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

  • Human Geographies of Conflict and Renewal, Lessons from the Old Continent January 29, 2018 I embarked on a journey this past August that would take me through a diverse set of nations, cultures, and landscapes in Europe. The heart of this trip was a segment in Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro. Holland and Hungary were other destinations along the way. It had been over a decade since I’d been in ...
  • Who Jumps Out Of A Perfectly Good Airplane? January 16, 2018 2 videos of what just happened this morning:    But I prefer this edit better (thanks to Rachel Xu for mixing it up):   I couldn’t ask for a better way to put a dot on the exclamation point to summarize an entire trip in our final hours together. Yes I got only 4 hours of sleep the past 2 nights. Yes I felt ...
  • Milford Sound By Land, Sea, & Air January 15, 2018   My favorite desktop background just got served:   This morning we groggily woke up at 8am to catch our 8:30am Kiwi Experience Bus for our daytrip to Milford Sound. Luckily our bus picked us up from our (Nomad’s) hostel’s front door so we didn’t have to rush too hard despite sleeping in way too late last night. The 4-5 ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • 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 ...
  • It Must Be Aliens: Uluru January 6, 2018   Today, we flew a helicopter:   After spending 3 spirited days in the wettest part of Australia (Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef), the group got up early at 4:30am to catch our 6:50am flight to what probably is the driest part of Australia: Uluru.     The 3 hour flight from Cairns to Uluru was uneventful as we landed at ...
  • Chiseled Chisinau November 10, 2017   One more weekend off, one more monsoon. I’ve always wanted to come to Moldova & Transnistra for a few reasons: Former Romanian-turned-USSR enclave rebuilt by Kruschev and thus currently one of the last few capital cities other than Minsk and Pyongyang to feature Soviet-style architecture as part of everyday life. Breakaway/renegade self-proclaimed separatist region of Transnistra is one of 4 non-UN ...
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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).

  • Essentially, The Odyssey…To Ljubljana October 20, 2017   “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck Everything seemed like it was going according to plan. After all, I had a minor scare 6 days ago when I nearly missed my flight from JFK to Paris and then again on the way home 4 ...
  • From The Top of Paris October 14, 2017 3 months ago, I started studying for my final medical licensing exam – the USMLE Step 3 – on a budget 4-day trip to the Caribbean Islands, which began in the French territory of Saint Martin’s. I’m now celebrating the conclusion of my marathon 17 hour, 2-day long exam by taking a 2-day weekend trip ...
  • Berated By Berat August 28, 2017   On the right bank of the river Osum lies Berat, Albania’s Town Of A Thousand Windows, where we as a group this morning collectively decided to visit as a daytrip from Tirana. But instead of trying to find and take the morning public bus for 400 leks, we instead rented 2 cars for 45 euros per car from the ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • Make Auckland Awkward Again January 8, 2018   Taking off from Sydney at 9:55am, we arrived in Auckland 3 hours later at 4pm (local time) via a direct Jet Star flight. All of us waited an obscene amount of time (~1 hour) in customs before being set free. You’ve been warned.     The first order of business: check-in at our hostel, kidnap a German/Sri Lankan ...
  • 2 Hours In Melbourne January 6, 2018   After an overnight stay at Uluru, the group hopped on an 11am flight to our 5 hour layover in Melbourne before returning to Sydney. A weird setup faced us for our onward flights to Sydney:  – 7 of us needed to switch airports during our layover from MEL (Tullamarine) to AVV (Avalon), which is an hour outside of Melbourne ...
  • A New Year’s Sydney Serendipity December 31, 2017   Happy New Year from The Monsoon Diaries!     FYI, this entry almost never happened —  organizing affordable accommodations for a group during New Year’s Eve in Sydney has been no joke the past 6 months. Most of the affordable properties in Sydney’s city center require a 3 night minimum stay with a minimum of a $100/night charge ...
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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.

  • Who Jumps Out Of A Perfectly Good Airplane? January 16, 2018 2 videos of what just happened this morning:    But I prefer this edit better (thanks to Rachel Xu for mixing it up):   I couldn’t ask for a better way to put a dot on the exclamation point to summarize an entire trip in our final hours together. Yes I got only 4 hours of sleep the past 2 nights. Yes I felt ...
  • Christchurch: Remnants From An Earthquake January 12, 2018 After an 8 hour drive from Picton and checking into our lodgings at Dorset House, we freshened up for a few minutes before heading back out for dinner at Shanghai Street Dumplings a few miles away. It was much needed meal after a drive that could’ve been 3 hours shorter if it weren’t for natural disasters like ...
  • It Must Be Aliens: Uluru January 6, 2018   Today, we flew a helicopter:   After spending 3 spirited days in the wettest part of Australia (Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef), the group got up early at 4:30am to catch our 6:50am flight to what probably is the driest part of Australia: Uluru.     The 3 hour flight from Cairns to Uluru was uneventful as we landed at ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • It Must Be Aliens: Uluru January 6, 2018   Today, we flew a helicopter:   After spending 3 spirited days in the wettest part of Australia (Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef), the group got up early at 4:30am to catch our 6:50am flight to what probably is the driest part of Australia: Uluru.     The 3 hour flight from Cairns to Uluru was uneventful as we landed at ...
  • Angsty Anguilla July 20, 2017   Ever have the most random parts of your distant past come up when you least expect it? Or when a feeling of déjà vu actually becomes verified by a very real memory? This just happened in Anguilla. So after a whirlwind morning in Saba (which already feels like yesterday, but that was actually Saint Barthélemy)  that began with an ...
  • Trakai Tribulations August 23, 2015   Today we had a late morning once again, with some of us checking out flea markets and wrapping up the last Vilnius’ old town. At 2:30pm we left for the bus station (a 10min walk away) for the 20min bus for Trakai.     This is where things got testy. When we asked to buy tickets (1.70 euros) for ...
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