June 2013

The guide to hipster Reykjavik

I’m never sure if I love or hate the term “hipster.” Living in the Lower East Side, I’m just a river away from the ultimate hipster enclave of Williamsburg: I love the incredible cafe and bar scene, the funky fashion and the quirky ways that people have found to make a living out of their […]

June 28, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from HARPA

While the architecture in Reykjavik is charming, colorful, functional–it’s not exactly cutting-edge. The one exception is HARPA. Finished in 2011, it was originally part of a redevelopment effort that was abandoned when the financial crisis devastated Iceland in 2008. Although the completion of the structure was uncertain, the government decided to fully fund the rest of the […]

June 27, 2013 Continue reading…

The best of Iceland, via Instagram

Here is the transcript of the conversation we had about 27 (or more) times a day on our road trip around Iceland: “Wow. Just, wow,” said Aly. “Oh my god ICELAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL,” I said. I didn’t even realize that I had captioned three photos in a row on Instagram with a variation of […]

June 24, 2013 Continue reading…

Petra: Jordan’s most famous tourist site I knew nothing about

Confession: if you mentioned the word “Petra” to me before I went to Jordan, I would have looked at you blankly. I don’t remember learning about it in history class, I’ve never really seen it mentioned on bucket lists or guidebooks, and it’s been years (and years) since I’ve watched Indiana Jones. But honestly, that’s […]

June 21, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Dead Sea

Out of all the places on the itinerary in Jordan, the Dead Sea was the one about which I was most excited. It’s no secret that I love beaches, and the Dead Sea seemed the ultimate beach experience: water in which you can never sink, clay that can heal your skin. We only had one […]

June 20, 2013 Continue reading…

Emptying your wastebasket

When I was living in Australia, I once took a drive with a friend down the Grand Pacific Drive. Our destination was the journey itself and an oceanside pub, a wide stretch of grass wedged between the winding road and the Pacific. As we sat with our beers at a picnic table in the sunshine, […]

June 17, 2013 Continue reading…

25: the year in which I become more like Mimi

I turn 25 on Sunday. I’ve been struggling to come up with some pithy, witty way to celebrate here: 25 things I’ve learned in this quarter-century, 25 incredible things I’m going to do this year, 25 favorite moments of the past year. But when it comes down to it, 25 is just a new year […]

June 7, 2013 Continue reading…