24 Hours in a City of Contrasts: Baku, Azerbaijan

Introduction and Food for Thought The Lonely Planet guide to Baku put it the best, “Azerbaijan’s capital Baku (or Bakı in Azeri) is the architectural love child of Paris and Dubai…albeit with plenty of Soviet genes floating half-hidden in the background.” The secular Sunni Islamic country has seen Medieval times with the Shirvanshah dynasty (an…

Vinegar, Noodles and Banks: PingYao Ancient City, Shanxi, China

In August I ventured to PingYao Ancient City located in the Shanxi Province of China. PingYao has one of, if not the only, best preserved walled cities from the Ming/Qin Dynasties. It is also where China’s banking system first began. It is also home to the best and most fully preserved Ming Dynasty government centers/…

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…