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

  • From Kotor To Podgorica: Montenegro In A Day August 19, 2017     The road from Kotor to Podgorica can take you through all of Montenegro’s history in a day. What normally is a 2 hour bus ride, we opted instead for a hostel to hostel transfer arranged by Montenegro Hostel where it would take us to all the historical sights in the country in 5 hours. Because Alfred started ...
  • Kounting On Kotor August 19, 2017   Reeling from last night’s epic outing at Club Revel in Dubrovnik, the group didn’t let shame and a polite hangover from exploring their city on their own while I stuck behind at the hostel catching up on some studying (still in residency y’know).     At around 2:30pm we returned to our hostel and hailed 4 cabs back to the ...
  • Mostar With The Mostest August 16, 2017   After a sobering day in Sarajevo and recovering from a night of mayem, we woke up at 10am to catch an 11:30am Autoprevoz bus to Mostar.     The bus ride went pretty smoothly although I felt bad for the other folks who couldn’t get a seat because of our group (so get there early!). And this was ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • Tuned Into Tunis, The Ramadan Edition May 31, 2017   This morning was time to say goodbye to Malta.     ,,,And hello to Tunisia! Except for myself and Samin, this is everyone’s first time in Africa!     The recent travel warnings in Tunisia have been minimal at best, but due to the scores of tourists that were killed in Tunisia, both here in Tunis and at the resort in Sousse 2 years ...
  • 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 ...
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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).

  • A Rose For Sarajevo August 15, 2017   Press play. And then start reading.     A Sarajevo Rose is a concrete scar caused by a mortar shell’s explosion that was later filled with red resin. Mortar rounds landing on concrete create a unique fragmentation pattern that looks almost floral in arrangement. Because Sarajevo was a site of intense urban warfare and suffered thousands of shell ...
  • Tuned Into Tunis, The Ramadan Edition May 31, 2017   This morning was time to say goodbye to Malta.     ,,,And hello to Tunisia! Except for myself and Samin, this is everyone’s first time in Africa!     The recent travel warnings in Tunisia have been minimal at best, but due to the scores of tourists that were killed in Tunisia, both here in Tunis and at the resort in Sousse 2 years ...
  • 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 ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • A Rose For Sarajevo August 15, 2017   Press play. And then start reading.     A Sarajevo Rose is a concrete scar caused by a mortar shell’s explosion that was later filled with red resin. Mortar rounds landing on concrete create a unique fragmentation pattern that looks almost floral in arrangement. Because Sarajevo was a site of intense urban warfare and suffered thousands of shell ...
  • Beyond Belgrade August 13, 2017 I was debating whether to do an extra post on Belgrade as we saw everything required in the city center yesterday, thunderstorms be damned. But then I realized there were a few other things in its outskirts that were worth mentioning. We woke up to a late morning, walking 15 minutes south of the city center ...
  • Serendipity In Philipsburg, Sint Maarten July 20, 2017  
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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.

  • Pretty As Peja August 21, 2017 This photo I found 2 years ago on Google is the reason why I came to Peja:     And today, I get to do my version:     Just like how a photo of Halong Bay would get me to start my first monsoon, the former photo that I found on Google Images can lead to a whole journey just to see it ...
  • The Pilgrimage To Mount Ostrog Monastery August 20, 2017 As 6 of us head back home after completing week 1 together, the 10 of us remaining headed out at 8am for a 4 hour pilgrimage to Mount Ostrog Monastery, a Serbian Orthodox Church dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški), and that has been built within the Ostroška Greda rock formation.     Had we more ...
  • From Kotor To Podgorica: Montenegro In A Day August 19, 2017     The road from Kotor to Podgorica can take you through all of Montenegro’s history in a day. What normally is a 2 hour bus ride, we opted instead for a hostel to hostel transfer arranged by Montenegro Hostel where it would take us to all the historical sights in the country in 5 hours. Because Alfred started ...
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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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