8 foods you should say, “bonjour” to in montreal

Poutine – fries with gravy and cheese curds. Need I say more? I don’t normally like soggy fries but somehow, this just works. Must be all the cheese. This dish originates from Quebec. Being that Montreal is IN Quebec, you won’t find a shortage of poutine places. I would think that it’s like finding a…

6 things i learned in the 3 days i spent in montreal

It is a 6-hour drive from NYC to Montreal. Weather in August (temperature-wise) is pretty much similar as Augusts in NYC but less muggy/humid Banque Scotia is partners with Bank of America, so you should be able to waive the ATM fees should you need to withdraw money When you drive back to the US,…

how to be a tourist in montreal

On my second visit to Montreal, I had three days instead of the 12 hours back when I went in 2013 with my friends as a stop on our Toronto road trip. We did some of the same things, and some new ones. Here is what we got the chance to check out: Get a…

5 things you should know before you visit chichen itza

One of the ‘New’ Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is probably on most travelers bucket lists. For me, it’s one of those one and done places. I came, I saw, I don’t need to come back. Make sure you wear sneakers. Just as you’d suspect, there are hoards of tourists (especially tour groups)…

playa del carmen 2019

My very first visit to Mexico was actually because I had the opportunity to attend the bachelorette party of my very good friend, Mabel. She had picked Mexico as her destination, and the rest of us Bridesmaids went to work in search of an all inclusive, as well as some activities the bride would enjoy….

how to be a tourist in miami (just not right now)

Don’t be like one of those selfish Spring Breakers. Stay home. This post is for when things go back to normal (hopefully soon). Ben and I visited Miami back in March of 2019. He was supposed to have a work conference, which ended up being cancelled, so I decided to book a flight for the…

10 foods you should say, “ni hao” to in china

I wish I got the chance to try a lot more food but unfortunately, we were only in China for about five days. As with any country, China has its regional cuisines (I highly recommend watching, “Flavorful Origins” on Netflix to learn more about Chaoshan and Yunnan cuisines). Being that China is one of the…

6 things i learned in the 5 days i spent in china

Credit cards (and cash) are not widely accepted. Not even McDonald’s in the Shanghai train station accepted credit cards. The main form of payment is via AliPay or WeChat app where it’s either linked to a credit card, or you pre-load money onto it and it works like a debit card. Weather at the end…

how to be a tourist in shanghai

Get a view of the Shanghai skyline at The Bund – if you don’t want to pay for a 360-view in one of the many observation decks, the Bund offers a fantastic (free) view of the skyline – especially if you go at night. I’m sure daytime views has its perks but all the buildings…

how to be a tourist in shaoxing

Shaoxing is located 1.5 to 2 hours (by train ride) south of Shanghai. We visited the town since we were visiting Ben’s Grandpa. It’s not a major city in China so most tourists traveling to China probably would not be adding this town to their itineraries. But should you find yourself in Shaoxing, these are…