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The #1 Itinerary | Travel Blog by The #1 Itinerary - 2d ago

I was overwhelmed with excitement to explore a new state and new city. This time I was embarking on a bus ride from Brooklyn, NY to Cleveland, Ohio. I didn’t know what to expect but I was ready for a new adventure!

I arrived at Cleveland State University for a conference. I didn’t have any high expectations for the city. All I knew about Cleveland was that it is close to the birthplace of the NBA legend Lebron James (Sorry Miami fans).  To my surprise, the downtown area of Cleveland has so many things to do!

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco. 

The Cleveland State University (CSU) was very welcoming. CSU was originally Fenn college,  a private school that was operating since 1923. It became a public research university in 1964. CSU offers many disciplines and research facilities, with 70 academic majors, 27 master’s degree programs, two post-master’s degrees, six doctoral degrees and two law degrees. It also has research cooperation agreements with the nearby NASA Glenn Research Center.

Photo Courtesy of Loudonville-Perrysville School.

One of my favorite places on the campus is the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. It was originally known as Cleveland Law School when it was founded in 1897. It later merged with Cleveland-Marshall Law School in 1946.  It was Ohio’s first evening law school and also the first to admit women. The first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city, Carl Stokes, graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. It has a history of integrating women and people of color into the American legal field.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.  Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco. 

The campus is very beautiful. It is located in the center of downtown and you can either walk down the main street of Euclid Avenue or take a bus. The scenery was very tranquil at day and I felt very safe.

Euclid Avenue and E. 24th St. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

As I walked down Euclid Avenue, I noticed that there were bars, stores, restaurants, and even live performance theaters. Within the downtown area is the Cleveland Theater District. This is the main center for Cleveland’s theater scene. I love the Performing Arts so this was like finding a hidden gem in C-Town. In April of 2013, restorations were made to the Theater District to include lights and signage. This effort became known as “Dazzle The District” which was completed on May 2, 2014. One of the most important theatrical landmarks in this area is The Playhouse Square. Built in the 1920’s, The Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York.  It has 11 performance spaces and hosts concerts, comedy shows, fine arts productions and youth theater performances.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Don’t be fooled by the name of the Theater District because there is more than just theaters and performing arts here. At night time, this area is the main hot-spot for night life entertainment. The city definitely achieved the goal of making it the dazzle district. At night, this area is lit up like a Halloween pumpkin (I should be a comedian or maybe not, haha!)

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco. 

As I cruised down I-77 with a friend, I was blinded by the city lights. Cleveland is a  surprise for all travelers. I recommend taking a trip to C-Town and seeing all the glory for yourself.

Thank you for reading. Much love and safe travels!

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Well yes, you thought I would go to Egypt and not go to Giza? You must have not been following us long enough. Of course, we had to do it my way.

Inside a mosque taken by Hugo Morel

After getting familiar with the Islamic culture, it was time to go to the tourist traps. It was somewhat interesting because she suggested that we take the subway. It’s like the universe knows I love subways!! The cool thing about this experience is that not many Tourists get to take the subway like I did. So, some of these pictures will be new to those that visited Egypt.

Entering the subway station taken by Hugo Morel

Entering the subway station, you have to pass through a metal detector. Which makes sense because of all the problems this part of the world has been facing. Cairo’s subway is something similar to the Bart in San Francisco or the metro in Washington D.C. It was small; however, very complicated. Still wasn’t chaotic as New York’s and I liked it!

Waiting for the train Taken by Hugo morel

We were waiting for the train and I noticed something. The train stations were actually cool. I know this isn’t very interesting; however, outside was pretty hot. Usually, NYC’s or other cities’ subway stations are hotter than the outside temperature. Just some geeky observations.

Train passing by taken by Hugo Morel

As the train came, we jumped inside and found seats. Inside the train, there was no air conditioning and the heat was uncomfortable. Even with this, people were still smiling and laughing. Makes me really think about how lucky I was to live in the USA. Yet, I still complain about simple issues and get sad over things people around the world see as a luxury. This was definitely a humbling experience. This is why travel changes you. You get to see the world in a differnt view. Every experience helps me grow into a better person.

Thank you so much for reading! Much love and stay safe!!

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I recently read an article explaining how professionals in their 30’s and 40’s are choosing travel over marriage, children and owning a house. It was a very profound article that made me really think deeply. It stated that 70% of these professionals hold traveling the world as their top priority. While I didn’t see anything wrong with this, it made me wonder why can’t you travel the world, have a happy marriage, own a house and have children. What was being implied is that you can’t have it all and therefore you must choose one or the other. I beg to differ.

My entire life has always involved traveling. My father migrated to another country as well as my great-grandfather. Traveling is my family tradition. During my younger days as a teenager and college student, I loved traveling alone and having new experiences. However, the more I traveled and learned, the more I realized how miserable it was to have these new and exciting experiences without anyone to enjoy the journey with. I was in Spain and although I was reaching new heights, I felt empty inside.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

As I traveled to even more places, the feeling of emptiness grew. I knew that I was accomplishing and learning a lot but without my friends and family, what was it worth? I was in Calidonia, Panama City, Panama when I started questioning what was important to me. Both family and travel were the highest priority and I could not choose one over the other. I started writing my goals down in what I called my “ambition book”. The more I realized how limiting others are with the aspirations, the more goals I wrote in this book. The book was a pact that I made for myself. I never shared this book with anyone (and never will).I realized how people doubt themselves and therefore, I knew people would say that my goals are unrealistic (You gotta dream big!).

San Miguelito, Panama. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

In August of 2015, my entire life changed. I had a long distance relationship and I realized how much my girlfriend and I had in common especially our passion for travel. We were looking for international flights and discussing how we can be super travel couple (Is that a thing now?!). A few weeks later we married and started planning our 1st trip. Instead of a wedding ceremony, we traveled.  She also inspired me to document these journeys into a blog. This blog was the birth of The #1 Itinerary!

The Polanco’s wedding day. Photo Courtesy of Nazire Oates.

On June 15, 2016, we had our first daughter together. You would think that marriage and our first child being born would mean that we couldn’t travel. However, we threw out that limiting concept and started traveling even more.

The Polancos in Buff Bay, Jamaica. Photo Courtesy of Madelin Vasquez Polanco.

Anything is possible. Remember, you don’t always have to choose between the things that make you happy. I realized that there are certain things that I am not willing to sacrifice. I followed my heart and chose love, ambition and adventure.

Thank you for reading. Much love and safe travels!

To start your own adventures, check out the link below.

You can find flight deals, tours, insurance, and even book hotels through our travel agency website: https://the1itinerarycom.agentstudio.com/

Also, check out our Youtube Channel. If you like our adventures, please feel free to subscribe today and hit the notification https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk34tY115zWy-T6TDFjrauw

Check out our latest e-book “How to Travel for Dirt Cheap” by Hugo Morel for ways to make your dreams of traveling come without breaking the bank: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M848M47?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420&fbclid=IwAR0_mRF-eE9tODIshljVr7CQ8h6vKT6hHn_8gZfJ94DySY1ylPO2Itu2Qe0

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