The Journey to Nine Mile Jamaica

i-XWG3pkQ-XLBeing the HUGE Bob Marley fan I am, visiting the House of Marley in Nine Mile Jamaica was an item I had on my bucket list for a very long time! (Glad that's one item crossed off) The drive to the compound took about two hours from where we were located. The roads were rough and consisted of narrow lanes that ran along the mountains of Jamaica. I loved every minute of it! What's not to love when you're in a bus filled other fans just as excited as you are, and all singing to the tunes of Bob Marley?!? Good times, good times... and now for the photos: i-bhx9nvQ-XL

The view from Mt. Zion
i-vGcZJ7H-XL i-QNXcqjj-XL i-tgn8wcZ-XL i-gLxVFTj-XL i-fPkXQc7-XL i-rxgVbv5-XL i-zm675Gh-XL i-SqC5db9-XL i-B7VQQ8b-XL i-KpbwcT9-XL i-KncfvZr-XL
A photo of Bob Marley's meditation rock.
i-xSCXCn2-XL i-FsjBrbn-XL
Of course had to get a photo with our guide. I tell you, I was so excited/happy to be in Jamaica I was choppin it up with everyone! Nothing but love!
i-Jr5mCpj-XL i-Hvbf6SX-XL i-PMrCF5J-XL i-mXD6HLr-XL i-6xchdKs-XL i-7VH628r-XL
Jerk chicken, pork with red beans and rice!
These dogs definitely have the right idea... feeln' irie!
i-ZtB3rfX-XL i-2NxsrnV-XL i-j4Zh9CR-XL i-xn7B3vZ-XL i-J54RrBF-XL i-RFgrWh4-XL i-RSp8nfM-XL i-hrs7fX5-XL i-NBS9XPF-XL i-jVcnkbd-XLi-TbPzDhF-XL i-zfXq6wj-XL i-VjgbBnh-XLi-2PxMHqn-XL i-gZXQSBh-XL i-fbCzb7v-XL i-nfrLVpb-XL i-rxF5GBQ-XL i-HzCsFkP-XL i-Kp3LmNB-XL   i-sFmJsXZ-XL i-SKc9GgR-XL  i-X6dk2wk-XL
"The Sun is Shining" ~ Until we meet again Jamaica

24 Hours in Milan

24 hours in Milan Italy, the Fashion Capitol of the World. Unfortunately not by choice, we were unexpectedly booted from our flight shortening our stay in Milan. Normally something like this would be pretty upsetting to me, but it was all part of the journey. Besides the only goal I had was to explore and get lost with my camera, nothing makes me feel more alive than that!

i-BSJrHnv-XL The obligatory selfie in the hotel lobby. (Hotel NH Collection Milano President)

Hey Siri! One of the best things I did in preparation for this trip was to rent an international MiFi hotspot. If you plan on traveling abroad I highly recommend using one on your trip, unless you don't care about using public WiFi with the chance of getting your data compromised. I went with a company called XCom Global which only charged me $15 a day for unlimited usage.

An interesting restaurant sign to come across when you're actually an American.

Another good reason for getting the international MiFi is so you can use Yelp when you're starving! Here are a few dishes from Mozzarella e Basilico, first meal in Milan and it was damn good! i-8mvTQ5m-XL

Sausage pork with potato puree

Saphron risotto with prosciutto

The "Double Malt"

The signature risotto dish

Calzone wrapped with prosciutto


Milan definitely has their share of interesting street performers. Although I did find some of the street vendors to be a bit annoying in the tourist areas. These were the types of people who would walk right up to you and nag you to buy a "selfie stick" from them.


Duomo di Milano

i-zCGrwCD-XLi-rHHZNrh-XLi-VbwH9pg-XLi-dKzV88B-XLi-cBwqfsf-XL i-fMmMjTv-XLi-qbNDrWH-XL i-K8x5HQT-XL

For dinner we heard good things about Da Vic – Ristorante Guerrini so we decided to call and make reservations. Good thing we did! We saw a few visitors like us get turned away because they were all booked, they even mentioned it was their last night in Italy. Da Vic turned out to be a great choice, the Chef/owner came out to greet us and talk to us for a bit which was really nice. I can't say enough about how great the food and service was. It's always a special feeling when you feel welcomed when you're so far away from home.


Loved this dish so much I had to order it again.

i-DdkZZVZ-XLThis octopus was amazing and super tender! I don't take octopus for granted at all! Whenever I'm in Hawaii I'll spend my time spear fishing and free diving for these guys.


Goodbye Milan it was a great experience, until next time!