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Hola Tulum!
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I think I got my sense of adventure from my mom. Apparently, she was a wild child back in her tiny village in Bangladesh. Getting in tons of trouble, climbing trees like a monkey, etc. It's no wonder I got this sense of mischief in me. 

Back in 2014, mi madre wanted to go to Paris thanks to a Sex and the City episode. It was such an amazing trip. I mean it was Paris! Fast forward to summer sixteen and my mom mentions taking another mother/daughter trip. SIGN ME UP! I asked what her budget was and knew that somewhere in the Caribbean/Central America was our best bet. Insert Tulum. I've been hearing so many great things about Tulum, so I figured it would be a nice, relaxing trip to take with my mom. And I was correct.  

We landed in Cancun and went straight to Tulum via the Ado bus. It took us about a little less than three hours because we stopped at Playa Del Carmen, but we made it and we were hungry! Taco diet was the game plan for the next seven days!  

After we filled our stomachs, we headed towards our AirBnB. I'll tell ya, living right in the town is a lot better than staying in resorts in my opinion. You get such an authentic experience, meet the locals and really see the town or city for what it is. The Airbnb we got was great and the hosts were so helpful via WhatsApp. They also had bikes for guests, so I took a long ass, 10-mile bike ride one evening. I ended up biking to where all the beaches and resorts are and treated myself to happy hour (aka 2-for-1 margaritas) and fish tacos at Mateos, which is apparently the best place to get fish tacos (they were pretty good, but the mango margaritas were the show stopper).  

We did do some sightseeing, visiting the local Tulum ruins and spending some time at the beach. Nothing extravagant or outrageous. Honestly, it was so hot and sunny most of the trip that we stayed indoors - me on my laptop clearing out my inbox and my mom using my phone and wifi to watch Bengali shows. I did have a good time with my mom and I'm glad we got to spend a week from reality. Thanks mom for the trip - te amo!  

Here are all the pics from Tulum - enjoy!  

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The Oregon Trail
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From the RingTheAlam archives! Here are some photos from a beautiful work trip my bestie Sara and I took to Oregon. We had the pleasure of not only checking out downtown Portland (hey food trucks!) but also the nature-y stuff. Oregon is one beautiful state! I mean I was taken away with how untouched and peaceful everything looked and felt as we drove around. We event got to squeeze an early morning drive to Cannon Beach to check out where they shot that scene from The Goonies and a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts for a ridiculous sugar rush. I'd love to go back and spend more time in Oregon going on some hikes and all that jazz. Until then, enjoy my photos below! 


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If you like piña coladas...
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So I had this $200 ticket voucher from a flight last year that I needed to spend on a random trip. So where did I end up using it?  

Why, Puerto Rico of course! Getting there was actually pretty stressful. I missed my morning flight, my train to Newark airport and all this other nonsense that occurred along the way. Thankfully my friend Teddy came in the clutch and got me safe and sound to the airport, and I was able to fly into the beautiful city of San Juan that night. Once I landed, I took a 15-minute drive and stayed at the Palace Hostel located in the Miramar neighborhood. I've loved staying at hostels ever since my trip to Europe in February (which I need to edit photos of as well oops), because you get to make random friends, sleep somewhere for super cheap and some hostels allow you to stay in parts of the city that are less touristy.

I was in San Juan from a Wednesday night until Monday morning and spent most of my time finding coffee shops to work out of (gotta keep the digital nomad lifestyle strong), tanning and eventually burning at the beach or wandering around the historic Old San Juan part of the city with fellow hostel friends. Once the weekend hit, my bestie Kat flew in for two days of "baecationing." We went to the gorgeous national rainforest - El Yunque - and hiked for about a mile or so until we came to La Mina Falls. Lots of tourists, but still a pretty view. I didn't take my camera in because I didn't know what to expect on the hike, so the only photo I have from the falls are on my Instagram here.

Food-wise, I ate a lot of empanadas because they're cheap and delicious. And since I was traveling solo for most of the trip, I just ate at random shops here and there. Nothing really stood out to me, other than this delicious popsicle I had from Senor Paleta - their branding is sooo cute btw.  I did go out on the weekends - so check out La Factoria in Old San Juan (you need to be over 23 years old or something to get in) or La Placita which is just a block or two of bars/dance clubs ranging in every vibe or style you'd want. I didn't get too wild, so I'll save that energy for a random bachelorette party down the line.

So would I visit San Juan again? For sure. But for now, here are some of my photos from the trip. Enjoy!


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