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Arch Street

This picture was taken in Antigua, Guatemala on the Arch Street. The street is actually called 5th Avenue, but the name Arch street is a bit more descriptive. The arch served as a place for nuns to walk above the streets from a school to a convent, and back. Now the arch is one of the defining characteristics of Antigua. The street is closed to cars on the weekends and offers loads of nice restaurants and some good shopping too. This street is really lively on the weekends and it’s fun to walk along, seeing the street performers and listening to the music that is almost always playing. The street also leads directly to the central park, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you aren’t to far away from the city center. Also lots of places around here have access to wifi, so if you want to do a little more research about the town, you’ll be able to in one of the cute coffee shops along the street or in the square.

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Vulture on the River

This picture was taken at the Amazon Ecopark in Brazil. The lodge here offers a few day trips that you can go do, as well as jungle walks led by a guide. In our experience, the ecopark also had a plethora of wildlife in the surrounding areas. Of course with nature there’s no guarantee that you’ll see something, but we had great luck here. We saw a few different varieties of monkeys, including the endangered Pied Tamarin, as well as two sloths, and a ton of birds including this really cool vulture. The Amazon is not the easiest place to spot animals, a lot of areas have such dense forest that it becomes difficult to see things, but the wide variety of bird life that can be spotted here is absolutely astonishing. If you’re up for the challenge of spotting some very cool wildlife this is a great area to visit!

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Howler Monkeys at the Juma Lodge

This picture was taken at the Juma Amazon Lodge in Amazonas State, Brazil. We stayed in the Amazon for about a week, it was a very interesting trip. The Juma is a cool place to stay, but be advised that none of the place that you’d be staying in the Brazilian Amazon are likely to have air conditioning, there are going to be bugs, it’s going to be hot, and there are going to be limited dining options. That being said, the stuff that we saw was absolutely worth any discomfort. This lodge was nice and they have activities for tourists/ travelers to do. These include jungle hikes, tree climbing, visiting an indigenous village, fishing, canoeing, and more! I liked the lodge a lot, but it’s definitely a little on the secluded side, so bring some books and be prepared for some downtime, it’s unlikely that you’ll be out during the hotter parts of the day.

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Black Bear on the River

This picture was taken in Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Park in California. The parks are absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth visiting. Both parks have a lot to offer, including; a plethora of wildlife, tons of hiking trails, camp sites, lodges, cabins, and fantastic scenery. The parks are SUPER impressive no matter where you’re from, but if you’ve never seen a giant sequoia (redwood) before, then prepare to be amazed. We went during the summer this year and we saw tons of animals, including this Black Bear (and seven others). There are easy trails and trails for backpackers, and the people who work at rangers stations are really helpful if you have questions. Just a reminder, if you’re going to be hiking here to bring the appropriate footwear and outdoor gear for the type of hike you’re going on!

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These pictures were taken in the cemetery of a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) of Prague. The Jewish quarter is an interesting area to visit, there are 6 synagogues that you can visit, and a Jewish Museum. The area has a really interesting history too; it was sort of the center of Jewish living in Prague, starting around the 13th century. The area has a really mixed history, in my mind this district stands as a testament to the survival of the Jewish culture in the face of adversity. I really like that this area has maintained its cultural identity through time as well, and you can really see the layers of different eras here. The graveyard is really cool, but if you are visiting this area (as with any other place you visit) remember to be respectful of the rules here: make sure if you are visiting synagogues that you cover your shoulders, and yarmulkes are provided for men to cover their heads while visiting the religious sites. Also, just a heads up, if you want to take pictures in this cemetery you have to pay, but it’s not expensive at all, and i’m pretty sure the proceeds go towards maintaining this historical site. Also when you are here, if you can, try to find a good restaurant! The place we went to was overpriced (we didn’t have a lot of options, most places were closed on the day we went) but you can get a killer bowl of matzo ball soup here!

Also, in case anyone was curious, placing stones on the headstone is a Jewish tradition. Apparently the exact origin of this tradition isn’t know but it’s thought that the act is symbolic to show the presence of a loved one visiting the grave site, and that the deceased individual has not been forgotten. And I think the candle is a Yahrzeit Candle, which is burned in memory of a deceased person.

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This picture was taken on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany. This island (not an island exactly, its surrounded by a little water way, which seems more like a moat) houses a few of the (many) amazing museums that Berlin has to offer. The island is great because it has a lot of places to visit in very close proximity to each other. Because this area is pretty highly touristed there are also lots of restaurants, cafes, and places to shop around for the typical tourist stuff like Berlin teeshirts and Ampleman merchandise. We also found a little craft fair area not to far from here, so the area really has a lot to offer.

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This series of photos was taken at Malibu  Creek State park in Southern California. If you are visiting LA and you’re in search of some nature this is a great place to come.  It’s not too far outside of the city (the drive really depends on traffic) and the park is pretty close to the beach. There are lots of paths here, there are also places for fishing, horseback riding, and camping. The park is also just a really nice place to go and hangout with your family for the day, and it’s a good little get away from the city!

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