March 18, 2018

March 11, 2018

The German Riviera: Warnemünde at Sunset

A former city in the Hanseatic League (a merchant guild during the Middle Ages), Warnemünde continues to be a center of international convergence as a cruise port today. Yet despite the volume of tourists, she remains a humble fishing village and seaside resort, embracing her unassuming charm while negotiating the changes that tourism inevitably bears.

March 7, 2018

The Curonian Spit (Klaipeda and Nida, Lithuania)

Aren't sand dunes just big piles of sand? I think they are...But they're more special than they seem.

March 4, 2018

Boston on a Budget

Boston's like a cleaner (to a degree) New York City with cobblestone streets that aren't nearly as crowded. The traffic is relentless, but that's the nature of a world-loved city. Here's what I recommend for anyone looking to visit Boston on a budget:

February 25, 2018

Solo Travel

The one thing I believe all girls/women should do at least once in their lifetime, is travel solo.

February 21, 2018

My Favorite Things about Cruising

Sneaky capture of our Ukranian buddy, Sergei. He's one of the funniest guys we met!
If given the choice, a week-long cruise or a week-long trip in one city, which would you pick?

There are clear pros and cons to both: cruising is great, because you get to see a variety of places in one short trip and you get more opportunities to interact with people from all over the world (crew members and other guests). At the same time, the short few hours you spend at port each day isn't suffice. You can't adequately capture "the essence" of a place, and if you get sea sick, the bumpy waves of the Baltic Sea might not be very enjoyable.

With a trip to a single place, you're more likely to explore life as a local. You develop new routines, like going to the same bakery every morning, where the servers come to know your order. Staying put enables you to maximize the opportunities in the city, too - a city like St. Petersburg has museums and palaces to keep you entertained for years. On the other hand, depending on where you stay - a hostel, a private hotel room, an uber private apartment - the level of interaction with locals and other travelers might not be very high.

February 18, 2018

The Sourdough Chronicles I

When they commuted to New York City everyday for work, my parents would always come home with treats - chicken and rice from The Halal Guys, cheese danishes and apple turnovers from Zaro's Bakery, Irish soda bread on St. Patrick's Day, cookies from office meetings (aren't my parents the coolest!?). It was no surprise when Dad brought back a plethora of food and souvenirs from a trip to San Francisco, but we didn't expect a giant sourdough turtle from Boudin.