travel diary

London 2016: Day 1

London 2016: Day 1

It was a tense day. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the flight to London from New York. Fortunately, I was able to snag the last seat on the plane (literally) and even more so, it was in business class. The long day at the airport was at…

Philly 2015 Day 2: A City of Contrasts

Philly 2015 Day 2: A City of Contrasts

My second day in Philadelphia saw me visit two attractions that couldn’t be more different than one another. The first one was a well-preserved symbol of freedom while the other was a decrepit structure that represented isolation and is nowhere near as imposing as it once was. A City of…

Philly 2015 Day 1: The Real Philadelphia

Philly 2015 Day 1: The Real Philadelphia

I don’t even remember exactly the last time I was in Philadelphia so I figured now was a good a time as any to reacquaint myself with the City of Brotherly Love. Philly has changed over the years. It’s gotten cleaner, more sophisticated, and has since enhanced its cultural mark…

NoCal 2015 Day 4: Montara Lighthouse

NoCal 2015 Day 4: Montara Lighthouse

My last night in California, I decided to stay at an old lighthouse turned hostel right on the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s called Montara Lighthouse. NoCal 2015 Day 4: Montara Lighthouse The decision wasn’t much of a tossup really, though I missed my nieces as soon as I left them,…

NoCal 2015 Day 3: Daytrip to Yosemite National Park

NoCal 2015 Day 3: Daytrip to Yosemite National Park

I finally made it to Yosemite National Park after all these years of visiting San Francisco and northern California! We had an early start. The daytrip to Yosemite National Park from my cousin’s house near Modesto promised to be a long day. The distance was not even 100 miles but…

NoCal 2015 Day 2: San Francisco Backdoor

NoCal 2015 Day 2: San Francisco Backdoor

On my second travel day, I decided to drive to San Francisco. Together with London and New York, San Francisco is one of my most frequent travel destinations. In just the last five years alone, I’ve visited the city three times. For this particular excursion however, I wanted to do…

NoCal 2015: Day 1: Visiting Monterey

NoCal 2015: Day 1: Visiting Monterey

The moment I decided to fly to California instead of back to D.C., I knew that visiting Monterey would have to be on the agenda. My flight arrived on time in San Jose and I was on the road towards Monterey around 11:30 a.m. just as I anticipated. The drive was…

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…

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…