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

  • How I Survived (THRIVED in) Med School & Residency To Become A Doctor By Visiting 150 Countries June 30, 2018   After 9 years of elementary school, 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, 2 years off, 4 years of med school, and 4 years of residency all while working on other jobs in the meantime, I’m finally about to graduate. No more school. Anyone remember Dr. Greene’s last shift on the show ER? The scene ...
  • Muscat Mallrats June 3, 2018   After 24 hours in Kuwait, Ann, Mihaela and I boarded our 9:05pm Oman Air flight for Muscat, landing at around 12:15am. Muscat’s new international airport is really really nice.     The current fee for an Omani tourist visa on arrival is 20 Omani Rials (OMR), which you can quickly pay at a desk next to passport control with a ...
  • Building A Brand: 2018 Logo Reveal May 29, 2018   A little less than 8 years ago when this little blog called The Monsoon Diaries was first being developed, a concept of a backpacker with his pet llama was put together as our temporary logo by my college friend Brian Foo as he was designing the first version of our site:     The title “The Monsoon Diaries” was ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • 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 ...
  • 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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This Is A Crisis. – Moments where I/someone/something failed at life and it wasn’t really that funny (at least at the time).

  • 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 ...
  • Viva Vienna March 27, 2018 Yes, I’ve been to Vienna just so so many times. But I’m glad this time it would be through the eyes of a local and my friend Daniela. After a wonderful day in Bratislava, Keseena, Maria, Daniela and I turned in at a reasonable hour, getting somewhat a full night’s rest before we spent a lazy morning taking advantage of ...
  • 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 ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • 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 ...
  • Erbil: So I’m In Iraq May 6, 2018   A “helpful” friend sent me this last night, reposted from the Iraq Travel Advisory on the US Department of State website, updated January 10, 2018:   Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict   U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and ...
  • Lovely Little Linz March 28, 2018 I can’t really explain why my life has been so full of coincidences, (and no it’s not because it would “make sense” that extroverts would have an easier time running into other extroverts…my coincidences include the most skeptical of introverts as well!) but these events have been happening at such an alarmingly high rate ever since my fated ...
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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.

  • Wa Wa Nizwa! June 3, 2018   After overnight camping at Wahiba Sands and leaving at 8am, we drove north up to Nizwa, arriving at around 11am.     The main sight and reason to come to Nizwa is for its fort, built in the 1650s by the second Ya’rub and was the administrative seat for the presiding imams at the time. It also served as a stronghold ...
  • A Return To Haiti: Project Medishare & Hospital Bernard Mevs May 28, 2018   I fondly remember 5 years ago when I came to Haiti with 4 other monsooners as we backpacked up from the capital city of Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitien and gazed out from one of the most beautiful fortresses of colonial America.     I had a great crew to travel with back then.     And I have a great crew with me ...
  • Mosul, Iraq: Life Finds A Way May 9, 2018 Our drive this morning into Mosul, Iraq:     DISCLAIMER: Mosul is NOT a destination recommended by us at The Monsoon Diaries or any of our travel partners at Young Pioneer Tours or Kurdistan Iraq Tours. It is NOT part of any official travel itinerary for these companies. Unless you have made adequate arrangements, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO WHAT ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • How I Survived (THRIVED in) Med School & Residency To Become A Doctor By Visiting 150 Countries June 30, 2018   After 9 years of elementary school, 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, 2 years off, 4 years of med school, and 4 years of residency all while working on other jobs in the meantime, I’m finally about to graduate. No more school. Anyone remember Dr. Greene’s last shift on the show ER? The scene ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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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