Ten hour layover in Tokyo? No problem!

So you have a long layover in Japan and aren’t sure what to do with all the extra time? How about just stay at the airport? Maybe catch up on sleep? Shop some more? Eat some more? All are great options but how about leaving the airport and traveling the local area?

On my way back from a two and a half week trip in Thailand and Cambodia, I had a 10 hour layover at Tokyo Narita Airport. Given the crazy traveler that I am, I decided to venture out and see Japan as a first time tourist. Now comes the tough decision? Do we (where we = Sonya and younger sister) actually venture into Tokyo on our own or take a guided tour and visit nearby Narita? Tough decision. We decided we were tired after a red-eye from Bangkok to Narita and opted for more straightforward option. The Narita Transit program. It was a safe and cheap option which would enable us to see Japan and also get another passport stamp. Who doesn’t like an extra passport stamp?  Continue reading Ten hour layover in Tokyo? No problem!

Ocean Playground: Kayaking in Southern Maine

I enjoy kayaking but I wouldn’t consider myself anything close to an expert. Hiking is more my forte. Anyway, there IS a difference between kayaking on calm, still water and kayaking in the rough waters with crazy tides and currents.  I learned that lesson the hard way.  I am always up for a challenge even if I end up looking like a fool. The last time I went real kayaking in big bad ocean water was in Costa Rica in 2014.

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Kayaking to Isla Chora in Samara, Costa Rica

But it was a short kayak trip  Continue reading Ocean Playground: Kayaking in Southern Maine

Bobigny: The “Queens” of Paris

Have you heard of Bobigny, France? Probably not. I hadn’t either until June 2015. That summer, my mother, younger sister and I paid a visit to Paris for just three short days as part of a longer London trip. We of course visited the major cultural sites in and around Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre, North Dame, Versailles – all in summer heat and humidity. So what took us to the outskirts of Paris Continue reading Bobigny: The “Queens” of Paris

Throwback: I “broke” into a Chiang Mai Gurdwara

Given the title of this post, I probably sound like an incredibly bad person. Absolutely downright awful. Just terrible. But hold on and hear me about. It’s a story with a memorable ending. After all, traveling is all about creating new memories.

Thailand has about 20 Sikh temples, or Gurdwaras. My trip to Southeast Asia (Thailand and Cambodia) was 19 days long; Continue reading Throwback: I “broke” into a Chiang Mai Gurdwara

Happy Vaisakhi, Gurdwaras Around the World

Happy Vaisakhi! April marks the time when Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi. This year Vaisakhi was celebrated on Friday, April 14th. Vaisakhi marks an important day in the lives of Sikhs. The day is significant because its a day to recognize and remember the Sikh identity and commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth in 1699. It’s also considered a Spring festival. Wikipedia is a great resource to read up more on Vaisakhi.

As for me and my family, we attended an evening Sikh Gurdwara diwan on Continue reading Happy Vaisakhi, Gurdwaras Around the World

Top 5 “Vegetarian on the Go”

Travel and Vegetarianism don’t always go hand in hand. I work and live in a fairly vegetarian and vegan friendly area. So things get rough sometimes when I travel. But for every not so ideal situation, there are about five others which went fantastically well. Here’s one example: a restaurant was about to close for the night but allowed us in and prepared a fresh and delicious vegetarian meal for a friend and I. We were so grateful to them! What made it even better was that it was a family owned restaurants and the chef and his children were all helping out. It was almost like a meal at a friend’s house. But now on to the not so great “being a vegetarian” moments!

Presenting: Top five things I’ve heard as a “Vegetarian on the Go” Continue reading Top 5 “Vegetarian on the Go”

Mexico, Baja California. Road Trippin’

A. Cancun. Tulum. Riviera Maya. Mexico City.

B. Rosarito. Tijuana. Ensenada.

Which group of Mexican cities and towns do you recognize? A or B? Probably A. My answer would be the same. But last week that changed. Now Baja California is an eternal part of my travel dictionary. How so? Continue reading Mexico, Baja California. Road Trippin’

Cambodia. Beyond Angkor.

In November 2016, your wannabe vagabond spent a few days in Cambodia. So why Cambodia? Why Siem Reap specifically? Answer: Travel goals, bucket list, 52 page passport, Angkor Wat, the whole nine yards. Typical tourist reasons. I’m a total geek for architecture, temples and all things history. Did Angkor Wat meet my expectations? Heck yes! It was everything I expected and more. Bayon, Ta Prohm, Angkor.  Even in the endless heat and humidity (my shirt was literally dripping with sweat!) and with an occasional downpour or two, Angkor was a feast for both the eyes and mind. Continue reading Cambodia. Beyond Angkor.