October 2012

The best of the USA, via Instagram

Diversity is a word that’s thrown around a lot when people talk about the United States. It’s an incredible melting pot of cultures, a dazzling mix of landscapes. It’s black and white and every shade of gray, red rocks and green mountains and endless blue skies. I went on this road trip to see more […]

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Postcard from Philadelphia

My mom grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, so I’ve grown up hearing stories of Philadelphia. My mom and my grandma would reminisce about cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and scrapple: they just couldn’t find anything quite the same in sunny, health-conscious California. So I came to Philadelphia ready to eat. We did plenty of […]

October 11, 2012 Continue reading…

A weekend in Washington DC with a local

Whenever I traveled to a new country, I always felt a little tinge of guilt that I hadn’t seen more of my own. I especially felt guilty that I had visited the capital cities of so many other countries, visiting their government buildings and learning more about their traditions while I had yet to visit […]

October 8, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Charleston

It’s hard not to like Charleston. The whole place is quaint with a twist of beachiness: antebellum architecture lined up next to palm trees, sandy beaches a stone’s throw from the historic French Quarter. Blue skies, sweet tea, wraparound verandas, heavy Southern drawls and surfboard racks: Charleston shines in summer. Like Savannah, Charleston is another […]

October 4, 2012 Continue reading…

Is our “vacation self” also our best self?

For five days on a sailboat with 10 guys, I woke up, brushed my teeth, washed my face and changed my bikini before going out to face a day of suntanning, laughing, swimming and drinking. I didn’t put on makeup, attempt to comb my hair or spend an ounce of energy worrying about my appearance–other […]

October 2, 2012 Continue reading…