Horchateria

“Viva los churros!” is the quote that will greet you at the Horchateria Rio Luna cafe. Located in Paramount, California, Horchateria opened its doors in March 2016, and boasts a menu with traditional Mexican treats like the concha (a pan dulce found at any local panadería in Southern California), churros, agua frescas, and a variety of horchata….

Madrid, Te Amo!

Siestas are much needed. I know this now. Large lunches in the afternoon and tapas at night are a way of life in Madrid, or at least it was my way of life when I visited over the holidays. I ate so much during lunch that I needed a nap (didn’t take one though), and…

Markets and Macarons

During my Christmas trip to Paris, we stayed in a super quaint Air B&B in the Latin Quarter. Lucky for us, there was a small cobbled street lined with markets and cafes within walking distance. If you find yourself near the area, please pay a visit to Rue Mouffetard. Walking through this pedestrian only road,…

Christmas in Paris

I recently came back from a whirlwind holiday trip from Brighton, to Paris, to Madrid, and finally, London. Lots of Metro riding, lots of walking, but it was to compensate for the lots of eating that occurred during this trip. I, and three other friends first stopped in Paris. We booked our trip via the…

My Way or Galway

In my previous post about Dublin, I mentioned I visited the city yet again in the summer of 2013. This time around it was a lot more sunny so I took advantage of the amazing weather. Firstly, because Trinity College was closed for the Christmas holidays, I was unable to visit the Book of Kells. FYI,…

Double Dublin

“The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats The more I travel the more I discover those magical things. I see them in the people I meet, the wilderness I explore, the cultures I experience, and in the increasing realisation that the world is both…

Beauty in Beijing

Whenever I travel solo I don’t always like to be restricted to having concrete plans. When I arrived in Beijing a week before my marathon, I ventured out of my hotel and fell in love with the beauty of everyday life. I walked along Dongsi W. Street until I arrived at the Forbidden City, which…

For Potterheads Only – Hogwarts in the Snow

From 19 November 2016 to 29 January 2017, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is currently decked out for the holidays. I had the pleasure of visiting the studio, located north of London in Leavesden, in November. While I was able to schedule a tour through my university, those based in…

Post-Camp Breakfast

Please, if you ever find yourself in Big Bear, California (either camping in the summer or snowboarding/skiing in the winter), do yourself a favour and visit the Teddy Bear restaurant. I first visited this delightful, tiny, and family-owned place, in August 2016 after a great weekend of camping at Hanna Flats. Expect a long wait,…

Lion Around

At the tail end of my Peace Corps service in the summer of 2012, I found myself in Pretoria and fellow volunteers were headed to the Lion and Safari Park, which is north of Johannesburg. Some of the park’s attractions: Hyenas, feeding giraffes, playing with lion cubs, and observing white lions. The park is not…

Wine Me Up Before You Go-Go

Once upon a time I blew through the remainder of my student loans to take a quick trip around Europe after I completed my Master’s back in 2013 #NoRegrets. I started out in Paris, flew to Verona, then took a train to Florence, and finally Rome. The highlights of said trip were definitely an open air…

Who Run the World?

For the international runner out there – this one’s for you. If like me, you are seeking to run a marathon in every continent, may I recommend this behemoth of a marathon? The Great Wall Marathon boasts to be one of the most difficult in the world. Indeed, organizers have suggested adding about 2 hours…