Landed in Milan!

Our first day of being in Italy for the first time went off without a major hitch! We’ve capped off a long day of walking in Milan with a nice meal from Trattoria Toscana di Giovanni. The food was delicioso, but *oh boy* our bill burned a hole in our pockets. And here I was thinking Copenhagen…

Papirøen, Copenhagen Street Food

After  almost 20 months of irregularly touring friends around Copenhagen, I have come to the conclusion that the one place friends will always be thankful I took them to is Papirøen. Literally translated as “paper island”, Papirøen used to be a paper factory and was the harbor’s last industrial area with no public access. At the…

5 Things I Miss About Living in Hawai’i

July 2010, at the US Embassy in the Philippines. Visa Officer: So, you’re moving to Hawai’i to do a PhD? How long? Me: 5 years. Hopefully less. I felt dread. I was moving, ALONE, to a place I’d never been to before and where I knew no one. It took all the courage in me not to…

First Time Baltic

It seems like most of the travel I’ve been doing lately are spur of the moment. I see a cheap fare, I buy it for the cheapest dates, I put it aside until a week before I travel, and then I start going crazy researching for accommodations, important sights to see, and must-try food places. This…

Moroccan Commute

I’ve been in Morocco for 3 days now and I’m halfway through my Moroccan trip. I should by now be able to say something about commuting in Morocco. It was something I was very afraid of. Other than “merci” and “bonjour”, I have absolutely forgotten everything I’ve learned from previous French classes. I also know no…

Central Asian Experience

Finally, it has arrived. Today is my last lecture day at the American University at Central Asia. I can finally enjoy a long, relaxing bath without worrying about my lectures for the next day. I can finally move on to other concerns, perhaps google where “Tumar” is, so I can shop for souvenirs, eat the…