey Everyone, Jen and Konrad here with the White Collar Vagabond. First of all we would like to thank all of you for following our journey, we love hearing feedback from every one of you. It makes things so much more fun to have your engagement.
Secondly, we want to give you a quick rundown of the first leg of our journey, as we are preparing for the next portion of our trip.
We just wrapped up the Central American leg of our travels, and man was it a blast. As you are all aware, we drove 4,000 miles all the way from Atlanta Georgia, through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and finally completed our Central American journey in Costa Rica. All in all, it was a fantastic experience, sometimes a little unnerving but overall well worth the experience.
So here are a few things we have learned on our Central American journey.
1. We are thrilled that we did not wait for retirement to enjoy our lives. There are too many amazing places to visit and not enough time, so embarking on this journey has been very rewarding for us.
2. In Latin America, anything is possible, for the right price that is. This includes getting through the borders quickly and without hassle, paying off crooked cops to avoid a ticket or worse, and getting your passport and car papers stamped in one country, all while enjoying your time in another country.
3. Don’t trust the cops
4. The Spanish language is different in every Latin country
5. Don’t ever forget the sunscreen
6. Trying to sell a car to a Mayan is a family affair
7. The fruit just tastes better in Central America
8. There are dozens of ways to earn a living on the road
9. There are more expats living in Central America than I expected to see
10. There are numerous opportunities to start lucrative businesses abroad
11. Our company is not only surviving our travel, it is thriving and we are more productive than we are in the States.
12. Central Amercia has as many different words for “”speed bumps”" as Eskimos have for the word “”SNOW”".
13. You can in fact become a “”morning person”", even if you never have been one, especially when the sun rises by 5am everyday
14. Not only does a chicken bus provide a cheap form of transportation, it also provides amazing entertainment.
15. A snake is a snake, is a snake, unless it is a viper
16. All insects are supersized in Central America
17. Some people like to Astral Travel!
18. There are phenomenal opportunities to invest into beautiful property
19. You can get a 2 hour massage for only $40, yes, I said a 2 hour massage for $40
20. All Americans are rich, or at least that is the perception
21. It is much more pleasant to wake up to a rooster than it is to wake up to a blaring alarm clock, even when the rooster starts crowing at 4am.
22. There is an adventure waiting to happen around every corner
23. Time really does fly when you are having fun
24. Traveling with our dogs is easier than we expected
25. Many young couples travel with their kids for extended periods of time and say it is easy as well
26. And most importantly we have learned that we have so much to be grateful for !
We hope you have enjoyed being a part of our adventure so far and we look forward to sharing our journey with you going forward.
If you consider running a B&B in Latin America, take a look what Uli the owner of Casa Cubana is doing in Granada, Nicaragua. Casa Cubana is cozy and makes the most out of its colonial character. The architecture is beautiful, the interior design perfectly fitting and it only has 4 rooms to rent which allows a very intimate setting. The courtyard with its lush vegetation and a pool to cool down and sip drinks makes you want to forget the exploring and stay put with a good book. Casa Cubana is in a quieter part of town but a straight shot towards all the action. Uli has been a gracious host sharing his experience and you truly feel welcomed. It is so great to find a gem B&B!