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…

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 First Class Baku-Frankfurt- Washington DC

I had the great opportunity to fly Lufthansa First Class on my return from my short trip to explore Baku, Azerbaijan over labor day. Note: feel free to skim or skip the text all together and just browse pictures. Again, all menu pictures will be at the end. Summary: 100% would recommend Lufthansa First Class,…

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…

Review: Capella Shanghai JianYeLi

At the tail end of a recent trip to Shanghai, my family met up with me and we opted to book with The Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li. Located in the XuHui district in and around the French Concession of Shanghai, The Capella Shanghai has taken basically an entire old Shanghai Shikumen town village and…

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/…