Category Archive: Travel

A View From the Top: Sugarloaf Mountain

  I love bread. I love bread like a squirrel loves nuts. I also love sugar. In all its forms. So it’s only natural I’d also love a place called Pão de Açúcar –… Continue reading

Sunset in Rio: Pedra do Arpoador

  In Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian sun sets over sand, surf, and skyline in spectacular fashion. Situated on the beach that straddles Copacabana and Ipanema, Pedra do Arpoador, or Harpoonist’s Rock, provides a craggy perch from… Continue reading

Iguazú Iguaçu

  The sound of rushing water, cascading carelessly down steep cliffs, resonates around the national reserve. The water gushes with such potency that you can feel a persistent mist surrounding you, carried by friendly breezes from hundreds… Continue reading

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve fallen in love with more cities than I have fingers to count with. But with only a handful of those cities was there a feeling of that instantaneous movie moment with blurred… Continue reading

Feria de San Telmo

If you’re ever in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, you might consider enjoying the “good air” and making your way over to a lively outdoor market in San Telmo. Part art fair and… Continue reading

Foodcation: Buenos Aires, Argentina

What comes to mind when you hear “Buenos Aires”? Tango or Evita, perhaps? Wine? Steak? Dulce de leche? You may have made many of these associations, though I suspect your preferred search engine is… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Cementerio de la Recoleta

  On a gray day in Buenos Aires, we find ourselves exploring an elaborate stone city in search of a crypt – that of la familia Duarte. Why, you ask? Duarte was the family name of… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Exploring the city of Buenos Aires in far-off Argentina, our fearless heroine discovered an enchanted place called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Paperback and hardcover, glossy and matte, histories and romances, genres galore, the booklovers’ haven… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Casa Rosada

  At the edge of Plaza de Mayo sits the seat of the Argentine government. In a distinct shade of pink. Don’t cry for me, Argenti-naaahhh. No seriously, don’t. Because I’m having such… Continue reading

Long Layovers: Miami, Florida

10 hours in Miami. That’s all we have. Or is it enough? The moment we land, it feels like a leisurely episode of The Amazing Race. A quick jaunt through the Fort Lauderdale… Continue reading

Foodcation: Portland, Oregon

They say if you live in Portland, you need three things: a bike, a dog, or a tattoo; if you have all three, you’re the epitome of cool. I think there’s an unspoken quality… Continue reading

Winery Wandering: V. Sattui

  Ah, V. Sattui, a friendly welcome to Napa on a crisp Saturday morning. There’s an interesting contrast between this time of year and the summer, when the grounds are crowded with winery-goers befriending… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Jump Shots

If you have travel buddies who love jump shots, raise your hand! I think at least half of us just raised a hand…maybe both hands. I’m already looking forward to longer, sunnier days… Continue reading

Long Layovers: Nagoya, Japan

Long ago, when airlines still provided hotel and transportation for passengers on overnight layovers (i.e. airfare included accommodation by default, and not because of a flight delay), I occasionally found myself observing polite bus drivers… Continue reading

Airport Curiosities

A Swarovski tree. Airport aquariums. Language Delay. Humorous, peculiar, frustrating, memorable – most everyone who has ever flown has a tale or two (or several) from the airport. For instance, despite how much… Continue reading

Long Layovers: São Paulo, Brazil

Anthony Bourdain will tell you this: Head to Mercado Municipal first and have a mortadella sandwich. Or, at least, he’ll tell the camera on an episode of “The Layover.” Which is exactly why… Continue reading

São Paulo: Beco do Batman

  Yes, you read that title right. Beco do Batman. Batman’s Alley. Don’t believe me? Check out the street sign.     The “alley,” aptly situated in São Paulo’s artsy Vila Madalena neighborhood, doesn’t… Continue reading

Lima, Peru

Have you ever heard that familiarity breeds liking? It’s normally in reference to interpersonal relations, but I think it could be said of most anything, including places. Lima is one of those cities… Continue reading

Machu Picchu

Quick Recap: In the previous post, we hopped of the train at a station-less KM 104 to hike a part of the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. It felt like we’d gone rogue.… Continue reading

Cusco and the (Short) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

“Machu Picchu, here we come!” How hard can it be, right? I mean, we’re already in Peru. Now we just have to hop a flight from Lima to Cusco….     Whoa, Nelly!… Continue reading

Aventine Hill, Rome

Rome is a city of hills. One hill affords you sweeping views of the The Eternal City, while another provides archeological insights from the excavations of lavish bath houses. Yet another hill holds… Continue reading

Hope lives in Pompeii, Italy

In the southern Italian region of Campania, the remnants of an ancient city yet stand. Withstanding the direct path of destruction during the tragic Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79AD, its ruins continue to provide… Continue reading

Casa Córdoba

A water fountain, with its subtle, merry gurgle, welcomes you into an intimate courtyard. Brilliant tables and the cheerful shades of hand-painted flourishes brighten the outdoor alcove on even the cloudiest of days. Quaint,… Continue reading

Travel Talk: Kala Maxym

They say that travel changes you. It opens you up to new tastes, perspectives, societal norms. You might leave to sightsee, but you come back with a newfound sense of wonder and an… Continue reading

Travel Talk: Brendan Burns

Do you ever wonder what shapes a traveler? The stories may vary, but common themes surface: exposure to travel, cultural exchange, and awe-inspiring sights are among frequently recurring experiences. Exploring this curiosity, I… Continue reading

Speaking of Another Language…

There is ample evidence that in a bilingual’s brain both language systems are active even when he is using only one language, thus creating situations in which one system obstructs the other.” –… Continue reading

On the Subject of Language

  What is it about language that affects your perception of a people? In regaling others with tales of foreign lands, you find yourself pronouncing certain foods and locales with accents, often without consciously… Continue reading

The Incidental Roman Affair, Part III: Rome at Night

At night, Rome sizzles with a subtly sensuous sheen. As tourists retire to their luxury suites and their budget hostels, as shops lock their doors and street vendors return home, the city’s historic center –its Centro Storico– eases away… Continue reading

The Incidental Roman Affair, Part II: Dinner Date?

I guess you could say it started with a kiss – a Perugina Bacio, that is. Shortly after introducing me to delectable hazelnut chocolates with love notes, Nicolò goes off to work, and I proceed… Continue reading

The Incidental Roman Affair, Part I: Gelato e Baci

It’s a pleasantly crisp February morning as the sun shines brightly over Piazza del Risorgimento. Mischievous gusts of wind whip through narrow, cobbled streets as The Eternal City relishes a leisurely start to another wonderfully… Continue reading

Winery Wandering: Castello di Amorosa

    Italian Cyprus and olive trees line the winding driveway to a 13th century castello and every curve you pass on the gentle climb up affords a wider panorama of green expanse. A pale,… Continue reading

Winery Wandering: Sterling Vineyards

  Beyond Napa, the cool air of wine country breezes through Calistoga, sitting pretty in the northern hills of California’s Napa Valley. Here, we find the likes of renowned Schramsberg, lesser-known Castello di… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Big

Cleaning out some files on my computer, I stumble on photos with a recurring theme: BIG. So without further a-do, here we go. America, represent! A giant NASA astronaut and a giant fluffball… Continue reading

NASA: Kennedy Space Center

“Space: the final frontier.” Ok, so this isn’t an episode of Star Trek, but it is still about dreams of lunar landscapes and Martian colonies, of boldly going where no man has gone… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Perspective

Spatial relationships are a funny thing. Look at something from directly above or dead center. Now look at it from down low, up high, or off to the side, and you’ve instantly got… Continue reading

Washington, DC

Washington, DC. The Nation’s Capital. The Federal City. The American Rome (Don’t ask; I didn’t make up the nickname). Where, during your short workout, your hotel might have suddenly been overrun with Secret Service… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Bling at the Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum/research foundation in the world, welcomes 30 million museum-goers each year. Given the staggering numbers, it’s amazing its museums remain largely free. Not only are they conveniently gratis,… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Wonder at The Renwick

  This reminds me of a Taylor Swift song. “Are we out of the woods yet?” Or perhaps we’re heading Into the Woods of a whimsical movie set.   Inside a fashionable, yet… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Library of Congress

Are we in the United States, or in Europe? The façade of this building makes me do a double take for a second. Just a split-second.     In this split-second, the façade… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Capitol Building & Botanic Gardens

Is that the Capitol Building? Oh let’s do pay a visit. We are, after all, in the nation’s capital; it’s only appropriate we see where legislation is passed, and where transformative history has… Continue reading