Sunday, August 28, 2016

[FLORIDA] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 25 August 2016
JetBlue (Port-au-Prince - Fort Lauderdale) - 167.26
AirBNB (4 Nights) - 88.00
1 (Southbound) - 2.00
Subway (Spicy Italian 6") - 4.97
1 (Northbound) - 2.00
Circle T (Snacks) - 7.88

Thursday, August 25, 2016

[OUEST] Budget and Itinerary

TUESDAY: 23 August 2016
Capital Coach Line (Santo Domingo - Port-au-Prince) - 40.00
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 55.00
Immigration (Haiti) - 35.00

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

[SANTO DOMINGO] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 20 August 2016
JetBlue (San Juan - Santo Domingo) - 91.40
Tourist Card (Airport) - 10.00
AirBNB (3 Nights) - 67.50
Taxi (Airport - Zona Colonial) - 25.00

Monday, August 22, 2016

[DISTRITO NACIONAL] The Oldest in the New World

The Caribbean island of Hispaniola was colonized by the Spaniards in the 1490’s, back when Christopher Columbus was yachting around the world trying to find India and thinking the next island he landed on would probably be IT. Columbus, Columbus, Columbus. I already told you. NEVER TRUST WAZE. And so the Spanish crown established the first ever European settlement in the New World, Santo Domingo being the oldest European city in Latin America. Hooray? And then the French came to join the fun.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

[SAN JUAN] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 18 August 2016
Copa (Mexico City - Panama City - San Juan) - 256.31
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 45.00

Friday, August 19, 2016

[SAN JUAN] Viejo San Juan

The aftermath of Spain losing the Spanish-American war meant the acquisition of most of its remaining colonies by the United States which included the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico, with Cuba becoming a protectorate. More than a century later, Cuba is now independent after being used as a pawn in the Cold War. The Philippines is now being "run like hell by Filipinos rather than heaven by the Americans." Congrats, Manuel Quezon, you got your wish. On the other hand, Guam and Puerto Rico are still US territories.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

[PANAMA] Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: 18 August 2016
Metro Card (Albrook) - 5.00
Taxi (Albrook - Casco Viejo) - 3.00
Caffe Italia (Carbonara + Coke) - 16.85
Duran Coffee (Vanilla Frappe) - 4.95
Auntie Anne's (Minichocobon + Water) - 8.25

[PANAMA CITY] Dubai of Latin America?

The cost of a direct flight from Mexico City to San Juan was almost the same as that of Copa with a layover in Panama City. I even had the option of a 12-hr stopover, landing at around 7 AM and taking off at 7 PM. With a little bit of research, I found out that Panama does allow you to enter the country with a US visa. And so I decided to take the bait, despite having a similar experience with my LA – Dallas – Mexico City last May and not particularly enjoying it. Hey, maybe this time it’ll work if I sleep enough the night before!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

[MEXICO CITY] Budget and Itinerary (2)

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Spanish Course) - 7,600.00
Apartment Rent (x7 Weeks) - 17,500.00
Food Allowance (x7 Weeks) - 14,700.00
IUSACELL (1.2GB) - 300.00

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