Weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[Weekend Trip Series] Two weekends ago, I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was my first time in Rio and in Brazil. For many countries a visa is required to visit Brazil, a requirement that was waived during the Olympics. For U.S. Citizens the hefty visa fee pays off as the visa lasts ten years,…

48 Hours in Cartagena, Colombia

[Weekend Trip Series] The second part of my trip to Colombia this past week after spending a full day in Bogota was spending 2 nights and 2.5 days in Cartagena. Cartagena is a city on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, it has a modern part but its main attraction and where most people stay…

24 Hours in Bogota, Colombia

[Weekend Trip Series] I just returned from a wonderful trip in Colombia. I joined some family members who were traveling through the region. I spent a full day in the capital city of Bogota and then 2.5 days in the Caribbean colonial city of Cartagena on the Northern coast of the country. Colombia is a…

Carnaval Weekend in Aruba

[Weekend Trip Series] On the last weekend of February I headed down to the Caribbean island nation of Aruba. We didnt know it until we arrived, but that weekend also happened to be the finale of weeks of Carnaval celebrations culminating in the largest Carnaval parade in downtown on Sunday (sadly, the day we were…

Review: Balwoo Gongyang Restaurant, Korean Temple Cuisine

I watched Netflix’s Chef’s Table season 3 Episode right when the season premiered and was immediately inspired by Chef Jeong Kwan, a buddhist nun from the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baekyangsa Temple, South Korea. She probably came into the American spotlight when Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in NYC invited her to cook at…

Long Weekend in Seoul, South Korea

[Weekend Trip Series] Over President’s Day Weekend in February I took a few extra days off and headed to Seoul, South Korea. I had never been into Seoul itself, having only transited through the rather impressive Incheon Airport once. Over all I enjoyed Seoul more than I thought I would. I love Korean food and…

24 Hours in Paris, France

[Weekend Trip Series] In January I spent a very nice weekend in Paris, France. Simply put, Paris is magical and beautiful. This was my first time in both Paris and France. I went with rather low expectations. Here is why: Despite having always wanted to go to Paris and France, I part of me in…

24 Hours in Madrid, Spain

[Weekend Trip Series] For my first weekend journey in 2017 I spent 24 hours in Madrid, Spain. I had previously been to Spain in 2008 as part of a High School summer language immersion program. I recalled that I thought Madrid was ok, a little dirty and really not that exciting compared to some other…

China Airlines A350 Experience HKG-TPE

Over the Christmas Holidays I made a quick turnaround trip to Hong Kong to experience China Airlines’ A350. It was my first and so far only A350-900XWB experience. Unfortunately with the way ticketing worked out, I could only get the A350 on the way back from Hong Kong, however I did fly the wonderful China…

Thanksgiving Weekend at German Christmas Markets

[Weekend Trip Series] For Thanksgiving break 2016 my friend and I ventured out to Germany for the Christmas Markets. We specifically opted for Nuremberg, which plays host to one of the most famous Christmas Markets and on the Friday of Thanksgiving break was the opening night of the Christmas Market, with a special opening ceremony. We…

Weekend of Planes in St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles

[Weekend Trip Series] In November 2016 I headed down to St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles. The airport is on the Dutch side of the island, and I stayed on this side as the main goal was to spend time at the world famous Maho Beach to geek out at the plane landings and takeoffs. Needless to say the…

Weekend in Granada, Nicaragua

[Weekend Trip Series] At the end of October 2016 I spent a weekend, mostly just a full Saturday, in Granada, Nicaragua, said to be the oldest city in the Americas. We flew from Atlanta to Managua on Friday night. Managua is the only international airport in Nicaragua. Though there isnt much to do in Managua,…