Berlin: 20 best spots (Part 2)

Continuing the list of 20 things that made me adore Berlin, you’ll see a good mix of magnificent monuments, poignant reminders of Germany’s dark past, a bit of comedy, plus lots and lots of chocolate. Just like Part 1 (numbers 1 to 10), every single Berlin spot in this list was measured against my five-point …

Berlin: 20 best spots (Part 1)

After a weekend in Berlin, I can easily recommend 20 of the best spots to visit for someone who’s visiting for the first time. Here’s the first of a two-part series: I did not care to see Berlin. GASP! I can almost hear the world wide web convulsively catching its breath in shock after that …

Jordan Day 3: Dead Sea Relaxation

In my books, floating in the Dead Sea is currently right up there with the experience of seeing the aurora borealis—if not tied for first place, then it sits at a very close second.  Floating effortlessly is so magical—I did not want it to end.  And now, I’m already planning to go back. ROAD TO SAUDI ARABIA …

Jordan Day 2: Treasures of Petra

I wanted to go to Jordan because of Petra.  Full stop.  Everything else we saw and did were listed under ‘non-mandatories’ during my initial planning.  Looking back, of course, I feel very foolish for even entertaining the thought of missing the Baptism Site or the Dead Sea.  In my mind, Petra was our holy grail. …

Jordan Day 1: The road to Petra

Our first day in Jordan featured 350km of driving through Jordan’s desert and mountain roads.  Along the way we stopped to see a number of special sites, had the best falafel in the world, and pulled over to catch a beautiful sunset. WHAT’S THE PLAN, YOUR MAJESTY? guf·faw /gəˈfô/ a loud and boisterous laugh.   A …

Chasing the Northern Lights

UPDATE: On December 2013, we went back to Tromso and for a second time, saw the northern lights.  I took much better photographs that will be posted to the blog soon together with photography tips.  Until then, this post should still get you started.  Happy planning! The plan involved one night, one chance, and one …

Beautiful Budapest: Part 2

Part 2 of the two-part series on our weekend trip to Budapest.  See Part 1 here.  Saturday, 4:00PM: Széchenyi thermal bath with massage After spending over 6 hours walking around Buda, we were ready for our next activity: Float around in 74°C waters of Széchenyi thermal bath, followed by a massage. With 118 springs, Budapest is known …

Beautiful Budapest: Part 1

Part 1 of a two-part series on our weekend trip to Budapest, featuring our discovery of Budapest’s resilient charm and exploration of Buda. Our trip to Budapest is our first foray to Eastern Europe.  If we were to base our expectations solely on stereotypes, we would have anticipated to see scars of war and post-communist …

Barcelona’s best in a day

See Barcelona in one day complete with merienda and a Spanish guitar performance?  It’s very possible!  A weekend (or 2 days) in Barcelona is more than enough time which is good news for us time to those of us who don’t have a lot of vacation days to spare.  Here’s Part 1 of the series:  …

Weekend in Copenhagen

To end the series on Copenhagen, I’m sharing the itinerary we followed when we spent a weekend back in July. We followed the usual formula of our weekend trips:  Fly in Friday evening, spend all of Saturday and Sunday touring, and fly back to Amsterdam Sunday night.  A weekend would not be enough time for …