Tips for Planning Your Iceland Trip

If you are visiting Iceland during the winter time, I highly recommend going with day tours rather than renting your own car and driving around. The roads are icy and slippery. Also, snowstorms are quite frequent. If you are not an experienced driver in the snow and icy roads, it could be very dangerous. Our tour guide actually mentioned that there are so many accidents with tourist cars during the winter time.

2 Full Days in Iceland - Day 2 (Southcoast Iceland)

Day 2 we spent exploring and discovering the southern coast of Iceland. This part of the country was very different from what we have seen the day before when we went around the Golden Circle. We saw a lot of new views that were vast and gorgeous. Interestingly, Ryan and I both thought that Iceland reminded us of Maui a lot, just covered in snow instead of tropical trees.

Where to Eat in Reykjavik, Iceland

Before our trip to Iceland, we heard from many that the food won’t be good, so don’t have any expectations. Some people even suggested to take cup noodles with us! After doing our own research, we found some good places so we decided to take our chances.

Our First Christmas in London

In the past, Ryan and I have always spent the holidays with friends & families back in the SF bay area and Texas (where my family currently lives). This year, since we are in London for a limited time only and my in-laws were visiting shortly after Christmas, we decided to spend it in London, just the two of us. Ryan was initially slightly homesick since everyone around us was going home for Christmas, but I thought it was actually pretty cute and romantic to spend it just the two of us!

London's Winter Wonderland

Christmas Markets are a thing in Europe, London included. London has several of them, but the biggest & most popular among tourists and locals is the one in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland. It opens from late November to early January, and it’s definitely worth a visit. We went a few times during this winter and can’t get enough of it! If you are visiting London during this time of year, make sure you put this in your itinerary.

My First Afternoon Tea Experience in London

I’ve done a few afternoon teas back home in San Francisco, but since I’m in London now, I wanted to get the real authentic experience. There are so many places here that do afternoon teas - you can probably get it at a neighborhood corner cafe. With a few of my girlfriends I met in London, we decided to try the Hotel Cafe Royal’s afternoon tea, which is one of the more iconic places to have your full British afternoon tea experience.

Spending our Saturday in Notting Hill

Notting Hill became popular through the movie starring Julia Roberts & Hugh Grant but now it’s one of the favorite spots for both locals and tourists to visit. Its cute & colorful houses, great restaurants and cafes, and the Portobello Road Market, which is a street antique market, make the neighborhood so attractive. Make sure to visit Notting Hill on Saturdays because that’s the only day all the markets and shops are open!

Christmas comes early in London

Halloween is not as big here in London compared to the states. Maybe some trick-or-treating on the streets (this could be a scam so watch out if little kids come up to you asking for money) and occasional sightings of people dressed up in costumes to go to Halloween parties, but that’s about it. Thanksgiving is definitely not a thing here since it’s an American holiday. So, what does that mean? Christmas comes super early in London! And.. I love it!

Falling in love with Prague's Autumn

Close friends from back home were doing an Europe trip so we traveled over to Prague over a weekend to meet up with them. Our first time there! Having seen so many beautiful pictures of Prague before, we were very excited for the trip.