What Dreams May Come – Those personal favorite moments that explicitly remind you why you went traveling in the first place.

  • Stepanakert And Never Look Back! November 16, 2018   From Tatev we turned and drove up north towards the town Goris, famous for being the home to the Settlement of old Kores, a series of previous inhabited rock caves similar to the cave homes in Cappadocia.     And thus began our final leg of our roadtrip into Nagorno-Karabakh, aka Artsakh, a disputed 8200 sq. km. territory that has been internationally ...
  • Geghrad Garni-ng All The Levon’ November 13, 2018   After a long first day in Yerevan, we turned in at around midnight and woke up 8 hours later to catch an early breakfast and get picked up by our local driver Aram, with whom we had coordinated a few days earlier to take us around the outskirts of the city.      Our first stop was an ...
  • Tokyo Away My Breath September 15, 2018  “I compared it to taking my first acid trip: Nothing was ever the same for me. I just wanted more of it. If I had to agree to live in one country, or even one city, for the rest of my life, never leaving it, I’d pick Tokyo in a second.” – Anthony Bourdain   After a ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • The Last Action Hiroshima September 7, 2018   After 2 days in Nagasaki, we headed northeast for Hiroshima, first boarding the 3:20pm Kamome 26 Train (which leaves hourly on the :20) from Nagasaki Station to Hakata.     We arrived on time into Hakata at 5:13pm, transferring to Platform 13 for the Shinkansen “Bullet Train” Nozomi 56, departing at 5:33pm heading in the direction of Tokyo.     Don’t fall asleep! The train only takes 2 stops, aka one hour ...
  • 24 Hours In Kuwait May 31, 2018 Preface — To give you an idea what my life has been like this past month: Exactly a month ago, I was the Caribbean for a 3 day weekend in Turks & Caicos Then I returned to NYC for 4 straight night shifts in the ER (getting sick with a 103ºF fever in the interim!) Then I headed to ...
  • The Drive From Christchurch To Queenstown January 13, 2018   Our 8 hour drive from Christchurch to Queenstown was pretty straightforward. But then there was all this:     We also stopped by at a local horseback riding event for a quick ice cream break on the outskirts of Queenstown.     Unfortunately, Mary rolled her ankle in a rabbit hole here which led to an ambulance coming by to ice it. Most eventful thing ...
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This Is A Crisis. – Moments where I/someone/something failed at life and it wasn’t really that funny (at least at the time).

  • The Last Action Hiroshima September 7, 2018   After 2 days in Nagasaki, we headed northeast for Hiroshima, first boarding the 3:20pm Kamome 26 Train (which leaves hourly on the :20) from Nagasaki Station to Hakata.     We arrived on time into Hakata at 5:13pm, transferring to Platform 13 for the Shinkansen “Bullet Train” Nozomi 56, departing at 5:33pm heading in the direction of Tokyo.     Don’t fall asleep! The train only takes 2 stops, aka one hour ...
  • No Typhoon Can Stop The Monsoon: Nagasaki September 6, 2018     Apparently I haven’t learned the last time we, the monsoon, flew in the middle of a typhoon. A travel miracle had saved us then, and another miracle has saved us today. A few hours ago I woke up to an email from All Nippon Airways (ANA) informing that our 3pm flight #1872 from Naha Okinawa Airport ...
  • 24 Hours In Kuwait May 31, 2018 Preface — To give you an idea what my life has been like this past month: Exactly a month ago, I was the Caribbean for a 3 day weekend in Turks & Caicos Then I returned to NYC for 4 straight night shifts in the ER (getting sick with a 103ºF fever in the interim!) Then I headed to ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • O My Gosh-avank, It’s Lake Sevan & Dilijan! November 14, 2018   Just tried real hard with punning the title just now, with special thanks to Fanny and Mihaela for the inspiration. And about last night…     Oh boy. Recovering from a night we’ll all joke and laugh about years to come (“happy birthday” Sheryl! hahahahaha, and thank you Hostel Bivuoac for not kicking us out), we somehow forced ourselves awake this ...
  • You Look So Kyoto! September 12, 2018   To preface this entry, Kyoto is more massive than I’d expected. But not the massive as in where every square foot is a temple, going as far as the eye can see like in Bagan. Rather, I was surprised how it was massive more in a dense, in-your-face, modern metropolis.     Once Japan’s former capital city, Kyoto is not ...
  • Back To Baku August 26, 2018   FYI: A more comprehensive itinerary of Baku can be found in my entry back in 2015, but this post will fill in some of the gaps I had missed last time. As well as more magic.     I was here once alone back in 2015, and now I’m back with a new crew 2 years later.      This morning ...
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Way Way Off The Beaten Path – Totally out of the box travel experiences; you won’t find these experiences in any guidebooks.

  • The Return To Yerevan November 17, 2018 After 3 days in Artsakh it was time to return home. We woke up at 9am, had breakfast and quickly packed our bags ontop of Yerish’s car, who had come just in time to drive us back to Yerevan. Instead of the southern route we took to reach Artsakh, we would return instead via the ...
  • The Last Lights On The Right: Shoushi & Agdam November 16, 2018     After a morning in Stepanakert we headed out towards the rest of the Karabakh region to explore other areas evidently affected by the recent clashes between Azerbaijan and Karabakh/Armenian forces. The first sign of the war was a tank memorial on a hill, refurbished from the shell of the first tank to oppose the Azerbaijani military ...
  • Stepanakert And Never Look Back! November 16, 2018   From Tatev we turned and drove up north towards the town Goris, famous for being the home to the Settlement of old Kores, a series of previous inhabited rock caves similar to the cave homes in Cappadocia.     And thus began our final leg of our roadtrip into Nagorno-Karabakh, aka Artsakh, a disputed 8200 sq. km. territory that has been internationally ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • Knock-Knock-Nakh-chivan On Heaven’s Door: 2 Days In Nakhchivan August 29, 2018   It’s time to shift monsooning back into higher gears — today we’re visiting Nakhchivan! A landlocked exclave separated from Azerbaijan by Armenia (or as some say, physically located within Armenia), but an otherwise autonomous region under the control of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan is similar to places like Transnistria and Kurdistan in that the region has its own elected ...
  • How I Survived (THRIVED in) Med School & Residency To Become A Doctor By Visiting 150 Countries June 30, 2018   After 4 years of college, 4 years of med school, 4 years of residency, and 150 countries under my belt, I’m finally about to graduate: No more school and helluva more travel await me. And to think I had almost failed out and got kicked out of school/residency more times I could imagine. Anyone remember Dr. ...
  • Miran With The Mostest In Mostar April 6, 2018   To be honest, prior to this trip, I did not know much about Bosnia and Herzegovina and its history aside from the fact it was part of the former Yugoslavia and had been battled by war. Thus, heading into our bus ride from Split, Croatia, I had no idea what to expect except from Calvin’s ...
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