Europe

Italy 2012: Day 2, Pope and The Vatican

Italy 2012: Day 2, Pope and The Vatican

Italy 2012: Day 2, The Vatican I woke up the next day feeling refreshed and rested. I got lucky since my bed was a single placed in the corner and blocked by the lockers, which made it seem like I had my own private space. Years of traveling to Europe made…

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…

Surprised but Eager in Berlin, Germany

Surprised but Eager in Berlin, Germany

Berlin City Guide Why I went here? I’ve always been intrigued by Berlin. Not only is it one of the great capitals of Europe, but also because of its involvement in modern history: World War II and the Cold War to be specific. Berlin is also cheaper than most European…

Travel with the Locals: A Guide to London’s Off the Beaten Path

Travel with the Locals: A Guide to London’s Off the Beaten Path

Do you ever wonder where Londoners go when they decide to become tourists in their own city? Most, if not all, will likely avoid the tourist traps like Piccadilly or Buckingham Palace and will seek typical London experiences but without the crowds. In a city that receives over 15 million visitors annually, that can be a tough task to achieve, but there are pockets of London still unspoiled by the group tour itineraries. Instead of visitors from another country, the people you’ll meet will live within the confines of London itself. This article highlights some of those locations. …

Tentative and Cold in Budapest, Hungary

Tentative and Cold in Budapest, Hungary

Why I went here? My interest with Budapest started a few years ago when I first heard that American Airlines started a direct flight to the city from JFK (no longer the case, btw). After reading about it and watching countless travel videos, I became fascinated with the city and added it as a must visit on my Eastern European itinerary. They also have one of the best Christmas markets in Europe (I went in December). …

Cautious and Uncertain in Dublin, Ireland

Cautious and Uncertain in Dublin, Ireland

Why I went here? Firstly, it was new territory for me. I have always wanted to go to Ireland and Dublin is the logical starting point. Secondly, I have been touring the UK and needed a port of exit with cheap flights towards to continental Europe. Rather than return to London just to fly, I decided to cross the Irish Sea instead. …

Surprised and Satisfied in Liverpool, England

Surprised and Satisfied in Liverpool, England

Why I went here? It was a logistical stop to conclude my UK trip before I head over to Ireland. I also wanted to visit Liverpool’s maritime district that is deemed a UNESCO heritage site. Lastly, it is the home of the Beatles. …

Welcomed and Charmed in Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcomed and Charmed in Edinburgh, Scotland

Why I went here? I have always wanted to go to Scotland. It is a land of enchantment with castles and lochs; quilts and bagpipes. Verses of literature are aplenty here with writers finding the charm of the city irresistible. …

London Revisited: Familiar and Bizarre in London, England

London Revisited: Familiar and Bizarre in London, England

Why I went here? The primary reason for my return trip to London was to go to Wimbledon. I realized how much I missed it so I went back a few more times in a span of two months. Best time to visit? Late spring into summer is the best time to go to London. The latter however, can be a bit temperamental with the occasional showers grazing the skies, but overall, the weather is warm and the city is buzzing with activities left and right. …

Earthy and Enamored in Cinque Terre

Earthy and Enamored in Cinque Terre

Why I went here? I wanted to experience “dolce far niente” and this was just the place to do that. I did not want the glamour that was the Amalfi or the somewhat surreal cousin towns north in the Italian Riviera. Here at the Cinque Terre, the villages were said to be like being transported back in time and if not for mobile phones and wifi spots, I would most definitely agree. It had just the right balance of charm, isolation, and beauty that I was looking for. Oh, and I wanted to hike. …