One-week itinerary through Arizona alternating between hiking and relaxation in Sedona, Grand Canyon, and Scottsdale.
Sonoma Knows My Soul
Sonoma/Mendocino/Marin Counties, California. [September 2016] I’ve never been much of a wino, possessing not the refined palate of the cast of Somm nor the vivid imagination to rattle off a list of… Read more “Sonoma Knows My Soul”
Allendale/Hackensack, New Jersey. [September 2016] Northern New Jersey, like waiting in a short line or Piers Brosnan as James Bond, is solidly mediocre. There are no impressive… Read more “Suburgatory”
Savannah, Georgia. [August 2016] New York is hot this summer – like, an American setting a thermostat in Europe hot. The brilliant solution is obviously to fly 2… Read more “‘vannahty Fair”
Santacama – from Santiago to Atacama in Chile
An exploration of Santiago’s off-the-beaten-path tourism offerings, and the rugged beauty of the Atacama desert and Andean altiplano.
Barcelona/Madrid/Consuegra/Cordoba/Seville/Marbella/Granada, Spain. Gibraltar, British Overseas Territories. [November 2015] Spain, especially as one delves deeper south into its Andalusian soul, is hard to sum up in words. In 8… Read more “Iberian Sights”
[Flashback] Wat Is It Good Pho
Bangkok, Thailand. [May 2014] Any traveler who returns home safe can count his blessings for dodging figurative and literal bullets in some politically unstable destinations. Three days after… Read more “[Flashback] Wat Is It Good Pho”
[Flashback] Angkor Performance
Siem Reap, Cambodia. [May 2014] If I had to (unjustly) distill the beauty of Angkor Wat down to one word, it would be: Mysterious. Perhaps it is the dramatic… Read more “[Flashback] Angkor Performance”
Southern Coast, Iceland. I was a bit unsure about driving all the way to Vik, the southernmost tip of Iceland, from Reykjavik in our dinky Nissan Micra… Read more “Chasing colors”
Reyk of Light
After an hour amid random whirlwinds of snow we drove our little Nissan Micra to the Reykjavik Lights hotel. It was 9AM but the city was still shrouded by a saturated darkness. This was an interesting welcome.
A 3-hour power nap later we were out and about in the city. First stop: Hallgrimskirkja, the most iconic building in Iceland with its uniquely shaped outline. We caught the 2PM Boxing Day service where a choir of Icelandic boys performed for the congregation.
A quick drive takes us to Perlan, with a beautiful vantage point to capture the sunset and recreate childhood cartoon memories.
Our first restaurant destination is Icelandic Fish & Chips, where 3 fresh daily catches are lightly battered and served with your choice of salad and dipping. We went for the classic tartar sauce along with mango and honey mustard. All were finger-licking good with deep fried goodness.
The day wraps up with a proper finale. We had doubts whether we could catch the elusive Northern Lights given forecasts calling for cloud cover that prevents a proper viewing; thankfully the meteorologists prove false prophets for the night.
Looking up at the serendipitous flickers of green and a sky full of stars that might not have been, I count my blessings. In that moment, I am truly the luckiest person in the world.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” -St. Augustine