Mountain Biking Down Death Road

My heart was beating out of my chest. We were about to embark on a 56km ride downhill that would last 4 hours, descending us from 4,700 meter to 1,200 meters in altitude. I was hardly prepared for this. I didn’t exactly expect the first time I ever mountain biked to be such an extreme situation. I guess, “C’est la vie”?! Read More …

Day 3 – Altitude Sickness is not a Joke

I arrived at the hostel, walked up 4 flights of stairs with my backpacks, and I was exasperated by the 3rd floor. I just couldn’t breathe in as much oxygen as I would have liked. My throat was itchy and dry, and I felt dissatisfied with my breathing rhythm. It was actually impossible to take deep breaths. My heart was pounding out of my chest. I’ve never experienced anything like it, or even comparable. Read More …

Day 2 – So Somehow… I’m in Santiago de Chile

I wish I were able to travel without any hiccups, but in my world, that’s obviously me asking for too much. Needless to say my afternoon was eventful, and I feel like I just did an airport tour around the world and especially in South America… Sigh. I’m tired. Read More …

Day 1 – What’s the time in LA?

Documenting my 24 hour stopover in LA before flying out to La Paz: Venice beach was entertainment to say the least. People were conducting medical marijuana evaluations, doing free spirit healings, and other hippy stuff. Adding to this was some guidos (the Spanish kind) walking around topless and flexing their muscles. Read More …

Why I Should Have Quit Traveling: Part 3 of 3 – The Time I Was Stranded Between Two Countries

This final part of my three-part memoir documents the most excruciating travel experience I’ve ever had. I was stranded between two countries in the most bizarre series of events that lead me to it. After a year, I’m finally reliving it, one aching moment at a time, and revealing my 72-hour misadventure. Read More …

Why I Should Have Quit Traveling: Part 2 of 3

10 weeks, 2 Eurotrips, 12 countries, 35 cities, and four years later, I’ve decided to share my travel misadventures and life lessons experienced throughout these trips in my Part 2 memoir. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 first, if you haven’t already done so! Read More …

Rajasthan, India: Jodhpur – The Blue City

The quintessential Mehrangarh fort towers over the Blue City of Jodhpur as though it’s protector, and an architectural masterpiece. Surrounding the Mehrangard fort are the cubed blue houses, scattered over winding medieval cobblestone streets. To my pleasant surprise, the blue city really was blue! Read More …