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

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

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

AND WE’RE OFF!

┬áThe day has finally come. We packed our small lives in our moderately sized car and we set off from Philadelphia for Chicago. I've always found it easier to pack lightly while traveling; you'll just be stuck carrying around those two checked bags for hours while not even wearing all those shoes you packed. However,… Continue reading AND WE’RE OFF!

PLANNING FOR A CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP

Part I of the trip: see the United States National Parks. It might be no surprise to you that planning a month long cross-country trip is no joke. You'll be quick to find that drawing a seemingly small line across Utah equates to about 8┬áhours of driving. We started with a huge list of places… Continue reading PLANNING FOR A CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP

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-wide… Continue reading How did I end up here?