all the cannolis on display

The Best Cannoli in Boston

Show of hands. How many of you have mentioned you were going to Boston and someone replied, completely unprompted, “you have to try a cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End.” No one ever questions this. You simply say, “ok, I love cannolis.” Well, I want to know what is so good about Mike’s aside…

New York City

My Favorite Thing I’ve Ever Done in New York City

Ok, I’ll spill. The suspense is killing me… My favorite thing I’ve ever done in New York City was attend a taping of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Now what made this experience so epic you may be wondering? Jimmy Fallon is hysterical Reese Witherspoon was a guest that day A blurry shot of my…

Last shot of Fuego Volcano

Hiking Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala

Guys, this was the hardest volcano hike I’ve ever done. I know what you are thinking…”it’s probably the only volcano you’ve ever hiked.” Au contraire! How many times do you have to do something for it to be considered a hobby? Anyway, three. I have climbed three volcanoes and Acatenango was the second one…and the…

Ropa Vieja: the best food in Cuba

Does the Food in Cuba Actually Suck?

If you are considering visiting Cuba, you may have discovered that it doesn’t take much research to learn the food does not have the best reputation. Why? Well, they can’t import the ingredients you want to make your meal great thanks to the big, bad USA (not getting into politics here, but COME ON!!!!) But I…

Cali: Salsa dance capital of Colombia

Learning to Salsa Dance in Colombia: What if Your Hips DO Lie

My previous encounters with salsa always included a side of Tostito tortilla chips, which I masterfully conquered without a hitch. So allow that to set the stage (hah, dance pun) for the impending shitstorm, casually disguised as salsa dance lessons. As if speaking Spanish wasn’t mortifying enough, I opted to bring an entirely new level of embarrassment upon myself while…

The metrocable in medellin

13 Things You Should Do in Medellin Colombia

In all of my travels, this is the first time I have stayed put for this length of time. Two months! The verdict? Amazing! I have an apartment, I have a gym, I take Spanish classes, I take salsa classes, I have a routine, I AM NORMAL! I haven’t felt like this since the summer…

What To Do in Cartagena Besides the Expensive Day Tours

Cartagena, Colombia is a beachy, Caribbean paradise. It is famous for its Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site, and stunning beaches. The catch is, these beautiful beaches are not part of Cartagena at all! They exist on small islands off the coast, which require you to book a trip in order to reach them.…

View of Budapest across the Danube on the free walking tour in Budapest

The Best Free Walking Tours in Europe

There would have to be a really good reason for me to miss out on free walking tours in the city I am traveling in. For instance, there aren’t any. That is justification enough for me to take a pass. Grave illness. There’s another reason. They charge money upfront. Um, well then stop calling yourself…

After Holi photo

What Happens at the Holi Festival in India?

Holi, the festival of colors that takes place in India and Nepal, is less than one month away. If you have ever seen pictures from this event, you may wonder about the true, stain-lifting power of OxiClean. The festival with the staining power of red wine, is a celebration of the start of spring (slash when…