The Gaudi Weekend in Barcelona

Le Pedrera I’ve been to Barcelona a few times and each time I go, I try to see a different area – or a different aspect of what the city has to offer. I’ve already exhausted the Rambles and Gothic Quarter. And I’ve done the whole shopping thing. What I hadn’t done yet was see…

The beauty of Prague

Main square in Prague Prague is everything people say it is and more. When I visited it, I didn’t expect it to be so modern and trendy. In the James Bond film, “Casino Royale,” the shots with their red carpets and old hotels, made the city feel like it was stuck in time in the…

Running in Prague

John Lennon’s Wall in Prague Last year I got really lost in Madrid while on a run. I mean really lost. The first 90 minutes were great. I was running through the streets in the early morning and thinking it was a beautiful city. The only people I saw were drunk people walking home from…

Tea by the Irish Sea

Ireland with all its ruggedness always calls to me. It’s cold, rainy, windy and the sea is always angry when I visit. But they do make the best scones and there is nothing like a hot pot of tea to take the chill off. This March I had the chance to see Ireland through the…

Sailing in Dubai

My friends will tell you that I’m not very good at sitting still. I love hiking and the outdoors, but sitting in a campground or camping sounds horrible. My idea of a picnic is standing at the summit, eating a protein bar while enjoying the view for 5 minutes and then going on my way….

Running with my tribe doing the Dubai Marathon

Dubai is one of my favorite cities that I have been to so far. I love the mix of East and West, I love the whole bigger than life sleek skyscrapers and I like that it’s still slow-paced, unlike Shanghai and other modern cities. I admit that it is expensive there for eating and drinking…

The unsexy side of traveling

Visiting Cambodia was amazing. I got to run a race with temples in the background, I got to eat some amazing food and I got to see a country that I’ve wanted to check out for a while. I also got sick. It started suddenly. I arrived in Thailand and my stomach was feeling a…

A Culinary Journey in Thailand

Curry, lemongrass, spicy broths and seafood…I’m drooling already. The food in Thailand is so flavorful. The last time I went, I decided to learn how to make some of my favorite things. My culinary journey began with a visit to the local market with the chef from the Anantara Hua Hin Resort in Thailand. Taking…

There’s just something about Thailand

      One of my favorite trips to date has been Thailand. I spent a week in the Golden Triangle last year and the energy in Bangkok is fantastic. There’s just something about this country that I love. It may be the people, the food, the weather, the tropical plants…or maybe it’s the elephants….

From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

I admit except for running the Angkor Wat half marathon, I really didn’t have any concrete plans on what I wanted to do in Cambodia. But I figured while I was there, I should go visit the capital Phnom Penh and check it out. It’s about a 6 to 8 hour drive from Siem Reap…

Running the Angkor Wat Half Marathon

I wanted to run the Angkor Wat Half Marathon last December, but because I had gone a little overboard on my trip to Thailand in October, I couldn’t make it happen for me financially. But 2015, I knew I was going to do it. My friend and I waiting at the starting line at dawn….

Pampered at the Golden Temple in Siem Reap

It’s always a little bit scary when booking hotels online in countries you’ve never been before. Not only do you have no idea if the neighborhood is going to be good, but you have no idea if you are getting a good deal for your money. Plus, sometimes places that come up as 4 or…

Christmas Fondue – It’s a Swiss thing

Each country has its own traditions, but I do like the whole “let’s gather” for fondue tradition that they do in Switzerland. The best part is the “cheese crust” at the end. But there’s a knack to getting it out. Fondue is one of those totally delicious meals that you can’t have by yourself.  It…

Hunting for Truffles in Tuscany

These are not truffles, but this was the woods where we found them. Google is a wonderful thing.  Or maybe it’s a dangerous thing for my pocketbook…as it lets me act on a whim. The whole reason I needed to go to Tuscany in November (in addition of being in desperate need of hermit weekend)…

The weekend I ate too much in Tuscany

The view from the house. I’ve had great experiences with AirBnB in last two years.  I’ve stayed on houseboat in Cairo (see blog post), a fantastic house overlooking the desert in Arizona (see it here) and numerous little apartments in Paris. Coming up the walkway to the Tuscan Farmhouse This weekend was another AirBnB adventure…

Volunteering at a vineyard for a day

My fellow volunteers snipping the vines. I’ve always wanted to own a little hobby vineyard where I make my own wine and maybe have a little wine cafe that’s open only on the weekends.  Yes, I’m a bit of dreamer, but you never know…perhaps one day. In the meantime, I’m gathering information about winemaking and…

Weekend in Paris

Notre Dame in Paris While I may be living in Europe, I am still very much a tourist in that everything is new to me — and I take a lot of photos of things people who have been living there all their lives take for granted. But I’m adjusting…slowly. And one of the things…

Did someone say Gruyere?

The mountains were hidden by the clouds that day in Gruyere The longer I’m in Switzerland, the better I’m getting at being a tour guide for guests. Sorry my peeps who visited me in June and July — I knew nothing and you got a lame vacation.  Now I’m ready to entertain. So when Taylor…

The underground lake of St. Leonard

There are some interesting things in Switzerland that I had no idea existed — such as the underground lake of St. Leonard. The lake is located between Sion and Sierre in the heart of the Swiss Alps.  It’s about 300 meters long — which doesn’t sound very big, but it is the largest natural underground…

Not quite sure about Ibiza

Ibiza old town on the port I currently have two friends who have been traveling the world for the last two years.  Every once and a while, I get a Facebook message from them saying they will be in the area — and if I want to join them for dinner or a weekend of…

Photo Moment: Vineyards outside of Sion

If you go to Sion, you need to through the vineyards.  This photo was taken while I walking the Bisse of Clavau.  The trail overlooks the Rhône Valley between Sion and St-Léonard.

A trip to Champéry

I got into hiking when I moved to Arizona in 2012.  I couldn’t resist the desert mountains with their amazing views from the top and the pink-tinted soil of the area (more about desert hikes in Arizona).  I admit I still love the desert and hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim was one of my favorite…

New word of the day: Persil

Here’s what I love about my little village in Switzerland.  They know me.  They may not understand me and I may not understand them as we speak different languages, but they know me.  And what they know me as is: “the girl who speaks English.” This is very reminiscent of when I lived in Germany…

Tapas and architecture in Barcelona

Here’s a fun fact.  One of my Bachelor degrees is in visual arts with a minor in art and architectural history.  So while I prefer adventure vacations outside of cities, I go a little weak in the knees when surrounded by amazing cathedrals, old houses and bridges. However, I also have a passion for modern…

Côtes de l’Orbe – the Swiss wine half marathon

The Côtes de l’orbes half marathon takes you along roads, villages and even forest trails. For years, I’ve been trying to do the Marathon Du Médoc in France.  This is a marathon where you run in fancy dress through the French vineyards, sipping wine along the way.  Doesn’t it sound fantastic? I’ve been dying to…

Breakfast at Savini in Milan

  One of the perks of living in Switzerland (besides all the delicious cheese and chocolate) is how close it is to other cool places – like Milan.  I learned this week that a train from Lausanne to Milan is only 3 hours – and you know what that means. Day trip!!!       Catching the…

Strolling through the Lavaux vineyards

I had no idea there was so much wine in Switzerland until I moved to Lausanne.  And I had no idea that Lausanne was just 10 minutes away by train to the best wine area in the country — the Lavaux vineyards. To get there, you take the train to Grandvaux and then you start…