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Pura Vida in Costa Rica with Heather, and Pants aka J Rock aka Jackie aka JjjaaaCQueLINUH (said in a very French, high pitched, haughty, pearl clutching kind of way). What do I do if I encounter a Jaguar? What is that demonic screaming snarling sound?  No but like actually…what makes that sound?  What do I do if I come face to face with such a creature?  Why am I walking unaccompanied in… Read More

We drove around Sri Lanka from Colombo to Kandy to Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in the back seat of his sedan, chatting occasionally and lazily while staring out at the lush hillsides, careening around the never-ending switchbacks, through tea plantations that convey a feeling of being transported to British Ceylon circa 1830.

First Impression: Is this a city or a collection of mountain towns? Muscat is so spread out, it’s difficult to get a feel for the place as a city.    Everyone we met was really down to earth and helpful. Where I stayed: Mutrah Hotel.  Basic, clean, nothing fancy, decent location for a city tour, we could walk to the souq from there and the restaurant across the street was pretty good. What to… Read More

First Impression: I arrived at the butt crack of dawn and to be honest, in downtown Amman, I was intimidated by the near empty streets and every second man yelling out to me. My hostel I had booked through hostel world was under renovations so I was left wandering the streets looking for a new accommodation. Nothing was opened that early, to even sit for a coffee and get my bearings.  I found… Read More

Bussing through Zambia from Livingstone to Lilongwe, Malawi via Lusaka. Disclaimer: We arrived in Lusaka by bus at 9 pm and then left by bus at 5:30 am the next day. First Impression: The bus station is an intense jumble of humanity and I would definitely try to avoid it in the future. Where I stayed: Lusaka Backpackers, clean, basic, nice bar and outside area, no food service though which sucked for us… Read More

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe First Impression: So quaint and clean, a perfect little tourist town. Where I stayed: Shoe String Backpackers.  Honestly kind of dirty and basic, they charge extra for wifi and the mosquitoes are a nightmare.  The food was quite good though, especially the breakfast porridge and the garden area is lined with artisans making and selling their goods.  It’s also basically the only nightlife in town so depending on how you… Read More

In my experience, quick guide to Addis Ababa

Once in awhile something comes along that gives me a very unusual sense of regret, like when I discovered quick dry towels and thought about how many times on past trips I’d brought along a tiny hand towel and had awkward communal shower moments trying to pull on a pair of leggings even though I wasn’t completely dry.  Well I recently discovered Sygic Travel (a travel planning app) and that sense of regret… Read More