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Sunday at the Park

Medellin, Colombia

A new park recently opened near our home in Medellin and Sunday seemed like the perfect day to check it out. Even though it’s been a little bittersweet being back, I can’t deny what a great and beautiful town this is. I do love a city and this one sure is pretty. The mountains in the distance remind me of my hometown in East Tennessee, which is always a comfort being a continent away. And the green space and zest for outdoors brings back memories of living in Chicago, except in this City of Eternal Spring, there’s no race against the weather to squeeze in as many warm days as Mother Nature will allow. Aside from the public space and playgrounds that make an urban living lifestyle pleasant, one of the best parts of Medellin is the people. Welcoming from the first moment, I can’t say enough about their kindness, helpfulness, and warmth, especially to little ones. Spending her toddler-hood here is easy because “the village” mentality is alive and well. Someone’s always willing to share a ball, scoop her if she falls, or offer a word of advice (even if I don’t fully understand it!)

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Here are a few photo’s from our little outing. I realized that I haven’t shared much of Medellin at all, and that’s a shame, because there really is so much greatness.

In between Fosterie and mommin’ I’m really going to try to do better, because it’s so much more than Narcos, wink.

These pictures could also serve as an advertisement for Leap Frog’s Violet, which is basically life at the moment.  “Vie” (Evelina’s name for her) goes everywhere, and gets more loving than any human combined. This purple puppy will surely be making appearances in any upcoming posts….

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Playin’ around in Playa del Carmen

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We spent two awesome weeks in Playa del Carmen. This touristy spot was kind of the perfect stop for us after months of exploring smaller cities and beach towns. To have everything we needed at our disposal, (hi Walmart!), endless food options (to cook or to dine out), and a quick walk to the beach – we were in Heaven. We ate our weight in street food (so much flavor!), met up with a super awesome fellow travel fam we’d connected with via Instagram and became IRL friends, and drank a responsible amount of local beer.

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We also took the ferry over to Cozumel a few times, which made me pretty seasick, but was fun once we were back on land. (Side note, did anyone else’s equilibrium change after pregnancy? I’d spent tons of time on boats before baby, but my stomach can barely handle it now…bummer.)

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We visited Chankanaab on Cozumel, a place I’d been once before with my cousin on a cruise and it was strange to be back there with Alex and Evelina. Mainly because it was during that trip two years ago, as I laid on a massage table in the shade by the beach in February, that I realized there are places in the world where it’s summer year round, and I wasn’t currently living in one of them. (Life back then looked more like this.) When I got back to Chicago, I told Alex we should move to an island, and the rest is history. We don’t live on an island. (We don’t really live anywhere). But it’s always summer where we are! Chankanaab isn’t a place I thought I’d ever be back to, and it was pretty fun to experience it with an almost one year old.

Evelina was absolutely glued to the water show. I knew she liked animals, but whoa.

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She basically sat like this whole time…

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And she got kissed by a sea lion!
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She’s part mermaid though I guess it makes sense.

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Ciao, PDC. Onward to Cancun!

Benefits of Traveling with a Baby

5 Benefits of Traveling with a Baby

That’s me, arriving with E in Costa Rica.

Our daughter was only four months old when news broke of our decision to move and reactions ranged from, “Oh my gosh, that’s awesome!” to “With a infant, are you crazy?”.

Sure, traveling with a baby has it’s disadvantages. They can be pretty unpredictable little creatures. They require extra stuff. And let’s be honest, you probably aren’t inquiring with the concierge for the best wine bar in town. (Sad face.) But let’s focus on the positive, shall we?

Here are 5 benefits I’ve discovered of traveling with a baby:

  1. Front of the line beeetches!
    I’ve yet to feel more VIP than when the baby’s strapped to me. Airports, immigration, customs lines…just watch me roll on by to the front of the line. Girl, bye!
  2. Getting by with a little help from my friends.
    If you’re traveling sans partner, don’t be afraid to ask (or work your best desperation face) for assistance. Corporate America me always had to lift my own carry-on into the overhead bin. Baby toting me hasn’t lifted a finger yet! And always, always say thank you.
  3. Free as a bird.
    Planes, trains, and automobiles…Infants under certain ages travel free on various modes of transportation. Most buses, ferries, and domestic airlines (plus some international) do not require a ticket and/or a separate seat. You can probably expect free admission to museums, venues, and events for the little one as well. Not to mention they’re pretty cheap dates… no kids menu for us, thanks – she’ll nibble straight from our plate.
  4. They love it!
    I don’t know about yours, but our baby gets bored at home. She’s much more content being out and about, observing new things and enjoying a change of routine. Obviously, we take her feeding and sleeping schedule into account when making plans giving us the greatest chance to catch her at her best.  We also wear her a lot (my Google history reveals no less than four related searches to “Is there such a thing as too much baby wearing?”) making her feel safe and secure in new situations.
    4A. They’re still small enough to carry, and baby-wearing means no stroller needed. Yay, less stuff!
    4B. At this age, they have no opinion. As long as mom or dad is nearby, they’re usually good to go. Which means, anything we want to do (situationally and safety appropriate of course), we can do.Moral: if she’s happy, we’re happy. And too many hours in the pack-n-play does not make her happy.
  5. A new way to explore.
    Also known as “Experiencing the world through their eyes.”
    Though this one will probably ring even more true toddler years and beyond, there’s plenty of eye opening happening already. From trying new foods (nothing like watching her squeal in delight at the freshest mango she’s ever tasted to make you appreciate the little things in life), to choosing activities you might not otherwise indulge in (like crashing a nearby hotel pool because it’s too hot to not be near water), or practicing her “walking” on a foreign sidewalks. The best memories happen in these moments. True, some of the moments might not always be pleasant (I’ll never forget you crowded six hour non-air conditioned bus ride through Central America!) but you’ll laugh about it someday.

Traveled with a little one? Share your adventure in the comments!