Havaianas summer footwear

Havaianas are my favorite chancletas for the summer and for vacays. I just came back from Cancun and the only footwear I brought was my white Havaiana flip flops. How’s that for packing light? I love these four pairs of Havaianas that I complied from Polyvore. They represent everything I feel that summer is; bright, fun with a hint of leopard.

 

 

summer chancletas

What I love about Havaianas are that they are so comfortable along with being stylish. They don’t cut into my toes like other sandals and I can walk in them anywhere. I even wore mine in Ecuador climbing up and down a mountain. You don’t believe me, well here is proof!
I also have a major obsession with all things Brasil so of course I would love this brand. Visit their website http://us.havaianas.com/ to check out all the styles they have. You can even get a  custom pair made on their website. How cool is that?
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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah has always been one of those places that I’ve been yearning to go to. I don’t have friends or family there but a co-worker once described it to me and I instantly fell in love. Being raised in Lincoln, Nebraska I am instantly drawn to all things country i.e. trees, open terrain, porches and rocking chairs, lemonade, fresh air…you know that sort of stuff. My boyfriend and I finally made the trip to Savannah about a month ago and it was everything I thought it would be.

Rocking chairs outside the airport

This trip was a quick and unplanned which seems to be our M.O. We took a half hour bus ride from the airport to Broughton Street one of the best places for boutique shopping. Thank god my BF is a good sport and didn’t mind me shoping right away. I found cute little souvenirs for my loved ones and even picked up a few items for myself.

He’s the stores mascot. Find him on Broughton :)

Savannah has a gorgeous downtown lined with Spanish moss trees and packed full of history.

He loves history

This bridge looked scary like you could drive right off the edge

River Street is another site to see with its cobblestone street and specialty stores. Wet Willes is on River Street for those of you who like your Call-a-cab’s and yes you can walk around with alcoholic beverages.

My “palm” flower

River Street stores in the background

Candy store on River Street

If you love honey this is the place for you

We were lucky enough to be in Savannah on a Monday because the restaurant we dined at called Fiddlers Crab House on River Street and had an all you can eat crab leg dinner which was out of this world.

One thing that I was disappointed with was that there were no huge plantation houses which I expected to see, next time we will rent a car and venture out more.

Free ferry that shuttled people from one side of the river to the other

Fountain we discovered while walking through town

On our last night we took a horse carriage tour throughout town and learned more about the city and its beginnings.

My next trip to Savannah can’t come soon enough. What do you suggest we do next time we are there?

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Check out my Tumblr http://stephaneealaine.tumblr.com/ As you  can tell I love nails, bright shiny objects and beaches.

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San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a gorgeous city; we had the pleasure of doing an over night trip to visit friends.
Hilly streets are lined with plush vegetation and flowers of all kinds. Who knew there were palm trees there?! The weather is nothing to write home about. It rained on and off the whole day, however the temperature was almost 60 so it wasn’t uncomfortable just very wet. The next day we were departing the weather was pleasant so it has its good and bad days. The city is very “green’ and  residents seem to have an emphasis on keeping their surroundings squeaky clean. The air even smelled clean and I have to say I saw no litter on the ground what so ever. Why can’t all cities be this beautiful?
Every corner you turn seems like there is something to see or to do. Public transportation made it easy to get around. We took The Bart train downtown and maneuvered on buses throughout town. 
We shopped at the vintage stores on Haight Street where I found a killer bag. Union Square has more commercial shopping stores like Zara, Old Navy and tons of high end stores.
 We had a photo op next to the trolleys which unfortunately were not running at the time.
Later on in the evening we met up with friends at the Crab House on Pier 39 and had slamming seafood and mini donuts for dessert.
Of course we visited the Golden Gate Bridge which I learned was named after the body of water (Golden Gate) it connects.
You can see most of San Francisco within a day however I would rather have had a few days to take it all in.
On our next trip to San Francisco we plan on going to Napa Valley for the wine tasting tours. So San Franciscans’ did I do a good job of summing up your city? Did I miss anything? Let me know :)
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San Juan, Puerto Rico


It seems like everyone I know has been to Puerto Rico. In all my thirty one years of living I’ve never had a chance to go until recently. I’ve been so many other places around the world and it’s amazing that an island that is so close took forever for me to visit. There are many gems in Puerto Rico that I’ve heard about from Culebra beach, to the glowing lagoon of Mosquito Biobay in Vieques, to El Yunque the rainforest. My first trip there however wasn’t meant for adventure which indeed takes more planning.
My boyfriend and I decided we needed a quick get-a-way and Puerto Rico was just the ticket. As heart breaking as it was to visit this island and not be able to explore it properly, adventure would just have to wait as this was a touch down, relax and go sort of trip.
 The Reef Bar & Grill located in Pinones has great views and the best Mofongo I ever had. Let’s not forget the Pina Coladas. Delicioso!!!
 
Although it was a quick journey it wasn’t lacking in the relaxation department. Sometimes that quick trip is just what you need to recharge your batteries.
This beach was located right below The Reef Restaurant.
  We had a chance to visit the Fort San Felipe del Morro which is a quick drive into Old San Juan.

 Old San Juan is picturesque with cobblestone streets and 16th century structures.
  At first glance I thought this bad boy was a huge snake. 
Have any of you been to Puerto Rico? What were some of your favorite parts of the trip? Where would you suggest others to visit while they are in P.R?
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Backpacker List a.k.a. Bucket List

As I started writing this post I realized the connotation behind a bucket list isn’t the most appealing, at least to me anyway. A list of activities you want to do before you die sounds harsh, so I decided to rename my list to Backpacker list. Each year that passes I add a more to my list. I know it seems impossible to achieve everything you want to do in life but it never hurts to try! Here is a list of a few places I want to travel to in the near future:

Jellyfish Lake
Eli Malk, Palau

This lake gives a whole new meaning to swimming with the fishes.

Grand Canyon
Nevada

We tried to trek here once but was met with a blizzard and zero visibility. This year we’ll plan accordingly.

Galapagos Islands
Ecuador

I’ve been to Ecuador three times but this specific trip takes a lot of planning.

El Yunque
Rain Forest in Puerto Rico

In my younger years I said I wanted to live in a rain forest, now I would rather just visit one.

The Bioluminescent Bay
Vieques, Puerto Rico

I’ve heard tales of this “glow in the dark” waters but I have to see it with my own eyes.


Cristo Rendentor (Christ the Redeemer)
Rio, Brasil

I was in Brasil once but missed the chance to see this wonder of the world due to extreme fog. I also want to go to Rio for carnaval. One day!

Safari in South Africa
I love exotic animals and I love nature so animals in their natural habitat just sounds right.

Santorini, Greece
Ever since I’ve seen pictures of these picturesque blue and white homes against the gorgeous waters I’ve been longing to visit Santorini.

So what do you think? Are these any places you wanted to travel to or have been to? What are some amazing places you want to add to your Backpacker list? Let me know!

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Ecuador Part Tres


This is the third trip to Ecuador that my boyfriend and I have taken. Every time we travel there we discover new cities to explore and towns they haven’t mentioned on the travel channel. Our original plan was to go to Montanita, a town I’ve been wanting to visit since I’ve heard tales of the little surfer village. Then head to Canoa a town I’ve heard about from my parents International Living magazine. However a week is hardly enough time to explore Ecuador unless you have all your plans mapped out and accommodations booked, which we never seem to do. Winging it is part of the fun, everyone knows that. So the towns we visited this time around were Montanita and Puerto Lopez.

Upon landing in Guayaquil we immediately trekked to the bus terminal to begin our four hour or so journey to Montanita, who gained its name from the tiny mountains surrounding the area. I was told Montanita is a beautiful place with surfing (in my past life I was a surfer in California) with delicious seafood and sandy beaches filled with perfect waves for the tanned surfers. Montanita is indeed a beautiful place, very quaint with hostels on every corner and block. Right now is beach season so naturally the place was overflowing with tourist from Argentina and nomad hippies living the good life.

There are tons of places to eat I had the best pollo a la brasa in my life. Talented craftsman/women lined the streets and shared tales of their trips to the Amazon to gather materials intended to create beautiful pieces to sell. As far as handmade items this is my kind of place to buy unique items. Every vacation I go on I make sure I find a handmade item or indigenous piece from that specific area.


The weather was iffy with the sun coming out in the middle of the afternoon almost making you wish its scorching rays never peeked out of the clouds. I’m super tanned since being in Ecuador and peeling at this moment; apparently spf 50 didn’t do the trick. If you aren’t into surfing the only other activities to do in Montanita is parasail (which I finally had to chance to do there) , zip line and party hard. By the third day of barely any sleep from being sick (yes I got sick again), the party people who broke daylight and the loud thumping music, I was longing for a beach with less “spring breakers” and more locals, maracuya (passion fruit) shakes and peace & quiet.

Through word of mouth we heard about Puerto Lopez a sleepy fishing village one hour bus ride north of Montanita. Puerto Lopez was a nice change of pace and was everything I thought Montanita was going to be. I felt at ease at the first sight of the fishing boats that scattered the water and we immediately hit the beach which showcased views of mountains and locals of the area.

In the evenings the sun broke behind the main mountain creating beautiful peach and blue sunsets, I was in heaven. Seafood is in abundance in Puerto Lopez due to the plethora of fishing done and fruit juice stands line the streets making juice from any fruit you could imagine.

Los Frailes is another amazing beach we visited the next morning, a protected beach that used to be $2 to enter but is now free. You could take a motor-taxi and be there in ten to fifteen minutes. This beach can be compared to beaches in Cancun with blue waters and soft sand. We felt like we were transported to that movie called “The Beach” it was absolutely gorgeous. The beach closes at 4pm so its best you go early, bring food and water and make sure u take your basura (garbage) with you when you go.

Canoa and Esmerldas are two other towns that will have to be explored on our next trip to Ecuador. At this time in our lives we can’t afford the luxury of a “hippy lifestyle” but giving it all up and finishing our journey in Ecuador sounds just about right, as I type at my desk looking at the snow outside my window.

Places to stay in Montanita:

Hanga Roa Hostel

Balsa Surf Camp

and in Puerto Lopez:

Hotel Pacifico

Hosteria Mandala

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Let the blogging begin!

Hello world. Welcome! Bienvenido. Wullkommen. Barka da Zuwa. Bienveue and all that good stuff. I’m happy to be up and writing. This blog has been a long time coming. I created it to share my ideas and adventures with the world while connecting with others along the way. I named my blog 2theskyz because if you haven’t already guessed I love to travel! I have many other loves but the “far far away” has always intrigued me. I won’t limit myself to only travel here because to me that is stifling. A little bit of this a little bit of that, has always been my mantra. Expect to read reviews on my trips, tips and advice, photos, and maybe I’ll share some of my other <3’s. I’ll keep you in suspense for now. Until then!

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