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Here you can read what other teenagers have to say about travel – from day trips to journeys abroad, shopping, eating, coasting, and other activities on vacation. Also, parents can read what teenagers like and dislike about family vacations and destinations so that they can plan a family trip that YOU will enjoy.

 

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A City Split in Half: Part II

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Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada is completely different in the summer and winter. I already mentioned the fun things to do during the spring and summer here, but there are also advantages to going during the winter.

My family and I have gone to Lake Tahoe in December, where the snow covers everything. It really is a beautiful sight to see.

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You see those people on the side walking on the ice. It’s such a wonderful experience to be standing on frozen ice like that. Although it was freezing, we enjoyed ourselves. We were sledding down a hill, making snow angels, and having snowball fights. These are memories that I am going to cherish forever.

In addition, no trip to Lake Tahoe is complete without a ride on a gondola. I love the view we get from the seats. I, personally, don’t ski or snowboard, but just a chance to go on a gondola and see the view is breathtaking. If you aren’t really into heights, something  free that you could do and cross off your bucket list would be to be in two places at once. The California and Nevada state line really is a nice picture opportunity, and its free too! This is one of my favorite pictures that I found online:

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Lake Tahoe really has two completely different sides to it. Both of which are beautiful, but I can’t decide which time of the year I like to go.

Do you like summer weather for travelling or the nice chilly weather?

Cupcake ATM Opens in Manhattan

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This past Tuesday in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Sprinkles Cupcakes’ opened up their very own ATM [machine]. That may not sound extraordinary, but what if I told you that this ATM does not have any fees? Sounds awesome, right? Still… that isn’t all that impressive. But how about it this ATM not even being able to dispense money. What is the point of that then? Well, it actually dispenses cupcakes. Now that is extraordinary.

Sprinkles Cupcakes’ ATMs have been popping up throughout the country, with New York City being their most recently-opened location. For those of us who suffer from late night cravings, this machine thankfully never shuts off or closes so you can successfully purchase your favorite kind of cupcake at any time of the day–or more appropriately, the night. Perfect for the city that never sleeps.

The machine holds 760 cupcakes and has to be restocked multiple times throughout the day. Thousands of cupcakes are sold from a single machine a day.
The process of ordering a cupcake is probably half the fun. Some customers place multiple orders one by one instead of all at once, just so they can witness the entertainment of the cupcake-delivery over and over again. You choose a flavor (red velvet, peanut buttercup, lemon meringue and Cuban coffee) and a robotic arm grabs your cupcake and gracefully places it in a little box. I know, it may not sound extremely exciting but you it’s a robotic arm–it’s a bit strange and mildly funny and somehow exciting. The zeal fans have over this process is one that probably can only be obtained by witnessing it. Perhaps this is simply a gourmet cupcake vending machine (which is awesome in itself), but the technology that goes along with it are breath-taking.

For more information on Sprinkles Cupcakes: http://www.sprinkles.com/

¡Bienvenido a Guatemala!

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Hola mi familia y mis amigos. I have safely made it to Guatemala after what felt like the longest day of traveling in my life (no lie, I fell asleep at 8PM…completely unheard of for a college student!). With only a little more than 24 hours of getting to know the country under my belt I’m a little overwhelmed thus far. I like to make lists so here are the last 24 hours in list form.

-Traveler’s tip: You would think that after many years of traveling I would learn to pack light, right? I should have taken my own advice and not brought my biggest suitcase. Bad move, Alex. Not only did you embarass yourself in front of everyone who laid eyes on the monstrosity that is your maleta, but you had to lug it around bus stations and hostels. My advice to the world: pack light. Also, hostels are your best friend. Four american dollars a night? I’ll take it!

-Some observations of the city I’m staying in, Xela: The city has much more of a European feel than the capital city of Guatemala and definitely feels safe and manageable. The locals seem friendly and don’t seem to mind my butchered Spanish. After classes today, I took a walk around el Parque Central, which is one of the centers of the city. There is a beautiful church, and a lot of colonial-era looking architecture. Es super bonita.

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-The school I will be attending, the Proyecto LingÜistica de Espanol, already feels like home. The teachers are wonderful, the staff is very helpful, and the students all seem interesting and willing to talk. I ran into a few in the marketplace and all were friendly and willing to sit down and have a chocolate caliente with me. The school organizes daily afternoon activities and weekend trips. So I will be kept pretty busy during my weekdays, and hopefully can find some travel buddies for the two weekends I will be here for.

I suppose that my future blogs will be less update-y and más específica, but I just wanted to let all of you know who are following this that I´m safe, happy, and having an interesting time thus far. I had a lot of anxiety leading up to this trip and a lot of  “why the heck am I doing this?” type of moments, but my mom was able to give me some helpful advice. She said that some of the best trips were the unexpected ones, the ones where you questioned your sanity a little bit and questioned why you decided to take on this or that adventure. (Thanks mom!)

I’ve written long enough and I´m actually on my way to a salsa class with a few of the other students. So, hasta la próxima vez con mucho amor,

 

Pinterest: Packing Made Easier

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What’s Pinterest you ask? Pinterest is another type of social media that helps people share ideas or share their interests with others by “re-pinning” or “liking” pictures. But there is much more to Pinterest than simply getting ideas on crafts or parties, and what not, Pinterest also makes packing a lot easier. How?

Recently, my family and I went on a cruise and about two weeks before our trip I searched on Pinterest “packing tips”. By simply typing those words in, I received several tips that made it possible for my family to only have to take one luggage per person. For instance, I learned that rolling up your outfits helps maximize all of the space available in your luggage.

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Another tip that saved my family from carrying an extra suitcase just for shoes was to stick our shoes in a shower cap and stick them in our luggage.

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Another tip to prevent your beauty products to spill, you should try to use cling wrap or anything plastic and take off the lid of the product. Next, you should lay the piece of plastic on it, as shown. Lastly, you would secure the lid back. This is perfect for perfume, shampoo, etc. No one wants their shampoo to spill all over their clothes and spoil them. This is the perfect alternative.

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These are just a few of my favorite packing tips I’ve found on Pinterest that really have helped me personally. But I am pleased to announce that Teen Travel Talk now has an official Pinterest account! The link is here. Follow us on Pinterest!

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Granada, Spain

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Is there anything better than a city with loads of history, amazing restaurants, and lots of culture?  That is Granada, I have spent quite a bit of time in Granada and absolutely adored it.  There are several “must trys” I have found in Granada to help your experience. One that is not to be missed, experiencing the culture! The culture is a big piece of Granada.   Downtown Granada

Flamenco

 Before your trip I highly recommend you make reservations for Jardines de Zoraya an AMAZING place for dinner and a flamenco show.  The food is delicious; a four-course meal from whichever menu you choose.  Then you get to watch the beautiful and eye-catching flamenco show.  There is guitar, singing, clapping, and dancing.  Flamenco is a big part of Spanish culture and is not to be missed. 

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Guitar makers (Ferrer) 

In Granada guitar making is another big part of the culture. Handmade guitars can be found in the old town. The name of these shops (in Spanish) is usually “Ferrer”.  It is amazing to see the hard work put into these guitars.

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The Alhambra

 The Alhambra is THE thing most people think of when they hear ‘Granada’.  The Alhambra is a huge place itself, and the gardens are too.  But make sure you buy tickets before going, it is very visited and you need to ensure you can get in. 

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Street Performers

There are lots of street performers in Granada in squares and parks.  It’s fun to stop to enjoy the music and performers. Fair warning: these performers might come up to you to give you a sprig. If they do that, they are expecting a tip. They can be rather aggressive. I suggest simply walking away.

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Wandering Around

As usual the best way to experience any place is simply wandering around to see the places off the beaten path.  There are so many beautiful streets and nice views.  Wandering around Granada is something that you have to make time for even if just an hour.  There are small leather shops that you can see, dresses, and glass lamps.  

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Granada is a must see place in Spain.  You will enjoy every second, with so much to learn, see, and watch.  Make sure that you stop by during your time in Spain!

Wandering around Granada Spain

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