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Island immersion: studying Spanish in Bocas del Toro with Habla Ya

Island immersion: studying Spanish in Bocas del Toro with Habla Ya

Studying Spanish in Bocas del Toro, Panama’s Caribbean paradise Bocas del Toro is a cluster of tropical islands on Panama’s Caribbean coast. With the myriad of sprawling beaches, rugged roads, palm tree lined jungle paths and water activities, Bocas is any adventurers playground. While I kept myself busy with activities every day, my time on…

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By Christina, October 11, 2017
Just the highlights: 9 things you must do in Panama City

Just the highlights: 9 things you must do in Panama City

Panama City is big. It’s vibrant, loud and chaotic and if you don’t stay on high alert at all times, the city could easily swallow you up. What makes this energetic metropolis interesting is it’s chronic diversity. Not only is it a melting pot for international cuisine akin to the likes of Los Angeles, it’s…

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By Christina, September 14, 2017
Diving into Spanish immersion in Panama City

Diving into Spanish immersion in Panama City

Diving into Spanish immersion in Panama City Hola a todos! I just finished my first week of full Spanish immersion in Panama City with Habla Ya Spanish school, and boy what a week it has been! Panama City is bustling with action and I’ll admit it was a little overwhelming at first. The constant buzz of…

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By Christina, August 28, 2017
Panamá Travel Diary – A personal update

Panamá Travel Diary – A personal update

Panama Travel Diary – A personal update I’m currently sitting in seat F10 on my Copa Airlines red eye flight to Panama City. I’m embarking on a two month trip through Panama in which I’ll be attending Habla Ya Spanish School’s full immersion program in two locations, the bustling metropolis of Panama City and the…

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By Christina, August 21, 2017
A romantic anniversary getaway to Huntington Beach

A romantic anniversary getaway to Huntington Beach

Well, we made it. Steve and I are celebrating 5 crazy, wonderful, adventurous years together. This anniversary was quite a milestone for us. We’ve traveled through ten countries together, countless cities, and had some hilarious moments along the way. I’m telling you guys, I got a good one. When it came to planning our anniversary,…

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By Christina, August 14, 2017
7 heavenly treats you must eat in Florence, Italy

7 heavenly treats you must eat in Florence, Italy

While I wouldn’t classify myself as a bonafide “foodie,” I do have a soft spot for all things snacks and sweets, I’m talkin’ gelato and fried zucchini! Despite my tempestuous relationship with food involving my being vegetarian plus allergic to basically half of the food pyramid, when in Italy I feel compelled to throw my…

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By Christina, July 10, 2017
11 common myths and truths surrounding travel to Cuba

11 common myths and truths surrounding travel to Cuba

Cuba remains a mysterious place to many people, specifically Americans who are now again prohibited from visiting the country. Fortunately for me, I was able to slip in and out in the short time span that Americans were legally allowed to visit. In addition to having the time of my life, I discovered that there…

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By Christina, June 21, 2017
A survival guide for spending the summer in Europe

A survival guide for spending the summer in Europe

In 2015 I spent part of the summer in Europe and swore never again to return during the crowded and hot summer months. Especially not to Southern Europe, where the scorching sun is insufferable. Don’t get me wrong, it was an incredible experience. I simply hadn’t anticipated how crowded it would be, throw hot temperatures in the…

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By Christina, June 4, 2017
An explicit look at daily life in Havana, Cuba

An explicit look at daily life in Havana, Cuba

An explicit look at daily life in Havana, Cuba A rocking chair creaks as an elderly woman sits on her front porch fanning herself from the wet heat. Across the street two women are getting their hair done on the sidewalk. Laughter belts from a group of men in the street huddled around a game of…

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By Christina, May 8, 2017
An easy guide for American travel to Cuba

An easy guide for American travel to Cuba

Ahh Cuba. The beautifully misrepresented country which was off limits to American tourists for over fifty years. The conflict between the U.S. and Cuba reached it’s ultimate climax with the Cuban Missile Crisis, setting forth an over fifty year embargo — the longest in modern history. The Cubans coined it “The Blockade” to describe the prohibition of American travel to…

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By Christina, May 4, 2017
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