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Some of the classic "chimneys" found in the area around Goreme

Cappadocia: Crazy rocks and beautiful scenery- Best. Place. Ever.

When I first booked my one way ticket to Istanbul, the immediate thought in my head was, “what is there to do in Turkey besides Istanbul?” I was quite clueless about the country as a whole, despite the fact that Turkey is in fact an incredibly well-touristed country. My Google … Continue Reading →


The view of Istanbul from the Bosphorus

Istanbul-the beginning of my 2015 adventure

I started my trip out in Istanbul. I mostly started my trip out here because i found a cheap flight using my United frequent flier miles. I didn’t know much about the city before I arrived, but I quickly came to realize why Istanbul is such a top destination for … Continue Reading →


Meeting up with Master Sergeant Harris in Washington DC. Miss this guy!

Washington DC and the beginnings of travel again

Okay, so I failed epically and didn’t blog ANY of my three months that I spent in Brazil. It was fantastic and I’m kicking myself for not writing everything down. Rio de Janeiro is one of my favorite cities in the world and I’ve already forgotten SO MUCH of what … Continue Reading →


Ipanema Beach on a Sunday afternoon

First post in over a month… What on earth have I been doing???

What on earth have I been doing for the last month? Good question… here’s a quick breakdown: Early August: My friend Pat from the Marine Corps visited me in Hanoi.  We explored the city, did a three day party cruise on Halong Bay, and visited the beautiful mountains around Sapa.  … Continue Reading →


The mighty Mekong River during wet season.  Trees get completely submerged when it floods the area

Finding the Irrawaddy Dolphins of the Mekong River

Cambodia is home to a rare freshwater dolphin called the Irrawaddy dolphin.  It is found in a few other countries in Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines), but its numbers are few.  Wikipedia reports that in a 190 km stretch of the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos, there are only … Continue Reading →


So many tourists!

4 things that can get a bit annoying at the Angkor Temple Complex

The temples of Angkor are awesome. I think I have made it very clear that I loved visiting Angkor and it’s surrounding areas. That being said, Angkor and Siem Reap are quite a culture shock if you are used to laid-back, off-the-beaten path Southeast Asia travel. Throughout my first day … Continue Reading →


A Cambodian man shows his inked finger on voting day

Rockin the Vote in Cambodia: Cambodia Election 2013

This last Sunday marked an important occasion in Cambodia, as they held their fifth general election since 1993.  It was exciting to be in the country at this time, as political demonstrations and parades were occurring all around me.  In fact, I even got to briefly participate in a political … Continue Reading →


The time when I hitchhiked twice in one day in Cambodia and participated in a Political Parade

In the interest of budget travel, I decided to see the Temples of Angkor by bicycle ($1.00 per day), instead of renting a tuk tuk and driver ($15.00 per day).  I know, it’s not that much more expensive to get a driver, but I like the idea of biking throughout … Continue Reading →


A giant tree slowly crushing one of the walls

The coolest temple I Saw in Cambodia wasn’t even in Angkor: A visit to Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea is probably the coolest temple I saw in Cambodia and it’s not even in the Angkor Temple complex.  It is located 75 km outside of Siem Reap.  Beng Mealea is a 12th century temple with the exact same floor plan as Angkor Wat, though it has not stood … Continue Reading →


One of the more famous trees at Ta Prohm. This was in Tomb Raider!

3 Days Exploring the Mythical Temples of Angkor- A Must See in Cambodia!

No visit to Cambodia is complete without a trip to Siem Reap to visit the temples of Angkor.  As such, most of my trip to Cambodia has revolved around the temples here and fully immersing myself in one of the most well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Quick History: The temples … Continue Reading →