24 Hours in Bled and Ljubljana, Slovenia

In early February I decided to venture to Slovenia. I specifically wanted to visit the popular and famous fairytale lake, Lake Bled, 1.5 hour 6.25 Euro bus ride outside of the country’s gateway capital city of Ljubljana (pronounced Loo-Bee-Ana). That being said in doing my research, there is so much more to Slovenia than these two places. Fun fact,…

Fairytale White Christmas in Tallinn, Estonia

After spending the first half of my Christmas weekend in Prague, I flew up to Tallinn, Estonia to spend actual Christmas eve there. Estonia is the last of the three Baltic states that I had yet to visit, I started 2018 with a trip to Latvia and Lithuania and it seemed fitting to end it…

24 Hour Christmas in Prague

Happy Holidays 2018! and by now when this is posted, Happy New Year! I spent the first half of my Christmas weekend vacation in Prague, Czech Republic. It has long been on my list and plenty of people who have been consistently rave about how beautiful and affordable it is. Its Christmas Market is also…

24 Hours in Stockholm, Sweden

Hello! Last weekend I ventured off to Stockholm, Sweden. I had never been before and have a couple of friends who are from and live there and thought I’d try to visit them. Stockholm, like Copenhagen, Denmark, is stunning. It is also a lot more north than I was expecting. It is popular in the…

Dinner at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana

The summer evening of Saturday August 25, 2018 in Modena, Italy was to become one of the most surreal and unforgettable ones of my life. It would be the night, with a massive stroke of luck, that I, after two previous failed attempts at securing a reservation and giving up on the waitlist, clear the…

Tikal and Guatemala City, Guatemala

Hi There! Two weekends ago I visited Guatemala. The main goal was to check out the beautiful Mayan ruins of Tikal in the rain forests of Northeastern Guatemala near the border of Belize. We did end up having some time though to briefly explore Guatemala City as well. Over all it was a great trip….

Muscat, Oman

Oman In May I had the chance to visit Oman, a country on the Southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is enchantingly mysterious, rooted in its heritage and traditions, proud of its culture yet inviting to everyone. I really enjoyed Oman and together with Jordan, it is one of my favorite countries in the Middle…

Review: Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge

Hello! Back in February I scored a deal for a roundtrip Qatar Airways flight from Muscat to JFK with the Q Suites. I reviewed my first Q Suites flight from Doha to JFK already including the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge. At the time I was ineligible to experience the airlines’ most exclusive…

Luang Prabang, Loas: Mystical and Welcoming

Sabaidee (Hello in Laos)! Apologies for the long delay in getting this particular post up. The longest portion of my Asia Trip Spring 2018 was 5 days 4 nights in Laos. By now I have visited every Southeast Asian country, on this trip I visited my last two which were Brunei and Laos. It would…

Introduction: Asia Trip Spring 2018

I’m trying a little something new on my site. An introduction post to an upcoming trip so I can hopefully hold myself accountable to update my blog as I go. Welcome to follow along especially on Instagram where I update the most frequently, @gastronomictraveler. I’m soon departing for an 11 day (12 including travel) trip…

Weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands

[Weekend trip series] Last weekend my mom and I ventured off to Amsterdam, Netherlands for the weekend. It was the first time for the both of us and I was quite excited despite the rainy and slightly windy weather that greeted us and stayed with us. Amsterdam is a very charming and sophisticated city. Being…