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The Island of New Providence

Nassau/Coco Cay, Bahamas: 25.0667° N, 77.3333° W

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Our cruise, the Royal Caribbean

We arrived in Bahamas at last! The cruise is amazing, all we are doing is basically enjoy the cruise we took, the Royal Caribbean International. We got a cabin with the water view, so it is amazing and quite relaxing to watch the water.

Going on a cruise gave us the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. One of the nicest twins we met there were Olive and Bianca, two girls from France. They started talking to us since before we got on the boat. Their cabin is coincidentally right in front of ours. They came with all of their cousins and parents. Since we are only the two of us, we mostly hung out with all the people we befriended and that is making our time on the cruise more fun.

We spent a lot of time in the youth room, where we played video games, watched movies, played games such as Dance Dance Revolution, etc... We also went to the water park, ate from the various restaurants, enjoyed the facilities the cruise had to offer like; trying tai chi for the first time, the rock climbing, fitness centre/jogging track, the masquerade theatre, etc...

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The Straw Market

Our first stop was Coco Cay in Bahamas. We were able to go to the Straw Market, where we got the chance to buy a few souvenirs for everyone back home. The Straw Market was pretty sick because it was like a Farmers' Market that we find back home, but here they only sell everything handmade made out of straw. We only stayed here for a few hours, from 8 to 5, so we didn't get the chance to do a lot, other than trying things for the first time; trying the floating beach mat, go on the Coco Cay Nature walk and the Wave Jet tour.

On our way to Nassau, we unfortunately got really bad weather, so we had to stay inside the cruise. But it didn't matter, because there were tons of things to keep us busy luckily! We went to the fitness centre and the spa. We also spent a lot of time in the Youth/teen room with our friends.

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Nassau

When we got to Nassau, we were allowed to go anywhere we wanted and just forget about the cruise for a few hours. However, we have to be back before it leaves or else we'll be stuck here. We went around and with our little group of friends. I really wanted to go to Atlantis since a few years back and it was this was my chance, so my sister and I took the Discover Atlantis tour. Afterwards, we went to see the Pirates of Nassau and finally we went on a Seaworld explorer trip, where we got to see the fascinating underwater world of the Bahamas and it was extremely breathtaking as well as a one-of-a-kind attraction. I have never heard of an underwater observatory until now...

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Junkakoo

In Nassau, we also got the chance to see a Junkanoo, which is a street parade with music. It was cool and the costumes were different. It reminded me a lot of Toronto, because of how every year they have a Caribbean festival Downtown.

In Bahamas, we also tried some of the typical food and we were finally trying something new, because we were starting to get tired of the American cuisine, because we are so used to it. We had a conch salad and a coconut floating island, which is a dish with rice, a coconut sauce, corn and shrimp.

Now we are heading back to Miami and we only have so much time left with our friends before we say goodbye and go our seperate ways. But, even if it's unfortunately a goodbye to the people I've spent three days with, the adventure keeps going for my sister and I.

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A refreshing drink that we had on the Island

Posted by ZK_15 14:43 Archived in Bahamas Tagged me sunsets_and_sunrises beaches people travel adventure discover Comments (0)

The Walking City

Boston, Massachusetts; 42.3583° N, 71.0603° W


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Harvard University

It took us only 3 1/2 hour to get to Cambridge, Massachusetts. We spent our time visiting the two famous universities; Harvard and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). It took us about 3 hours of walking to finish our tour. We then had lunch at the Warren Tavern, a restaurant near Harvard Square. We walked around and shopped for some souvenirs at the Harvard shop. There was also a Curious George store, which kind of got us curious, so we went in that too. We then drove about 20 minutes before getting to Boston, where we will be staying.

What I love about Boston is that it's lovely and everything is close to each other. There is no need to drive around all the time, since it is much more convenient and time-consuming to walk around instead, and I guess that's why it's also known as the Walking City.

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Other people on the Segway Tours with us

But that being said, something very unique that they have in this city, is that there's an option to tour the city by Segway. So that's what we did. There wasn't anywhere to park it though. We only had it for 1 hour as well, so we only had so much time. It was pretty cool, since it was my first time doing this and I've only seen it in movies like Mall Cop.

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The Quincy Market from Faneuil Hall

After our Segway tour, we went to Fanueil Hall, where we started the historic walking tour, also known as the "Freedom Trail". Then, we came back to Quincy Market for lunch, and it was packed. There was a variety of food to choose from. We decided to get some sushi and it quite tasty.

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The leafy sea horse blew me away

After relaxing a bit, we walked a few minutes until we got to the New England Aquarium. We saw different things, and one of the animals that really interested me was the leafy sea horse, because I had never in my life seen such a thing. It was pretty cool.

It was quite tiring because we walked so much, so we went to the harbor and sat on the grass by the water. It was right across the Boston Harbor Marriott Hotel, where there was two weddings going on. Near the Boston Harbor, there's a public paying washroom. It is quite odd to me, since they not only require money to be able to use it, but after a certain time, the doors open, even if the person inside is not done. Quite embarrassing and weird.

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Boston from our Sunset Cruise

To finish off our tiring day, we took a relaxing 1 1/2 hour cruise, called the "Boston Sunset Cruise". We got a deal online, so we paid 2 tickets for the price of one.

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A great view of the TD Garden

It was somewhat windy, but the boat ride was amazing, especially since we got a great view of the sea and of Boston. We also got to see the USS Constitution and some of the other famous sights.

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Waited in line for about 30-45 minutes for this, definitely worth it!

On our second day in Boston, we stopped for some treats at Mike's Pastry, because we saw a lot of people walking around with the box and we heard that it is really tasty. Surprisingly, when we got there, the line to get inside the shop was blocking the entrance to at least 4 restaurants, so it was quite a wait and there was a long queue! We then went to Boston Common; the public park, where we took a swan boat ride.

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One of the best seafood restaurants I ever tried!

We went for lunch at Legal Sea Foods, because how can we come to Boston and not have seafood? We ordered three plates of different types of seafood and ordered some tea too; fortunately it wasn't the tea from the Boston Tea Party!

We then continued on our road trip. Next stop, the Empire State!

Posted by ZK_15 13:44 Archived in USA Tagged travel adventure discover Comments (0)

Wanderlust

(Noun) A strong desire to travel.

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Since I was very young, I enjoy discovering new places. I like the idea of traveling from one place to another and learning about different cultures, religions, traditions, etc. I have always dreamed of touring all the countries in the world. I have taken 60 days off of my daily usual routine to visit half the world. Well, not exactly, but close enough, as I will be visiting three new regions in the world.

I was always told that we cannot choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there. There are so many countries in the world to visit, yet so little time. I could not choose all of them unfortunately, but I spent a few weeks researching and planning, to decide which countries that I should visit. I have decided that, before I travel the world, I need to learn and see more of my own country, Canada. It is a huge country as it is and it could take the whole 60 days to visit it all.

While planning my trip, I considered the places where I have connections and know locals; as it is the best way to visit a place, the cost, places according to my interests, and safety.

Finally, I was able to plan out an itinerary for my dream trip around half the world for 60 days:

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June 30: Leaving Mississauga for Prince Edward, Ontario and Ottawa, Ontario -Canada
July 1st: Ottawa, Ontario -Canada
July 2-3rd: Montreal, Quebec -Canada
July 4th: Quebec City, Quebec -Canada
July 5-6th: Waterbury, Vermont -USA
July 7th: Cambridge + Boston, Massachusetts -USA
July 8th: Boston, Massachusetts -USA
July 9th: New York City, New York - USA
July 10th: Hoboken, New Jersey - USA
July 11 - July 13th: Orlando -Florida, USA
July 14th: St Petersburg, Tampa, Florida - USA
July 15th: Miami, Florida -USA
July 16 - 19th: Nassau/Coco Cay -Bahamas
July 19 - 21st: Cuzco/Machu Picchu -Peru
July 22 - 24th: Buenos Aires -Argentina
July 25 –27th: Rio de Janeiro -Brazil
July 28 - 30th: Cape Town -South Africa
July 31st- August 1st: Johannesburg -South Africa
August 1 - 12th: Mauritius
August 13 - 15th: London -England
August 16 – 21st: Marrakesh -Morocco
August 22 – 28th: Kent + London -England
August 29th: Toronto -Mississauga

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