Lovely Lucy and a spectacular day in Antigua


Photo above of Lucy (L) and me taken yesterday at a cafe in Antigua.

Blogging has changed my life. In the last year, since I started this blog, I am amazed at how many doors it has opened for me. Not only have I found a way to express myself and share my experiences, I have also met some beautiful, amazing people along the way.

Back in January, I was fortunate to meet World Mom’s Blog founder/editor Jennifer Burden along with Kyla P’an and Dee Harlow, for the first time ever. Now fast forward to yesterday and here I was able to meet a fellow blogger I’ve been following for the last year, Lucy Brown of Loca4Motion. Lucy who is originally from Britain, has been living here in Antigua for over five years and she graciously offered to be my tour guide for the last day and a half here. It has been the most amazing time ever. Yesterday we each took at least 400 photos (she is a professional photographer) and I don’t think we ever stopped talking! It was so wonderful to finally meet in person and share a day together. It was truly memorable; one that I will never forget.

Antigua is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. I can’t wait to share all my photos and narratives of my stay here. I am heading home today however before I return I wanted to share a few special photos with you from Antigua (no worries….there will be many posts on this sensational town!).













    • Thanks for your comment! Yes the internet is crazy. It makes the world so much smaller of a place! It also gives us so many opportunities to meet new friends!

    • Thanks! I’m just catching up now to comments so I can’t remember whether or not I responded. However, I did remember to keep my laughter! It sure makes trips better, doesn’t it!

  1. Blogging has also done the same thing for me. Last January when I went to Hong Kong I was accompanied by a local guy who happens to be one of my blogging friends. Just like what you said, blogging has opened so many doors! By the way, Antigua looks pretty! I like the picture of the yellow building (is it a church?).

    • That is wonderful! Antigua is amazing. Perhaps one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited! I can’t wait to get home and go through them, and of course share them! Maybe someday I’ll make it over to Indonesia as well! 🙂

    • Thanks Nate! Wait until you see the other photos I’ve taken! These are just a sample! It was so incredibly gorgeous and colorful! I finally made it home after two days of travel. The safety part is a big concern too as there is a lot of crime there, like most Latin countries. You really have to be careful. Thanks for the well wishes and stay tuned!

  2. It was such a pleasure finally meeting you too Nicole and showing you around beautiful Antigua! A record whirlwind tour of the highlights but great fun!!! I enjoyed your company so much and hope you’ll visit me when I move back to Thailand too. You’re always welcome! I know we’ll meet again and can’t wait to read your blog posts on Guatemala but especially Antigua!

    • Thanks! It is gorgeous! I can’t wait to share more of my photos. I will just need to find the time to go through them all. I took at least 600 or more!

  3. Gosh, Nicole, I know what you mean about blogging introducing you to amazing people. Last summer I met Lisa from Woman Wielding Words and Emily of Notes from Japan. Both such wonderful women!

    Hope we get to meet, as well, my friend. By the way, thanks so much for the intro at Elephant Journal. One of my pieces has been up for a couple days as “Editor’s Picks”– You are a sweetie!

    Have a safe trip home!


    • Wow Kathy! That is great about the Editor’s Pick! I haven’t checked out EJ lately or any blogs so I can’t wait to see which article it was!!!! I would love to meet you someday too!!!!!

    • Amazing Kathy!!!! I haven’t had a chance to read your post on EJ but I promise to check it out. I would LOVE to meet you and Sara some day! I bet we would have lots of laughs and a great time! 🙂

    • Thanks! I have so many more to come! I am sure it is because so many other places are so much older than the States. A lot of Antigua was built in the 1500s by Spanish conquistadors. Stay tuned for many more photos! Thanks for commenting!

      • yes and we here in the states tend to do what I call cookie cutter buildings….all straight lines and no imagination. LOL. love the pics. Can’t wait to see more.

  4. Your photos remind me why Guatemala is right at the top of my travel wishlist. Antigua looks absolutely breathtaking – I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes! Maybe someday I’ll have the pleasure of taking you around Hong Kong as I did with Bama.

    • Thanks James! That would be wonderful! Yes Guatemala is incredibly beautiful. I can’t wait to share more of my photos and posts. I would love to meet you in Hong Kong! Or if you ever come here of course I’d love to be your tour guide as well! 🙂

  5. I feel the same way about blogging. Glad you had such a great trip and got to meet a blogging friend. Those meetings are the best!

    • Thanks Heather! Rough time getting home but I made it two days later. It was a wonderful trip! Hopefully someday I’ll get to meet you!!!! 🙂

  6. Lu

    Fabulous architecture – that yellow building is fantastic and those markets look like you could find some great trinkets!

  7. HenderBalz

    Ha…love Antigua! My husband and I lived in Honduras for 14 months and we went on a search in Central America for another Antigua or at least another town that is even close to the cuteness/coolness of that town! But we did not…we did find many other cute/cool towns though.

    • Oh cool! I’d love to hear more about your time in Honduras. Did you write about ti on your blog? Let me know as I’d love to check it out! Nicole

      • HenderBalz

        Yes…Started the blog to keep people back home up to date on our where-abouts! Some posts from back then are still the top visited! ;o)

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