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Searching for the Pot of Gold Along the South Coast of Sao Miguel (Azores)

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This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014After exploring both Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo with the Teacher and the Brown Student and enjoying countless beers at the local watering hole in Ponta Delgada, I joined the boys the next day for a short road trip around the south coast of …

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Road Tripping Around the North Coast of Sao Miguel (Azores)

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014As soon as I checked into my hostel on Wednesday morning, I threw my backpack on my bed and immediately jumped into a tiny European rental car with my four newest travel companions. The Fashionable Filipino was the man behind the wheel and handled navigating …

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One Time We Broke into a Lighthouse in Nordeste…

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This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014At the very northeastern tip of the little island of Sao Miguel the quaint, charming town of Nordeste sits between the rocky coastline and the interior wooded mountains. Nordeste takes well over an hour to get from Ponta Delgada or any of the larger towns …

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A Photo Tour of Ponta Delgada, Portgual (Azores)

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This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014As I climbed down the steps from the plane onto the tarmac of Sao Miguel’s airport, I was met with a strong salty breeze and the comfort of being on solid ground instead of being bumped around by turbulence in a tin can. The immigration …

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Lagoa do Fogo and the High Anxiety Drive to Get There

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This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014Lagoa do Fogo is the highest lake above sea level on Sao Miguel situated in the Agua de Pau Massif stratovolcano at 580 meters (1,900 feet) above sea level. It is one of the main tourist attractions on the island and after seeing the natural …

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My 2014 Financial Report

In 2014, debt, money, personal finance, savings, student loans, travel by KatelynLeave a Comment

Did you know that 4 in 10 American households are still struggling financially to make ends meet even five years after the Great Recession? Some recent public health studies have found a correlation between money stress and physical health. I wrote a piece about these studies over at Young Finances recently so go check it out. Ever since my student …

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Top Posts of 2014

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Happy Boxing Day! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Hanukkah this year. 2015 is right around the corner. It’s amazing how fast time flies by these days. Actually, it’s kind of scary! As much as I can’t wait for my next big trip to arrive, I also enjoy slowing down and enjoying my time and living in the …

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12 Favorite Travel Photos from 2014

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And so begins the end-of-year wrap up posts. This one is short and sweet and contains some of my favorite travel photos I took on my travels (and at home) this year. Boat on Flores, Guatemala Temple I through the Trees at Tikal National Park, Guatemala Sting Ray while snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize Fireworks from the Portland …

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20 Random Things About Me

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You would think because I have a blog (two actually) that I am open about who I am as a person. Yet, in real life, I’m more reserved and keep a lot of things private. This is definitely the case in my professional life. I like to keep my private life private while at work. But sometimes, it’s a good …

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Sete Cidades: On Top of a Volcano in Hurricane Force Winds

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This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014  And no we didn’t die. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t hurricane force winds, but the winds were whipping about 45 mph from all directions and my phone kept beeping with high wind warnings. On my third day on Sao Miguel, I hopped into a …

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A Band of Traveling Friends: The Sao Miguel Story

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This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores - November 2014

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Sao Miguel, Azores – November 2014When I stepped onto the tarmac at the Ponta Delgada airport I was half asleep. My hair was whipping around my face due to the wind and I could smell the salty scent of the ocean. I was here. I had a knot in my …