September 2012

A day on a motorbike in Phu Quoc

One of my favorite travel days that I’ve never written about: the day I spent on the back of a motorbike in Phu Quoc. It was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation: the thrills of off-road motorbiking tempered with sea breezes and hammock swings. I spent a few days lazing by the beach in […]

September 28, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Georgia Highway

If Arizona surprised me with the diversity of its landscapes, Georgia simply stunned me with its beauty. Suddenly, I understood where all those country singers were coming from when they wax nostalgic about Georgia peaches, sitting on a front porch with a glass of sweet tea, beautiful open spaces. Since we bypassed Georgia’s biggest city–Atlanta–in […]

September 27, 2012 Continue reading…

The sweet Southern charm of Savannah

In Savannah, I expected some old-fashioned Southern charm, a lot of sweet tea and some delicious (and fried) Southern food. My grandmother (the one who taught me all about traveling) visited Savannah years and years ago, and she was told, if nothing else, she must eat at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. She joined the line […]

September 24, 2012 Continue reading…

A sorority stop in Macon, Georgia

Sorority life–for all its ups and downs–was born in Macon, Georgia. Wesleyan Female College was established in 1836, and was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. In 1851, The Adelphean Society (which later became Alpha Delta Pi)  was founded by Eugenia Tucker as the first secret society for women. Since […]

September 21, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Montgomery

So, we spent one night in Montgomery, Alabama. It’s on the short list of places in the USA that we wouldn’t go back to. The downtown was eerily empty, the outskirts were nothing to write home about. We stayed in a crappy suburban hotel, and the really cool oyster bar we wanted to try was […]

September 20, 2012 Continue reading…

Expect the most wonderful things to happen: not in the future but right now

As we fought our hangovers with Bloody Mary’s at the MoMA cafe, Aly and I were fighting not only the day-after effects of too much booze and not enough sleep but also the consequences of moving to New York City. Aly, my favorite Santa Cruz hippie and my college roommate, and I were both California […]

September 17, 2012 Continue reading…

Capture the Season: Australia edition

As temperatures cool and days lazily stretch into fall in the Northern Hemisphere, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic for Australia. Springtime in Melbourne was my favorite part of the year: Spring Racing Carnival, afternoons at the Botanic Gardens or the beach, sunrise runs along St Kilda Beach. As much as I’m enjoying […]

September 14, 2012 Continue reading…