Cuba People to People, Day 2

I’ve always had a fondness for sunrise and sunset. As day broke over my second day in Havana, Cuba, I was grateful that my room faced east. I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the sun cresting over the horizon as it created a silhouette of the Russian Embassy. I wanted to shout with glee, […]

Missed Connection: Frankfurt, Germany

After Naples, my friend and I bid ciao to Italy. Our flight home was scheduled with a very tiny layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  In order to make our connection flight, our initial flight had to go off without a hitch. We had no such luck. Our initial flight was delayed and left after the time […]

Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant […]

2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized […]

Bari: A Castle, the Old Town, Pasta, a Basilica and a Promenade

Bari is the capital city of the Apulia region.  It is on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea.  It is known as a port and university city and the city of Saint Nicholas. Bari is also known for it seafood, its handmade pasta, and its notable wines, which includes a delicious primitivo. This very well […]

Italy: Barletta

After our morning exploring Monte Sant’Angelo and Gargano, we made our way back to coastal city of Barletta. The City Barletta is located on the Adriatic with a very long, sandy coast stretching to both the east and the west. Along the coast, there are various attractive beaches with trees to the west. The main […]