Ubud, Bali

[villa] Tegenungan Waterfall Bebek Bengil   Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary   Uma Pakel  

One Layover Later: Seven Hours in Shibuya

After 10 sleepless hours on a plane catching up on last year’s movies, we hopped on a train and headed West to spend the Sunday in Shibuya. I somehow remembered where the lockers at the Shibuya station were so we dropped off our luggage and ran over to the Shibuya Crossing. Look at me, knowing where to go and shit. …

Great Wall of China

📍 Mutianyu Great Wall Booked with Layover Tour Beijing   

Cuba FAQ

Planning my trip to Cuba was a little frustrating because there were so many conflicting tips out there and travel regulations kept changing and it’s only going to be five days and what if I run out of money and maybe I should’ve gone to a travel agency and aahhhh!! Laws for travel to Cuba change …

Scuba diving in the Bay of Pigs

LA BAHÍA DE COCHINOS Our instructor went over everything during the hour-long car ride over to the dive spot, but then I stepped out the taxi, laid my eyes on that impossibly blue Caribbean water and forgot everything he taught us. My first few breaths were rapid and desperate. I could not speak, could hear nothing …

24 Hours in Trinidad

One of Cuba’s oldest cities I’ve always favored small towns to big cities, so I’m looking back on my itinerary like what the hell was I thinking?  Small town charm, small town prices, cute cafes, plenty of amazing parks to hike at and I only gave us 24 hours??? I’m not kidding when I say I’d go back …

Pre-Cuba Jitters

Let me take you back to a misunderstanding that happened in 2014. I was taking a Spanish 1 class and we were learning about tengo phrases, one of which was Yo tengo miedo. It means I’m scared but its literal translation is I have fear. Now, I don’t even know how I picked this word up (although it’s not surprising …

Palawan, Philippines

I landed in the Philippines with a full blown fever thanks to my all-nighter in Saigon the night before. To recap, I stayed up all night while my friends got tattooed at a random parlor we stumbled across wandering the streets of Saigon trying to kill time before sunrise. My family friends doctored me back to health …

Don’t hike a holy mountain with your knees exposed

Hiking up the rocky side of one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia, with the deafening screech of a million cicadas ringing in my ears, in an ankle-length skirt concealing my indecently short shorts and the oppressive Vietnam humidity bearing down on me…  Let’s be honest. I was miserable. And I really had to pee. …