Travel Diary

Italy 2012: Day 1

Italy 2012: Day 1

This was it! I was headed to Rome! I could hardly contain my excitement. Rome was somewhat of a dream destination for me, much like London. The history, the food, the art; all of them were of great interest to me. Plus I got a ticket to be in the…

My Favorite Brussels Hangouts

My Favorite Brussels Hangouts

I spent much of 2013 gallivanting around Europe, stopping in London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Prague, and Budapest, but Brussels was my home base. In the months I’ve stayed in the Belgian capital, I did my best to make the city feel a bit more like home and thanks to these locations…

Madrid, Day Three

Madrid, Day Three

I joined a tapas tour the previous night that had a dozen other hungry and energetic tourists ready to sample the best of Spain. We visited four different locations on our tour and sampled amazing foods like Iberico ham, blood sausage, and grilled shrimp in garlic sauce. At our final…

Road Trip to Charlottesville, VA 2015: Day 2

Road Trip to Charlottesville, VA 2015: Day 2

The Day I Went to the University of Virginia I woke up around 7:30 a.m. that Sunday morning and was pleased to see the sun already shining brightly from the small slit of the hotel drapes. I got up, packed my duffel bag and changed to grab a bite to…

Road Trip to Charlottesville, VA 2015: Day 1

Road Trip to Charlottesville, VA 2015: Day 1

Road Trip to Charlottesville, VA 2015: Day 1 I woke up just as the sun was rising from the horizons on a Saturday. That’s how dedicated I am when it comes to traveling. Anyway, an early morning was necessary if I were to make my goal of leaving around 8…

The Dinner Collective

The Dinner Collective

Perhaps it was happenstance, but rarely does it occur that such a diverse group of strangers get along so easily and visibly have a great time with each other. The Dinner Collective You’re probably wondering what was it that brought such an eclectic group of individuals together. Was it a meeting…

Peru 2014: Day 10

Peru 2014: Day 10

After a cold night accompanied by monstrous rain, it was morning once more. I woke up earlier than normal because of the hail but was glad to see some clearer skies on the horizon. I also caught the sunrise over the lake which was one of the most beautiful ones I have seen in a long time. …

Peru 2014: Day 9

Peru 2014: Day 9

I was able to sleep in a bit today since my pickup schedule wasn’t until 7:40 AM. I was due to visit the islands of Uros and Amantani and spend the night with a family at the latter island. Ever since I’ve read about Uros, I was intrigued by it and it was actually one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Titicaca. I must say that it was every bit as interesting but I was also surprised at how touristic it has become. The people seem genuine to share their culture to visitors but I found them just as eager, perhaps even more so, on selling their products to tourists. …

Peru 2014: Day 8

Peru 2014: Day 8

Today was a travel day of sorts. I left Cusco for Puno via the Inka Express bus service. It was part expedition guide and transport to Puno. The bus was comfortable which was a big plus considering I was there for ten hours. The stops included a couple of colonial Spanish churches of significance in Southern Peru as well as an early Incan site. I didn’t quite get everything the guide mentioned about the site but I thought it rather strange since it was the first Incan site I’ve seen where it was a mixture of Adobe and stone architecture. Lunch was included and it was just okay. The best part was the flan. …

Peru 2014: Day 7

Peru 2014: Day 7

Today was my second day at Machu Picchu. I had a ticket to climb Wayna Picchu, the mountain towering over the main site and the one you can see on practically every picture taken. I had some concerns about making the trek since my stomach was acting up. Thankfully it settled a bit so I was able to go, albeit a little later than I planned. …