Exploring Bangkok

Welcome to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon! (otherwise known as Bangkok) That’s right, Bangkok’s real name is 168 letters long. Technically, it’s less of a name and more of a descriptive phrase that means City of Angels. This wonderfully busy city is and endless mashup of new and old. Perhaps most known for its street life,…

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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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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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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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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 Eagle’s Nest of the French Mediterranean

And now, the final stop on my tour of the South of France: Èze. But first I’d like to mention what a pleasure driving has been. The country roads are just as fun as exploring the towns along the way: from vineyards to lavender fields to intensely blue waters. Èze, referred to as the eagle’s…

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Welcome to French Hollywood!

Cannes, once a tiny fishing village named for its reedy shore, is now a grand stage of competition for film makers ’round the world. The commune is most known for the film festivals they hold every year: 1.) Cannes Film Festival2.) Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity But this picturesque city has more to offer…

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The World’s First NikeTown

For about 12 rainy hours, I enjoyed one of Europe’s favorite summer getaways. But it wasn’t summer and it wasn’t sunny. However, in no way did that prevent me from enjoying the beautiful beach town of Nice, France. The soaking wet streets reminded me of Paris. Sure, it looks wonderfully old and quaint. But Nice…

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Happy October from this French ghost village, too steep for its own good

If Gordes and Ménerbes weren’t enough to quench your South of France thirst, let me show you around Oppède. There are actually two parts of the sleepy little town: 1.) Oppède 2.) Oppède-le-vieux For centuries past, the region saw much violence, forcing early inhabitants up the rocky outcropping to fortify themselves. This area is now…

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