August 2012

Obsessed with cocktails al fresco: my favorite rooftop bars

I first fell in love with rooftop bars in Melbourne: the city center is scattered with open-air spaces to sip a cocktail, eat dinner or watch a movie. The aptly-named Rooftop Bar was one of my favorite levels of Curtin House on a warm summer evening, while Madame Brussels plays up the springtime vibe year-round with […]

August 31, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Amarillo

Amarillo isn’t on the the top of many people’s lists of what they want to see in America. This “Yellow Rose of Texas” makes many an appearance in country music songs, but it’s not at the forefront of Texas tourism. Honestly, Amarillo is a small city that has likely seen better days: days when American […]

August 30, 2012 Continue reading…

Life lessons 101: from freshman year to the real world

There’s a certain energy that takes over a college campus in the weeks leading up to the first day of school: a buzz of  opportunity and optimism, a feeling that this is a brand-new start. Subletting a room on the street that borders Columbia University for the month of August has meant I’ve been surrounded […]

August 27, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Santa Fe

To be fair, we didn’t spend that much time in Santa Fe. And to be honest, we spent most of it drinking on rooftops. That being said, Renee and I both absolutely loved this artsy Southwestern city in New Mexico after just one afternoon. The compact city center of Santa Fe is perfect for an […]

August 23, 2012 Continue reading…

Money versus time: what’s the value?

Time is money, or so they say. However, often when you’re traveling long-term, you seem to have a whole lot of time and not a lot of money. You’re willing to spend all day on a cheap local bus packed with people in Vietnam. You don’t mind working on your tan on a ferry to […]

August 22, 2012 Continue reading…

Getting sucked into the Sedona energy vortex

There’s something about Sedona that pulls you in: the stunning red rocks, the brilliant entrance via a twisting canyon road, the vortexes that local New Age fanatics swear by. It’s not just the local hippies who are infected with the Sedona energy; Native American tribes have long insisted Sedona has spiritual importance. I’m not sure […]

August 20, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Sedona in the rain

When we were in the midst of planning a road trip across the USA in July, a few people told us we were crazy. It’d be too hot, humid, muggy, sticky, awful. Not one person warned us about monsoon season. So we couldn’t help but laugh as we pulled our rain jackets and umbrellas from […]

August 16, 2012 Continue reading…