Unlatinoverde was born as a travel project in 2015. In January of that year, I booked flights to New York and Buenos Aires. So, the idea began to take shape. In no time the South American trip for that summer started to sprout wings. Bolivia was added to the itinerary followed by Iguazu Falls in both Argentina and Brazil. The blog itself was born at the end of April 2015 with the creation of some travel pages on Spain. However, my arrival in New York and Buenos Aires in June of that year really marked our first steps forward. It all seems so long ago now!
Travel 2016 @Unlatinoverde
Fast forward to today. 2016 has been our first full year of virtual life. Rather than existing only on Facebook and Twitter, there is now an additional presence on Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Flipboard – make sure to follow us on more social media! However, the purpose of this site is not its social media arms but rather travel with a taste of coffee. And Unlatinoverde has been busy providing readers with these experiences throughout the year!
2016 started with a perennially popular travel article explaining why travellers should visit the city of Sucre in Bolivia. Being a website based on independent travel, it’s hardly surprising that Bolivian posts proved to be a hit all year, particularly these two:
The year brought unexpected changes that will lead to new destinations appearing on the website. On a personal level, I moved back to Italy. There has already been a post explaining why Verona is a ‘Must Visit’ Italian destination and Unlatinoverde will undoubtedly acquire more Italian flavour moving forward.
Peru and coffee!
Going further afield, June saw a return to South America and Peru was on the menu this time. Apart from Machu Picchu and Colca Canyon, Unlatinoverde went off the beaten track and spent time on a Peruvian coffee farm. Following the coffee trail, we went on the hunt for the best cafés and coffee in Lima, a real Mecca for foodies. Experience these destinations wherever you are by clicking on the links below:
The hip and more coffee!
However, Unlatinoverde did not have to travel as far as Peru to find great coffee and cool culture. Rainy Day Dublin appeared at the end of February and its focus on the burgeoning hipster scene in the city soon proved to be a huge hit. Returning to the city at the end of the summer, A Hipster’s Guide to Dublin’s Best Coffee and Cafés provided an insight into Dublin’s dynamic coffee scene. Now at the end of the year, with many changes in sight or already underway, Unlatinoverde has teamed up with GpsMyCity.com. Read here how technology continues to revolutionise the way we live and the way we experience the world.
Travel, like life itself, does not always prove to be a bed of roses and the trip to Peru reinforced that point in style this summer.
I arrived in Lima to discover that my luggage had randomly gone on its own journey to Madrid. Then, I all but froze to death in Colca Canyon before getting stranded overnight on a bus in the Andes. If you would like to see the less glamorous side of travel, take a peak at some of articles below. Sometimes you laugh looking back and sometimes you just swear out loud.
Looking Forward to 2017
The future is happening right here now
At its birth Unlatinoverde was purely a WordPress creation. However, that is changing as we become a self-hosted WordPress blog on Bluehost, which means that readers can expect a slicker new look without the design restrictions imposed by WordPress.com. What you are looking at now is still a work in progress– sniff, sniff!
New Destination Pages
Apart from new South American pages, there will also be new destination pages for travellers to Ireland, Dublin, France, Paris, Italy, Milan etc. The existing Spanish pages are the oldest on this website and they will be rewritten. In addition to this, there will be new pages featuring Andalusia and Barcelona.
Travel Plans for 2017
However, as well as adding informative pages on existing destinations, there are also plans to travel to new places. My base is now northern Italy, so a comprehensive Venice city guide will appear early in 2017. And that will only be a foretaste of things to come! Other destinations in northern Italy, such as the World Heritage sites of Veneto and Lombardy, are sure to loom large.
And the Coffee
Being Unlatinoverde there has to be coffee from diverse locations around the globe. Therefore, there are already firm plans to either visit Central America or Colombia. In order to witness our evolution, make sure to come back to unlatinoverde.com in 2017.