Five+ Months of Fantastic Food Highlights

The idea of chronicling my favorite foods on the road has been germinating for awhile. I have referenced food at various points in the blog but I figured why not dedicate an entire post to it?

So here goes. My five favorites so far (listed chronologically, not in order of my favorite, which is too tough to decide) plus some highlights from all the countries I have visited in the trip.

1. Busiata with seafood and tomatoes capped off with espresso and gelato in San Vito Lo Capo, Italy – what’s not to like about local Sicilian pasta cooked al dente with fresh tomatoes and tasty seafood? My first meal in Sicily, courtesy of my Couchsurfing host Peppe, was also my best. It was simple yet delicious and cooked to perfection. Followed by a strong cup of espresso and a gigantic gelato cone in the beach town of San Vito Lo Capo, this meal was an excellent introduction to Sicilian cuisine. Deliciousness in moderation.

who can argue with fresh pasta in Italy?


Navigating North Through Vietnam

Given the number of tourists in Vietnam, especially of the independent traveler variety, there are a never ending slew of businesses geared towards booking tours, transportation and accommodation.

For a do-it-yourself traveler like myself, it’s a maze to navigate. From dealing with all the people trying to sell you something, to the language barrier, to the new culture and not being sure where to go next, all the while juggling the advice of fellow travelers its an exercise in patience and mental dexterity. Plus keeping straight all the price quotes in my head (they quote you prices here in USD when you have to pay in local currency while the eventual exchange rate varies from person to person).

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Week 14 Workouts

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Went back to gym in Saigon. Did a back and arms workout.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

  1. 300 crunches
  2. Calf raises on steps – 1 raise on first step, 2 on second all the way to 45
  3. Two sets: 60 shoulder presses with bag

Monday, October 15, 2012

  1. 400 push-ups
  2. Three sets: 25 leg lifts, 60 crunches
  3. Two sets: 90 seconds plank holds
  4. 150 shoulder raises with bag

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


  1. 20 minute jog
  2. 20 sets of 60m sprints while jogging back to starting point


  1. Five sets: 100 two arm curls
  2. Four sets: 25 hammer curls (each arm)
  3. Two sets: 100 side ends with bag (each side)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Went to gym in Dalat. Did a chest, triceps and shoulder workout. Cost about $0.50

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Went back to gym. Worked out abs, back and biceps

gym in Dalat

Friday, October 19, 2012

70 minute jog to beach in Hoi An

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