For Your Weekend

El Ateneo bookstore in Buenos Aires. Photo credit: Mac Aque on Flickr

Happy Friday! I’m off to a park for a half-day trip with my son’s class and taking a family train trip to Berkeley this weekend before playing catch up with work responsibilities. I hope your weekend is lovely. 🙂

Before I share some weekend reading links with you, I have to tell you that we just booked a cruise for later this year. I’m so excited! We’ll visit my husband’s family in Brazil and then depart from Brazil to Uruguay and Argentina with two full days in Buenos Aires. I haven’t been on a cruise for almost 20 years, but I think this will be a perfect family vacation (there will be 10 of us!). I hope to squeeze in a visit to El Ateneo, the gorgeous bookstore shown above. Have you been to Buenos Aires? What should I do with only 2 days there?

This is the most important thing I’ve read in a very long while.

And this shows how travel helps us grow by connecting with people.

I really enjoyed this article about exposing kids to nature in Yosemite.

Do you have pets? Do you travel with them? My friend Cassie shares a dog-friendly getaway in California.

If you love Italy and food like I do, you’ll enjoy this interview.

This is my new favorite salad dressing.

Do you use Instagram? These travel-focused Instagram accounts will inspire your wanderlust.

What do you think about a work “uniform”? This got me thinking about how nice it would be to not think about what to wear.

Photo credit: Mac Aque on Flickr. 


  • Audrey says:

    Thank you for including our “Manifesto in Progress” in your weekly roundup!

    I’m not sure which days you’ll be in Buenos Aires, but San Telmo has a fun Sunday street market with lots of crafts, food and tango dancing in the streets. We also liked the Palermo neighborhood for wandering around and finding little cafes. It may sound odd to recommend visiting a cemetery, but La Recoleta Cemetery is rather beautiful with sculptures and mausoleums everywhere (the friendly street cats are a bonus). And although this may not be all that much fun for the kids, we enjoyed the Evita Museum as it not only gave a good history of Eva Perón, but it also provided context to politics in her time (and even today).

    Enjoy your cruise and visit – sounds like a great way to enjoy family time while traveling!
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    • Jenna says:

      Thank you for this! I will use these tips to help me plan my itinerary. It will be a busy two days, for sure. I normally don’t think of myself as a fan of cruises, but I think in this case, it will prove to be a good option. It will provide our family (us 4 + 6 in-laws) with lots of time together without the stresses of driving, checking into hotels, looking for a place to eat, etc., which we (happily) dealt with last year on our road trip in Brazil.

  • Happy weekend to you too Jenna, I hope it is perfect for you.

    The cruise trip sounds very exciting and I must admit an element of jealousy 😉

    Also thanks for the reading list, always great to see what inspires people.
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    • Jenna says:

      Hope you had a nice weekend, too. I am very excited about this cruise–I don’t often have the chance to go to new countries now that I have two kids to travel with, so this will be fun for all of us.

  • emi says:

    happy weekend! love finding such a great bay area blog and your south america trip sounds incredible!!

    enjoy berkeley! xo
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  • Cassie says:

    Does it mean I spend too munch time on Pinterest that I recognized that book store IMMEDIATELY? Seriously, I’m so excited for your trip to Uruguay and Argentina! They are top of my list for South America, I hope to get down that way one day soon!

    And I very nearly came up to Berkeley today, as Kevin had planned to tour Cal with his little brother and I was going to visit friends in Oakland. But we nixed the plan at the last minute this morning. Hope you had a great trip!
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    • Jenna says:

      I think I first saw that bookstore in an AFAR highlight, but yes, I’ve noticed it on Pinterest, too. 🙂 Argentina has been on my list for a while, too, so I will share some insights from our trip (although we will be gone just 7 days! Very short!).

  • Traveolani says:

    Hi Jenna, a cruise sounds so nice! It is a great family vacation and you have chosen a great destination – South Anerica! Have a great time!
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    • Jenna says:

      I agree that it’s a good choice for a family vacation. I never thought my second cruise (after the Alaska one so many years ago) would be in S. America, but I’m really excited!!

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