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

  • 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 ...
  • Budapest By Night August 30, 2017 This trip began with the Danube River and it’s only fitting that we end with it. After nearly 3 weeks traveling through The Balkans, arriving for a night in Budapest was like waking up from a long wistful slumber and descending into another. Far from the dreary summer heat and empty streets of Tirana at night, ...
  • Ohrid: “City Of Light” / The Jewel Of The Balkans August 26, 2017 Press play. And then start reading.     Not all fails are permanent. Last night in Skopje Alfred and Ted was kind enough to go back and check if my card was still in the ATM machine, and a passer-by informed them of a safety feature where the ATM automatically eats up the card for safekeeping if it is not withdrawn within 40 seconds ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • 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 ...
  • Scoping Out Skopje August 24, 2017   After a quick stop at Gracanica yesterday, we got our 10 tickets (for 5 euros each) at the Pristina Bus Station for the 2 hour bus ride to Skopje.     We got on a 3pm bus, which reached the Kosovo/Macedonian border at around 4:30pm.  A Kosovo border guard comes onboard to collect your passports, stamp you out and then the ...
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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).

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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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.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tirana Kenopsia August 27, 2017 kenopsia n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent ...
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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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