“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Saint Augustine


El Camino de Santiago, Part 1: St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Burgos, Spain (273km/169 miles). For the Summer Packet Camino page, see HERE. El Camino de Santiago, Part 2: Burgos to Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre, Spain (708 kilometers/439 miles), plus one day sightseeing in Lisbon, Portugal, where I ate percebes, or barnacles!


Highlights: Ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Central Park, chancing upon Mandarin speakers!, eating the best Avocado Benedict I’ve ever had (at Little Collins), five-hour NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Waldorf-Astoria, and the Empire State Building.


Highlights: Ghent, dragons, Christmas Markets, roasted chestnuts, went via Metro to the Atomium–an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times–during a snowstorm with huge flakes, saw beautiful light and sound show in the Grand-Place de Bruxelles, heard Mongolian street band, ate a lot of gaufres, found the Musical Instrument Museum, signs all in Dutch but many … Continue reading Belgium


Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Hallgrímskirkja, Jökulsárlón, Þingvellir National Park, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra at Harpa, Reykjavík Food Walk, Polyglot Conference, free walking tour, Northern Lights, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, glacier hiking, geysers, waterfalls, troll and elf legends, volcanoes, lava fields, whale-watching, snowstorms, one-way tunnels, exploring around Reykjavík, fermented shark, Skyr, Pylsa með öllu (hotdog with everything), a … Continue reading Iceland


Highlights: Saw Northern Lights from plane at eye level-wow!, Dublin Castle, absolutely loved the Chester Beatty Library, saw Trinity College, Book of Kells and Long Room, attended a beautiful Irish River Dance show, National Leprechaun Museum, delicious breakfast at Avoca Café, visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral, took a day trip to visit Malahide Castle and Howth, went … Continue reading Ireland

Costa Rica

Highlights: Surfing, hot sand, snorkeling, ATV’s, Volcán Arenal, Hot Springs, yoga classes, Tortuga Island, Banana Boat, Montezuma, more surfing, more yoga, lots of Spanish. *NOTE: Not as many photos here because I managed to break my camera on this trip…


Highlights: Flying over the Andes Mountains, riding under Iguazu Falls in a speedboat, observing the ever-present coatis, Teatro Colon, Café Tortoni, dulce de leche and smelling freshly baked bread in my apartment building every morning (was above a bakery), crossing a 16-lane highway on foot, traveling to Córdoba, getting chills at La Recoleta, ferias every weekend, seeing Reik in … Continue reading Argentina


Highlights: Famen Temple, Xi’an City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Tang Dynasty Huaqing Hot Springs, Daming Palace, Xi’an Jiao Tong University, fountains and boating, hot air balloon, badminton, amazing food, amazing people, amazing language, amazing country! 我非常喜欢中国!


Highlights: Ballroom dancing on a cruise ship, conch shells, dancing, food, dancing, tattoos of Chinese characters that are of the sticker-variety, and more dancing.