1. Stray dogs are everywhere. Overall, most seem in relatively good shape besides long-haired ones needing a grooming. In many countries, stray dogs are seen as pests because they crap on the sidewalk, go through everyone’s trash, or beg at markets or restaurants with outdoor seating. However, here, it seems they are just a part of normal, everyday life. Similar to my Florida life in how we have deer, squirrels, and Sandhill cranes everywhere and we don’t pay much attention […]
Things to ALWAYS Do Abroad: 1. Download films to watch and music to listen to offline on apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Music/Prime Video, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube Music. Keep in mind, several apps like Hulu or Pandora are not normally available outside of the US or their selection changes by country such as Netflix. My choices are Netflix and YouTube Music because they have the highest selection, in my opinion, are affordable, and are available in the majority of […]
1. Airbnb: I’m staying in a shared apartment with my host, but will have a private bedroom and bathroom as well as be staying in the city center. For 2 months of accommodation I am paying just under $330, split into two payments, half beforehand as a deposit/reservation and the other half of the payment halfway through my total stay. Because I booked for over a month, my host offered me a monthly price discount of 45% off of my […]
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Vienna is on numerous lists for best places to visit in the world, especially in Europe. Why? There’s a lot to do and something for everyone no matter if you’re a foodie, artsy, or a partier. In addition, it’s not nearly as expensive as countries in western or northern Europe and the city center is very walk-able whilst also having safe, affordable, and efficient public transportation. Food-wise I ate mostly at their amazing Naschmarkt and top ranked Christmas markets and […]
Costa Rica was originally supposed to be my senior trip back in 2009, but not enough students in my graduating class wanted to go and so the trip never happened. Frankly, going as an adult ten years later was indefinitely a better idea as I had the freedom and life experience to do it the right way as opposed to just going on tours with chaperones and staying in touristy hotels. Costa Rica is a country where you can do […]
1. Crocodile Farm: Went on a road trip with some friends from Siem Reap to Battambang, Cambodia. One of our stops was a crocodile farm where crocs are bred and raised for their meat and skin. Straightaway the owner showed us his baby crocs and offered to let us pick anyone of them up to hold. I didn’t hesitate but misunderstood him when he said, “they don’t bite if you hold them,” he meant to say, “they won’t bite if […]
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Tainan: The Descending Flight, Local Currency in Coins, Local Taiwanese Beer, Junk Motorbikes, Chinese Street Lanterns, Monkey Shisha Bar and Feeding Stray Kittens.Taichung: The City & Hiking.Puli: The Motorbike Drive from Taichung, Paragliding, and the Township.Kaohsiung: A Piece of the City, One of the Numerous Claw Arcade Machines and Monuments En Route from Tainan. Taipei: The City Meets the Mountains and Taipei Away from the Lights and Flash.
Osaka: Traditional Japanese Housing, Osaka Castle Grounds, & the Glico Running ManKyoto: Gion district, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Kyoto Station.Uji: Uji Temple (as pictured on the back of the ten yen coin).Tokyo: Odaiba District, the Little Statue of Liberty, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.