Welcome to yet another edition of Pause The Momentos, a monthly wrap up with a bunch of short excerpts, funny stories and interesting moments from my daily life as I follow my dreams and pursue my goal of living life to the fullest — all day, every day.
Did you read last months edition of Pause The Momentos? If not, check it out here.
Cheers to Summer of Fun in the Sun with Cayman Jack!
Ah, Cayman Jack. Where do I even begin? What a journey it has been these last few months. This summer has been hands down one of the best summers of my life. No, let me rephrase that. It’s been the best summer of my life and some of my most memorable moments (aka momentos) in Europe this summer wouldn’t have been possible without my partnership with CJ.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cayman Jack, it’s a light and refreshing hand-crafted margarita made with natural and authentic ingredients sourced from around the globe (organic key limes, 100% blue agave nectar and pure cane sugar). Like myself, CJ is all about adventure, worldly exploration and embracing a journey that leads you to happiness. If you’re
If you’re interested in reading up on how Cayman Jack has helped me craft my journey this summer, head on over to the following posts to find out more:
- Pause The Momentos: April 2015 (partnership announcement!)
- Fun in the Sun in Cozumel on a Budget
- A Weekend Trip to Zakynthos
- The Beginner’s Guide to Rhodes, Greece
- The Ultimate Guide to Yacht Week Croatia
Sunset at Temple of Poseidon – Cape Sounion, Athens.
On July 3rd, my friend A. invited me to a small pre-4th of July beach BBQ down in Cape Sounion, the southernmost point on the Attica peninsula (40 mi southeast of Athens). We spent the afternoon chowing down on grilled sausages and sipping on drinks until the sun was just about to set.
With just minutes to spare, A. decided to surprise me by taking me up to the Temple of Poseidon to catch the sunset over the coast. As you can see in the photo above, it was absolutely mind blowing. If you look close enough you can see the silhouettes of a few people standing on the cliffs edge at the bottom of the photo.
Does it look like I enjoyed the sunset? ;-)
Amazing Airbnb Rental
As many of you know, I’ve rented quite a few Airbnbs in Athens since I arrived in Greece in the beginning of June. This one was a sweet loft in an old factory located within 5 minutes walking distance from the super trendy “Gazi” area of Athens. The owner was an architect and you could totally tell as soon as you stepped foot in the apartment that a lot of thought went into designing it. Although I only spent one night here before heading to Rhodes, it was by far my favorite Airbnb in Athens thus far.
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Back to Rhodes!
Yep, that’s right. I went back to Rhodes for the second time this summer. I simply couldn’t get enough of it after my first visit back in June. Plus, how can you resist a roundtrip flight from Athens to Rhodes for a measly $46? To put it in perspective, the ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Rhodes costs approximately $78 USD roundtrip and the journey takes about 15 hours. No brainer, right?
Since I only planned on being in Rhodes for a couple days, I set out on a mission to see as many beautiful beaches as possible. Here’s a few photos from some of the beaches I visited during my time in Rhodes.
By mid-day it was getting extremely hot and I was getting thirsty. I made one last pit stop at the highest point that overlooks Anthony Quinn’s Bay and cracked open a Cayman Jack for good measure. Gulp!
Tsampika Beach was amazing. I highly recommend you check it out from above if you get the chance. It almost looks fake, right?
Here’s a photo of me taking in the views of Tsampika Beach and wondering if what I’m seeing is just an illusion. Nope, it’s real!
So many umbrellas it’s almost dizzying. This beach can be found along the coast on your way from the Rhodes Airport to Old Town.
Like the photo of the beach with the umbrellas shown above, this cliff side walk can be found on your way from the airport to Old Town.
After a few days in Rhodes I decided to book a last minute trip over to Marmaris, Turkey. It was totally on a whim but I figured what the hell. After a swift 45 minute ferry ride from Rhodes to Marmaris, I checked into my Airbnb, a beautiful little apartment located smack dab on the seafront of Marmaris.
Upon check in, I was very surprised as the place was looked nothing like the photos on the Airbnb listing. I literally couldn’t believe how much better the place looked in person. So much, that I decided to take photos of the place for Baris so that he could update his current (horrible) photos. You can check out the photos I took here.
Later on that evening Baris invited me out for drinks with him and his girlfriend. We had a nice chat and hopped around to a few bars in Marmaris. I had an awesome night and I can now say that I’ve partied with one of my Airbnb hosts. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
Sea Dance Festival
I had been wanting to attend a music festival while I was in Europe this summer and so when I heard that my friends and fellow bloggers Kate and Jeremy were heading to Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Sure, it was pretty last minute but what the heck. I have all the time in the world.
After purchasing tickets to Sea Dance festival, I hopped on a flight from Athens to Tirana, Albania. It was there that I met up with Kate and Jeremy and just a few hours after I landed in Tirana we were on a bus headed north for Montenegro.
We made a few pit stops along the way to take photos and to say the landscape in Montegro is stunning would be a complete understatement.
As we approached Budva, we passed by the 5-star Aman Sveti Stefan resort located just 3.5 miles south of Budva, Montenegro. Wow, what an impressive resort. But, do you have 1,300 Euros to drop on a 1-night stay here?
As for the Sea Dance Festival, I won’t really go into too much detail about it as it wasn’t nearly as good as I’d imagined it would be. While the idea of being at a music festival on the beach in Montenegro was quite cool, the complete lack of organization and effort put into the festival was frustrating and I thought it was a little too long and drawn out.
And then we got photo bombed…
In conclusion, I’m so glad I made the decision to head to Montenegro and meet up with Kate and Jeremy. We all seemed to enjoy each others company throughout the four days we spent together despite the heat and annoyances of the festival. Hopefully we’ll all reconnect somewhere in the world one of these days!
The Yacht Week Croatia
The Yacht Week Croatia was hands down one of the best weeks of my life. I know it sounds sort of cliche considering everyone who has done a Yacht Week seems to say the same thing by the end of the week but I’m being completely honest when I say that was definitely one of the most memorable adventures I’ve taken to date.
In the photo above you can see a small fraction of the yachts that were sailing alongside us for the week.
Our yacht (El Tabasco) was a 56′ beast of a sailboat built in 2014 and was one of 48 yachts out on the sea for The Yacht Week – Black Route – Week 31.
Docked up in Vis, Croatia — Kickin’ back with a CJ and enjoying the views
My friend Eden dancing up a storm at the day club in Hvar.
Taking a refreshing dip in the Adriatic Sea. Can’t get enough of those underwater GoPro shots!
3. 2. 1. JUMP! Eden and I taking the leap from El Tabasco.
Note: Want to attend Yacht Week next summer? If so, I suggest you check out my Ultimate Guide to Yacht Week Croatia.
And that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed this months edition of Pause The Momentos.
- August 27th-Sept 7th — Athens
- Sept 7th-Sept 9th — Athens
- Sept 9th-12th — Santorini, Greece
- Sept 12th-18th – TBA
- Sept 18th-28th — TBD
- Sept 28th — Rhodes, Greece
- Sept 29th — Marmaris Turkey
- Sept 30th-Oct 7 — Sailing the coast of Turkey (Marmaris to Fethiye)
- Oct 7th-14th — Sailing Turkey/Greece (Fethiye, Turkey to Santorini, Greece)
- Oct 14th-19th — Athens, Greece
- Oct 19th – Heading back home to Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Interested in meeting up with me in Europe and/or Mexico? Reach out!