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Letter from the editor…4 Years Blogging

Hello everyone! Today, Eco Chic Cayman turns 4. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.  I am so very grateful to all my readers.  Thank you to all of my contributors, both photographers and guest writers.  It has been such a pleasure working with you.  I look forward to many more collaborations and thank you for inspiring me. Some Lessons Learned Along The Way… I started this blog when I was still living in Toronto.  I am grateful to this day for my friends encouraging me to start a blog, simply because I loved writing.  It took me a while to decide what I would write about.  I eventually chose to write about something I was passionate about— the environment.  I started blogging because it allowed me to write about topics I was interested in and passionate about.  But, it was more than that. Ultimately, I began this blog with the hope that I could make a difference.  I thought writing about environmental issues and wildlife would allow me to contribute …

Wanderlust Wednesday: Travel Junkie’s Guide To Columbia’s Hidden Treasures

Today’s Wanderlust Wednesday feature is by Michelle Lockwood, a world traveler and environmentalist currently based in the Cayman Islands.   Recently voted number two in the Lonely Planet’s must see countries of 2016; Colombia is gaining much more positive attention than it used to and with direct flights from Miami to numerous cities it is now incredibly easy to reach. Often having been associated with cocaine trafficking and the violence led by drug lord Pablo Escobar in the 1980s and 1990s; its reputation has long hindered its growth as a tourist destination, but in the recent years there has certainly been a resurgence of the beauty that makes Colombia iconic.  With exports such as Sofia Vergara, Shakira and of course coffee the world is starting to take notice of Colombia’s geological and cultural beauty.  Backpackers are now swarming to get to know this still hidden gem before it becomes the main event as soon enough it will be out of the shadow’s and on everyone’s South American travel itinerary. La Ciudad Perdida In English known as …

Wanderlust Wednesdays: Christmas in London

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday feature is by Tiffany from My Happy Coincidence.  Tiffany is a London based blogger, photographer, and writer who loves exploring new places both within her city and the across the globe. You can explore Tiffany’s work on her blog (My Happy Coincidence) and see her photos on Instagram. _______________ Christmas in London is an encompassing experience. Wander through central London and you’ll soon find that even the smallest alleys are festively decorated. From Trafalgar Square, to Oxford street, to Soho and Covent Gardens, your hunt for twinkling lights and sparkling shop windows will not be disappointing—making the holidays a wonderful time to visit this mild city. Check out London Town’s fantastic guide to holiday lights and displays throughout London. In addition, the city is dotted with a number of charming Christmas Markets to explore. From major markets like the Tait Modern’s to smaller local ones like the Islington Christmas Market, your shopping list will soon be completed and your tummy full of wonderful, hearty market foods and desserts! Time Out London has put together a wonderful guide to finding Christmas Markets …

Wanderlust Wednesday: I Left My Heart in Grand Cayman

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday feature is by Tiffany from My Happy Coincidence.  Tiffany is a Toronto based blogger, photographer, and writer who loves exploring new places both within her city and the across the globe. You can explore Tiffany’s work on her blog (My Happy Coincidence) and see her photos on Instagram. _____________________ While the wintery winds were still blowing at home in Toronto, I escaped to Grand Cayman’s perfect paradise. A sense of joy bubbled up inside me as I dismounted my Air Canada flight, greeted by a warm April breeze; the day before I had slogged through three inches of fresh snow in Toronto. Needless to say, I was ready for some fun in the sun and Cayman did not disappoint. In addition to Laura and her sister being fantastic hostesses (of course) everyone on the island was incredibly friendly! Whether I was enjoying fantastic food, shopping in George Town, or visiting an attraction, I felt welcomed by the local people’s genuine care for my wellbeing and experience as a guest. On the few occasions when I …

Stephanie Espeut: Island Girl & Yogini

My passion for yoga has given me so much and now I’m wanting to give back and share that knowledge with others.” -Stephanie Espeut Island Girl & Yogini Stephanie Espeut is one of Cayman’s very own Yogini’s! Her intricate training is complete. She is qualified to teach as an in-training yoga instructor. She is currently offering free yoga every Sunday at Cayman Cabana. More recently, Stephanie celebrated her 30th birthday in one of the coolest ways possible. Stephanie dedicated her birthday to giving back to others with her inspiring “30 for 30” charity fundraiser, where yoga lovers and newbies made a donation of $30 to attend her yoga event and all proceeds went to support local charities including: The National Trust for the Cayman Islands (Educational Programs), CARE, and Feed Our Future. Other people inspired by this event, also gave donations even if they were unable to attend. Gotta love her! I love the idea of helping people and healing people. -Stephanie Espeut A Transformative Year What lead Stephanie to become a yoga teacher? It …