I had never heard of Myasthenia Gravis until my friend, Maria Fernanda, was diagnosed with this chronic illness in 2013. We met in 2008 while we both worked towards obtaining degrees in translation and interpretation. We bonded as translation geeks over weekly happy hour sessions, through discussions about our terrible love lives, our mutual love of dogs and trips to the beach. As our lives began to lead us in different paths (I haven’t physically seen her since she said goodbye to me at an airport in 2012), we are still connected through WhatsApp and as traveling translators.
Day 1 – Mount Willard
After being in a car for five hours until we reached the White Mountains area of New Hampshire, all I wanted to do was to stretch my legs. And I decided to do it on a mountain over 2,000 ft. tall: Mt. Willard. It takes about an hour to hike 2,864 ft. and the summit has amazing views of Crawford Notch.
If you love NYC but sometimes want some peace and quiet away from the sirens… go to Roosevelt Island! It costs $2.75 to take the tram from NYC to the island, and then you can ride a bike, take a stroll around the park & enjoy some phenomenal views. Check out details and photos below!
Have you ever seen a restaurant appear in a movie and think: I have to go there one day? For my Mom it’s the restaurant Serendipity, where she has unsuccessfully tried to enter on two occasions. Each time there was a minimum wait of two hours. And there is so much to do in NYC in two hours rather than sit around and wait that we just left… (We’ll go there some day, Mom, I promise.) I, on the other hand, have wanted to visit a famous restaurant since I watched the movie Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate). The movie was filmed in a building that now holds the paladar La Guarida.
The perks of having dual nationality is that one country’s passport may open up the doors for you to visit a place that the other may prohibit. I could have traveled to Cuba as an Ecuadorian plenty of times when I lived there for almost 8 years. But when I was younger, I was broke. Now that I am
almost an adult, I got the opportunity to go as a gringa (U.S. citizen). And yes, it was a long planning process. It has been the trip that I’ve had to plan the most for. But it was fun, I don’t regret it, and I would go again tomorrow. In order to help you find out more about the entire planning aspect, I based it on the questions I had leading up to and during my visit to the island.