The Golden Circle…

Katya and I got up early and went on a 20-30 minute search for breakfast, since most places don’t open in Iceland til at least 9am. We found a nice pastries shop, Kornid, that was open and grabbed some donuts from breakfast and a pair of sandwiches for lunch. We then headed to BSI Reykjavik,…

Reykjavik, Iceland…

Day 1 – After an uneventful 8 hour flight, we arrived around 2pm, caught the FlyBus to Reykjavik, settled into our AirBnB to relaxed for a bit, then headed out to explore a little before dinner. With only ~330,000 people in the whole country, and 70% of them living in Reykjavik, it still feels like…

Trip Prep: Iceland and Copenhagen

When Katya and I got married earlier this year we decided to take a short Mini–Moon, and have a delayed honeymoon later in the year, both for financial and scheduling reasons. Well now the time has come to get ourselves out of the country and enjoy some time exploring new places. We’ll have one full day…

Lake Titicaca…

After a multi-day trek to Macchu Picchu we new we’d need a break to recover, relax and reflect on our trip before we headed home, so we planned a few days at an Air BnB on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As soon as we got off the plane you’re immediately affected by the altitude,…

The doors of Cartagena, Colombia…

After a rough journey getting to Cartagena, and a fretful night’s sleep, I awoke cranky, needing to get out of the noisy hostel. The heavy air made the whole walled city stuffy, and sweat came easily, even in the early morning hours. The streets themselves were riddled with doors of all different sizes and colors.…

Yosemite 2015…

So another year and another trip to the Yosemite Valley. This was the third year in a row that my family and I have gone, probably the 15th or 16th time we’ve been there overall , and it still hasn’t lost its ability to amaze me. As we passed the parks entrance, heading up the…

The journey home and lessons learned…

This trip had been everything I hoped it be and more. We had seen many a great sight, enjoyed many a fine meal, and met many a kind stranger. It’s always a mixed bag of emotions when you head home from a great trip. You feel sadness for having to leave such wonderful countries, but…

Ho Chi Minh City…

With two days left in Ho Chi Minh City we took a leisurely approach to sightseeing. The first day we decided upon The War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, and a scaled down Notre Dame, which were all within walking distance and all bunch together. The War Remnants Museum was a very unfiltered look at…

Siem Reap…

With an quick flight from Bangkok we touched down into Siem Reap, Cambodia and grabbed a cab into town. Though Siem Reap is the second largest city in Cambodia it’s main area is actually quite small, and the ride into town was about ten minutes. We settled into our room at the FrangiPani hotel then…

Thai Boxing…

With a lazy day filled with swimming and street food behind us we headed out into the night to catch our first Muay Thai Boxing event at Bangla Stadium, a 20 minute walk through the heart of Patong.   Eight fights, with the first being between two ten year old kids. These kids seemed pretty…

Day 2, Phi Phi Don…

After hitting day one pretty hard we continued into day two. We booked a trip to the Phi Phi Islands west of Phuket. We hopped in a pack minivan with 9 other people inside for a forty minute drive to the east coast. Driving in Thailand is pretty insane, with car lanes and general driving…

Day 1 in Phuket…

We arrived late Sunday night into Phuket and worked our way through customs, and then stepped outside into the thick warm air and grabbed a taxi down to Patong Beach. We’re staying at the Unity, a new condo complex still in the process of being finished. It’s decent spot, a short walk to the beach…

Pu Dong, or, The Shanghai Incident…

So after a 13 hour flight with non-stop turbulence and even worse food I had arrived to shanghai at 7 a.m. with a 13 hour lay over. My friend Angela had landed the previous evening and was set up in a hotel  and the plan was to meet up with her and explore Shanghai. One…