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Moscow at Dawn

Moscow– what a strange city! I arrived at the airport in the dead of night and popped in to  my capsule hotel, ready to catch a bit of sleep. I woke up a few hours later when it was still dark, eager to do a bit of touristing during my twelve hour layover in the city.The city was cold and quiet with hardly a person around. Honestly, it creeped me out a tad and I was like, this is totally the part where I get killed…

Baths and Markets: Budapest Day 4-6:

The time I spent in Budapest did truly fly. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to wake up late, enjoy a cup of coffee around noon and then set out for a little miniadventure each day with Sam. Clearly, being incredibly lazy suits me. One day we’d pop up to the baths at Szechenyi, immersing ourselves in to the medicinal,thermal waters until our toes and fingers would get all wrinkly. Then the next day, we would setoff to the Central Market where it was food…

New York Cafe- Budapest Day 3

The New York Cafe, first opened in 1894, was a center for cultural musings,literature and conversation. It’s said that a particularly zealous cafe-goer stole thekeys to the cafe and threw them in to the Danube River so the cafe could be open fortwenty four hours a day, for everyone to enjoy. That guy had the right idea. The New York Cafe is a wonderful place to spend the day.Every part of the hall is covered with ornate decorations and paintings. And before youhave a second…

A Bike Ride Through Budapest- Day 2

Care to join me for a ride through Budapest? Here’s our guide, the lovely Sam. Hold on tight because there’s no slowing down withthis one! Our first stop is  Heroe’s Square. This is Vajahunyad Castle (try saying that 10 times fast!) It was built as part of the  millenial exhibition and includes all sorts of architectural pieces from different eras. Unfortunately no dragons or Prince Charming’s here but they did have a moat! The  whole time walking around it, I kept repeating, “It’s a castle.…

Travel Diary: A Panda In Budapest

After what may possibly be the longest flight ever, I’ve finally made it to Budapest!Seriously, I think I managed every cramped, sleep position possible. I truly feel foranyone over 5’4” and having to make it work in that tiny 3×3 sitting space. I arrived in Budapest late at night and was successfully dropped off at my friendSam’s apartment. It’s been almost a year since I last saw her back in New York soyou can imagine my excitement to finally see her again! Unfortunately jet lag…

Long Beach

Spent a relaxing afternoon down in Manhattan Beach at Simmzy’s before exploring Long Beach and watching the sun go down. Simmzy’s is quite the happening place,  so after putting our name in, we wandered around the boutiques and built up our  appetites for plenty of beer and burgers. Simmzy’s is casual and friendly with plenty  of natural sunlight and the brussel sprouts, oh my. Did I mention the amazing goodness that is the brussel sprouts here? They have a solid selection of craft beer and…