Catherine Eisele - Travel Writing

Rainy Shanghai from a Taxi

January 20, 2010

July 28, 2009

The streets of Shanghai are normally a sea of multi-colored umbrellas shielding their carriers from the summer sun.  But on this day, while no less colorful, the umbrellas were protecting heads and shoulders from the pouring rain. Taken from a taxi on Huai Hai Road.

I Finally Learned How to Fly

January 15, 2010 comfortably as possible in coach.

After 15 long-haul flights in the last year alone, I finally cracked the code to flying in coach.

Don't fly US Airways. 

Nah, that's not really the secret, although they do rank at the bottom in every category I can think of.  

My secret formula is:
  • the world's most awesome sleep mask
  • noise-canceling headphones
  • melatonin
  • sudoku puzzles
  • a sense of adventure and a modicum of patience
My vote for world's best sleep mask goes to the Bucky 40 Blinks Sleep Mask.  ...
Continue reading...

Exceeding All Expectations

November 9, 2009
In the shower recently (my thinking spot) I started pondering the number of hotels I've stayed in lately.  In the past three months I have spent at least one night in each of 13 different hotels.  One in Italy, two in China, four in Switzerland and six in Germany.  Of these 13 - ranging from bare-bones hostels to 4-star luxury hotels with white-gloved door service - one stands out as being just exactly perfect.  Granted I wasn't expecting much before I checked in (when you aren't in charge of...
Continue reading...

Gelato- a concise guide to the best

November 9, 2009
Next topic: Gelaterias

This is probably dangerous to write about before lunch!

Cinque Terre- Gelateria Il Porticciolo, immediately next to the small sand beach in Vernazza, is a tiny gelateria where I highly recommend the pineapple flavor. Then by the time you hike further south through Corniglia to Manarola (my favorite of the five towns) you will want some more and I suggest stopping at the gelateria with the covered wood patio on your right as you start to head up the hill of the main street...
Continue reading...

My Bucket List

November 8, 2009
Since I referenced my list on the right, here it is. 

A working list, in no particular order:
  • Go skydiving
  • Go paragliding
  • Learn how to paraglide alone
  • Learn how to drive a manual car
  • Try waterskiing
  • Learn how to SCUBA dive
  • Dive or snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn how to fly a small plane
  • Learn how to sail
  • Own a small sailboat
  • Learn how to salsa dance
  • Own a dog
  • Win an orchestra job
  • Start some kind of travel business
  • Own a house in Belize or Panama
  • Line my balcony with plants
  • Experience Oktoberfest in M...

Continue reading...

So you've never been to Italy

November 8, 2009
Prompted by a friend who asked me for some "suggestions" for an upcoming trip to Italy, I sat down to jot a few notes and this was the result. 

Alright, you've never been to Italy, so, my highlights:

Cinque Terre- that's the 5 little fishing villages on the cliffs that I've hiked between 3 times now, gorgeous, a one-day trip (or it could be longer if you want to do some of the less popular, much longer hikes, but I don't know much about them yet)

Vernazza - the 2nd most northern of the 5 fishi...

Continue reading...

the Author

Catherine Eisele Catherine is a self-proclaimed travel guru and amateur photographer. She is currently a freelance horn player in Frankfurt, Germany. When not traveling or performing, she enjoys adding to her bucket list and drinking tea.