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Day 3: Tikal, Guatemala to Belize City

In Belize, Guatemala, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

My alarm went off at 3:40am to prepare for the sunrise tour of Tikal that left our hotel, the Tikal Inn, at 4:00am. However, when I rolled over to shut off my alarm, I realized that it was pouring buckets out. I got up and put my contacts in while Lindsay’s alarm went off about 10 minutes later. We decided …

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A Quick Guide to Tikal National Park

In Guatemala, Tikal National Park, Travel by Katelyn10 Comments

If you ever find yourself in Western Guatemala then you absolutely must go to Tikal National Park! It’s like stepping back in time to an ancient civilization and seeing history unfold in front of your eyes. Tikal National Park is located in the heart of the jungle in the Peten Department of Northwestern Guatemala. Tikal is located about 64 km …

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Day 2: Flores to Tikal

In Flores, Guatemala, Tikal National Park, Travel by Katelyn5 Comments

After a goodnight’s sleep at Los Amigos, we woke up and headed out to explore Flores for a few hours and grab breakfast. Flores is a small island so you can’t really get lost. You just have to watch out for tuk-tuk’s and trucks moving quickly over the cobblestone streets. Lindsay had an idea of a few breakfast places she …

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Los Amigos Hostel – Flores, Guatemala

In Flores, Guatemala, Travel by Katelyn6 Comments

If you have find yourself in Flores, Guatemala (which I highly recommend that you do), then you must stay at Los Amigos Hostel. I’ve been to quite a few hostels over the years, and hands down, this hostel wins in many categories. Los Amigos is located on Calle Central, or less than a 5 minute walk from the bus stop …

How To Make A Push Pin Map

In DIY, Travel by Katelyn1 Comment

I love to travel… to experience the beauty of a new location, the excitement of a new culture, and the tastes of new foods. I’m working towards a career in international public health so I know I’ll be doing a lot of international travel in the near future. Geography has always been a big interest to me. I once considered …

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A Day in Granada, Nicaragua

In Central America, Granada, International Learning Service, Medical Mission, Nicaragua, Travel by Katelyn2 Comments

In 2011 I travelled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua on a medical mission with International Service Learning, a United States-based educational NGO that focuses on enlisting medical and educational volunteers to provide care to underserved communities in Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. We spent a week providing care to Concepcion de Alajuelita, a very poor urban community …

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Best Websites and Apps to Track Your Student Loans

In Debt, Debt-Free Living, Mint, Money, Personal Finance, ReadyForZero, SaveUp, Savings, Student Loans, Tuition.io by Katelyn1 Comment

I’m all about tracking my student loans using modern technology. There is no secret that I love using Mint.com to track all my personal finance, but I also utilize other sites as well to track my student loan debt. Of course, being the ultra dork, I also created my own Excel spreadsheet to track my repayment status of each loan. …