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November, 2015

  • 23 November

    A Guide to Eating Ice Cream Internationally

    Barcelona Tourist Loving Ice Cream

    I might be considered obsessive when it comes to eating ice cream. As if there were such a thing. I’ve averaged eating ice cream at least once a day this year, and I was eating three gelatos a day in Italy. In my travels, I’ve learned that ice cream is not always ice cream. Certainly don’t confuse Italian gelato with it. Turkey might …

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  • 9 November

    Getting Lost in a Jungle in Thailand

    Lost in a Jungle in Thailand

    This is a story about how I got lost in a jungle in Thailand. It might better be called “Why You Shouldn’t Get Lost in a Jungle in Thailand!” The story begins when another blogger (Celia of TravelMarinade.com), her friend and I decided to ride a motorcycle (just one) up to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and then hike up to …

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  • 8 November

    How to Visit Cambodia from Bangkok

    Kingdom of Cambodia Entrance

    Cambodia is an interesting country. It’s not as famous as Thailand as a destination for tourists, but it still attracts several million visitors a year. Most of the country is rural and raw. In contrast, the main cities are designed around foreigners. Oddly enough, the main currency of Cambodia is the American dollar. There were definitely some things I didn’t like about Cambodia, …

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  • 4 November

    An Adventure Exploring Angkor Wat on Halloween

    Sunrise Over Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and has been on my bucket list for years. It was a no-brainer I would picket it as my destination for Halloween 2015. My day in Angkor Wat began before 5 AM. A friend and I had rented a room in a guesthouse in Siem Reap, the town closest to …

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October, 2015

  • 29 October

    What Wat Pho Massage School is Like

    Just completed my first day at the Wat Pho Massage School. I’m hooked. Not only am I very excited to add Thai massage to my repertoire of skills for helping others, the massage I received afterwards was literally Skye-shattering! Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s oldest temples and regarded as the best of the royal-grade temples in Bangkok. There you will find a 46-foot reclining Buddha, …

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  • 23 October

    Did Helsinki Just Become My Favorite City?

    Sunset in Helsinki

    All year I’ve been saying that Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world. Then I arrived in Helsinki. What the hell? Sure it’s expensive, but so is Edinburgh. Don’t worry, I’m still planning to spend a few months in Edinburgh next year. But I might be spending a month or two in Finland too. I’ve always thought of Finland …

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  • 21 October

    You Can’t Rush Perfection at Siam Wisdom

    Siam Wisdom Dining

    Recently I had the honor of being selected by Siam Wisdom for a cooking class with their lead chef. Then I had a full dinner there. Now I have a new standard for Thai food. Siam Wisdom was originally established in 2014 in a rustic wooden house built over 90 years ago. Mr. Christian Johann Jadpradit Kostner, the Iron (head) Chef, …

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  • 13 October

    How I Spent an Afternoon in a Finnish Prison (Updated)

    Finnish Prison on Suomonlinna Prison

    This is the post you’ve all been waiting for. I’ll finally answer why I was in a Finnish prison for an afternoon in Helsinki. Just to be clear, I wasn’t the prisoner. Honestly, I don’t know if I should be writing this post. I might get in trouble. But if I get sent to prison for it, I’ll be happy …

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  • 12 October

    Stockholm is One Step from Perfect

    View from Gamla Stan Island

    Why are all the most beautiful cities in the world so expensive? If it weren’t for the uber-expensive cost of living, Stockholm would be one of my favorite city in my travels. I was lucky enough to be in Stockholm for my birthday in 2015. I couldn’t have imagined a better place. Except for the costs. I mean, €10 for 100 …

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  • 6 October

    How to Visit Tallinn for a Day

    View from St Olaf's Church Tower

    Wondering where Tallinn is? Capital of Estonia. Where’s that? Across the Baltic Sea from Finland. Still lost? THAT’S WHY YOU NEED TO TRAVEL! I was not expecting to only visit Tallinn for a day, especially after deciding to slow down in my travels. I arrived after midnight to meet up with a friend from Abu Dhabi who was already there. …

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  • 5 October

    Riga is Even Better Than I Expected

    Nativity of Christ Cathedral

    Riga is a city I’d love to spend a month in. I just might do that next year. Here’s why you should too. The Old Town is truly stunning, although it only occupies less than 1% of Riga. The rest of the city is fascinating. Physically, it’s beautiful. Located along a river just off the Baltic Sea, Riga sprawls with …

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September, 2015

  • 27 September

    Why Kaunas is for Travelers, Not Tourists

    Beautiful Stream

    I was told Kaunas could be visited in a day. Sure it can. But you’ll miss a lot if you do. Spending a full week in Kaunas was definitely a highlight in my travels this year. I had no idea there would be so much to do there or how many great friends I would make. The first day was actually spent …

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  • 22 September

    A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Warsaw for 2 Days

    Old Town Castle Square

    I went to visit Warsaw for 2 days so my trip from Krakow to Kaunas could be done in two stages. I didn’t think there would be much to see. When will I learn? Learning the history of Warsaw was almost more impacting on me than Auschwitz. On September 1st, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, Warsaw had a population of …

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  • 18 September

    A Humbling Day in Auschwitz

    Fence with Warning

    I finally visited Auschwitz. What an experience. My grandfather was in the US Counterintelligence for World War II. Concentration camps are part of my family’s history. I’m not one to experience negative emotions. I very rarely get angry, upset or afraid. Four hours touring through Auschwitz Memorial Museum is enough to get to anyone, and certainly was humbling for me. …

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  • 13 September

    Who Knew Krakow Is So Beautiful?

    Krakow

    After traveling through fifteen countries in eight weeks, it was time to settle down and catch up on the blog. Originally I had planned to go to Germany after Prague, perhaps Dresden or Leipzig and then Berlin, but instead picked the cheaper and shorter journey to Krakow, Poland. I’m very glad I did. My arrival into Krakow was something beyond spectacular. I …

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