Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

You’re Invited to the Blog House in Costa Brava, Spain!

Image: dh27 I have a very exciting announcement to share: this September, several top bloggers and I are hosting a blog house in Costa Brava, Spain! TBEX Europe, the travel blogger conference, is taking place September 21-23 in Girona, Spain, the main city in the Costa Brava region.  But the real fun is before the [...]

Mostar: The Rose That Grows Through Concrete

After seeing the remnants of war all over Sarajevo, I thought I had seen my fill of Bosnian devastation.  Little did I know that Mostar — beautiful, tiny, freshly rebuilt Mostar — would be even worse. Shortly after arriving at Hostel Nina, our next HostelWorld property, Žika welcomes us and tells us we’re just in [...]

The Travel Olympics: Who Gets the Gold?

Happy Olympics Opening Day!  I’m super-excited for the London 2012 Games, wondering what the iconic moments will be this time around.  I’ll never forget what it was like back in 2008, screaming my head off as Michael Phelps and his teammates beat the French in that one swim relay they weren’t expected to win. So [...]

Confronting My Ghost Life in New York

I’m in a midtown nail salon, watching as my toenails are layered in iridescent fuchsia.  It’s been a while — since leaving Southeast Asia, I can’t justify paying more than $5 for a mani-pedi.  And it shows.  For most girls, a pedicure is just for decoration; for me, this time it was more like reconstrutive surgery. [...]

Mykines: The World’s Most Unspoiled Island

The Faroe Islands are famous for their exquisite beauty and isolation.  Yet of all the islands and villages and regions, one place stands out as the most unspoiled, most unique, and perhaps even the most beautiful. That place is a little island called Mykines. Mykines (pronounced MEE-chin-ness) is the westernmost point in the Faroe Islands, [...]

Life After War: Sarajevo Today

How do you go on after living through hell? This was the question I asked myself again and again as we toured Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital and a city synonymous with destruction during the 1990s.  Constant bombings; lack of food, water and electricity; and being surrounded by Serbian forces led to a violent isolation. Before arriving, [...]

Haute Faroese Cuisine

It’s not very often that I get to experience the best restaurant in a country — but in the Faroe Islands, I got to do just that. KOKS is the restaurant at the excellent Hotel Foroyar, famous for hosting Bill Clinton a few years ago.  (It’s also not very often that I get to stay [...]

Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik — the pearl of the Adriatic, Lord Byron’s paradise, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Dubrovnik was the final stop on our Busabout Croatia Cruise, and I was looking forward to seeing this beautiful city in real life after dreaming about it for years! Dubrovnik didn’t disappoint — it was [...]

What It Means To Be Faroese

“I am not Danish.  I am Faroese.”  Oddmar’s eyes grow serious as I tentatively bring up the notion of Faroese independence.  “I have my own genes, I have my own history, I have my own language. “I am a Faroese,” he repeats, softer this time, though no less intense.  “Not a Dane.” I’m having dinner [...]

I’m back in America.  Wait, what?!

A few weeks ago, I was going to write a post about how to get past UK immigration quickly and without suspicion.  I thought I was finally starting to get the hang of it. Not so fast! For nearly a year, I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible in England with my [...]