My Favorite Christmas Markets in Europe

The annual Christmas markets have already been going on for a couple of weeks, and there remains not quite another two weeks before they end. In any case, such events are truly magical during the winter season, with plenty of gingerbread, gifts, and glühwein to boot. Should one be in Europe around the holiday season, … Continue reading My Favorite Christmas Markets in Europe

Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Part 2)

What makes the Cappadocia region of Turkey a remarkable place to visit is its incredible landscape, often seen as otherworldly. From its ragged canyons to its famous "fairy chimneys," every turn is a natural wonder. For my friend and I, it was two days spent in Cappadocia to see as much of them as possible. … Continue reading Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Part 2)

Destination: Cartegena, Colombia

As our last stop on the Panama cruise, Cartagena (officially called "Cartagena de Indias") is a bustling port city in Colombia that has given rise to massive waves of tourism for quite some time. With a vibrant Old Town and stunning beaches in the modern part of the city, it's no wonder that so many … Continue reading Destination: Cartegena, Colombia

Rainy Day (poem)

(inspired by Le Havre, France-- September 2015) Rainy Day The sky smells of cigarettes rolls itself into clouds on Tuesday afternoon by the bus stop to Le Havre— Even scarves and overcoats could not help but shiver from the rain in September, signaling winter to come. The bus drags its tired engine, dissipates smoke like … Continue reading Rainy Day (poem)

Destination: Chambéry, France

On my very last day in Grenoble over an extended weekend in September, I decided to do one final day trip before I needed to head back to my town. Prior to that, I'd already visited the château de Vizille and Annecy, which were both beautiful places, and so I aimed to continue discovering more … Continue reading Destination: Chambéry, France