Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Since I’ve Been Gone

It’s been about a year since I’ve posted, but I’m thinking this might be a good opportunity to get my creative juices flowing. Break the routine. Write something besides an email sent in the throes of a never-ending to-do list for work. The truth is, I haven’t traveled nearly as much as I would have … Continue reading

Finding Your Perfect Match (In Airfare Deals)

I have always been the type of person who spends hours poring over Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz, comparing airfare and hotel prices for imaginary (and sometimes not) vacations. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than doing travel research. Because of the possibility that it may lead to actual travel. Real, cultural, exotic, unforgettable brushes … Continue reading

der kommissar take 2

So, I made it back to der kommissar today and I finally had the sausage! This is a platter with viennese, chili, and apple and chicken sausage. Our three sides were the pickles and peppers, potato salad, and sauerkraut. YUM. This feast was followed by a chocolate and strawberry milkshake. Go Friday afternoons!

Dear Romania, You Were A Difficult Country, But I Still Loved You (Part 1)

My junior year of college, I applied to attend a six-week environmental sustainability seminar that took place in Romania and was funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Romania was entering the European Union in 2007 and this posed many challenges to the country’s traditional agriculture and unspoiled environment. We were … Continue reading

Great American Road-Trip Map

As a New Yorker, constantly trapped between traffic and development, one of my most frequent escapist fantasies has always been to go cross-country. Nothing but the highway furiously unfurling before me, not an apartment building in sight, only the promise of odd roadside attractions, national forests, greasy spoon diners, historical landmarks, and the freedom of … Continue reading

An Australian Dream

I’ve always dreamed of going to Australia. I don’t know if it’s the badass reputation as a former convict settlement, my tendency to desperately want to go to places that are at least 14 hours away by plane, or that I must have watched the movie Crocodile Hunter enough times by the age of 10 … Continue reading

der kommissar, A Wurst Grows in Brooklyn

There’s a $7 prosecco on the chalkboard. You have your pick between eight types of sausage, from the Viennese classic with cheese to the Austrian beef and veal meatloaf, which top out at $6 per wurst. A $2 potato salad catches your eye. The atmosphere is magical, carnal, and Deutsch. This is der kommissar, the … Continue reading

Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook Will Save Your Life

Let’s face it – when you travel, it’s usually not the mundane, practical phrases you want to know. “How much is that?” “Where is the bathroom?” “Please take me here”. Boooooring. We often run into situations that guidebooks and phrasebooks do not prepare us for. Life isn’t all about asking people for directions and bathroom locations in nuanced … Continue reading