Tag Archives: 2017 Travels

Things to do in Manila – Experiences from A Westerner

Things to do in Manila

We never know where we end up in life.  Sometimes you wander into a bar looking for a drink. Sometimes you stumble into a country on the other side of the world. The two events are different, but not unrelated. I grew up in Europe (Slovakia, to be more precise), lived most of my adult life in the United States, and, last year, married a Filipina.  That’s not a trajectory that I could have predicted when I threw rocks into ditches as a 9-year old in Slovakia.
I’ve visited the Philippines a few times now as a westernized adult, and it is quite an interesting place.  It is marketed as a tropical paradise to those with money, a view that is reinforced by looking at its 7,000 islands and marveling at the natural splendor. It has also been marked in the American consciousness as a piece of tropical hell, due to its important role in World War II’s Pacific Asian Theatre, as well as being the site of Francis Ford Coppola’s mad masterpiece Apocalypse Now. Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is neither paradise nor tropical hell: it’s a dense, huge metropolis with a proud and friendly populace.  And so this piece brings me to my overall impression of Manila and general observations. 

An Alaska Itinerary: What To Do in Alaska for Two Weeks

What to do in Alaska for Two weeks

So, if you’ve been following our blog, we talked about Alaska a fair bit because we decided to go there for our honeymoon after we got married. For those of you who are planning to get married, deciding where to go on honeymoon can be a sore subject, much more planning the itinerary once you …

A Guide to Havana Cuba From the USA

Peter and I both live in Florida, so when direct flights became available from Florida to Cuba, we both decided to make our bucket list dream come true by booking a trip. This article is based on our own personal experiences of visiting Havana, from booking our flights, to the places we’ve seen in Havana, …