You live out the confusions until they become clear

  I’m alive. Not writing on this blog for more than a month feels like forever in internet years. I know you’ve been looking for me. To readers who care and emailed to ask if I stopped blogging: I’m still here. I did not leave. This space will not disappear. It’s my baby. It’s my […]


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Where to Stay in Rome: Guesthouse Sant’Angelo Review

After our trip in Ponza island, I stayed overnight in Rome at Guesthouse Sant’Angelo.     The guesthouse is named after the gorgeous Castel Sant’Angelo which is a few hundred meters away from the property. The Vatican Museums is a 15-minute walk from here. It’s very centrally-located.     Our room was pretty clean and […]


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Ponza: 6 Best Things to See and Do on Italy’s Secret Island

  “Enjoy Ponza. Please don’t tell everyone about it!”, shouted Alina as we left her holiday villa at Il Fontanaro in Umbria, Italy. I understood why. Ponza Island is so beautiful and, like many people, I didn’t even know it existed until my trip there. It’s my new favorite Mediterranean island. Apparently, it’s popular among […]


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Spaghetti Ice Cream Exists and it’s freakin delicious

“Wait, what?!? Spaghettieis (Spaghetti ice cream)? What the hell is that?” “Just wait for it,” said Michael with a mischievous grin on his face. We were in Cologne and we stopped by one of the ice cream shops to have some ice cream. The shop was packed with people mostly sitting outside enjoying the sun […]


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$300 East Dane Giveaway Winners

I just recently celebrated one big milestone in my life when I moved to Europe 5 years ago on August 23, 2009 with a $300 giveaway from East Dane. Thanks to everyone who joined and participated. After all the work of assigning numbers to all the entries and using random.org to determine the winners, here […]


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My Scuba Story + Diving in Europe on Ponza Island, Italy

  I am scared of bodies of water. It doesn’t look like it but I am really scared of the sea and the ocean. I almost drowned in Perhentian Islands, Malaysia when I was snorkeling there. I was 23. I did not know how to swim. I was too excited. On our third pit stop, […]


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Win $300 from East Dane to stay stylish on your travels

  To celebrate the day when I first set foot in my dream continent and start my adventures of a lifetime that lead me to where I am now, I am giving away $300 worth of shopping moolah from East Dane to my readers and subscribers. That day was August 23, 2009. Tomorrow I will […]


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Summer in Saimaa: An Outdoors Finland Adventure

I’ve always bemoaned the fact that I have traveled to Finland twice and both trips were during the winter. I wanted to travel in Finland in the summer when the days are long and the landscape is not covered in snow. You know me, I love Scandinavia. Or the Nordics. Whatever you want to call […]


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I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly

So it totally freaked me out that the Beyonce poster I bought when I watched Beyonce in Cologne, Germany a few months back had the same Chevron wallpaper pattern as my renovated “office”. I only saw the poster again when I bought a big-ass frame for it last week and was surprised to see the […]


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Hipstagramming U x U Festival in Umeå, Sweden

  What if YOU can actually determine how long a music festival will be? What if YOU can be a co-founder of a music festival? What if YOU can be an essential part of new kind of music festival? With U x U Festival (pronounced as You by you Festival), there are no what ifs. […]


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