Author archives: Iryna

How I Got Scammed in Chile How I Got Scammed in Chile
  • How I Got Scammed in Chile

  • My initial experience upon landing in Santiago was not very positive, but after a week in the city I absolutely fell in love with it and it became one of the most romantic cities I've ever been to. Pre-story I landed in Santiago on Sunday morning. My hotel offered to schedule a car pick-up from airport for about $28. Even though this was a work trip, I[...]
Pittsburgh: Video Pittsburgh: Video
17 Things to Do in Pittsburgh 17 Things to Do in Pittsburgh
  • 17 Things to Do in Pittsburgh

  • Things to do For a relatively small city Pittsburgh has a lot to offer -- it's got history, culture, architecture, pubs, and nature in one compact and convenient city. Since I love to rack up miles by walking, I found Pittsburgh very pedestrian friendly and all the destinations mentioned here can be reached by walking.   1. The Monongahela Incline,[...]
Pittsburgh, PA: Hotels and Restaurants Pittsburgh, PA: Hotels and Restaurants
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Hotels and Restaurants

  • It's amazing how much I got to see in Pittsburgh in just five days I was there during early November, and that's considering that  two and half days were occupied with work/school visits (I'm thinking of going back to school). This started as one post, but became too long, so I decided to break it into two parts: part one - hotels and food, part two - th[...]
Gluten Free Crumpets Gluten Free Crumpets
  • Gluten Free Crumpets

  • A friend from England told me about crumpets. Initially amused by the name, I was looking at recipes online and realized that these are just like the oladushki my mom made in Ukraine when I was little. My first attempt at making the oladushki (i.e. crumpets) was a disaster, so the next time I tried to put my own spin on it with coconut flour. I also m[...]
Kitchen Update Kitchen Update
  • Kitchen Update

  • One day in July I set down at my dining table to study with the direct view into the kitchen. All I could focus on was the red wall color, which has bothered me for almost four years. We have not repainted because I kept thinking we will do a kitchen remodel, replace floors, cabinets, countertops, and at the same time will repaint. But four years later a[...]
Colombia: Vlog Colombia: Vlog
Colombia: Palenque Colombia: Palenque
  • Colombia: Palenque

  • Palenque On the second afternoon in Cartagena our group headed to Palenque.  Palenque is a village about an hour from Cartagena. Cartagena served as the main slavery port for the Spaniards for many years. This article does a great job describing some of the history of the slave-trade in South America. The village is a very unique and special [...]
Colombia: Cartagena Colombia: Cartagena
  • Colombia: Cartagena

  • After Medellin, our last few days were spent in Cartagena. Cartagena was different from both -- Bogota and Medellin. The warmest city of the three with cruise ship unloading passengers after passengers, Cartagena is also the most touristy city. The city is divided in two parts: the old town, signified by the old walls, and the new town, signified by Miam[...]
Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe
  • Colombia: Medellin & Santa Fe

  • From Bogotá our group flew directly to Medellin; or rather to Rionegro, a small town about 45 minutes away. Medellin, once dubbed "the most dangerous city in the world," was a lot of things, poor, rich, hot, messy, clean, classy, trashy, posh, hipster... It immediately  felt different from Bogotá, but not at all in a bad way. Hotel I somehow manage[...]
Colombia: Bogota Colombia: Bogota
  • Colombia: Bogota

  • After Germany, my life took me on another journey, now for work and down to South America. I've been to Mexico, but this was my first time visiting South America. It was a group trip and most of our agenda was pre-determined, which worked out great, since I didn't have much time to research the country. First on the agenda was the capital, Bogotá. Hig[...]
Germany in May Germany in May
  • Germany in May

  • As tradition has it, a quick clip to summarize the trip. I have no idea what the rap says, hopefully it's nothing too offensive. 😂 Munich: Berlin: Hamburg: Fl[...]