Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Vintage Valletta: The Least Capital-Like Capital

When you think of capital cities, what comes to mind? Embassies. Bureaucrats. People in suits. Endless meetings. People so protective of their government-oriented careers that they wouldn’t dare rat out an enemy — well, unless they were Frank Underwood. Forget money. Power is the primary currency here. That may be the case in Washington or London or Singapore or Brasilia…but […]

Flyboarding in Malta, or, The Day I Became Iron Man

It was a perfect spring day in Malta — the sun was shining, the water was bright blue, and the flowers were in bloom. For the visitors who escaped the stormy springtime in their home countries of Britain and Ireland and Sweden, it was a much-needed and glorious dose of springtime. Anyway, that’s how Malta’s visitors saw […]

Why I’m Loyal to Intercontinental

My first job out of college wasn’t a typical one. After weeks of interviews, I was ecstatic to get a job at a marketing firm that had a beautiful office, a great location in Fort Point, Boston, and an interviewer who coyly hinted at their list of celebrity clients. I accepted the job and couldn’t […]

San Blas Bay: A Hidden Beach in Malta

In a country as tiny as Malta, there aren’t many new places to discover. Every geographic nook and cranny is well-documented — and if any two Maltese meet, I guarantee they will have at least have a few friends in common! But if there is such thing as a secret beach in Malta, it’s San Blas Bay […]

The Miracle Church of Mosta, Malta

If anywhere on the planet is more Catholic than the Vatican, it’s Malta. From giant paintings of the Virgin Mary hanging in Maltese bedrooms to religious festas with saints carried through the street each summer to incredibly ornate churches thanks to generous donations from parishioners each year, Malta is a place where life revolves around the Catholic […]

The Best Eats of the American South

To say I was looking forward to Southern food would be an understatement. I literally planned the whole #SouthUSA trip around what I would be eating! Southern food is rooted in so much tradition and has so many geographic influences, from Africa to France to the Caribbean to Ireland, and I was so excited to finally try it […]

Thoughts on Train Travel in America

I often get asked what other countries have that the U.S. doesn’t. My answer is always the same: a more comprehensive train system. I love trains. From the sleek bullet trains of Japan to the impossibly comfortable cars on Austria’s first-class cars to the ultimate luxury journey on rails, the Blue Train in South Africa, some of my most […]

On Charleston and Victims of Timing

What do Luang Prabang, Barcelona, Bali, and South Korea have in common? For me, they were victims of timing. I visited each of these destinations at the worst time — either at the tail end of exhausting adventures, or after an incredible destination that I hadn’t wanted to leave in the first place. As a result, I […]

SOTM Tour: The Final Month

The tour is over. I’m happy. Mario’s happy. It’s time to return to normal life, move into an apartment, and unpack for the first time in nearly a year. Since we didn’t end up traveling for the full twelve months — just eleven months and four days — I decided to make this the final monthly […]

Savannah in Squares and Shadows

Most destinations give me a chance to fall in love with them on my own terms. Savannah did not do that. Savannah insisted, demanded, and eventually took me by the hand and intoxicated me by force. Did I protest? I wouldn’t dream of it. Savannah, the famed small riverside city in Georgia, is charming, as […]