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 thinkContinue 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 thereContinue 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 downContinue reading “THE DENSE, YET CALM CITY OF TOKYO”

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, stayingContinue reading “WATS & FIRST TASTE OF BANGKOK, THAILAND”

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 toContinue reading “PORTLAND, OREGON; THE CITY OF NICKNAMES”

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 aboutContinue reading “SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO”

A DAY IN CHICAGO

First stop on the road trip: Chicago, Illinois. We stayed with a friend living near Lincoln Park, which is north of downtown Chicago. If you ever find yourself in Chicago, take the time to go up to this park! Don’t get me wrong, downtown Chicago is amazing, but this park definitely made my short experienceContinue reading “A DAY IN CHICAGO”

How did I end up here?

In March, 2017, I won a $10,000 scholarship to travel. This is how I did it. The state of Pennsylvania has an annual architectural competition open to architectural students and young alumni living within the state (within three years of graduation). This competition, the John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture, has officially been a state-wideContinue reading “How did I end up here?”