Monday, October 20th, 2014

The UNESCO Hunt: 82-91

It’s been a summer of European travel, and for that reason, it’s been a summer of UNESCO World Heritage Sites! If you’re interested in World Heritage Sites, there’s no better place than Europe, as it has the greatest concentration of sites. This summer took me to new countries like Finland, new regions like Puglia, and [...]

Meet My Favorite Cafe in London: Lavish Habit

Every afternoon, without fail, I crave a cup of coffee. Not for the caffeine jolt, though. Coffee is how I punctuate my day. I use it as an excuse to stop what I’m doing and reflect as I enjoy the pleasure of sipping a latte in solitude. It’s become so important to my day that I get antsy [...]

My Favorite New Destinations of 2013

2013 was a fantastic and exciting travel year — probably my most active year of travel yet! This year I visited a record-breaking 22 countries (UK, USA, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, San Marino, Austria, Malta, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia — though, [...]

What I’ve Learned From 1.5 Years in the UK

In less than a week, Mario and I start our yearlong trip around the world.  It’s time to wind down 1.5 years of living in the UK: one year in Chester and eight months in London. This was never my plan.  I had always imagined the UK as a place that was nice, but cold [...]

Small Towns in Europe That I Love

Let me tell you something: it’s easy to go to Europe and see nothing but cities.  For years, that was my modus operandi — to hit up the major cities and ignore small towns along the way.  It’s the easiest and most convenient option, especially if you’re traveling by train. But in the past year, [...]

On a Skye High in Scotland

The Isle of Skye has long held a place in my imagination.  Off the west coast, it’s been known as one of the most beautiful places in all of Scotland.  It’s home to countless legends.  My cousin, who adores Scotland, even dreams of getting married on Skye! So you can understand that I had high [...]

The Dark Side of the Scottish Highlands

When I was in high school, I was in a performance of Brigadoon.  The show — cheesy, but featuring some very beautiful songs — is set in the Scottish Highlands. Brigadoon couldn’t have painted a prettier, happier picture of life in the Highlands — weekly markets filled with cheerful merchants, beautiful fields of heather, proud Scottish [...]

Hogmanay: Bringing in the New Year in Edinburgh

Looking back over the years, my New Year’s celebrations have been mostly low-key, largely unexceptional.  Oh, I’ve had some good ones — my Bangkok New Year’s was so much fun, and I’ve had a few memorable nights in Boston — but most of the time the night hasn’t lived up to the hype.  It’s hard [...]

New Year’s in Scotland — It’s Time for BLOGMANAY!

With Christmas freshly finished, I’ve got my next trip planned: Blogmanay!  I’ll be celebrating New Year’s in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, which I’ve long extolled as one of my favorite cities, has one of the world’s best New Year’s celebrations.  People come from all over the world to celebrate Hogmanay. I’ve been invited to be part [...]

Scenes from Rainy Edinburgh: The Water of Leith

Edinburgh is famous for its wild and unpredictable weather, categorized by frequent rain showers, fog, and chilly winds — the kind of weather that makes you want to bundle up with a tartan scarf and wile away the day in glorious cafes. Well, most of the time, that is.  I happen to have incredible luck [...]