Backpacking Big Basin Redwoods State Park- The North Rim Loop

Backpacking Big Basin Redwoods State Park- The North Rim Loop

Looking for a two night backpacking trip near Santa Cruz that features giant redwood groves, gorgeous vistas, and epic waterfalls?   Big Basin Redwoods State Park has got you covered.

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Great London Eats for the Traveling Foodie

Great London Eats for the Traveling Foodie

London now has a burgeoning foodie scene.  Aside from the typical pub grub, a number of hip spots have arisen, making London an interesting destination for the traveling foodie. Here are a few of the top spots we were taken to or advised to go to while on our trip there last week.

A Beginners Guide to Backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes

A Beginners Guide to Backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes

I grew up assuming that backpacking was not an option for me.  Backpacking along with scuba diving was looped into the "too dangerous for diabetics" category in my head. A category, which I've only recently realized is completely ludicrous. Unlike scuba diving, no one (other than my mom) has ever told me that backpacking is [...]

All About the Berg (Bergamo, Lombardia)

All About the Berg (Bergamo, Lombardia)

So, it's been a while since I have written a travel post. That's because, since returning from Italy, I have remained mostly in San Diego. I am from San Diego, so being here doesn't feel like traveling, but rather like returning to a childhood memory. Recently, I've been pondering the meaning of home.  I have [...]

Of Mushroom Hunters and Sheep Parades

“The hills are alive with the sound of music!” I wanted to jump from my bus and run singing through the green pastures of the pre-Alps of Bergamo province.  To distract myself from this rather strange urge, I was content instead to spend the last ½ hour of my trip counting sheep.  Total tally: 238 [...]

Reflections on Catania from a Wannabe Sicilian

Reflections on Catania from a Wannabe Sicilian

“U tuoi beddu ùocchiu verdu cùomu u mari.” I looked at my roommate Ivana for an explanation.  She translated from Sicilian into Italian, “Your beautiful green eyes the color of the sea.”  I smiled at the crusty fisherman before me, thinking, “But my eyes aren’t green, and the sea here is definitely blue.”  He rewarded [...]

Navigating the Food Court

Panda Express, Subway, Rubios, McDonalds, Starbucks… Most are familiar with the typical American food court.  From greasy chow mein at Panda express to your foot long BLT sub at subway, the top floor of your local mall seems to have it all. Looking for a quick lunch I ventured to the local mall in Suva.  [...]