• Oye, go to Cartagena, Colombia!

    I believe that starting the year with a vacation is the best. It’s a sign that the year ahead will be full of travel, exploring and adventures. Last year it was Mexico in January (read about the adventure here). This year we went farther south, to Colombia. We flew United direct to Bogota for around $600. It was a good flight and my first experience in Business Class. What a treat! No plastic dishes or utensils, much better food and lots of refills. We spent the night at the Marriott Courtyard hotel ($80/night) 5 minutes away from the airport as we had a next day flight to Cartagena for which…

  • Winter holidays in Romania

    This year is the second I get to spend winter in New York. Last year I was very enthusiastic about spending New Year’s in New York. I mean…isn’t that for many a once in a lifetime opportunity? I didn’t miss it, but I also didn’t enjoy it that much. So given the underwhelming midtown experience and that all my close friends would be around, I decided to spend New Year’s in Romania this year. With a heavy heart I boarded my flight on Air Serbia. It was cheaper by 50% compared to other airlines, the seats are great and lots of leg room. Get a night flight so you don’t…

  • The best Christmas things to do in New York City

    As the song goes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and what better city to spend the winter holidays than the magical New York City.  From where to see the best holiday ligths to where to get the best hot chocolate in town, I have compiled a list of fun things to do in New York City this holiday season. Where to see the Christmas lights This sits at the top of my list as it is one of my favorite things that makes New York magical at this time of the year. Let’s explore some of the best places for seeing them. 1. Dyker Heights This…

  • Great Washington State road trip

    After visiting beautiful Seattle we set off on a short adventure around the Washington State. We stayed with friends who live in Wenatchee the world capital of apples. Yes, I had not idea how to pronounce that either, so when I first learned about the city I used to call it Witchita. If you’re curious to hear how Wenatchee is pronounced check it out here. Also, the meaning of the city’s name is  “river flowing from a canyon”. It’s about 150 miles (240km) away from Seattle that is, in case you don’t have a flat tire like we did. Then it turns into a slightly longer time :). Snoqualmie Falls…

  • How to spend one day in Seattle

    As much as I love New York, I sometimes wish it had more nature. But hey, that’s what vacations and the West Coast are for. After the concrete jungle comes the lush evergreen forest of Seattle. Having lived one of the most magical moments of my life in Vancouver earlier this year (nature related moment:)), I thought Seattle would be a similar breath of fresh air and connection with nature. And so it was. Vacation days are scarce in the US, so we packed as much as possible in just one day and a few hours in Seattle before setting off on a road trip around Washington state (I will…

  • Learn how to take care of indoor plants

    If there was internet while my mom was raising us, I am sure she would have been a #plantfluencer. If you’re wondering what that is, I was in the same boat until yesterday when it was revealed to me. As the name obviously indicates, these are Instagram gurus of plant knowledge and plant show off. When we were little my mother used to grow and take care of so many indoor plants from ferns to cacti, rubber tree, snake plant and so many others. So, as you might imagine, my mother is talented in so many ways which I unfortunately didn’t inherit – like taking care of plants and cooking.…

  • How to explore New York City like a local

    As much as Times Square or Empire State Building are important landmarks for New York City, I prefer my weekends more chill. I like exploring the hidden gems and discovering new places and activities. It’s been more than a year since I lived here and I still wander the streets and feel like I’m watching my own life in a movie. Not taking anything for granted, I set on another city “adventure”. This time I am attending a coffee home-brewing class. After some valuable google research I found the best place in town for learning about coffee: Counter Culture. They have training centers all over the country and offer cupping,…

  • Catch the New York fall foliage on a cruise

    Fall is a season that’s loved by many, especially when it’s not raining. And as soon as it settles in, people start talking predominantly about apple picking and the foliage. My first time in the United States I lived in Vermont for three months. Everyone can testify that’s the best state in New England to see the foliage. My Kmart colleague where I had worked even wrote me a letter about how she went to see the foliage. That’s how excited everyone is about it around here. Unfortunately I had to leave back to college in Romania before I could actually see the tree colors changing. So last year when…

  • Open House New York 2019 Sites

    Being a tourist in what I call my home now, I went to visit One World with my family when they were here last September. This is an experience I highly recommend even though it’s all enclosed as compared to Empire State Building or Top of the Rock which both have outdoor space. I will not spoil the surprises of the tour for some of you who haven’t been there yet, but one thing I liked is that they have a guide who gives you the history of the five New York City boroughs in maybe thirty minutes. The story is sprinkled with real life facts as well as interesting…

  • Top five museums to visit in New York City

    It’s not only apple picking season, but museum season as well. The weather is still nice in New York, but as soon as the weather turns, what better way to spend your weekends than enjoy art, the history and science in the best New York City museums. I’ve been to maybe less than ten percent of all of the museums the city has to offer, but here are my two cents about a few of my favorites! Also, at the end of this article you will find tips on how to get in for free at most of the museums in NYC* (some apply only to residents). The Metropolitan Museum…