June 21 2017 On the Tuscan Farm of Giorgio & Peola in the province of Scansano Main Farm Produce: Olive Oil &Maremma Wine We push our noise into the tranquility of this place. Don’t get me wrong—for the first time, this isn’t a quiet tranquility I’m talking about. As a matter of fact, this is a place of incessant noise; noise that seems louder than Rome was, louder … Continue reading Under the Tuscan Sun
The birthplace of flamenco. The inspiration of Bizet’s Carmen. The dreams of los matadores. The city of culture in a country of culture. Sevilla is the fourth city we’ve visited on this trip, and although it’s a tough choice for first place, it’s definitely captured my heart. The truth is that it is impossible not to get swept away by the allure of this age old … Continue reading Legend and Lore: Sevilla
So it’s been a while, blogosphere! Today I’m happy to report that I’ll be rejoining all of you beautiful, passionate people in the quest for the global swapping of stories, recording of rebellions, penning of personal anecdotes… okay, I’m done (: For the record: Today is Monday June 12, 2017 and I am sitting in the kitchen of a flat in Sevilla, listening to Spanish … Continue reading MAIAINPLAYA IS BACK!
I rarely use Facebook for my personal social media, but as my jewelry business and blog have grown, I’ve found myself doing online marketing more and more often. As I was perusing one day I saw a link my uncle and dear friend Rafa, a photographer and artist in LA, shared from qz.com about creative people’s brains. The article was definitely conceived and written by … Continue reading Why All Travelers Are Creative
Today- just for giggles- I decided to look up “Things to do in the Yucatan”. The information was just the same ol’ tourist venues advertising Coco Bongo, etc., and I was inspired to make this post from the perspective of someone who is in the scene here. Over the years, as friends and family have booked trips to the area, they usually contact me asking what’s … Continue reading How To Vacation In The Yucatan The Right Way
The next day I got two of the biggest shocks of my life. Continue reading Read This If College Shocked You.
In case of anything going wrong, following the instructions on the two crumbled copy papers would be the difference between life and death. Roberto had hand-drawn the line we would take and all the supplies our group of “cavers” would need to make the grueling eight hour descent into the bowels of the Yucatan. Continue reading The Fountain of Youth
As the youth of the world begins the celebration of Semana Santa in the Spring Break capitol of the Western Hemisphere, in the tiny city I call my home, nestled between the coconut-heavy palm trees of the Mexican Caribbean, I am faced with one of the biggest decisions of my life. I count myself extremely blessed. There have been a myriad of miracles in my … Continue reading Where To Find Peace In The Next Chapter
Who are you? Who will you become?
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So I haven’t updated you in a while on my personal life. Recently, in my attempts to salvage a two year hiatus from daily blogging, I have been more distant and commercial with my posts. This is probably for the best- in the past this blog turned into an online diary that became WWIII. However, maiainplaya.com is about travel, art, family, and food. My personal … Continue reading How To Make A Strong Connection
Oh, Paris! It seems almost impossible not to fall in love with the city renowned for romance, but what exactly makes it impossible? Although I truly wish it was because the night takes you back in time to the city’s golden years like in Midnight in Paris, I think the real reasons are a little more realistic- but no less magical.
During my time in Paris, I knew that no matter what, I had to go back.
Living abroad for the past three (almost four!) years of my life with my five siblings and visiting over 7 countries in that time has taught me a thing or two about the difference between travel and living. Here are 10 facts about living abroad you need to know. Continue reading 10 Facts About Life Abroad
Mexico City: the fabled land of beans and tortillas and mariachi music; the capstone of Mexican culture; the backdrop to the Mexican revolution in 1910. Finally, after years of hearing and fantasizing about it, I can say that I too have experienced the rich culture of the historical city. On Friday, we arrived at the Primera bus station five and a half hours after leaving … Continue reading La Ciudad De Mexico
After 8 months of life in California that included a life-threatening illness, spontaneous excursions in the snow-capped mountains to the crisp coast, and weeks of untimely scrambling to showcase our home for prospective buyers- I am writing to you from abroad once more! Guanajuato, Mexico is a colonial town dating back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 1500s. Twenty minutes from the airport in Leon … Continue reading Bienvenido a Guanajuato!
A little over a month ago I was forced to make a decision: go to public school or continue homeschooling? Mum was incapable of teaching any of the kids grades 1-10 at the time; her underhanded surgery had crippled her and left her bedridden, in and out of the hospital for two months. She relapsed one morning while I was the only other “adult” in … Continue reading Why I Chose To Flip The Page Instead Of Plugging In