Travel Notes: Fusterlandia in Cuba

Memorial Day Weekend is meant for us to take a pause and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in service to our country. It also marks the unofficial start of summer. For many Philadelphians, it is traditionally spent with family and friends enjoying backyard barbecues or relaxing down the Jersey shore. We are however experiencing lots of rain and temperatures that could set a record low for this time of the year. It certainly is looking and feeling like a wet spring day in March or April. I am “escaping” the chill in the air by reminiscing… View Post

Philly: Tourist in my Own City

There were some silver linings this past year. It forced me to slow down and stay close to home. By doing so, I discovered how walkable my city is. With each step, I became even more grateful to live in a section of Philadelphia that is historic and beautiful, especially this time of the year. As I became a tourist in my own city, I started to notice things I would otherwise not see and find meaning in the simple and ordinary. I’ve come to see the cityscape as a giant scrapbook – a mosaic of human creativity and… View Post

Travel Notes: Phoenix

City destinations within the US and other developed countries have seemingly morphed into one predictable look but every now and then you come to a place that is decidedly different. When I first stepped out of the Phoenix airport, I immediately knew that this desert city was going to be a Southwestern treat. The sky was blue and the temperature in March was perfection. Phoenix – the Valley of the Sun – has more than 300 days of sunshine a year with the Sonoran Desert serving as the perfect landscape for the Saguaro cactus. Its blossom is the state… View Post