Category: Travel

Oh My Guac, There’s Olive Oil In This

We’ve all got those few foods that we just don’t want to like. And occasionally, it seems worthwhile to re-try some of those foods. Others, never. My never food is olives. I refuse to even try olives. But guacamole and avocados are on my re-try list every so often. I haven’t bought into avocado toast yet, but recently in Mexico, I tried guacamole again on a whim. And it was SO GOOD. It could just be blamed on the fact that we were in Mexico and the avos probably came from a few miles away, but our lovely server...

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Tips For Your First Cruise

Every year, my friends and I select a destination and spend several days together on our annual girls trip. Usually these take place in September, but this year we altered our plans a bit and decided to take a cruise in October. Planning began in February for this one, mostly to make sure everyone was able to give everyone time to take off of work or have babies. Some girls in the group were experienced cruisers and others, like myself, were first timers. We chose a five night cruise out of Mobile, Alabama with stops in Costa Maya and...

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Skydiving South Carolina

It’s a bit fuzzy because I was probably four when this happened, but I do know that I was up in a crane, really high up, and I watched my dad fall off of the edge of the platform. And then he sprang back up about halfway. Then fell again, in shorter waves until it was done. Then the crane was lowered. This was totally the late 80s or early 90s, because there’s no way that there would be random bungee jumping from a crane on the side of the road, and they definitely wouldn’t take a little kid...

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A Jaunt Up to IKEA, Plus A Stop at Crepe Cellar

When we renovated the kitchen earlier this year, we bought a ton of extra stuff for “just in case” because I figured it would be easier to return a bunch of stuff at once than need to run to IKEA in Charlotte on a Tuesday night from Columbia. So overbuy we did, and we ended up taking a ton of stuff back. But for reasons I can no longer remember I ended up with about $900 in store credit, on top of the $1000 that I got back on my credit card. We had vague ideas of what we...

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Washington DC Girls Trip

In those ugh months of winter I saw an ad online where JetBlue was trying to entice people to click through with promises of $44 airfare. Feeling the urge for some sort of break, they lured me right in where I began perusing the places I could go for a fairly inexpensive airfare when CHS to DCA $80 caught my eye. Yes, a flight from Charleston to Washington, DC. And conveniently enough, a friend of mine lives up there, so I started a group Facebook chat with her and another friend. Within the hour, we had $80 tickets to head up there in mid May! It was nice to have that to look forward to as I stumbled through the remainder of the semester (how you think of life when you work at a university). The time sped up and soon Kara and I were in the car heading to the Charleston airport. Then we were on the Metro. Then we were there! Our trip began Friday, May 13 and we got back home on the 18th. This trip was mostly about two things: hanging out with Rae, and eating a lot. We accomplished both of those things, and balanced out the eating with plenty of walking. DC is not an easy city to get around in when you have a lot of places you want to go within...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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