Great. It’s a prop plane.
The flight from Yangon to Bagan is like a thousand I’ve taken before it. We depart on time, the flight attendants are professional, and [...]
Schlocky Christmas music plays overhead as the plane touches down at Yangon Airport. Having traveled to remote corners of the globe at this time of year for over a decade, I’ve [...]
The Fodorite consensus has been to use a Myanmar travel agency for booking my Myanmar travel. Right. The thought of placing my travel fate in another’s hands induces ventricular contractions. I’ve got [...]
“Why travel to BURMA?” is the obvious question people ask me (I call it Myanmar in my head, but people seem to recognize Burma more). I’m happy to notice that my friends, [...]
Finally! 10 straight days at home in Chicago for the first time since June. No work travel, no leisure travel, no personal obligatory travel. No suitcases, no miniature toiletries, no Project Runway [...]
Chicago in the fall. It’s the best time to be here. Now summer is pretty wonderful in The Second City but the scene can be a bit manic. Autumn in Chicago is the more contemplative [...]
Mexico City. Hot, dangerous, polluted, poor and crowded, right?
I mean, I’m sure parts of it are dangerous, polluted, poor and crowded, it’s a big city (7th most populated in the world) — but [...]
I didn’t like Bogota. I often felt unsafe, the place never “resonated” with me (whereas I settled right in to Mexico City and Cartagena that trip) and I was the only dork in the entire [...]
Pssssttttt….. Cartagena. Check it out.
It’s frustrating, Americans’ xenophobia. Seems like everyone’s so quick to dismiss anyplace with a whiff of the exotic yet a vacation in Cancun at an all-inclusive resort is still met [...]
So this is something new and random and different.
I’m happy to introduce my first guest blogger on esme travels, Ms. Patsy Esterhazy Everage Applegate, who will be sharing her experience dining here in Chicago [...]
During my stay in Cartagena I limited myself almost exclusively to the historic old town. The walled city includes the neighborhoods La Matuna, Centro, San Diego, and Getsemani.
La Matuna is modern and both Centro [...]
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