Old Phuket Town

On our last full day in Thailand, we ventured into Old Phuket Town and thoroughly reveled in the old Sino-Portuguese and Sino-Colonial architecture, the various fabric shops along Thalang Road, a quick trip into a street-side temple, a handful of art galleries, and a delicious meal served up by 75-year-old Abdul, whose modest restaurant specialized…

Rainy Day in Kamala

Our last two days in Thailand showed us the monsoon season weather that is expected this time of year. The days were cloudy and intermittently rainy, sometimes pouring down and sometimes misting lightly. This did not stop us from exploring some more, however! Our fourth day in Thailand was supposed to have been spent touring…

A Lesson in Rattanakosin Cooking

During our third day in Thailand, we decided to take the Thai cooking class offered by our resort’s Recipe School of Culinary Arts. In the three major time periods of Thai history, the most recent one was the Rattanakosin period in which food became heavily influenced by China which brought in noodles and starches along…

The Big Buddha

On our second day in Thailand, we went out into Phuket for some sightseeing and souvenir shopping. The highlight of the day was the Big Buddha, the island’s most loved landmark. Sitting 45 meters tall atop the Nakkerd Hills, the calm face of Buddha looks out over the island with clouds and blue sky crowning…

A Thailand Anniversary-moon

This month, my husband and I finally made it to our honeymoon destination — Thailand! We jokingly refer to this as our anniversary-moon since we arrived there just a month shy of our first wedding anniversary. During my two-week vacation from residency, we spent the first few days at home in Philadelphia (highlights to follow),…

London Travelogue: Day Trip to Paris

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 1/3/13 For the penultimate day of our trip, we planned a day trip to the city of love, Paris. Several months in advance, we booked Eurostar train tickets for the 2.5 hour trip. Aside from buying the tickets, we did not do much more planning as we wanted…

London Travelogue: Day 5

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 1/2/13 After a restful and calm New Year’s Day, we hit the ground running again. We started the morning off by visiting the Tate Modern, one of four museums in the Tate group (the others being Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St. Ives). This is the most…

London Travelogue: Day 4

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 1/1/13 After ringing in the New Year, January 1 was a day of sleeping in and relaxing. We lounged around the house for the afternoon, and then in the evening decided to watch The Hobbit at the O2 arena, located on the Greenwich Peninsula. The O2 arena…

London Travelogue: Day 3

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 12/31/12 Monday brought a visit to Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square, all within walking distance of each other in Westminster. “Circus” refers back to the Latin word for circle, indicating “a round open space at a street junction.” There are several “circuses” in London, including Piccadilly…

London Travelogue: Day 2

To view all London Travelogue entries, click here. 12/30/12 The second day of our trip started off with breakfast at Westfield Mall in Stratford. I know what you’re thinking — a mall? I tend to avoid malls whenever possible because I dislike the crowds and glorification of materialism everywhere, but this mall is quite impressive as…

London Travelogue: Day 1

12/29/12 My husband and I had been looking forward to visiting London, the city in which he grew up, since the moment we knew we would get married. The main reason for our visit was to see his grandmother (whom we call Ba in Gujarati) who could not travel to the U.S. for our wedding due…