Railroading Across Sri Lanka

Ella Train

One of the themes of our travels has been the desire to visit countries never visited before.  In the most shallow of senses, we are chasing new stamps on the passport or tallies in our growing list of countries visited.  The truth for me is that I have a strong desire to experience new cultures and see different natural wonders.  …

One Year In – How We Got Here

Packed up

Exactly one year ago today, on April 24, 2018, Cecilia and I left our life in New York City behind and set off on our travels.  We had the first few months of travel fairly well planned out, but beyond that, we decided to leave both destination and duration open-ended.  If you had asked me then if we would make …

Returning to Singapore

Garden by the Bay

While I don’t really believe in the idea of life being determined by fate, I do strongly believe there are a handful of decisions one makes that can greatly influence the outcome of their lives.  For me, perhaps the biggest such decision came back in early 2010, when I decided to stay at my job at bank and turn down …

Russia’s World Cup

Spartak Stadium World Cup

The pact was made late one evening, back in 2013, fueled by plenty of alcohol after a long day of lectures — when tickets became available to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we were getting tickets and meeting up in Moscow, no matter where in the world we might be living at that point.  Fast forward nearly four years, …

A Birthday & A Wedding, Laotian Style

View From Treehouse

Unlike Cecilia, I don’t really care to celebrate my birthday.  As far as I’m concerned, the less fanfare, the better.  That said, I do like to do something memorable on my actual birthday.  For the past three years, we’ve been at our favorite beach in Tobago, sipping Caribs and enjoying the tranquility of a beach devoid of tourists.  This year, …

The Fear Underwater

Raja Ampat safety stop

Cecilia and I had been in Raja Ampat, a remote archipelago in the far eastern part of Indonesia, for four days.  We had chosen Cove Eco Resort, situated on Yeben Island right in the middle of diver’s paradise, as the place we wanted to spend our first year wedding anniversary.  It was our first dive of the day and our …