Spectacular Spain!

Back in December, my dearest friend Aaron and I discovered an awesome airfare deal on Delta, round-trip from almost any major city in the US to several cites in Europe for $405! As I live in Chicago and he lives in San Francisco, this was a great chance for us to travel together without one or the other racking up extra costs. Some good friends of ours had moved to Spain about a year ago, so we decided on Madrid and figured that late April would be a fine time to visit. We coordinated our flights so that we would layover in the same cities (NYC on the outbound and ATL on the return) and fly together on the transatlantic portions. We are both Gold Medallions on Delta, which comes with the nice perk of free access to the SkyClubs when traveling internationally, so we were able to enjoy those layovers in style! Continue reading “Spectacular Spain!”

Malaysian Migration and Spiffy Singapore

I departed Siem Reap for Bangkok, then immediately boarded an overnight bus south, as I wanted to swing back through Koh Tao for a few more days to get in some diving and see all my friends I’d left behind there. It was a typically exhausting journey, getting dropped off on the side of the road in Chumphon at 2 am to change buses, arriving at the ferry dock at 4 and sleeping on a bench while waiting for the 7 am ferry to Koh Tao. You know, the usual. I had just a few days to spend there before I needed to move on to Malaysia, where I planned to reunite with Megan in Penang. Continue reading “Malaysian Migration and Spiffy Singapore”