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[Sofia, Bulgaria] Today I spent the day in Sofia mall hanging out with my friend Ina and her daughter Monika. The new shiny mall was the new way to shop. On the way back I strolled Vitosha boulevard, a pedestrian street lined with shops – the old way to shop. Advertisements

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[Sofia, Bulgaria] With my late arrival and running errands with my parents for a couple of days, it wasn’t until today that I got to finally venture out more and start visiting with all my friends. My first visit with my friend Slavy, whom I’ve known since 1998. Since I last saw her, she got married and had twins. I went to her house in the early afternoon and although we thought… Read More

[New York City, NY] My last day in NYC! It is hard to believe that I’ve already spent 3 days in this wonderful city. On my last day here, I wanted to hit the last few items on my list. After a long run in Prospect park in the morning and breakfast and coffee at home, Martha and I headed back to Manhattan to see a few things before our visit to… Read More

[New York City, NY] My Friday started off with another run around Prospect Park in Brooklyn. As I was making my way around the pond in the middle, the sun was just rising and I managed to take a picture with my phone mid-run. What a great way to start my day! After breakfast, Martha and I headed into the city. Martha had to work that day, so I went with her… Read More

[Lima, Peru] Our first day in Lima could not have been any better! We woke up relatively early so that we can get breakfast and get our day started. By 9 am, we were ready to set off for the short walk from our B&B to Larcomar, a shopping center nearby that makes for an unlikely tourist attraction due to the fact that is carved off the cliff and cannot even be… Read More

[Austin, TX] After our afternoon of sight-seeing in San Antonio, we headed back to Austin. We checked into the AT&T Hotel and Conference center, which was on the fringe of the University of Texas at Austin campus and was actually owned and operated by the university. This was where our conference would be over the next three days. After checking in, we touched base with my former boss Martha. She used to… Read More

[Richmond, VA] I had originally planned to drive to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello today, then visit Shenandoah National Park and maybe even take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But the weather turned today – the temperature plunged to the 40s from the high 70s yesterday, and it’s supposed to rain – and Ramon will be done with his sessions after lunch, so I don’t really have time or the desire to… Read More

[Danville, VA] Around 9 am Wednesday morning, I was all set to head to Danville, VA – the little town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge where I spent my college years. I have driven the Richmond – Danville route many times and despite the fact that haven’t been to this area in at least 5 years, I knew it probably had not changed much. After a short drive on a… Read More

[Singapore, Singapore] Another day, another dollar! Or, in this case, another two days, two more attractions and two interviews! We started off our Wednesday morning with our first mobile payments interview. As exciting as that was all on its own, it was even better that it happened on the 33rd floor of the Citibank building, in a corner meeting room overlooking the harbor. Not a bad way to start the day!