“Global Entry, please proceed to the end” the sign reads, as I skip past all the lines of people waiting to enter the USA through Customs and Immigration and head to the self-serve kiosk. I hadn’t checked any luggage on my short jaunt south of the border, so I was out to the curb to catch my ride within 15 minutes of exiting an international flight, and I didn’t have to wait in a single line. Sound like a/the dream? I thought so too, until I discovered Global Entry.
Last week while traveling for work I had a spare afternoon in Monterey Bay, and having never been, I was excited to explore the area! I stayed right by the Aquarium and Cannery Road, which was perfect for a short visit, but would have definitely gotten too touristy, in my opinion, for any stay over a day.
First, I hit up the aquarium after scoring a free ticket. I really enjoyed it, but the cost of admission is exorbitant, and I’m not sure I’d pay to get in (I believe its $40 a person!). Since I did have a ticket though, I wandered around for a few hours, spending a very large amount of my time there watching the otters and the jellyfish.
While staying in Cancun, my friend Elsa and I both knew that we really wanted to visit Tulum. I had built it up in my mind to be this really cool hippy town with an untouched beach and ruins that overlooked it. So we rented an adorable tiny car, packed up a backpack with water and bug spray, and off we went in search of some more ruins and beach time. What we got was pretty great, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
Although I really loved the ruins, they weren’t right in town, and getting to them was quite a walk from the parking lot, especially with the heat and humidity. Once we did get there though, I do see why they’re so popular. We had visited Chichen Itza just a few days prior, but I think these ruins were actually much more my style. You could still totally see that this used to be a town, as the grounds here were much smaller and more manageable. Continue reading
One of the reasons I blog is to have a reminder of the normal, everyday things I do each week, as well as the things I’m currently enjoying. While there will always be fantastic trips and exciting projects, the little things are what make the day-to-day exciting, and those are the things I don’t want to forget! Every Friday, I’m giving you a peak into the song I’ve been jamming to, the books I’m reading, and anything else that’s been making my heart happy that week.
This week was the kick off of study abroad fair season! I went to San Diego State on Tuesday, and to Chico State on Wednesday. Since I was staying in Sacramento, I also got to catch up with a friend over delicious beers and sausages one night! Getting to go to campuses and talk to students about how great studying abroad is, is definitely one of my favourite parts of my job. Its a short one this week, as I’m at a wedding down in Dana Point for the weekend! Be sure to follow along on instagram (@hellomegano).