How I Spent Christmas 2017

There tends to be a lot of pressure that happens around the holidays to attend every party and try to see all one’s friends and family. I personally don’t feel that pressure and chose to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas on an island in Colombia.

After our boat adventure and arrival to Isla Grande, we weren’t quite sure what we were in for. It turns out we had three days of delicious meals being cooked for us and ultimate relaxation in our room and at the pool or beach. This is the type of place where you go to bed shortly after sunset and wake up with the sunrise and it feels amazing!

The first day was truly a day of relaxing but we opted for some snorkeling the next day. The islands are surrounded by a huge coral reef and I was hoping to see a turtle (no luck). I did however step on a dead piece of coral as I was getting out of the ocean and have a nice puncture on the bottom of my foot. That stuff is no joke!

Christmas Eve dinner was served family style with the other 12 people staying at the hotel. They even splurged and brought us champagne (Andre Rosé and it was awful) but I know it’s the thought that counts.

Christmas Day was a repeat of the day before laying buy the pool and reading and relaxing. It was absolute perfection and made me so happy!

It was finally time to leave after 3 days in paradise but never fear, we are off to experience another island for another 3 days!

Pure bliss at Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is considered one of the New 7 wonders of Nature. Needless to say, if you are anywhere near the falls, you have to go!

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On the way to the falls, we stopped at a point where you could see Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. As a United States Citizen a visa is required for Paraguay and Brazil and reciprocity must be paid for Argentina. If you want to visit all three countries, you will have to spend about $500 before even starting your trip!

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The falls are said to be over 120 million years old! The first written record of them is from 1541 but we all know there were people there well before that. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a conoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. Some also say that the sound you hear from the falls is the sound of all the souls screaming that have never returned. Others say the sound is the the sound of the virgin that was sacrificed every year. All I can say is that the falls are absolutely a site to see. 80% of the falls are in Argentina and 20% of the falls are in Brazil. There are two separate parks to enter and this is absolutely two different day trips.  Words cannot properly describe the site and sound of the falls so I will try to let the pictures do the talking.

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There were these little animals called coatis all over the park that loved to come up and steal things! They would jump up on tables and steal food or grab a backpack and try to get the food that was inside. They are cute little things but can be vicious and very dangerous!

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Traveling alone often means that holidays are spent with new friends and strangers. I was lucky enough to have a few friends from home take a little vacation that just happened to be to Brazil! I spent Christmas Eve visiting the Brazil side of the falls alone before they showed up and Christmas day visiting the Argentina side as a group. It was a perfect holiday!

Christmas Eve toast

Christmas Eve toast

Little Christmas Elf

Little Christmas Elf

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner