December 3, 2013
I had a good night sleep. The roosters certainly made for a solid wake-up call.
We had a good breakfast followed by a Tai Chi class. This turned out to be pretty relaxing and of course, entertaining.
We arrived late at night. Our guide, Li is chatty Cathy…
Our hotel was decorated by Liberace.
November 29, 2013
Feeding the Pandas apples:
We had a ‘free’ morning. The only thing this means is that we do not have enough activities
November 28, 2013
We arrived late at night from Beijing. Besides checking into the hotel and heading to sleep,
I think about how I may feel when I arrive at a famous landmark. Even though there were 1,000’s of people at the Taj Mahal when I visited last year, I felt like
November 27, 2013
I heard so many mixed things about Beijing before arriving. I am almost glad they were mixed as I had zero expectations on what to expect.
November 24, 2013
It’s only 6am! I woke up in a guest house in Beijing this morning around 4am. As I fought to stay awake last night after the 13 hour flight, I was toast by 7:30pm.
January 3, 2013
I saw my future… it was approximately 10 or 20 years from now. From the surface I liked what I saw. After to getting to know the 40 or 50 something year old me, I realized I wasn’t as happy as I could be.
I learned I need to listen more and ask questions.
January 2, 2013
Heading to the holiest city in Rajasthan, I tend to wonder exactly what I am in for…
December 28, 2012
One word. Octopussy. This is where the movie with Roger Moore was filmed. It is a beautiful India town with the 2nd largest palace in all of India.
After leaving the campsite, we headed to the village of Bijaipur. The first thing, were the kids once again screaming in excitement – just one, just one. They wanted to see a picture
We woke up at 5:30am for 6am breakfast to catch jeeps to get us to the local train which was scheduled to arrive at 7am. It was freezing! By 8am, we still haven’t
December 25, 2012
Today was one of those memorable days. My roommate nearly had a breakdown last night. She was debating rearranging the next few days of the trip so she can attempt to see
There are many things that become the norm while in India. Cows in the middle of the road, stray dogs everywhere, random monkeys, and zero traffic lights except for a select few in
December 23, 2012
Our 1st stop on our free day was the mall. Yes, we found tickets for the premiere of DaBangg 2. It was opening day! Some of the fancy theatres have been sold out
December 22, 2012
I woke up at the fort after a night of laughing when I presumed it was haunted. Our door wasn’t closed and the wrought iron bolt was shaking. There was a photo of a man staring
December 20, 2012
We left Agra bright and early to make our way to Jaipur. Before hitting up Jaipur, we got off our bus in Bassi to be transferred by Jeep to the village of Madhogarh.
The jeep ride was a trip as there were no doors
December 18, 2012
I have tasted all sorts of Indian food. I love when I ask a waiter what isn’t spicy. I get 2-3 choices. Then I end up sharing food with my roommate and she usually orders something without asking
December 17, 2012
Upon waking up at 3am… seriously jetlag!? I starred at the ceiling for a few hours until I got in the shower to get ready for the start of a long day.
We began by taking the metro. The most interesting
December 16, 2012
A 14 hour flight, a spill of cold water on my lap and my arrival in Delhi is here!!
Wow, 10.5 hours ahead. I didn’t know if I should nap or force myself to stay awake. The flight was an easy one. I had a 21 year old college girl whose dad was relocated to Delhi [...]
December 10, 2012
I sometimes forget how people come into our lives. I was sitting around the dinner table on Thanksgiving with complete strangers in a town I have never been in before. The only person I knew I had spent all of 4 days with in my entire life. Three of those days were spent in Barcelona, [...]
February 28, 2012
The entire evening was windy, rainy and freezing! I debated staying in bed vs. going for our morning walk into the Cloud Forest. Then I thought I don’t want to miss the opportunity to see something new and amazing. Our pickup was at 7:30am. As it was rainy and absolutely freezing, I layered every article [...]
February 26, 2012
We left La Fortuna around 8:30am. We drove to Lake Arenal where we got on a boat. About 45 minutes later we packed onto 2 vans (as there are 17 of us including our guide). The roads to Monteverde are more like dirt roads, so to say the least…
February 25, 2012
I found out I am traveling with a professional traveler, a geneticist, an accountant, a biologist, an army doctor, and generally speaking – amazing and interesting people.
February 22, 2012
And we are off… I have tears in my eyes saying goodbye to Harvey Keitel. Yes. He is a dog, but as I previously mentioned, the love of my life.
As soon as I get in the NYC taxi, I get asked if I could pay cash. OYE. I took out cash for my time in [...]
February 20, 2012
It has been a year since my last international trip. It’s about time I go somewhere!
A lot has happened over the past year, the good, the bad and recently, the very ugly.
February 15, 2011
Lion Encounter Walk in Livingstone, Zambia
River Cruise through Chobe National Park, Botswana
February 12, 2011
I left Zambia in the morning and headed to Johannesburg. I headed to this huge B&B about 15 minutes from the airport. Turns out I am the only guest. My host for the night was
February 11, 2011
I am one lucky girl! During my last game drive, I finally saw leopard! I wasn’t sure it was going to happen, but it did. Here are my favorite photos of The Big Five. Enjoy!
February 10, 2011
Before Locke left, he introduced me to Eric. Eric is a local taxi driver who claims to have been a tour guide in his past career. Anyhow, as many of the activities I wanted to do weren’t available due to the minimum # of people required – I hired Eric to take me around.
February 8, 2011
Wake up is at 6am for a 6:30am pickup. The tour is over but I still have another week ahead of me of selfish time. I decided to do a Lion Walk Encounter. Walking with the lions? Really – hell’s yah!
Besides myself, there was a couple from Australia and a bloke from
February 7, 2011
Well, we crossed the border via foot (ferry) into Zambia from Botswana. It turns out there are trucks waiting up to 5 days to cross the border via ferry. If we kept our vehicle, we may have come across some problems, so we had a van waiting
We arrived in Kasane. Locke and I took a drive into town where I was able to pick up some more bug spray. Until this point, I am l am happy to report I only have 1 mosquito bite. I am starting to get itchy even though I shower most days. Between sporadic cold showers [...]
February 6, 2011
My new buddy from the lodge in Gweta invited me back to the school in the morning. I was excited by the invite so of course I took him up on it. We visited the headmaster to get permission for me to greet the children and ask them some questions. The difference from the day [...]
February 3, 2011
The last 2 days have been amazing! I woke up to find the open safari vehicle was waiting to take Locke and me to the Okavango Delta. He headed over some dirt roads until we got to our mokora boats. For the 2 of us, there were a total of
January 31, 2011
I spent the last 2 hours sitting around a fire starring at 1,000’s of stars. I have never in my entire life seen so many stars. It was dark outside and the sky twinkled. It was a nice night. Getting here is another story.
We left Windhoek, Namibia
January 30, 2011
We left Etosha. I was sad to leave the beautiful watering hole where I found nothing but peace and quiet. I didn’t get to see my rhinos yet, but I hear I will have plenty of opportunities the 2nd ½ of my trip.
We arrived in Windhoek to find
January 29, 2011
After driving a few hours, we arrived at Otjiwarongo. We headed to the one attraction in town – a crocodile farm. As we all know, I heart all lizards so this was awesome! They had areas for the adult crocs, the juniors and the babies.
January 26, 2011
We arrived in the early afternoon. I have an entire day and ½ free to do whatever I want in this ‘Nazi’ town. The entire town has German influence. I have never been to Germany, but apparently it has a strong resemblance with German restaurants, street names, etc… It even has shops with
January 24, 2011
Today was an awesome day! After one of the best home cooked meals of all time last night, we slept with no AC and survived as it was nice and cool out due to some rain.
Wake up was at 5:30am
Apparently, this is supposedly a very dry and rigid area of the world. I come and there is flooding for the first time in… according to Locke – the first time he has seen it. He is in his 40’s.
One thing that I never experienced before in my life is
Around 4:30am my battery died in my phone which acts as my alarm clock. Oops. I ended up stretching on the river front around 6am. Breakfast was at 7am. Linda showed up very late
We started our drive from Lambert’s Bay, South Africa around 9am. We stopped for lunch at 1pm. We finally got to the border crossing around 3pm. It was pretty smooth considering John
January 20, 2011
So I rode shotgun during our 5 hour drive from Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay which is north up the coast. Our meeting time was supposed to be 8:30am. Lifeless Linda who was too good to stay at the lodge (I ended up with her single room for the night thanks to my brilliant tour [...]
January 19, 2011
A lot has happened over the past 2 days. I started my day yesterday wondering if I should go to Robben Island. After reading about it, I realized I should probably check it out; however I really wanted to go to the botanical gardens as I LOVE gardens! So my host convinced me as it [...]
January 17, 2011
After another long night of sleep, my host asked when I wanted to get moving. I asked for 30 minutes as I was completely off center. I threw my bathing suit on and 50 SPF. We headed to Camps Bay. My host dropped me off a little before noon. He said he would pick me [...]
January 16, 2011
After my amazing dinner, I headed to sleep. After some weird dreams, I woke up around 3am. Startled I stayed awake for another 2 hours before falling back to sleep. I haven’t even started taking my
January 15, 2011
Its day 1.5 or what seems like day 4. I left my apartment in New York City on Thursday morning at 6:45am. South African airways suggest you arrive 3 hours early no matter what! OK then…
December 10, 2010
Now that this journey has ended, I can officially say, I am an expert on packing. If I decide to do something like this ever again, I know exactly
December 6, 2010
After leaving Siem Reap, I flew to Bangkok for one last night before my flight to Hong Kong. I simply relaxed by the pool and slept a lot while I was in Bangkok. The last tour wiped me out!
December 3, 2010
We arrived at 5:30am. There were hundreds of people standing around and waiting; waiting for the sun to rise over these mysterious temples. It happened slowly
November 29, 2010
It was one of the girl’s birthdays on the tour. About 9 of us went out for dinner to a ‘Westernized’ restaurant. It was
After leaving Phnom Penh, we arrived in Siem Reap. The first stop was the floating villages. This is a huge and undesirable wake up call. The people who live in these villages simply bathe, swim, crap, wash plates, etc. in the same
November 27, 2010
We arrived in Phnom Penh. Just yesterday the news broke how over 300 people died in Phnom Penh at the end of a celebration that turned into a stampede. Today, the death toll was closer to
November 26, 2010
It was a moving and informative day. We arrived in Vientiane which is the capital of Laos. Our first stop was COPE which stands for Cooperative Orthotic
November 25, 2010
The drive from Luang Prabang was pretty rough as we were warned. On the way there, we stopped for some lunch overlooking some of the most beautiful views. I was green at this point
November 23, 2010
Luang Prabang is an interesting place. Some love it here; while others may find it a bit boring. I think it’s a beautiful place with many nooks and
November 22, 2010
The day was overcast and chilly on the boat along the Mekong River. I utilized 2 blankets and snuggled up in a ball and pretty much napped the morning away. We stopped at a cave temple (Pak Ou Caves). Honestly, this was super
November 21, 2010
It was an early start as we were heading to cross the Thai/Laos border by boat. As some of our group was hung over and Dean has started to get lazy and doesn’t want to become the bad guy, I definitely started
We drove from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. We checked into our hotel before heading to unique hill tribe villages. These were fascinating as I had never seen anything like it my
November 17, 2010
After a lovely sleep on the overnight train, we arrived in Chiang Mai. The good news is that we actually arrived on time! I guess this is the same story in all 3rd world
November 16, 2010
I am on my overnight train heading up North to Chiang Mai. The day was spent in ‘touristville’ in Bangkok. This included the Royal Palace and boat rides along the canal. It was hot
November 15, 2010
Ahhhh, sidewalks and streetlights finally! What a relief from Vietnam. The last few days flew by. As I was fighting getting sick, I took it easy for the most part. I enjoyed my beautiful
November 12, 2010
Vietnam is a phenomenal country. The landscapes and cities vary drastically. Starting in Ho Chi Minh City was a good look at an overcrowded city that was a bit
November 10, 2010
My last day in Hue was wet and rainy. I slept straight through the morning activities which including a cyclo ride (where you get pushed by a bicycle in a little cart – like a stroller). Marley came back with a soaked
November 7, 2010
Its official, my sneakers are so soaked they haven’t dried in almost 2 days. My feet have turned to prunes and I
November 5, 2010
November is supposedly the end of rainy season; however some call it the wet season. I am confused. Supposedly it is supposed to rain for an hour or two in the afternoon and that’s it
November 3, 2010
Even though I slept under a mosquito net and wore 100% DEET, I managed to get bit a bit too many times. Within 48 hours, I have discovered 8 bites in total. There is a girl on my trip from Colorado. She simply said, gee, I hope you don’t get malaria. If she wasn’t so [...]
November 1, 2010
I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon. I hop into a cab only to have a driver who thinks he can rip me off. I ask the airport security if the driver knows where
October 29, 2010
I am sitting on the largest bed in the entire universe right now. This would comfortably sleep 4 adults. I have never seen a bed so large. It reminds me of
October 27, 2010
I arrive at my hotel in Koh Samui. There are many hotels on this island. With the help of a friend (thanks RKY), I narrowed down staying in Chaweng Beach
October 26, 2010
Reality bites. I realize my last friend visiting me from home just left. I almost started to cry as she got into
October 25, 2010
One word: HOT. It was freakin super hot in Egypt. I know you aren’t supposed to sweat so much in dry heat… but I schvitzed
October 24, 2010
I had some free time in the morning. I joined Jane and Andy, a lovely couple from the UK to see the Aswan Dam and Philae Temples/Island (can only get there by boat). The rest of the group woke up at 3am
October 19, 2010
I stopped counting after 39. It was time I gave up on trying to count how many times my taxi driver from the airport was going to honk
October 16, 2010
I arrive at my B&B in Istanbul. I get a room on the ground floor. As a New Yorker, I don’t enjoy the ground floor
October 15, 2010
The main reason people come to Selcuk is to see Ephesus. Ephesus is known to be the commercial, the religious and the social center of antiquity. Well, the only thing that made this trip interesting
October 14, 2010
Ahhhh…I had a lovely day of serenity. I was with a group of about 12 people from all over. This was one of the 1st days where there was no one
October 12, 2010
Would you be surprised to know I sat patiently by the side of the road? My bus driver doesn’t speak English or doesn’t speak in general, so therefore I have no idea what the problem
October 11, 2010
So after a nice ending to Kas, I make my way to Fethiye. The public bus system is interesting in Turkey. The buses are like shuttle buses (not coach/not minivan). Even though they have destinations
October 10, 2010
So last night was unfortunate. My stomach slapped me for some reason or another. I drank a couple of liters of water… I decided to stay close to the hotel in the morning so I literally drank some
October 9, 2010
Getting sick when you are traveling is a terrible feeling, especially when you are alone. I started with a cold and fought the shit out of it. It caught up with me and I got worse
October 7, 2010
I arrived in Olympus after a very long overnight bus and a 2 hour transfer on a smaller local bus… I was staying at a bungalow/tree house place. I got a bungalow which is a small wood
October 6, 2010
Ok, so I have to tell everyone about my new friend – we’ll call him C. C is 32 years old. He has been working since college. He took ‘leave’ from his job at
October 5, 2010
I am starting to feel like Smurfette. Day 2 in land formation whacky land, we started our day with a panoramic view of more weird rocks. I got the sensation of the grand canyon… kinda cool, but could have
October 4, 2010
I started to name my pet flies in my room. Even though the temperature drops to about 40 degrees at night, my room is a little oven. It is an oven with a bed
October 3, 2010
Wake up at 5:45am. Shower, finish packing and grab some grub before my 6:50am pickup. Arrive at airport at 8am. Check in Malev Hungarian flight from Rome to Budapest. Flight leaves 30 minutes
October 2, 2010
2 weeks in Italy was not enough time. I will have to make my way back to this lovely country one day and spend quality
October 1, 2010
The drive from Venice to Rome wasn’t as bad as I initially thought. We arrived early afternoon and immediately started a walking tour of
September 30, 2010
Ahhhh… Venice. When I thought about Venice I have always thought romance! All I have to say after
We arrived at Lake Garda in the morning. We hopped on a boat that took us around for about an hour. It was
September 28, 2010
So it turns out there were no video cameras in our hotel in Florence. Turns out the guy who had his laptop stolen assumed it was our group as we were on the younger side.
September 26, 2010
One of the big driving days was upon us. We woke up bright and early to leave Sorrento to get to Florence. Besides the 7+ hours of driving, we made a lovely pit stop in the Chianti Region.
September 24, 2010
Turns out there are 50 people on my Contiki trip. Sounds overwhelming, but it isn’t at all!
September 22, 2010
Jugslie left for NY around 1pm. My flight wasn’t until 4pm, but I headed to the airport
September 21, 2010
Sleeping on a ranch in the middle of nowhere was one of my favorite experiences. I absolutely heart nature
September 17, 2010
Our last morning in Granada was spent with a luxurious breakfast. Yes, a luxurious breakfast for the taste buds. We splurged
September 16, 2010
Our 2nd day in Marbella was lovely. We went to the beach in the morning, got some sun
September 13, 2010
We picked up our automatic diesel Mercedes at Hertz 1st thing in the morning. We are super lucky