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

  • Mecca Wasn’t “Ta’if” on Us! October 14, 2021
    Ta’if About a 2 hours’ drive north of Jeddah lies Ta’if. Located within the Mecca region and one of the oldest towns in Saudi Arabia, it has been famous for its rose production and views over Mecca itself:     Along the way we stopped to say hi to the numerous baboons that live here and amongst the mountains. ...
  • You’re Going to Miss …Sardinia & Corsica October 11, 2021
      Press play. No, I really mean it. PRESS play and read the post with the music . . .   Did you press play yet? Are you hearing music playing? OK, you can keep reading then.     You’re going to miss … …the moment you were invited to come on your first Yacht Week (YW), realized how opposite it would be from a ...
  • I Want “Paler-mo” Of It! September 15, 2021
      After 2 days relaxing in the off-the-beaten-path island of Lampedusa, the gang took a direct evening flight out to Palermo, capital of Sicily, afterwards.     Founded by Phoenicians under the name of “Ziz” and later renamed by Greeks “Panormos”, which means “all port,” Palermo’s golden age was during Arab rule from 9th to 11th centuries AD when ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • I Want “Paler-mo” Of It! September 15, 2021
      After 2 days relaxing in the off-the-beaten-path island of Lampedusa, the gang took a direct evening flight out to Palermo, capital of Sicily, afterwards.     Founded by Phoenicians under the name of “Ziz” and later renamed by Greeks “Panormos”, which means “all port,” Palermo’s golden age was during Arab rule from 9th to 11th centuries AD when ...
  • “I Love Lamp”-edusa September 13, 2021
      Definitely didn’t look nearly like this 24 hours prior to taking this photo…     After a week rampaging throughout Sardinia’s coastline including a pitstop in Corsica — with a final night belonging in a 90s teen prom movie (I really can’t describe it in any other way … it was that … perfectly bittersweet) — we tried to take ...
  • Madeira About You July 14, 2021
      After 3 days in the Azores, I took the 8:10pm flight from Ponta Delgada to Funchal, arriving at 11:15pm local time.     As long as you upload a copy of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival, proof of recovery, or your vaccine card (which we did) on their travel portal madeirasafe.com, and show ...
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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).

  • I Want “Paler-mo” Of It! September 15, 2021
      After 2 days relaxing in the off-the-beaten-path island of Lampedusa, the gang took a direct evening flight out to Palermo, capital of Sicily, afterwards.     Founded by Phoenicians under the name of “Ziz” and later renamed by Greeks “Panormos”, which means “all port,” Palermo’s golden age was during Arab rule from 9th to 11th centuries AD when ...
  • “I Love Lamp”-edusa September 13, 2021
      Definitely didn’t look nearly like this 24 hours prior to taking this photo…     After a week rampaging throughout Sardinia’s coastline including a pitstop in Corsica — with a final night belonging in a 90s teen prom movie (I really can’t describe it in any other way … it was that … perfectly bittersweet) — we tried to take ...
  • 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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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • I Want “Paler-mo” Of It! September 15, 2021
      After 2 days relaxing in the off-the-beaten-path island of Lampedusa, the gang took a direct evening flight out to Palermo, capital of Sicily, afterwards.     Founded by Phoenicians under the name of “Ziz” and later renamed by Greeks “Panormos”, which means “all port,” Palermo’s golden age was during Arab rule from 9th to 11th centuries AD when ...
  • “I Love Lamp”-edusa September 13, 2021
      Definitely didn’t look nearly like this 24 hours prior to taking this photo…     After a week rampaging throughout Sardinia’s coastline including a pitstop in Corsica — with a final night belonging in a 90s teen prom movie (I really can’t describe it in any other way … it was that … perfectly bittersweet) — we tried to take ...
  • “Cagliari” Take Me Away From Florence September 1, 2021
      Another monsoon begins, and this time in Sardinia: the Italian island between where we were only 1 month ago among the Balearic Islands and the Italian peninsula. I finally got to redeem all the thousands of miles I accumulated over the year of the pandemic without using any of it; I decided to give SWISS Air’s ...
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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.

  • Santa Ana Over To Tazumal November 20, 2021
      After an early breakfast at 8am and disappointigly finding out that Joya de Ceren — the Pompeii of El Salvador — was temporarily closed for renovations, we instead set off for San Andres: a pre-Columbian site in El Salvador beginning in 900 BC and abandoned by 250 AD after the volcanic eruption of Lago Ilopango.     This site ...
  • Mecca Wasn’t “Ta’if” on Us! October 14, 2021
    Ta’if About a 2 hours’ drive north of Jeddah lies Ta’if. Located within the Mecca region and one of the oldest towns in Saudi Arabia, it has been famous for its rose production and views over Mecca itself:     Along the way we stopped to say hi to the numerous baboons that live here and amongst the mountains. ...
  • Picnic on the Edge – Jebel Fihrayn: The Edge of the World October 11, 2021
        After our first day in Riyadh with an early 6am rise and coffee, Salwa’s partner Mohammed picked us up in his car where we began our 2.5 hour drive to the Edge of the World:     Stop by for the Saudi Arabia’s distinctive black camels before you go off-roading!     Where am I?     The Edge of the World is an ...
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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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