The Blue Lagoon of Pagudpud

Well, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but… In comparison to the quiet, idyllic Saud Beach and its pristine waters, the blue lagoon came off as touristy, crowded, and overhyped. Definitely didn’t help… Continue reading

Saud Beach

The majority of North Luzon is either rocky shoreline or drab strips of sand that can’t compete with the dazzling white sand beaches and aquamarine waters that the Philippines is famous for. But… Continue reading

Callao caves and Tuguegarao

As the political and commercial capital of Cagayan province, Tuguegarao is a busy city full of the usual: pedestrians, trikes, jeepneys, markets and stores, lots of eateries, and plenty of street food to… Continue reading

The rice terraces of Batad

Straight up: Batad is ah-maze-zing. Imagine this: a huge amphitheater of lush, stonewalled rice terraces—over 2000 years old and in impeccable condition—nestled amid a vast stage of steep green hills. You and everyone… Continue reading

Banaue

For an easy journey to see the famed Ifugao rice terraces, opt for Banaue. It’s a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Bontoc and is supposedly only 9 hours from Manila. Banaue is not… Continue reading

Sagada

Sagada is lush and hilly, picturesque and calm, and the weather is mildly cool, which offers a much-needed respite from the searing summer humidity of the lowlands. And when you add to that… Continue reading

Baguio

The city of Baguio is most decidedly not what foreigners imagine when they think of the Philippines. It’s a concrete slab of a hill station in northern Luzon (the big island) and for… Continue reading

Urbexing in MoTown

Motor City has long fallen from the graces of Americana since its heyday of the early twentieth century. Today thousands of houses and commercial buildings around the city stand stripped and abandoned, all… Continue reading

La città Eterna: Roma

I went on a trip with Grandma recently to tour a part of Italy, but it wasn’t my first time in Rome. Back in 2012, Xiker and I hopped over from the Iberian… Continue reading

Getting wet and wild for Songkran

As the traditional Thai New Year, Songkran is one of the biggest and most fun-filled holidays on the Thai calendar! Dousing each other with water actually started as a traditional ritual of simply… Continue reading

Bangkok

Ah, Bangkok. Uncomfortably hot and humid, impossibly crowded and polluted. But, amidst the chaos of vehicular and human traffic, there are pockets of comforts and serenity; there’s always something to appreciate, anywhere we… Continue reading

same same, but different

Sawasdee from Bangkok, Thailand! Been living life in the fast lane the last three months; just when I thought I’d have a lot of down time to doze off and write copiously before… Continue reading

10 days in Italy with Grandma

Our trip to Italy, in pictures! We started and ended our trip in Roma– rented a car and visited quite a few places in between. (Not included here: Rome and Vatican City, to… Continue reading

ATX: Hope Outdoor Gallery

The word ‘graffiti’ has always gotten a bad rap, because it usually invokes the memory of trashy, crude scribbles by heedless vandals. Yes, it is true a lot of works dubbed ‘street art’… Continue reading

Travel is…

“Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting… Continue reading

California lovin’

Another glorious day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short and we take no more heed to… Continue reading

Street markets in London: Portobello Road & Camden Lock

Portobello road, Portobello road Street where the riches of ages are stowed; anything and everything a chap can unload is sold off the barrow on Portobello Road- You’ll find what you want on… Continue reading

Stonehenge

The very first thing I did once we booked our tickets to London was to google “how far london stonehenge?” Answer: 1 hour, 34 minutes. “No way in hell am I going to… Continue reading

An American bookworm in London

Back in May (2013), Xiker and I said “see ya later” to South Asia and made one last stop before returning to Basque Country. Just so you know, I’m one of those people… Continue reading

the future, full of things that have never been

Another year, another circle around the sun, another 365 fully-lived days to add to the book that is my life; 28 chapters and then nothing but blank pages waiting for the days to… Continue reading

Boudhanath Stupa

On our very last day in Nepal, we decided to revisit the Boudhanath stupa. Dating back to the 14th century, Boudhanath is one of the holiest buddhist shrines in Kathmandu, as well as… Continue reading

Street art of Nepal

I love to explore cities that are rife with graffiti. Unfortunately, the word graffiti has negative connotations so people are quick to call it vandalism. I won’t deny that there are many many… Continue reading

Venturing outside Thamel

I know, I know. It’s easy to fall into the tourist trap that is Thamel. Those apple danishes and pizzas are delicious, after all, and having wifi at the hotel is sooo nice.… Continue reading

Kids of Katman

Aw, who doesn’t love kids? Especially when they aren’t your own, and you can just hand them back to their parents once they start whining. Here are some cuties! Near Thamel Met these… Continue reading

Getting to know KTM

In regular intervals throughout our 10 weeks in Nepal, we spent a lot of time wandering around Kathmandu. She became familiar to me… One of many benefits of slow travel. Although, if one… Continue reading

Pics of Prithvi Highway

The Privthi Highway is a 108-mile (174km) stretch of road that connects Kathmandu and Pokhara. Though its far from being the most scenic road in Nepal, on good days, the Annapurna massif and… Continue reading

Revisiting Pokhara

To get to Pokhara from Tansen, we hitched a ride with our new friend, Matthias, in his fully stocked Land Rover. Check out his epic journey with “Bluey” from Germany to Nepal at… Continue reading

Tansen

Upon a friend’s recommendation we decided to check out Tansen, a Newari town in the hills a few hours south of Pokhara. It turned out to be a relatively big town, with old… Continue reading

Running with the Bulls in San Fermin

In honor of the awesome festival that just kicked off yesterday in the Kingdom of Navarre, I’m going to interrupt the Nepal posts for a trip down memory lane. Las fiestas de Sanfermínes… Continue reading

A safari through Bardia National Park

A safari tour, booked at the Bardia Wildlife Resort, cost us a whopping 2,900nrs each, which included 2 meals in addition to the admission fee and guide service.  The sign at the entrance… Continue reading