Exploring the East and South sides of London

Because I knew I was going to be in London on several occasions over the next few months, I decided to separate my exploration of the city in order to take full advantage of what London has to offer. Round one found me staying at the Wombats Hostel on the Eastern side of the city.  It was a really nice hostel as well – check out the basement/bar/breakfast area! The Continue reading Exploring the East and South sides of London

The Batad Rice Terraces of the Philippines – An agricultural masterpiece

The Batad Rice Terraces were carved into the Philippine mountains, supposedly mostly by hand, by the indigenous people of that area over 2,000 years ago.  Apparently, if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half the globe! It took a nine hour over night bus to reach Banaue, the entrance to the rice terraces, and initially, traveling there by myself, I was planning on visiting it on my own. Continue reading The Batad Rice Terraces of the Philippines – An agricultural masterpiece

Solo Christmas on Boracay Island…a good idea? Maybe.

While I was still recovering from my trek to Everest Base Camp by drinking too much coffee and eating too much Israeli and Indian food in Kathmandu, I knew I had to start thinking about where I was going to be for Christmas and New Years. The holidays, no matter where in the world you are, can be expensive and sold out if you don’t make prior arrangements.  While Asia Continue reading Solo Christmas on Boracay Island…a good idea? Maybe.

Exploring the Bangkok Temples: Stylish clothes, travel buddies, and…Snoopy?

Having gotten a small bout of food poisoning the first time I was in Bangkok, I was looking forward to being able to do a bit of exploration of this fun and crazy city. And lucky for me, my friend Babs, who I’d traveled with briefly in China as well as in Nepal, was going to be in Bangkok at the same as me!  Travel buddies reunite! Neither of us had been Continue reading Exploring the Bangkok Temples: Stylish clothes, travel buddies, and…Snoopy?