Havana, Cuba: My Pictures and Visit Notes

What comes to mind when you think about Cuba? For me now: Classic American cars. Empty grocery store shelves. Beautiful beaches. Delicious food. Long lines at the bank. Great people. Socialism. And embargoes.

I spent a long weekend in Havana, Cuba. I loved it.

Two people smiling and wearing sunglasses with ocean / beach behind them Rachel and I are sun-kissed and happy at the beach in Havana, Cuba. This was actually within the city limits of Havana!

Click here or scroll down to read my 5 must-do suggestions in Havana.

I saw a totally new side of the city. My girlfriend’s childhood friend showed us around town.

Two women wearing sunglasses and smiling Maile and Rachel after a day at the beach. They grew up together in Oregon. Now Maile is living in Havana doing research with the American Studies program at Yale University.

Here are my best photos and random observations.

2019-11-06T21:53:05-05:00November 6th, 2019|General, Travel|

Kyrgyzstan Travel Videos

I went to Kyrgyzstan in August 2019 with some friends. These are my three favorite videos that I made during our trip.

Most Popular: Yurts at Song Kol Lake

YouTube: In central Tian Shan of Kyrgyzstan is Song-Kul (Son Kul) Lake at almost 10,000 ft altitude. We did a yurt stay overnight and rode horses near the lake.


2019-09-16T08:48:17-04:00September 16th, 2019|Travel, Videos|

Medellin, Colombia: Travel Tips and Tricks

I spent about 10 days in Medellin with my girlfriend, Rachel, during July 2019. We found: the best local SIM card in Medellin was Avantel. The safest neighborhood was Poblado and my favorite coffee shop there was Pergamino. Our favorite tour was Comuna 13. We made a bunch of videos. And more!

See all the places we were recommended and (and some of which we liked) on this shared Google Map.


2019-09-06T16:56:42-04:00July 20th, 2019|General, Travel|

Warsaw, Poland: My Top 6 Favorite Things

My favorites:

  • Best chain diner: Zapiecek
  • Best “milk bar”: Bar Mleczny pod Barbakanem
  • Best food hall: Hala Gwardii
  • Best hipster restaurant: Pyzy flaki gorace!
  • Best park: Lazienki Krolewskie
  • Best hotel in Old Town: Hotel Bristol

Warsaw is an uncrowded, clean, gentle Eastern European capital city.

It made an excellent first stop on my family’s Eastern European trip in August 2018.

These are my tips and favorites from a short visit.

To find these places, I used local tour guides, Foursquare city reviews, and guidebooks.


2018-09-04T12:15:59-04:00September 3rd, 2018|General, Travel|

Happy Hour in London: All Fun And Games

Big cities attract sharp, smart, entrepreneurial people.

Exactly the kind of people I like to meet.

On the night of 30th August 2018, I hosted a New Friends Cocktails and Icebreakers Party at Thompson’s Gallery in Marylebone, London.

Lots of sharp, smart, and entrepreneurial friends were made!

People in an art gallery for a cocktail party in London Enjoying one of my favorite activities – making new friends! At an art gallery in London


2018-10-18T20:10:06-04:00September 1st, 2018|General, Travel|