All good things take time

Just enjoy the ride already, will you? “It’s fine,” I said, “I’m just going to gravitate towards the things that interest me.” (How zen of me.) I said, “I’ll just try this yoga teacher training, who cares how it ends up.”   Of course, I care how it’s going to end up. Before I even approached… Continue reading All good things take time

OSAKA & NAOSHIMA: ART, ARCHITECTURE, & INSPIRATION

And finally, the last stop of the trip: Osaka. Out of all of the places I've been to so far on my little Asia tour, Osaka has felt the most like home. I'm not sure if I'm just getting that comfortable, or if it's that Osaka actually reminds me a bit of Philadelphia. I think… Continue reading OSAKA & NAOSHIMA: ART, ARCHITECTURE, & INSPIRATION

MOUNT FUJI IS A LADY, & SHE’S FIESTY

No matter what website you read, receptionist you talk to, or blog post you scroll through - everyone refers to Mount Fuji as a lady, and one with a bit of a temperament. Mount Fuji is easily the most iconic landscape in all of Japan, and notably even in the world. So of course there… Continue reading MOUNT FUJI IS A LADY, & SHE’S FIESTY

THE DENSE, YET CALM CITY OF TOKYO

To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed by the idea of Tokyo before I even got there. I kept overthinking it's unfathomable scale, arguing with myself that I'm just not a big city person and it's too much for me to handle. Before my trip, someone who has stayed in Tokyo calmed me down… Continue reading THE DENSE, YET CALM CITY OF TOKYO

A WEEK IN CHIANG RAI

When you talk to people who go to Northern Thailand, more often than not they go to Chiang Mai (translating literally to New City). However, when planning out my week up North, I wound up in Chiang Rai (translating literally into Old City). Really this only happened because I chose to volunteer for the week,… Continue reading A WEEK IN CHIANG RAI

EXPLORING KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

Honestly, I was quite excited to leave the city of Bangkok to explore southern Thailand's landscape, and Khao Sok National Park certainly did not disappoint. I stayed at Anurak Community Lodge, a small eco-lodge within the park. It was amazing. I splurged on my own little bungalow, and the lodge offered a wide variety of… Continue reading EXPLORING KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

WATS & FIRST TASTE OF BANGKOK, THAILAND

After 22 hours of travel, 18 hours air time and two back-to-back red eyes, I finally arrived in Bangkok, Thailand early Monday morning, feeling only mildly jetlagged. With my first two days in Bangkok, I wanted to focus on the Wats (temples) throughout the city. I managed to visit four these first few days, staying… Continue reading WATS & FIRST TASTE OF BANGKOK, THAILAND

COLORFUL YELLOWSTONE & THE GRANDEST GRAND TETON

Driving through the potato state, Idaho, was worth it for the amazing beauty of Northwest Wyoming, the home of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. This was our first time finding trouble camping. Getting to Grand Teton late in the day, all campsites within the park were full. Our best hope was dispersed camping within a national… Continue reading COLORFUL YELLOWSTONE & THE GRANDEST GRAND TETON

BEAUTIFUL BEND, OREGON

Someone recently told me they didn't like actually reading the blog posts, they just looked through the pictures (thanks, Mike). So with that, here's a super quick look at our amazing stay in Bend, Oregon. First up, I checked out Tumalo Falls, just minutes outside Bend! After one intense waterfall, there were multiple smaller ones… Continue reading BEAUTIFUL BEND, OREGON

PORTLAND, OREGON; THE CITY OF NICKNAMES

Next up on the grand tour: Portland, Oregon. We definitely had high hopes and maybe too rigid of expectations, but the city of roses (nickname #1) did not disappoint. 1. City of Roses We came at the right time - said so many people in Portland, because the roses are in full bloom. And true to… Continue reading PORTLAND, OREGON; THE CITY OF NICKNAMES

REDWOODS & THE CALIFORNIA COAST

And the time has come to start heading north. From San Francisco, we decided to take the less-than-direct route 1, which glides along the coast. All of those sharp 15 mph switchback roads were worth it for the beautiful views. First stop, Fort Bragg Halfway between San Francisco and the Redwood National Park, Fort Bragg… Continue reading REDWOODS & THE CALIFORNIA COAST

SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO

We've finally made it coast to coast, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Philly to San Francisco. This city has something to offer for everyone. Extreme sports fanatics, designers, techies, foodies...you name it. Our time here was spent with a friend from school, in beautiful sunny (and a little windy) weather. Let's talk about… Continue reading SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO

THWARTED BY SNOW; OFF TO TAHOE WE GO

From Zion, we drove through Nevada to Mammoth Lakes, a great town to the east of Yosemite. (On the side: the drive through Nevada was our least favorite part of the drive yet. Although scenic, a straight road through the desert with rest stops every 100 miles which had little food but did always include… Continue reading THWARTED BY SNOW; OFF TO TAHOE WE GO

ZION & REDEMPTION AT ANGEL’S LANDING

And alas, we reached our first stop where we planned on spending a few days: Zion National Park in southwest Utah. Without a doubt, Zion is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the luck to see in person. The colors of the mountains towering over you are a rich mix of red… Continue reading ZION & REDEMPTION AT ANGEL’S LANDING

BEAUTIFUL BRYCE CANYON

Driving from Moab to Zion in a day, Bryce Canyon was a convenient stop to enjoy more of Utah's landscape. We were only able to stop in Bryce Canyon for a few hours, but the Canyon definitely left a lasting impression. We took the Navajo Loop, which started out fairly packed but thinned out as… Continue reading BEAUTIFUL BRYCE CANYON

PICTURES CAN’T CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF MOAB

Next stop on the tour: Moab, Utah. We drove I-70 into west Colorado for about 4-5 hours. This drive alone was breath taking; between driving through the Rocky's gorges along the river to getting sneak peaks of the beautiful colorful red and green mountains coming our way. And of course, we pulled off so Kyle… Continue reading PICTURES CAN’T CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF MOAB

A LONG DRIVE TO COLORFUL COLORADO

After a long, Harry Potter filled 14 hour drive from Chicago to Boulder, we spent our day in Boulder with two good friends Matt and Kate, and their pup, Riley. They suggested hiking Bear Peak, and the hike kicked our butts, or at least mine. We hiked Bear Peak in the morning via the Fern… Continue reading A LONG DRIVE TO COLORFUL COLORADO