10 Seconds in Chernobyl

Here is a sneak peak at the craziest daytrip I have ever taken. 10 seconds, 20 seconds…basically however long you spend staring at the photos. Chernobyl and its aftermath has […]

Golden Kiev: The Churches and Cathedrals of Ukraine’s Capital

Kiev has really impressed me. A couple of months ago when I first started looking into visiting, I forecasted quite accurately a city full of traditional Kievan Rus churches topped […]

I’m obsessed with…Georgian food

Went to Nikala, a Georgian food restaurant, in Kiev last night. It was my first experience with Georgian food and it was a great success. ღორის ქადა Salati (salad) Just […]

Welcome to Kiev!

Woooooooow! I have to say, I am quite impressed with what I have seen from the city so far. I had no idea I would like it this much! It’s […]

I Left My Heart in Odessa, Ukraine

My trip to Ukraine started off a bit crazy. Swine Flu Mania was sweeping the country and I was forced to learn the hard way how Ukrainian politicians garnered support […]

I’m obsessed with…Pepper Vodka & Grapefruit Juice

You must try this now! It is like a party in your mouth. Don’t worry, I always wanted to vomit when I thought about pepper flavored vodka, too. Nevertheless, I […]

Хурма are so hot right now

Хурма (khurma): street name…PERSIMMONS I thought these things being sold on every street corner in Odessa were just scary tomatoes, but actually it is a very delicious fruit that I […]

Odessa, the film star

I didn’t know anything about Odessa before I came except that it was where one of the most famous scenes in film history took place. In Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, […]

Drinking Gogol-Mogol at Гоголь Моголь

I finally got to try Ukraine’s version of eggnog called “Gogol-Mogol” at Odessa’s famous cafe Gogol-Mogol (Гоголь-Моголь). It’s probably 2,000 calories a glass, but sooooo tasty! Gogol Mogol – Ukrainian […]

Panic on the Streets of Ukraine

Three hours before I was supposed to fly out of Sweden to begin my journey into Ukraine, I received this message from one girl whose couch I had requested to […]

My (Crazy) Week in Travel!

I got a message today from a friend of mine who has been following my Twitter updates for the past week or so. It read: “Your travel rate is straight […]

Four Hours in Riga

While Stockholm has been great, my feet have been getting itchy just sitting here, so I decided I needed to take a quick city break. Viking and Tallink are two […]

All The Leaves Are Brown

…and green, and yellow, and orange, and red. I would say southern California only has two seasons—summer and then the rest of the year that seems to blend together with […]

More Than Meatballs: An Introduction to Swedish Cuisine

Sweden isn’t exactly known for its culinary accomplishments, and to be honest, I never really knew much about traditional Swedish gastronomy other than Swedish meatballs and lingonberry, even after several […]

A Taste of California in Sweden

A majority of my friends in Sweden live down south in Malmö, so it was a no-brainer when it came time for me to decide which city I wanted to […]

Getting it Done in Gothenburg

Eat. Sleep. Write. Read. Watch Swedish Idol. My time in Gothenburg has been boring, but I have loved every second of it. It has been a perfect time to recover […]

Stockholm, Stockholm…Stockhome?

Hello, Stockholm. I have had my sights set on you for a while now. You were supposed to be my new home but now things have changed a little so […]

Malmöfestivalen: Biggest Party in Sweden?

It very well could be. Heard that Malmöfestivalen was one of the biggest parties in Sweden so of course I had to see for myself. The Öresund Bridge made my […]

Four Hours in Copenhagen

My next stop after London was supposed to be Stockholm via the glorious and glamorous Ryanair. Back in June, when I booked a one-way flight for only $40, I was […]