2017 Travel Rewind: Highlights of the Year

Inspired by Sri‘s annual summary. January Somehow I started my year in Nashville and crashed with a friend I met in Medellín. He greeted me with “wow, you’re actually here.” After all, we’d only spent two days in Medellín partying together. That’s usually how a lot of my travel friendship goes. Then I got the ...

A Picture Perfect Day Trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, what an intriguing name for a capital city. My love for the Slovenian capital started when I searched for its pronunciation on YouTube. No one really knows the origin of the name Ljubljana. Some say it stands for a flooding river. Others point out the Slavic prefix “ljub-” means to love. And I… will ...

Mexico City Street

Mexico City: Life After a Devastating Earthquake

Earthquakes are sterile. You can only remember them by the year, the magnitude, and the number of deaths. Mexico City earthquake: September 2017; Magnitude 7.1; 228 deaths and thousands injured; 44 buildings collapsed and over a thousand deemed structurally unsafe. How come no one names massive earthquakes like how the hurricanes are given generic names? As ...

Dubrovnik, Croatia - Game of Thrones

Dubrovnik, Croatia: a Midsummer Affair & Unexpected Encounter

I’d never seen that shade of deep Mediterranean blue. The bus ride from the airport to the old town of Dubrovnik was as mesmerizing as it could ever be. When the silhouette of “King’s Landing” formed its shape from afar, I screamed at the top of my lungs… silently. Like most Game of Thrones fans, ...

Homecoming

A clean slate. I wiped out my entire blog after being home for a few weeks. All my travel journals from the past year, gone. Ask why I trashed the year-long documentation of new experiences and momentary feelings — I don’t exactly know, but I did so with minimal hesitation. The first two weeks being ...