Three Weeks of Insanity Part 1: Norwegian Adventures

For anyone who follows me on social media, the last three weeks have most likely seemed rather baffling–I was in the U.S. recovering from lung surgery until August 11, then flew home to Singapore, then flew round trip to Norway (with a quick stop in London on the way home), then somehow ended up in…

On Kampot and Quiet Travel

Although Phnom Penh was my transit hub for my journey to Cambodia last week, after hearing from some other folks about the city – whose advice turned out to be entirely merited – I decided that maybe spending six whole days in the capital was not the best idea.  After leafing through my trusted Lonely…

Facing History in Phnom Penh

As a Westerner, the first thing I noticed about Phnom Penh was not the traffic (a seemingly incomprehensible sea of cars, motorcycles, and tuk tuks laden with every item imaginable) nor the noise (a cacophony of beeps and calls of “tuk tuk?” that followed me nearly everywhere), but the air.  Unlike Beijing, where pollution creates a…

So I made it to Singapore…now what?

After many (MANY) hours on a plane between Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (depending on your perspective/location in comparison to the international dateline), I arrived in Singapore late Thursday night, and made it safely (and easily!) to my new apartment.  While I was definitely super excited to have finally arrived, the full enormity of my decision to…

I’m moving to Singapore!

So for those of you that don’t know (despite my incessant discussion of this subject for the last 10 months), in just over a week, I’ll moving to Singapore!  I’m super excited about the move – and also very excited to blog about my adventures – and decided to write up a brief FAQ to answer…

48 hours in…Vancouver, Canada!

Howdy, friends–long time no see!  With TAing, writing drafts of my dissertation proposal, and generally trying to save money for my impending trip to Singapore, I haven’t really had time to travel as much as I’d like.  I took a short trip to New Orleans back in December, but this week I’m wrapping up my…

Dara’s Eastern Europe Adventure: Days 9 & 10!

When we last left off, I was standing on a train platform in Bratislava, Slovakia, nervously staring at a train departure board tha said “Berlin,” which is nowhere near “Krakow,” where I was hoping to end up.  After using a bunch of my data allowance to google the trains, I discovered that Hungarian railways was…

Dara’s Eastern Europe Adventure: Days 7 & 8!

When we last left off, I had boarded a train to Bratislava from Hungary, ready to start the more off-the-beaten-path track of this adventure.  To my surprise after my arrival in Bratislava, however, it turns out that the city is a little heaven for backpackers, most of whom were traveling to or from Budapest (or…

Dara’s Eastern Europe Adventure: Days 5 & 6!

Hello, fellow travelers!  Where we last left off, I had just arrived in Budapest after a whirlwind three days traveling between Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, and Vienna.  My two days and three nights in Budapest will actually prove to be the longest stop I make during this whole trip, and I tried to really take advantage of…

Dara’s Eastern Europe Adventure: Days 3 & 4!

Hello, dear readers!  The last time you heard from me, I was lounging at my hostel in beautiful Innsbruck, Austria–well, things have changed quite a bit since then!  I’m still lounging at a hostel, but this one is in (also beautiful) Budapest, Hungary, and I’ve been moseying through quite a few cities on my way…