With a name like Iceland, you’d expect a bit of cool weather on a trip there. We went in October, which is considered the off-season. The temperature usually ranges around 2 and 7 degrees Celsius. It’s cool, verging on cold, especially in the evenings. With […]
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One of the reasons we chose to visit Iceland during the time of year we did was to see the Northern Lights.
A couple weeks before we left, I saw this article from The Lonely Planet about a new Northern Lights viewing centre just outside of Reykjavik. We thought the Aurora Basecamp looked really cool and decided we wanted to get tickets.
Tickets include access to the Basecamp Lounge, a warm spot to hang out. It also features an excellent demonstration of how and why the Northern Lights happen. We also had bottomless hot chocolate, that was probably some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. The best feature was that a guide and photographer at the camp, Erik, showed me how to best shoot the Northern Lights on my camera. With his help, I was able to get a few photos of the Northern Lights that I was really happy with.
I use a Sony A5000, and have for about 5 years now. We also brought a tripod with us which I 100% recommend having with you if you’re using a camera. Ethan was able to get some pretty nice photos of the Lights with his Google Pixel phone.
I’m really glad we visited the Aurora Basecamp. For us it was totally worth it and we had an awesome time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was one of our favourite parts of the trip.
Tickets were about $40 CAD each (3,900 ISK). The camp is a 20 minute drive outside of Reykjavik. You can book tickets online here.
Because the Canadian winters are harsh and my seasonal depression always acts up this time of year, my friends and I deemed it necessary to take a trip to where the precipitation wasn’t solid ice rocks.
We visited a travel agent and she recommended the Riu Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She said it was perfect for young folks like us. Little did she know we are 75 year olds that just happen to look like we’re in our late 20’s. I was excited about going to Cabo after seeing it featured as a vacation spot in many of my favourite reality shows.
We took her suggestion, and we booked an all-inclusive package to the hotel with Sunwing. To start off our vacation, we were handed a glass of sparkling wine on the flight there. Food is not included on the flight, but they have a decent menu of reasonableish food on their in flight menu. But I would recommend packing a few snacks.
We arrived at the hotel and fell in love immediately. Probably because it was 10pm and it was still warm. Maybe because we were very tired and the beds were comfortable. Possibly because of the endless buffet available to us. In truth, it was all of those, and that this was a really nice hotel. I had only gone to one all-inclusive before, and this was a looooot nicer, (but I paid a lot less for the last one.)
There are like 6 or 7 pools at the Riu Santa Fe, including a couple of striking infinity pools and swim up bars, 5 a la carte restaurants, plus a dinner buffet, and 3 lunch buffets, and 2 breakfast buffets. The selection of food and drinks available at all times was excellent. The beach was nice, but we didn’t spend nearly any time down there because the undertow is very strong, and the beach was too hot to hang out there comfortably without being able to go in the water.
Our room was really nice. It had a mini-bar that was included in the price you paid. The fridge was refilled every couple days with pop and water.
From the one area of the hotel you can see Cabo’s biggest attraction, Land’s End.
There was a club on site, but we didn’t go to it. There was a 24 hour sports bar that we went to one time, but it smelled like damp dog in there, so we didn’t stay long. There were a couple bars in the courtyard which was close to the late night taco truck. Like most resorts there was nightly entertainment. We only went the one night. There are also themed pool parties. We attended to the pink party, which was a lot of fun, but it was definitely pretty wild!
I loved this resort and would definitely stay at another Riu in the future. The resort was very nice, clean, the food was good and the staff was very friendly. I enjoyed Cabo a lot, and would love to visit another part of Mexico in the future.
I went to Ireland expecting a lot of potatoes, and I was not disappointed. I was fortunate enough to have potatoes in many different forms throughout the country. Here is what we ate in Ireland. Our first meal in the country was at a pub […]
I was super excited to explore Dublin. We didn’t really have any set out plans, other than visiting the Guinness Brewery. It was nice to not have to be rushing around from thing to thing, it gave us the opportunity to walk around the city.
Our Air BnB was in a pretty good location. It was close enough we could walk, but we did a lot of busing. We got a 72 hour pass for the city bus at one of the tourism bureaus. This was handy, and it was the perfect amount of time for how long we were visiting.
In our wandering, we made it to the infamous Grafton Street. We perused the shops along the way and wandered into the George’s Street Arcade.
We also paid a visit to the Ha’Penny Bridge. Did you know it got it’s name from how much it used to cost to cross it? Half a penny!!
We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have a drink at the infamous Temple Bar! We went during the day so I’m sure it gets much crazier at night. We didn’t stay for long, just enough time to say we did.
P.S. My drink of choice in Ireland was Orchard Thieves Cider.