A Minute in Manila

When I visited Manila, Philippines for work in October, I didn’t have much time to explore because of my schedule and the city's unbelievable traffic. However I was fortunate to visit Fort Santiago and Cathedral Manila, and as my hotel was in the business district, Makati, I shopped in several of Manila's well-known malls like … Continue reading A Minute in Manila


Savoring Sicily

Have you been to Sicily yet? Have you considered going? Sure, Rome, Venice, Florence, and Naples are great, but standard tourist sights. I'm not saying skip any of those, but I don't know why Sicily hasn't become a HOT destination. In fact, the only types of tourists I met were from Eastern European countries, students/Erasmus … Continue reading Savoring Sicily

Machrie Moor Stones at Isle of Arran

On the 5th of March, I wanted to get out of the fine city of Glasgow, and since I enjoy the coastline thats the direction I wanted to head towards. As I grew up on the coastline back home in the states, I really miss not being able to see the beach from my house. On … Continue reading Machrie Moor Stones at Isle of Arran

Stirling Castle

I spent over 3 hours at Stirling Castle with a few of my friends in my MSc program. We were impressed by the sheer size of the castle. It offers a variety of interactive modules such as - dress up in medieval regalia, games, instruments, movies, and impersonators. The castle has been owned by a … Continue reading Stirling Castle

A Field Trip to Archaeological Conflict Sites

As I’m planning to focus my dissertation on (cue the drum roll, please) HERITAGE my academic advisers in the International Relations program are allowing me to focus 3 of my 6 courses on art and material culture/heritage/archaeology. I'm currently taking a Battlefield Archaeological course on Art and War, and was invited me to come on … Continue reading A Field Trip to Archaeological Conflict Sites

Vandalized in Pompeii

When I first visited the ancient remnants of Pompeii in 2013, I was astonished by the lack of security and sources of conservation. Unfortunately, as I admired the frescoes, cobbled streets, columns, I recognized evident signs of rampant vandalism and destruction blatantly created by the tourists. I worried I wasn’t allowed to explore certain areas I … Continue reading Vandalized in Pompeii