Thursday, August 25, 2016

[OUEST] Budget and Itinerary

http://wikitravel.org/en/Port-au-Prince

TUESDAY: 23 August 2016
Capital Coach Line (Santo Domingo - Port-au-Prince) - 40.00
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 55.00
Immigration (Haiti) - 35.00
USD130.00

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

[SANTO DOMINGO] Budget and Itinerary

http://wikitravel.org/en/Santo_Domingo

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
USD193.90

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

http://wikitravel.org/en/Puerto_Rico

THURSDAY: 18 August 2016
Copa (Mexico City - Panama City - San Juan) - 256.31
AirBNB (2 Nights) - 45.00
USD301.31

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

http://wikitravel.org/en/Panama_City

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
USD38.05

[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)

http://wikitravel.org/en/Mexico_City

ESTIMATES
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
MXN40,100.00

Monday, August 15, 2016

[MEXICO CITY] UNESCO World Heritage Campus


Don’t get me wrong, UPD will always be my alma mater, and our campus is awesome in its own right. UNAM’s campus is simply amazeballs, though. I guess that comes inclusive with the UNESCO World Heritage tag. There are many similarities between the two universities in terms of local prestige and overall academic atmosphere, although UNAM’s main campus is way bigger and more artsy than our campus back in Quezon City. But then again, it’s not all about the venue...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

[MEXICO CITY] I Live at the Artsy Artsy District


You know the drill. ihcahieh moves to a new city. ihcahieh snubs the new city because he lives there anyway. ihcahieh realizes that it’s his last week in the city. ihcahieh realizes that he has not seen much of it yet. It’s always the same thing all the time. Perhaps the worst casualty was Vienna because it’s a really beautiful city that really has to be seen. But cramming works most of the time. In the case of Mexico City, though, cramming is just not enough because of its sheer size. You defo need more than a week for this.

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