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The beginning

The beginning

“What are you going to do after that?” I heard this question several times. While I was finishing school, my undergraduate and master degree, then my internship in Ireland and a 4-year PhD in England. I didn’t even know what I was doing in that moment and I was pretty tired of thinking about the day after tomorrow, when the important thing was to just focus on today. I was chased by the typical Italian mentality according to which you…

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My favourite ruins in Central America

My favourite ruins in Central America

The Mayan/Inca/Aztecan civilisations were so great that their traces are still within Central and South American communities. Small villages retain ancient traditions, clothing, medicine and languages.  Before starting my trip I had very little knowledge about all this and all I could think about when I heard the word “Maya” was the 2012 apocalypse. I did some research and found a lot about Chichén Itzá (Messico), Tikal (Guatemala) and Copán (Honduras) with a few references to Tulum (Messico) due to…

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Best archaelogical sites in Yucatan and more [PART 2]

Best archaelogical sites in Yucatan and more [PART 2]

If you read PART 1 http://onemoreday.blog/?p=681 you already know how much Ek Balam and Uxmal can be unforgettable. In this article you’ll find out about a major Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. But that’s not all… together with one of the most famous sites, you’ll discover two smaller sites which are very unpopular and a lot cheaper than the mainstream ones. Palenque Deep in the jungle of Chiapas, a few km outside Palenque you can visit the…

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Best archaeological sites in Yucatan and more [PART 1]

Best archaeological sites in Yucatan and more [PART 1]

The Mayans started constructing cities over 4000 years ago. Their knowledge on maths, astronomy, engineering and art still amazes nowadays experts and part of their language is yet to be translated. Expanding through Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize, these populations were thriving and left a whole world for us to explore. Over 1 million visitors enter Chichén Itzá (Mexico) every year and the numbers are growing (see my latest blog post on Chichén Itzá http://onemoreday.blog/?p=662). Other popular sites…

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Is visiting Chichén Itzá really worth it?

Is visiting Chichén Itzá really worth it?

Mexico, as well as most of Central/Latin America, is filled with ancient cities we can now walk through and explore. Although many of them are yet to be fully uncovered (i.e. Palenque, MX or El Mirador, GUA), some sites are well-known and huge tourist attractions. How to get there Chichén Itzá is located in the heart of Yucatán, only a 45 minutes drive from Valladolid, 1h30m from Mérida and 2h30m from Cancún. You can pay for a private tour (the…

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What’s Mexico like?

What’s Mexico like?

“Mexico is a very rich country and yet, so poor. We have nature, we have history, we have culture, we have tourism, we have oil… We sell it to the US for 50 dollars a gallon and buy it back for 100. Corruption rules everything and it gets worse and worse. The problem is that Mexicans are divided. They look at the difference between one state and another instead of seeing that we are all part of the same Republic….

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Best Guinness ever

Best Guinness ever

They call it the ‘travel bug’, that insatiable desire to travel a lot more often than most people. I travelled a bit when I was a kid and an adolescent, but not as much as I wanted to. After visiting Iceland my travel bug took over and I decided it was time to throw myself into more adventures. The feeling of wanting to stay in a place one more day was in every single trip. So I promised myself I…

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A week in Iceland – Day 7

A week in Iceland – Day 7

The last day of our wonderful week. I hope you enjoyed reading about it so far, there are still 24 hours to go! This was the day that we spent most hours in the car and took a long, scenery drive from Huni early in the morning to reach Reykjavik in the evening. On the way we found some beautiful horses who decided to block the road and take advantage of us passing by to get extra cuddles. The sheep…

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A week in Iceland – Day 6

A week in Iceland – Day 6

In my first blog post about Iceland (http://onemoreday.blog/?p=165&fbclid=IwAR2GmjlmQBKrafzFTCJS8wvD_GSKYs2xa0hI3eVAnXcWEkk8l6LEkvOuGtg) I mentioned tours and how expensive they can make your visit in Iceland. Certain things are not essential to me, but I also see how unforgettable some experiences can be. Both my friend and I agreed on spending some money to do whale watching. I looked up the best spots to see whales, and since we were heading north, it seemed logical to stop in Dalvík. Situated in the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, this…

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A week in Iceland – Day 5

A week in Iceland – Day 5

Ready for another wonderful day? The majority of people think that the only opportunity they have to bathe in a hot spring is to go to the Blue Lagoon. There are a lot more places where you can enjoy a natural pool of hot water without paying (see https://livelifewithaview.com/free-hot-springs-iceland/). We were heading to the region of Mývatn to enjoy half a day of relaxation, a comfortable treat which is cheaper and less crowded than the Blue Lagoon. When we were…

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A week in Iceland – Day 4

A week in Iceland – Day 4

I love planning trips, especially those on the road. The freedom and possibilities you have are the best thing! You can read as many travel websites and guides as you want, but every trip will be different and personal. You will decide how long you want to spend staring at that waterfall or walking through that park. During my planning I left this day pretty empty to just “see what’s there”. We could have driven back South for a couple…

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