Eva B

I went to  Montreal last week for four days but it wasn’t until the last day, an hour before my mom and I had to leave for the airport, that I found my favorite place in the city: Eva B, a mash up of a thrift shop, book store, and cafe. This is the outside…

Hanoi: The Beginning of the End

Our arrival in Hanoi was with heavy hearts (and shoulders–backpacks, duh). On our bus from Mai Chau, the scenic and friendly rice village home-stay we had just left, we were told our long awaited Ha Long bay cruise had been canceled due to a typhoon named Ramussan heading straight for the Northern Vietnamese coast. We…

Small Town, Big Community

Located on a lake in western New York, Chautauqua Institution is a small town and gated community at its finest. Open year-round, the Institution holds a nine-week summer season starting in the end of June and continuing through August. Purchased gate passes are required for entry. Houses and apartments are available for rent, as well…

Californication: Tijuana

Mexico: it’s a very intimidating place, at least, in my opinion. “It’s a beautiful place, actually,” my friends and family who have vacationed in the Yucatan peninsula and far away from drug cartel centers have boasted. There is no argument to be upheld that Mexico has it’s hidden gems and beautiful stretches of land as…

Californication: Los Angeles

The idea of flying has never perturbed me in the slightest. I’d like to believe it’s the type of mindset you carry onto your first airplane ride that will shape your future, or lack thereof, flight experiences. I can observe the world from a wider vantage point and, in a matter of speaking, find power…

Traveler’s Reflections: Chiangmai, Thailand

Thailand is Thai. That is the only real way I can think to describe it. The heat holds you in its arms like a comforting grandmother wrapping you in a fleece quilt on a 98 degree day with 100% humidity. It’s busy, but it’s not as busy as I thought it would be. Everything smells…

Candid Happiness

Summer is an inherently happier time of year. Ample amounts of sunlight tend to bring out the more good-natured side of people, and in some cases a killer tan. These photos are nothing new. I drove down to Flagler Beach, Florida with my family for a week long vacation before my sophomore year of college…