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

  • You’re Going To Miss…The Trans-Mongolian & Tibet January 21, 2017 Press play. And then start reading.     “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin You’re going to miss the trepidation of landing in a foreign country, for which visas you’ve worked so hard to get now finally proving their worth, then searching for foreign cab drivers without knowing where to even begin ...
  • “The Other Most Beautiful Drive In The World”: From Lhasa To Shigatse January 15, 2017   I’ve been on many beautiful drives before, most notably from Argentina to Chile, and the drive from Srinagar to Leh but today’s from Lhasa to Shigatse is now climbing the charts, and we’re still on the road. We set out from Lhasa this morning at 9am, stopping by at the following vistas within the first few hours:     Eventually after ...
  • Paradise Lost In Lhasa January 14, 2017   Despite getting my first 8+ hour night of sleep in probably over a week, I nevertheless woke up with symptoms of acute mountain sickness (a slight fever, headache, dry mouth, not unlike a hangover). So I doubled up on my Diamox from 125mg to 250mg twice a day accompanied by 600mg of Ibuprofen. Along with a little ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • Finishing The Trans-Mongolian: Beijing, China January 11, 2017   After yesterday’s shenanigans on 2 trains, we slept in for about 3-4 hours before having to wake up for a 7:10am arrival at Beijing Railway station, thus sadly concluding our Trans-Mongolian Railway journey.     After picking up our night train tickets at the ticket office, dropping off our bags at left luggage, and grabbing breakfast at the nearby Kung Fu ...
  • New Year’s Eve At Saint Petersburg And The Hermitage December 31, 2016   I’ve been to nearly every single ex-Soviet state except for the mother of them all: Russia. That changes today.     And it wasn’t easy getting here. Recalling my first monsoon trip to Egypt, I also once again answered the call for emergency services personnel onboard my flight out of NYC, but this time actually as a doctor instead of ...
  • pLOVEdiv November 13, 2016   It’s been a wonderful day in Plovdiv; we’ve been gallivanting about the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe (dating as far back as 6,000 BC!) without a care in the world. After staying up until 3am last night in Sofía trying to (they never played our song!) karaoke with the locals at Versus, we all passed out for ...
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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).

  • Finishing The Trans-Mongolian: Beijing, China January 11, 2017   After yesterday’s shenanigans on 2 trains, we slept in for about 3-4 hours before having to wake up for a 7:10am arrival at Beijing Railway station, thus sadly concluding our Trans-Mongolian Railway journey.     After picking up our night train tickets at the ticket office, dropping off our bags at left luggage, and grabbing breakfast at the nearby Kung Fu ...
  • Crossing From Mongolia To China By Train January 10, 2017   After a bit of too much drinking on the train last night and sleeping in at around 2am, we woke up at 9am for the border crossing from Mongolia into China at Zamin Uud.     Although it was a lot less serious than the crossing between Russia and Mongolia, the process was similar: train attendants gave us simple custom forms ...
  • From Russia (To Mongolia) With Love On The Trans-Mongolian January 7, 2017   This morning we woke up early for our 7am pickup for Train #004 from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar departing at 8:12am.     And there our train stood waiting for us, emerging from the hazy mist of an early morning fog as if out of a dream — this is where the Trans-Mongolian Railway diverges from the main Trans-Siberian. A travel goal and dream finally ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • Through The Gobi Desert From Erlian To Hohhot January 10, 2017 After a quick and yet harrowing stopover in Erlian at the border between Mongolia and China, we spent the next 8 hours on the train passing the time by mostly eating, talking, looking out the window into the Gobi desert, and in depth soul-crushing philosophy.     The sun sets early in the winter at around 5pm:     We arrived in Hohhot ...
  • Moscow On The Metro & The World’s 18th Best Restaurant January 4, 2017   We started our day with a splendid brunch at Grabni, a cafeteria style restaurant where you self-serve from so many offerings that it’ll make you dizzy. Everybody loved the french fries:     Don’t mind the random pony here and there.     We then headed to Sanduny Bathhouse, Moscow’s oldest and most frequented local bathhouse/sauna, where for top class and around $45 USD we ...
  • No Reservations In Sofía, Bulgaria November 12, 2016 After the recent US elections and the shitshow that happened, all of us needed a little break. So we went to Bulgaria. (FYI, if you’re flying on the Alitalia/Bulgaria Air codeshare combo from the USA to Sofía, be prepared to endure the check-in process twice: Once before your flight to Rome, and another time — quite maddeningly ...
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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.

  • Shouting “Shigatse!” At The Roof Of The World; From Tibet To USA Via First/Business Class January 17, 2017 Cover photo credit: JC Chan     Although the photos near the bottom are of Lhasa at night, it would be a shame to not mention Shigatse in the brief few hours we were there.     Located 3860m (12,660 feet) above sea level where the oxygen content is 67% of that at sea level, Shigatse is the second largest city ...
  • “The Other Most Beautiful Drive In The World”: From Lhasa To Shigatse January 15, 2017   I’ve been on many beautiful drives before, most notably from Argentina to Chile, and the drive from Srinagar to Leh but today’s from Lhasa to Shigatse is now climbing the charts, and we’re still on the road. We set out from Lhasa this morning at 9am, stopping by at the following vistas within the first few hours:     Eventually after ...
  • The Journey To Tibet January 13, 2017   Struggling with 3 consecutive nights of 5 hours of sleep each night, we all got up again at a ridiculous 5:15am to catch a 5:30am car service to take us to the airport for a 7:40am direct flight from Xi’an to Lhasa. The Xi’an airport was unexpectedly crowded, so I would advise arriving an hour or ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • 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 ...
  • From Tallinn To Riga By Bus August 19, 2015   After welcoming Josh last night to our gang of 15 as our better-late-than-never monsooner with late night drinks and showing off our shooting range videos, we headed out this morning to explore the local markets north of Tallinn’s Old Town. This is a large area right by the train station. While nobody here speaks a lick of ...
  • Escaping The Typhoon December 7, 2014   We’re not in the clear yet, so keep your fingers crossed until we reach Bali. And even then, I’m not sure if typhoons affecting even a single country may spread to the entire Southeast Asia region. For more drama, read on… On our third and final day of island hopping, we started off our morning with a ...
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