Category Archives: Vacation

Winter Trip to Vietnam

I had heard so much about Vietnam that it was one of the top countries in South East Asia that I had wanted to visit. I originally had planned on doing all of Vietnam (north to south) and then going west into Cambodia. However, because of my school changing my vacation dates I ended up […]

View full post »

Japan with my Parents (Part 2)

The previous post was about the first part of my travels in Japan with Shiori. Half way through my parents, flying from the USA, finally came to visit me!!! We had decided since they’d already seen much South Korea back in 2004, that we should meet up in another country. Although my dad had already […]

View full post »

Traveling Japan (Part 1)

After the difficulty of negotiating dates throughout December and desk-warming for a week, I was excited to finally stretch my wings and go to my first planned winter destination: Japan (January 7 to 20). Overview Part 1 of the Winter Break: I spent five days visiting, Shiori, a good friend from college who had been […]

View full post »

Costa Rica Wrapping Up

Costa Rica overall was a very fun vacation, despite the short time we spent there. I was able to get a lot of use out of my Spanish. This isn’t to say that not knowing Spanish will be difficult, as Costa Rica has such a thriving tourist industry, most of the people involved are at […]

View full post »

Costa Rica: Dolphins & Scuba Diving

Manuel Antionio National Park Dives Unfortunately, the diving and snorkeling were the most disappointing parts of the trip. It is often said that the Pacific cost of Latin America has very variable diving and often more murkier waters on any given day due to the ocean currents. This could not have been more true for […]

View full post »

Like Monkeys in the Trees

A very fun day was had by all. The road – or perhaps trail is a better term – that lead into the rainforest was washed out in places and filled with potholes. We bumped our way along in a vamped up pickup truck, finally crossing a shallow river to stop in the shade of […]

View full post »

Costa Rica: Wildlife & Photolove

My family and I traveled to Costa Rica for spring break to get away from the brutal winter in the North East. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and one of the best places to visit for a tourist in Latin America that is not as “touristy” or built up (yet) as other places in […]

View full post »

Sailfishing in Costa Rica

So today we decided to charter a boat. Quepos is famous for its sailfishing as well as deep sea fishing for tuna and El Dorado (also known as Mahi-mahi). Sail-fish are catch and release, but were were hoping to catch some El Dorado (roughly translated in Spanish as “the golden one”) to make some surf-and-turf […]

View full post »