Asia
Chiang Mai

I did so much during my time in Chiang Mai that it’s hard to sum it all up in a short post but here goes…After 10 days in Myanmar, I was ready to do some laundry, get a massage and eat a big salad.  My version of GTL minus the tan and gym.  Chiang Mai has […]

Asia
Myanmar

Myanmar is such a magical country with so many unique qualities:  In Yangon, the patrons make kissing noises to get a waiter’s attention.  The women and children wear thanaka which is sunscreen made from ground bark.  The unorganized yet organized transportation system.  The fisherman in Inle Lake who row their boats with one leg.  The […]

Asia
Bagan

I decided to take a boat to Bagan instead of flying or the bus to get another perspective on Myanmar.  I also thought that a 10 hour boat ride would be plenty of time for me to read and to catch up on my writing.  It was a good plan until there was a torrential […]

Asia
Mandalay

As I mentioned in my previous post about Inle Lake (read here), I took the overnight bus to Mandalay departing Ine Lake at 8:00pm.  When I looked on Google maps it said that the journey would only take 6 hours.  The bus schedule however said that we would arrive at 5:00am.  That’s a good 9 […]

Asia
Inle Lake

Before I came to Myanmar, I read in a guide book somewhere that Inle Lake is a “tonic for the soul.”  I didn’t really need to be convinced to go anyway but after reading that quote, I was even more intrigued.  I had seen photos of the Inle Lake fisherman who fish while rowing the […]

Asia
Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar has been at the top of my bucket list because from what I heard, it’s like the Cuba of Asia.  For the last 50 years, Myanmar has been closed off to foreigners.  Like Cuba, it’s one of the few places left that are stuck in time.  As I walked through the streets of Yangon, […]

Asia
Layover in Bangkok

I have to be honest, after my trip to Bangkok in 2005, it wasn’t my favorite.  This is the main reason why I’m just flying through.  I was in Bangkok for less than 24 hours for a long layover.  I stayed at this amazing hostel, The Yard, in the Ari neighborhood of Bangkok.  Ari is […]

Asia
Hong Kong

Hong Kong is like New York’s Asian sister; it’s obviously in Asia but the Western influence is very prevalent throughout the city.  Hong Kong was the perfect way to ease into my big Asian adventure because I found my creature comforts like Starbucks, fast wifi and green juices.  It’s a modern city, a financial hub, […]

Excursions
Journey

Three weeks ago, I quit my job, sold all of my belongings and moved out of my apartment in the city.  I also bought a one way ticket to Asia which I embarked on March 1st.  Many of my friends and family were very supportive while some questioned my sanity.  Why would I quit my […]

Caribbean
A Day in Bimini

I randomly won a free cruise to Bimini in the Bahamas this past December.  I went on a cruise once for my 16th birthday to the Caribbean with my family and I wasn’t completely sold on the idea.  I don’t like places where you’re confined in a vessel for an extended period of time only […]

CA
Palm Springs

I’ve been to Palm Springs, California (not Palm Beach, Florida) twice; once as a kid and once after college.  During both of those trips, we did the obvious cheesy things like riding the aerial tramway and go to the outlets.  My good friend Natasha’s wedding brought me out to Palm Springs once more but this […]

NY
North Fork in the Fall

I’ve been to the North Fork in Long Island many times; it’s one of my favorite weekend getaways during the Summer.  The Summer is probably the most popular time to visit the North Fork but after this last trip, I would have to say that the Fall is also a great time.  What I love […]