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

  • Munich By Night November 12, 2017 One year ago at a Thanksgiving Dinner I was hosting at my place, one of my monsooners from my 2016 Southern Africa trip and the 2017 Trans-Mongolian + Tibet trip, JC, brought over his new roommate Stephanie. She had just moved into NYC from her hometown of Munich and within a few months we would ...
  • The Postojna Caves: 24,000m Of Awesome October 21, 2017 What we just did today:     After a morning in Lake Bled and an early afternoon at Predjama Castle, it was finally time for the big finale of our day: The Postojna Caves. Spanning 24,340m long and carved by the Pivka River over the course of 2-3 million years, this impressive cave system houses the world’s only ...
  • Friend Don’t Let Friends Move To Jersey October 15, 2017   No not that Jersey. I mean Jersey…the larger of the 2 Bailiwicks/Islands that make up The Channel Islands? The self-governing Crown dependency in the Commonwealth? No? It can get pretty confusing, so let me explain: There are 2 main autonomous islands/bailiwicks located in the English Channel between the UK and France named Jersey and Guernsey. Jersey is the larger ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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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.

  • Munich By Night November 12, 2017 One year ago at a Thanksgiving Dinner I was hosting at my place, one of my monsooners from my 2016 Southern Africa trip and the 2017 Trans-Mongolian + Tibet trip, JC, brought over his new roommate Stephanie. She had just moved into NYC from her hometown of Munich and within a few months we would ...
  • 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 ...
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Belgrade… October 23, 2017   Normally I wouldn’t care too much about an overnight layover on a return flight home, but this one’s special. After dropping off our rental car at Ljubljana’s Airport and boarding our 8:40pm flight to Belgrade, we would plan for an 9-10 hour overnight layover to catch a morning 7:10am flight to Milan before a final return ...
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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.

  • Let’s Do The Tiraspol Transnistrian Time Warp Again November 11, 2017 See those dotted lines around Tiraspol on the map above? That means something. Sandwiched in between Moldova and Ukraine lies a breakaway/renegade self-proclaimed separatist region officially known as Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic or Transnistria autonomous territorial unit with special legal status, but most travelers know it famously as Transnistra.  Since the War of Transnistria in 1992 and its subsequent ceasefire agreement with Moldova, it ...
  • 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 ...
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Belgrade… October 23, 2017   Normally I wouldn’t care too much about an overnight layover on a return flight home, but this one’s special. After dropping off our rental car at Ljubljana’s Airport and boarding our 8:40pm flight to Belgrade, we would plan for an 9-10 hour overnight layover to catch a morning 7:10am flight to Milan before a final return ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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