Review: Lunch at El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

In March 2020, precariously right before COVID-19 hit Europe and the Americas real hard, I ventured to Barcelona, Spain. Why Barcelona when Spain’s cases were on the rise? Well, at the time the recorded official cases were around 500-600 centered around Madrid and most importantly I figured it was worth the risk because….upon calling, I…

Exuma, Bahamas: Not so eco-friendly mass tourism

Over the three day Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Weekend in January 2020 my friend and I ventured to Exuma Island in the Bahamas. This was my first time in the Bahamas. Exuma is home to the famed swimming pigs, excellent dive sites, and unfortunately, the now infamous Fyre Festival debacle. I was excited as…

Review: Cathay Pacific First Class CX806 HKG – ORD

Intro In January 2020, which feels like it as a different lifetime ago now, I made a quick trip back to Asia. For my return back to the states I found some last minute award bookings for Cathay Pacific First Class on a few Hong Kong to North America routes. Cathay Pacific first class has…

Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier and The Wing First Class Lounges

Let me start by saying Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge is hands down the best airline lounge I have so far experienced. In January 2020, which today feels like it was multiple years ago, I took a short trip back to Asia. For my return, I booked Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong…

Review: Uzbekistan Airways A320 Tashkent to Bukhara domestic flight

In the planning process for my trip to Uzbekistan with MIR Corporation in December 2019, I insisted that a portion of my journey involved a domestic flight with Uzbekistan Airways. I knew I was flying Turkish Airlines into Uzbekistan but given the cheap domestic fares and opportunity to fly on a rare airline, I simply…

Bread, Cognac, and Plov On the Silk Road: Discovering Uzbekistan

In times like these where we are mostly locked indoors and confined to our homes, for me catching up on my blogging and revisiting recent trips has been quite therapeutic. Hopefully this gives you a small dose to cure any wanderlust itch you may be feeling and maybe inspire your post-COVID19 travels, if travel is…

Review: Dinner at Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok

Background Following my trip to Nepal, I had an overnight layover in Bangkok. When I booked my stay at the fantastic Rosewood Bangkok I had asked the concierge to assist in booking at table at Raan Jay Fai, the now world famous Michelin-starred, goggle wearing Thai street food queen. The restaurant opens reservation 2 months…

Discovering Nepal with Beyul Experiences and Happy House

Note: This post is longer and more descriptive/detailed than my usual posts. For general Nepal travel tips, scroll to the bottom. “Most foreigners are familiar with the Sherpas only through their fame as load bearers and guides for mountaineering expeditions, yet such work is a recent and superficial aspect of their culture. When we put…

24 Hours in Oslo, Norway

In early November my friend and I ventured out to Oslo, Norway for a short weekend getaway. Oslo is a beautiful city and the gateway to Norway’s fantastic natural wonders. However, winter travels in Oslo makes for limited museum hours and early sunsets, and it is evident Oslo is used by travelers as a start…