USA Road Trip

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 […]

October 12, 2012 Continue reading…

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…

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…