From India to Joshua Tree

Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. It’s known for and named after its bristled yucca palms. That’s right. Joshua trees are the largest yucca in the world. So why exactly do we call them Joshua trees? It came from Mormon settlers in the 1800s as they made their way through the Mojave…

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historical sites and possible snake bites

Amer Fort, perched atop the hilltops of Amer, Rajasthan, sits one of the most striking places I visited in India. When I went to the Taj Mahal, I knew it’d be great. But this old palace was such an unexpected surprise. In the valley below the old walls sits Maota Lake, reflecting the yellow structure.…

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Technicolor Patrika Gate

Let’s keep the Jaipur tour going… Situated in the middle of the world’s largest (and most colorful) traffic circle, Jawahar, you’ll find Patrika Gate. Unlike most sites in India, Patrika Gate is young. Built in only 2016. The nine different arched entrances depict the 9 regions of Rajasthan. Walk inside the pink structure and you’ll…

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my favorite Indian city–and it’s easy to see why

Welcome to Jaipur! My most favorite and final stop on the Golden Triangle. The colors, the food, the art–there’s so much to love about this place. It’s known as the Pink City. Probably because most of the buildings are pink. It’s also known as the Paris of India, which makes me chuckle in only the…

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the world’s most iconic monument and its 20 secret rooms

We all learned the story in history class–that the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth. What I didn’t know was how little of the interior you actually get to see as a tourist. There are over 20 rooms that have been permanently locked.…

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A Country For Every Single Sense

Don’t listen to or trust people who tell you not to visit India. There is so much to see, to learn and appreciate. There aren’t dull seconds–every moment you’ll spot at least one thing you’d never imagine–shocking to Western sensibilities. And I mean that in only the best ways. It may come as no surprise,…

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Sneakers fit for an Indian wedding

In 2020 (yes that’s right), we all made our way to India for my sister-in-law’s wedding. What a fascinating, beautiful country, filled with fun traditions. Here are a few highlights of the customs we were lucky enough to experience: Color is important in India. Each has its own meaning–different than those we associate in the…

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another year in review, 21.0

Years have felt less year-like. In the time warp following 2020, there’s just pre-pandemic and post-pandemic. Dates seem to drip, flowing without delineation into a blur. That’s why it took be so long to pull this year in review together. It’s a tradition I’ve kept since 2012 that usually brings me a lot of joy…

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Yes, this city had an insane mayor, but maybe we should know a few other things about it.

Well, this is chilly Toronto, Ontario. About 3 million people call the metropolitan area home, and that population is steadily on the rise. Believe it or not, it’s also a multicultural hub. Over half of the residents were born somewhere else. In fact, over 180 languages are spoken here. Along with a vast array of…

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The only sneakers I bought in 2021…and they’re not Nikes

Well, it’s the first day of 2022. Seems like the perfect procrastinated moment to share the only sneakers I bought in 2021. INTRODUCING MY NEW AllbirdsWOOL RUNNERS Over the last few years, I’ve limited my personal consumerism. For this lifelong sneakerhead, that means I’m buying WAY less. In 2020, I only got one fresh set…

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