Learning how to ride a motorbike in Saigon

Saigon is a city of motorbikes. It’s impossible to talk about it without mentioning the swarms of bikes you encounter everywhere. They clog roads, sidewalks and even the home where they are parked inside for safekeeping. When our couchsurfing hosts told us we couldn’t have a true Saigon experience without … Continue Reading →


Mumbai and Delhi – two big, hot cities

Continuing on our escapades, we headed for the biggest and craziest city in India – Mumbai. Okay, we actually couchsurfed in a quiet suburb and left the very next day for Aurangabad. But don’t worry, we’ll be back to Mumbai soon enough. We went to Aurangabad to see the Ellora … Continue Reading →

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10 things we learned in Helsinki

1. Finland used to be ruled by Sweden, then Russia, before gaining independence. Fun fact – they also supported Nazi Germany during WWII….whoops! 2. The city has a huge bunny problem. With thousands of these cute creatures overrunning the city, local politicians and newspapers mention the problem as often as … Continue Reading →

Mondello in the background

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

What comes to mind when you think of Sicily and it’s capital, Palermo? For me, it was the mafia, pizza and cannoli and not much else. I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t know too much about its history, culture or natural beauty before our visit. So when we … Continue Reading →

Tuscany is beautiful…blah blah blah…

Since the beauty of Tuscany’s rolling hills and ancient cities has been written about ad nauseum, we’ll just mention a few of our observations during our travels through Italy this time around. Puffy pants – Fashion here is quite a bit different than back in the States, but far and … Continue Reading →

Florence from the top of the Dome

Animated gesturing and tiny cars…

Ahh…Italy. Generally on everyone’s European travel itinerary. Who wouldn’t want to eat great food, drink luscious wines and immerse oneself in la dolce vita? We spent a few days in Milano, where our buddy Vincenzo schooled us in the Italian aperitivo. Basically, it’s a happy hour where you buy one … Continue Reading →

The DO’s and DON’Ts of Couchsurfing

Maybe you’ve crashed at a friend’s place for the weekend or have woken up, bleary-eyed,  in some unknown person’s bed. The best travel memories always involve befriending locals who take your tourist ass to the neighborhood bar, drag you to the hottest club and end up offering you their couch … Continue Reading →