Tag Archives: Travel Thoughts and Insights

Travel On A Budget: 2017 Edition

2017 in Travel

Would you look at that, another year has passed. In true form, we are publishing Travel On a Budget: 2017 Edition.  Who says you have to leave your hometown just to explore and experience more? We try to break the misconception that you’ll have to travel outside your hometown to experience new things, and we try […]

How we fund and afford our travels

Faulkner's House in Rowan's Oak, Oxford, Mississippi

  People always ask us how we can afford to travel this much, and we try to make it as transparent as possible by posting our travel expenses on this blog. However, what they really don’t know is HOW we can afford to spend all that money on travel.  Living in the USA, I’ve realized […]

First Impressions of Alaska

First Impressions of Alaska

Greetings! This is the first of our (hopefully) many blogs about Alaska. aptly titled our First Impressions of Alaska. Below are some links that may interest you if you want to read more about Alaska. Just a note: all these photos (including the wildlife ones) are taken by either me or Ruby. Some of them […]

Where to go in Havana Cuba (Where we went, and what we saw)

Where to Go in Havana

As a brief background, we cubicle dwellers decided to make use of our President’s Day holiday weekend to go somewhere new. At the same time, we had a few JetBlue points to use, and they had a deal for Cuba – so that’s why we (Peter, me, and a friend named Anthony) decided to book […]

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.