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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Sunday February 14, 2016

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Los Angeles, California www.bucketlistbums.com

Los Angeles, California www.bucketlistbums.com

Los Angeles, California www.bucketlistbums.com

Los Angeles, California www.bucketlistbums.com

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve never explored Los Angeles. I’ve been on safari in South Africa, scuba diving in The Philippines and island hopping in Croatia, but the domestic City of Angels has eluded me. Until now. We just returned from a whirlwind weekend in sunny Southern California where we packed sightseeing, brunch dates and a friend’s wedding into three hectic days. Our time was a bit rushed, and we didn’t get to experience everything on my list, so a return trip is definitely in order …

EK BALAM, MEXICO

Sunday February 7, 2016

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Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

What an adventure at Ek Balam! Under the duress of severe food poisoning, we somehow managed to drive two hours from Playa del Carmen to the surrounding region of Valladolid and power through a full day of ruins and cenotes. The experience was part awesome, part painful, and completely unforgettable. This was a big daytrip from the Caribbean coast, and I had a lot planned for us (food bazaar in Valladolid, pyramids at Ek Balam, ruins at Chichen Itza and cenote swims at Ik Kil and Dzitnup) … but the food poisoning slowed us down to a snail’s pace, and we only crossed a few items off our list …

TULUM, MEXICO

Monday January 18, 2016

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After years of daydreaming about magical Tulum, we decided a visit to Mexico’s Yucatan was long overdue. Typically, I arrange our travels months in advance, but we were in desperate need of a last-minute warm weather escape, and this stretch of Caribbean offered the perfect dose of tropical bliss on the most idyllic coastline in Mexico. So on a whim, I booked our flight into Cancun, and from there we made the journey south into the heart of the Yucatan …