Los Secretos del Cusco

Bright and early at 8:45am I awoke in eager desires to begin my day in this UNESCO World Heritage Site in which reading about all the gems that capture this city made waking up an easy task. Carmen and I ventured off into the city below to get a taste of Cusco after getting everything…

Cusco: Historic Capital of the Inca Empire

Across Cuba, along the coast of Jamaica through Panama and down the coast of South America until our next destination; Lima.  Early morning hours we arrive a little before 5am; forms to fill out, customs agents, and passport stamps, baggage claim and before the sun has awaken we step out into the Peruvian air.   Peruvian…

The Unknown

As I gaze out the window of the plane the image of stars speckled across the dark night sky seems to be the only thing on my mind. The unknown below us feels as if it is wrapped all around me; fading deeper into the darkness while the stretch of lights behind us in the…

“Leaving on a Jet Plane”

Anticipation to arrive at the airport and begin my journey to South America drags on as I wait for mid-afternoon to arrive.  There are five of us traveling together this time…I have come to realize that even though traveling solo is an adventure in itself while making the experience even more of a challenge; companionship…

Visiting the Classics: Essential Peruvian Cuisine

If you know me, you know that I enjoy exploring new places, architecture, art, people and culture is something I enjoy. That being said, I tend to get excited about exploring the local cuisine once I visit a new country and even regional food options that may be unique to the area I am traveling…

Cigar City

As I walk the main street of this historically preserved city situated within the center of a major Florida metropolitan area. I have witnessed bars, restaurants and various shops change from one thing to the next over the years while some have remained through the economic recession; most likely through customer loyalty and since their…

Amsterdam, Holland, The Netherlands

Picturesque views of the countryside; people traveling on bikes down small unknown roads and the warm summer sun shining down on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Children playing futbol with their fathers; a bond that will forever be remembered in the minds of these young children as they grow to be parents themselves and future fans…

Rīga, Latvia: Beauty in the Baltic

Thursday: 21 May 2009 I then met a couple guys heading to Riga who were actually taking the same flight from Riga to Charleroi. We walked together from the bus station toward the old town and I got a room in the first hostel I saw. Good vibes, pleasant atmosphere with a bar in the…

Bruxelles, Belgium

Friday: 22 May 2009 I arrived in Charleroi at about 23.00pm and took a bus to Bruxelles Zuid. On the ride there I ended up meeting two people; a Finnish guy about my age and a girl living in Bruxelles who is originally from Chicago. His name is Jan and hers is Jane; the J…

Pärnu, Estonia

The small quaintly town of Pärnu is a place where life is more laid back and during the month of May it can still be slightly cold, quiet and desolate; except for the locals who reside here. Vacant beaches, parks and city streets make this small town the ideal place to just get away and…

Tallinn, Estonia

I arrived in Tallinn around 6:30am today after a long nights sleep on the bus from Vilnius to Tallinn. I had to take the number 2 trolley into the old town where I followed my map to the Old Town Hostel where I will be spending the night. I spent 200 EEK = $15 for…

Warsaw, Poland

Monday: 18 May 2009 As I prepared to leave for Warsaw I found a plug to charge my phone and check my text messages from the day since I have not had the chance to charge my phone. The first message I read was from Mikayla telling me to remember that L’viv is an hour…