Emily & Rafael

Emily & Rafael

June 4, 2016

Emily & Rafael

Emily & Rafael

June 4, 2016

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer"

Rafael and I have one of the best things in common: our love for travel. We could ask for things to populate a new home, but to be honest we don't even know where that home is going to be!

We're going to Europe, Asia, NZ, and South America!!

The idea for this trip didn't start out as a honeymoon, actually. It started out as a way to go visit my very best friend in South Korea. It's a long flight and I'm impatient so I thought it would be nice to make a stop or two (or three) along the way. Then, of course since we're already more than halfway around the world, might as well keep going, right? It turned into a great trip for after our wedding, so it became our honeymoon. We will be spending half of our trip in Brazil traveling around the country, meeting Rafael's friends and family, spending quality time on an island, and going to a soccer game (Olympics!). Islands are supposed to be involved in honeymoons and soccer is a requirement for ours. So, we win.

The focuses of our trip will be Barcelona/Bilbao, South Korea and Brazil. London, Istanbul, New Zealand, and Buenos Aires are short hops to make traveling cheaper and/or easier. However, we are looking forward to even the shortest of the stays!

In Spain I will be focused on the architecture. Probably too much. We are lucky enough to have friends there so we have been offered a free place to stay for the week! We will buy them a lot of delicious Spanish wine and indulge. We have also be recommended to drive out to Bilbao to spend a day or two so I will get an international driver's license and maybe Rafael can translate signs for me as we go.

In South Korea we are at the mercy of my bff who is currently taking in all the sights and foods they have to offer so we can truly have the best experience there. I'm not sure how I'll manage to eat the octopus, but never hurts to try! She is living in Ulsan, a coastal town in the Southeast of SK. We are hoping to spend some time in Busan and Seoul as well. If you have suggestions, please let me know!

Finally, in Brazil as I mentioned we will be visiting first Rafael's immediate family in Vitoria, an island north of Rio. The best thing about Brazil in July is that it is their winter! So, I'm expecting 75 degree weather most days. We will visit his friends in Belo Horizonte and spend a long weekend with his parents in Cabo Frio in Rio State. Frio may translate to "cold" but this place is anything but! Warm, clear waters and sunny sunny days. We will do our best to avoid the Olympics crowd UNTIL we fly to Brasilia and attend a group game on August 4th. This will be our last hurrah before returning to the States!


This is our Around the World in Sixty Days.

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London
Barcelona/Bilbao
Istanbul
South Korea
New Zealand
Buenos Aires
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A Full English Breakfast! I have been craving E. Pellicci's in East London a lot and I cannot wait to bring Rafael there! Two eggs, two sausage, two bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and some black pudding. HP Sauce on the side, of course!
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Transportation. The Tube and the Double Decker Buses are such fun ways to get around the city. We need to get around easily to make our short time there more efficient.
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Euro 2016 will kick off its first week while we are in London and England has qualified! Even though there are no Arsenal games, it's a great excuse to bring Rafa to my favourite pub of them all: The Gunners Pub. Great place for footy and beer!
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Research! I love having a tour book with me on travels, especially the Lonely Planet. I don't want to miss anything important!
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Hop On/Hop Off bus tours are the best. They stop at all the major attractions, run frequently, and there is no limit to how many times you get on and off the bus. We are asking for 1 day pass each. It's a great way to get acquainted with the city.
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Visit and Audio Tour of Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, his most famous building in Barcelona.
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A visit to Barcelona for two soccer fans could not be complete without a visit to Camp Nou. The only disappointing part is that it will be completely empty! However, we want to be there because...Messi. Que lindo!
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Spain has officially qualified for Euro 2016. A game night would not be complete without spending quality time with real Spaniards cheering on their team! Vamos Espana! This will be a gift for a few beers and some loud cheers.
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La Boqueria is a famous, enormous market with sellers who have been there for over 50 years. Would love to purchase some quality meat and veg and cook for our hosts to show our immense appreciation. A bottle of wine might help, too!
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Tapas! We can either stay at one restaurant and enjoy a sit down meal of tapas or go tapas-hopping to multiple restaurants. Your choice.
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Souvenirs purchased at La Rambla to bring back for friends and family alike! Too bad this is one of our first stops or we would buy wine for all!
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Rental Car! We have decided to take upon the task of driving from Barcelona to Bilbao. There are multiple ways to go: a highway straight through would be 6hr, but add on about 40 mins driving time and you could cut to Pamplona and San Sebastian...choices!
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The Bilbao Bizkaia Card is good for 24 hours and provides unlimited transportation, free entry to museums, and other discounts on tours and food and shopping. I think it'll encourage us to do more things!
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A two night stay in a hotel in the Old Town, Bilbao. It's close to everything, has an amazing view, and we get a balcony to enjoy it! Two nights will be perfect here.
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Escape Rooms have become all the rage lately and we have been informed of a great one in Bilbao called the Mad Mansion! Seems like a fun way to spend the evening, even though I may have a panic attack. Don't worry, I have Rafa to protect me! :)
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2 nights in an Airbnb will be necessary for our stay in Istanbul. It would be great to stay in an apartment in a busy part of town so we can feel like we're a part of it!
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Ferry Ride to Kadikoy! Istanbul is the gateway between the East and the West. There is a definitive difference between the two sides. A Ferry Ride across the Bosphorus is a must!
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The Grand Bazaar has more than just the beautiful spice display! It's a great place to buy so many amazing items made in Turkey. Mainly, I want some turkish delight. YUM.
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I want to eat breakfast at a restaurant on Istiklal Street called Van Kahvaltı Evi. I hear they have the best menemen in town!
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A visit to Istanbul would not be complete with a visit to a mosque. The architecture and design is stunning and overwhelming. We will stop in to the Blue Mosque for a visit!
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The largest standing Byzantine Cistern in the world, built in 532 is in Istanbul. It's difficult to wrap your brain around the year 532, but I want to walk through these halls!
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A tour of the Galata Tower built in 1328. This beautiful Tower sits at the edge of the city, overlooking The Great Horn, Bosphorus, and Topkapi Palace. It will offer amazing views of this city in all directions.
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To spend a few days by the sea in a National Park, we have to get to Geoje Island, the second largest island off South Korea with many multiple smaller islets. We will take a bus from Ulsan to Busan to Geoje and then a ferry to get to the Southwest edge.
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Hotel in Geoje for two nights. Guesthouses are the best way to travel and this one I found is right on the water. You can choose a sea view or a mountain view - could we go wrong??
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Ferry and entrance fee to Oedo Island, an islet off Goeje that touts the largest Botanical Garden in the world. It is also considered an amusement park, so I'm excited to see what that could be like!
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Visiting the youngest volcano in Auckland will be something wonderful. A ferry trip to Rangitoto Island with a guided tour will be awesome!
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Devonport and North Head in Cheltenham beach are great places to visit by ferry!
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A tour of Monumental de Núñez Stadium, the home of River Plate, Rafael's favorite soccer team!!
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As always, a travelers needs: a metro card.
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Aahhh!!! The famous steak in Buenos Aires. The economy in Argentina has made it so we can afford an amazing dinner!
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A beautiful place to stay in the center of the city close to beautiful shops and restaurants.
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