Tag Archives: Travelistas

Dine Like a Raj During Ramadan (in the UAE)

It is the holiest month of the year (the 9th month of the Islamic calendar)- a time when devout Muslims are expected to rigidly reexamine the tenets of their faith and demonstrate their steadfastness to the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings by fasting from sunrise to sunset. For non-Muslims who visit Dubai, perchance, during this month, it can be an opportune time to experience the rich tapestry of Arabian Read more »

Leaving on the Night Train to Sapa (Vietnam)

I have always dreamt of traversing the great corridors of the world by train---tackling Lake Michigan, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore on one jaunt then the Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Italian Dolomites in another. While riding the Orient Express still remains an ambitious goal on my “back in time” travel adventure list, my recent journey to Hanoi, Vietnam provided me with a Read more »

On The First Day of Ramadan…in the UAE (United Arab Emirates)

It feels like Christmas in July. Ubitiquous are lamp posts, trees trunks and branches adorned in pearl white, emerald green, and celeste blue lights. Lining the medians of streets and bridge crossings are fixtures of crescent moons and stars, Arabic teapots, lanterns, and other symbols of Islamic faith. Shopping malls and official businesses are resplendent in hues of amber and blue Read more »

No Shrinking Violets Here: The Spectacular Flower Parade of Medellín

joys-dancers-491x400 During the time I lived and worked in Medellín, Colombia, the flower festival (La Feria De Las Flores) was an event I marked on my calendar and circled numerous times. There was so much to look forward to: taking in all the varieties of beautiful orchids at the Jardín Botánico, strolling in San Alejo Market munching on slices of salted green mango dripping with fresh lime juice, staring in awe at Read more »

Stimulating and Satisfying: Six Awesome Tokyo Restaurants

japan food3 Tokyo cuisine is all about freshness, flavors, and vivid presentation. It aims to take your senses to the highest level possible. Tokyo chefs strive to take risks, and are not afraid to color outside the lines. The following restaurants are sure to have your senses firing on all cylinders: Fresh Fish May I have the ocean with that octopus please? Uoshin - There are 5 branches situated throughout Read more »

Street Art In Berlin

image Having just finished a lively conversation over beers and pizza with friends in Alexanderplatz, I wondered what to do next. I had one more day in Berlin. I had no desire to participate in another lackluster tour to the Berlin Wall or Brandenburg Gate. I wanted to connect with this city on a more visceral level, to really get a feel for its pulse. After bidding my friends goodnight at their hostel, Read more »