April 4, 2017

72 Hours in Oslo: The Gateway City Strategy

Heading to Europe? How about traveling through Oslo, Norway and enjoy this fine city? Thanks to Norwegian Air, and many other airlines, flying to Europe from North America has become quite a bit cheaper. When you’re heading to Europe on […]
March 27, 2017
Curtea Veche Church

Bucharest for Digital Nomads: Is This the Next Chiang Mai?

Finding a good temporary home is always an interest to digital nomads. Romania’s Bucharest should be high on your list. Is Bucharest the next Chiang Mai?   Even though it’s on the other side of the globe, I feel like […]
March 21, 2017

Romanian Food: Pork, Beef, Polenta, Sour Cream, and Repeat

Romanian dishes are full of tradition, love, and pork fat (yes!) Ah, Romanian food. Why didn’t I know this before? I enjoy learning about other cuisines and trying to replicate them at home. How Korean of me. Traveling in a […]
March 17, 2017

Visiting Cambridge: How Can I Meet Professor Stephen Hawking?

Can I meet Professor Stephen Hawking, please? Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Robert Oppenheimer, Hugh Laurie, Alan Turing, Stephen Fry, David Attenborough… All are some of the most inspirational figures in my life. These men also share another thing in common. […]
March 14, 2017

My Favorite Architecture in Bucharest: Stavropoleos Monastery and Brâncovenesc Style

Stavropoleos Monastery is absolutely beautiful. Stavropoleos Monastery, Mănăstirea Stavropoleos in Romanian, also known as Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stavropoleos). It’s an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest. We saw a nun singing beautifully outside of the monastery before the […]
March 13, 2017

Life in Utsjoki: A Town in Finnish Lapland Bordering Norway

What is it like to travel Utsjoki? I believe I inherited the blood of the northerners. Seeing the snow-covered mountains and crown snow-load trees make my heart beat faster. I feel at home in the north. I’m drawn to the […]
February 28, 2017
Transylvania

Experience Transylvania Beyond Dracula: Small Villages, Romani Coppersmiths, and Fortified Churches

Dracula is a real person in Transylvania, did you know? Even to someone who doesn’t know much about Romania, the name Transylvania is familiar. Dracula, the Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker, put Transylvania on the global map. The novel […]
February 17, 2017

Is It Worth Visiting Chisinau, Moldova?

“I get it, you like Moldova. But, tell me, is It really Worth Visiting Chisinau?” Before we decided to travel there, I barely knew anything about Moldova, including the fact that Chisinau is the capital city. We arrived by overnight […]
February 13, 2017
House of the Soviets

Visiting Transnistria: Am I in Moldova or Russia?

Traveling to Former Soviet Union countries? If you are really interested in countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Transnistria should be high on your list. Officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), Transnistria is a self-proclaimed republic wedged between Moldova […]
February 6, 2017

Why You Should Visit Moldova Right Now

Moldova. What do you know about this country? It’s a small territory wedged between Romania and Ukraine, which used to be part of the Soviet Union until its independence in 1991. Before that, it was part of Romania. With a […]
January 6, 2017
Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu's bathroom covered in gold

Bucharest’s Newest Attraction: Look Inside of Ceausescu’s Private Life at Palatul Primaverii (Spring Palace)

On Christmas Day in 1989, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by firing squad. It’s difficult to understand and sum up the history of a foreign country, especially a complex one like Romania’s. Romania began a […]
December 28, 2016

Soak Up Budapest! A Guide to Budapest’s Thermal Baths

I enjoy soaking in thermal baths, especially if it’s directly from hot springs. A healthy two for one deal! Budapest was my home for a few weeks this winter which means the medicinal thermal baths were scheduled into my routine. […]