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

  • “Varosha” Upon A Star: The Best exCYPRIOTnces Are Those You Least Expect June 12, 2021
        Despite a successful border crossing attempt via the Ledra Pedestrian Street UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia from the southern side to the northern side of Cyprus without any of the required materials 3 days ago, it seems that the border guards at northern side of the vehicular crossing at Deryneia had done their homework.     When we ...
  • The Big “Sur’ved” August 23, 2020
      “Something, someone, some spirit was pursuing all of us across the desert of life and was bound to catch us before we reached heaven. Naturally, now that I look back on it, this is only death: death will overtake us before heaven. The one thing that we yearn for in our living days, that makes us sigh and groan ...
  • Falling Into Jackson Hole August 13, 2020
      “I was having a wonderful time and the whole world opened up before me because I had no dreams”   I’ve long associated the term “Jackson Hole” with the longtime local burger joint my dad used to take me to in NYC. I never knew it was named after an actual real place I’d ever set foot ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • “Varosha” Upon A Star: The Best exCYPRIOTnces Are Those You Least Expect June 12, 2021
        Despite a successful border crossing attempt via the Ledra Pedestrian Street UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia from the southern side to the northern side of Cyprus without any of the required materials 3 days ago, it seems that the border guards at northern side of the vehicular crossing at Deryneia had done their homework.     When we ...
  • I’ll “Nicosia” Later! June 9, 2021
      After our 2 days in Larnaca, we embarked for the world’s last divided capital city (since the fall of the Berlin Wall) of Nicosia:     The most southeastern reach of any of the European Union’s capital cities, Nicosia has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years and has remained the capital of the island since the 10th century.     In ...
  • Love In The Time Of Corona/COVID-19 — The Cassandra Complex July 22, 2020
    The Cassandra Complex – the phenomenon from Ancient Greek mythology when one’s valid warnings or concerns are disbelieved by others. We’re now literally living it.     Despite having endured a crisis so visceral in NYC (or Italy, Wuhan, etc.) 4-5 months ago, and being grateful to have received enough international attention that we even felt hopeful that what we ...
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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).

  • Love In The Time Of Corona/COVID-19 — The Cassandra Complex July 22, 2020
    The Cassandra Complex – the phenomenon from Ancient Greek mythology when one’s valid warnings or concerns are disbelieved by others. We’re now literally living it.     Despite having endured a crisis so visceral in NYC (or Italy, Wuhan, etc.) 4-5 months ago, and being grateful to have received enough international attention that we even felt hopeful that what we ...
  • Love In The Time Of Corona/COVID-19 — Lockdowns & Phase Two June 24, 2020
      Phase 2 of our reopening has begun, and with our infection rates continuing to decline here in NYC, the irony is not lost on me that profound changes happened to us even when we were trapped in stasis. During the past 3 months since March 20th — the country’s longest — I didn’t lament just the ...
  • Love In the Time of Corona/COVID-19 — Going On Offense May 14, 2020
    PSA: It’s time to play offense on COVID-19   About 9 weeks ago I had written how in the middle of the tsunami of the first wave, the safest assumption (with the relative little information we had) at the time was that one should come to the ER only if they had a life and limb threatening ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • They Put A Monsooner On The Moon — The White Desert Of Egypt December 7, 2019
      Once in a while, I’m blessed to write up and release a blogpost that will stand the test of time in my memories.     This is one of those posts.     The irony of today rests in the fact that after a decade visiting 180 countries and territories, that it would take me returning to my first ever country ...
  • Announcing Our Inaugural Social Media Manager: DIANA KLATT, MPH October 10, 2019
    After 2 months deliberating over an incredibly competitive applicant pool on the eve of our upcoming 10 year anniversary trip to Egypt next month, I have the unique pleasure to finally announce our inaugural social media manager for The Monsoon Diaries: DIANA KLATT, MPH (@klattalyst). Global health epidemiologist, project manager for HealthRight International, creative director for ...
  • Rwanada Forever! July 2, 2019
      After a week in Afghanistan and a sobering day in Kabul, it’s definitely time to get out of harm’s way and return home. There’s no need to exacerbate the situation by lingering during what will be another tense period in Kabul. On our way back, Evan and I decided to spend 3 days in Rwanda as one ...
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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.

  • “Varosha” Upon A Star: The Best exCYPRIOTnces Are Those You Least Expect June 12, 2021
        Despite a successful border crossing attempt via the Ledra Pedestrian Street UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia from the southern side to the northern side of Cyprus without any of the required materials 3 days ago, it seems that the border guards at northern side of the vehicular crossing at Deryneia had done their homework.     When we ...
  • I’m At A “Paphos,” Tryin’ To Call Home: From Nicosia through Akotiri to Paphos June 10, 2021
      We took on nearly all of South Cyprus today, beginning with a 45 minute drive out south from Nicosia to the beautiful boardwalks of Limassol and its eponymous castle.     After a quick bite at Pier One, we drove 20 minutes onwards into the British owned autonomous area of Akotiri: one half of the Sovereign Base Areas of ...
  • I’ll “Nicosia” Later! June 9, 2021
      After our 2 days in Larnaca, we embarked for the world’s last divided capital city (since the fall of the Berlin Wall) of Nicosia:     The most southeastern reach of any of the European Union’s capital cities, Nicosia has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years and has remained the capital of the island since the 10th century.     In ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • Love In The Time Of COVID-19: The Flu Shot September 15, 2020
    TLDR PSA (look how serious I am); Get the flu shot. While getting the shot may not entirely prevent you from catching flu, it’ll still dramatically decrease your chances of accidentally infecting or killing others (like grandma), or ironically dying from flu yourself. Before COVID-19, patients with flu symptoms would overwhelm ERs every year, all infecting one ...
  • Knock-Knock-Nakh-chivan On Heaven’s Door: 2 Days In Nakhchivan August 29, 2018
      It’s time to shift monsooning back into higher gears — today we’re visiting Nakhchivan! A landlocked exclave separated from Azerbaijan by Armenia (or as some say, physically located within Armenia), but an otherwise autonomous region under the control of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan is similar to exclaves like Alaska (thanks Alan Sedgwick!) and on a level less ...
  • How I Visited 150 Countries During Med School+Residency & Still Became a Doctor June 30, 2018
    June 23, 2018 6:46pm: Counting down the last 14 minutes in my last shift of residency and the rest of my life. 6:47pm: In 13 minutes I am about to graduate as an attending physician.   It’s remarkable to look back and realize all it took was losing a bet to get here. 4 years of college, 4 years of med ...
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