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    The Alcazar of Seville

    You know what I’m a sucker for? If you said scarves and toast you’d be right, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. When it comes to architecture and historic places,…

  • Looking into the misty mountains | Southern Iceland

    Photo Inspiration: Winter in Southern Iceland

    Leave it to me to think it’s a good idea to visit Iceland in the winter. Honestly though, it really was a good idea. Empty roads, lower prices, misty eerie landscapes. Like…

  • Inside Taberna Almendro 13 | La Latina, Madrid, Spain

    Scenes from La Latina, Madrid

    Far away from the stately buildings that line Madrid’s Gran Via are the gritty slinky side streets of La Latina. Hidden from the wide open spaces of Plaza Mayor are the dark…

  • Pimientos de Padron at Mercado San Miguel | Madrid, Spain

    Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel

    It’s only fitting that my first real post about my trip to Spain is a post about my favorite place to go when I’m in a new destination: the market. The smells, the…

  • Cafes in afternoon light | Seville, Spain

    Travel Repeat: Spain

    Spain was the first country I traveled to without my parents. While I had spent time in Europe before, the safety net of my mom and dad and brother made the travel experience…

  • Storefront of Anokhi | Fort Cochin, India

    Local Spotlight: Anokhi in Fort Kochi

    I’m a sucker for scarves. My collection of scarves is one of my most favorite things I own in this world. Despite my lack of stellar New York City style (or any…

  • Sunset at the Chinese fishing nets | Fort Cochin, India

    Photo Essay: Kerala, India

      It’s been a decent amount of time since my short trip to Kerala, India, yet I remember each moment, each sweat bead, each flavor, and each sound so vividly. I could…

  • Wagon | Fort Kochi, India

    First Impressions of Kerala, India

    I’ve always wanted to travel to India, but I’ve been a little fearful of its intensity. I’ve had a love affair with Indian fabrics and the bright vivid colors, but inside I’ve…

  • ART sign at the Frenchmen Art Market | New Orleans, Louisiana

    The Frenchmen Art Market

    As you know, I love a good market. Farmer’s markets are hands down my favorite with so many colors and smells and mysteries, but art markets are a close second. While I…

  • St Charles Ave street car arriving | New Orleans, Louisiana

    My Favorite Places in New Orleans

    New Orleans holds a special place in my heart. Since my first trip to the city in 2004, it’s been a place of great memories, music, and moments.  I’ve visited for work,…

  • Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock | New York City

    Essential New York: Top of the Rock

    Getting a bird’s eye view of Manhattan is something every New Yorker and NYC visitor must do at some point. Touristy? You bet. Still Awesome? Definitely. The immense skyscrapers and shining lights that…

  • Bodie contemplating swimming | Lake Cayuga, New York

    Teaching a Fearful Dog to Swim

    Our rescue pup Cambodia is not a fan of swimming. Merely the suggestion of submerging her in water sends her running in the opposite direction, ears back, desperately seeking a hiding spot.…

  • Prayer wheels at Gangaramaya Temple | Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Scenes from Gangaramaya Temple

    We only had four hours to explore Colombo. This is not nearly enough time to get the feel for the city, explore the cultural quirks, or find a corner I could call…

  • White sand | Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

    Beach Getaway: Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

    I know this sounds a little crazy, but going to the beach was not on my list of priorities on my trip to Sri Lanka. In fact, at first I had planned…

  • Train from Kandy to Colombo - a banana tree view | Sri Lanka

    Why You Should Take the Train in Sri Lanka

    Riding the train is one of the best ways to get around southern Sri Lanka. Whether you are in the capital, down by the beaches, up near Kandy, or traveling through hill…

  • Prayers over flowers at the Temple of the Tooth| Kandy, Sri Lanka

    An Evening Puja at the Temple of the Tooth

    I could spend hours walking around temples marveling at the architecture and design. Like I’ve said before, I rarely get templed out when I travel. So when an opportunity came up to…

  • View of Manhattan from the East River ferry | Governors Island, New York

    Essential New York: Governor’s Island

    New York City is more than just a few islands. In fact, there are somewhere in the range of 48 islands within the city boundaries. I’ve lived here for over ten years…

  • Tea plantation | Geragama, Sri Lanka

    Tea Time at the Geragama Tea Estate

    Ceylon. That name sounds familiar, doesn’t it? You’ve probably seen the word Ceylon on your Twinnings tea box, your Bigelow tea box, or at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. You know…

  • Beautiful light at Aya Sofya | Istanbul, Turkey

    My Favorite Places in Istanbul

    Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. Its unique east-meets-west culture is fascinating and its food is hauntingly delicious. But beyond the things that make Istanbul stand out are…

  • Ganesh |Sri Muthumariamman temple, Matale, Sri Lanka

    Notable Photos: The Colors of Matale

    The roadside town of Matale is often overlooked. Traffic zips through on it’s way to and from Kandy. On the surface, there is little to see but the bustle of daily Sri…

  • Golden Temple Buddha with rain clouds | Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s Golden Temple

    Tucked away on the side of a mountain in central Sri Lanka, there are five caves filled to the brim with Buddhist shrines. These caves have been here since prehistoric times, but…

  • Nalgene in the Himalayas | Nepal

    An Ode to My SteriPEN

    One of the most important, helpful, and impactful items I carry with me when I travel is a SteriPEN. In general, I am not a fan of buying travel gadgets or gear.…

  • Hibiscus floating in water at the Vil Uyana | Sri Lanka

    The Jetwing Vil Uyana: My Personal Heaven

    Have you ever been to a hotel that makes you want to throw away everything you own and just move in? I’m not talking about just any luxury hotel that stuns you…

  • Bodie and Annie in the fern forest | Appalachain Trail, New Jersey

    Camping with Dogs: Pocono Edition

    If there’s one thing that my rescue dog Cambodia loves, it’s being outside. Give her a plot of grass and this pup will lay in it and scan for squirrels for hours.…

  • Mom and baby at Minneriya National Park | Sri Lanka

    The Gathering of the Elephants

    Experiencing Sri Lanka’s great elephant migration called “The Gathering” was hands down one of the coolest wildlife experiences I have ever had. While I am a big animal lover, I don’t often…

  • Haze | Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

    Climbing the Lion Rock

    One of the most unique landmarks in Sri Lanka is Sigiriya, the Lion Rock. Most of the time when you imagine the site of an ancient city, you think of grand entrances,…

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    First Impressions of Sri Lanka

    The heat is what I remember most about arriving in Sri Lanka. Once the doors slid open at the international airport just outside Colombo, the heat and humidity slammed into me like…

  • Cruzan Rum signage in Cruz Bay | St John, USVI

    Scenes from my Favorite Caribbean Island: St John

    St John in the US Virgin Islands has quickly become my favorite Caribbean island and one of my favorite vacation destinations. It’s an island full of colors, tropical flowers, beautiful sunsets, impossibly…

  • Stone cottage in Chocolate Hole | St John, USVI

    Renting a Cottage on St John

    Finding the right place to stay in St John takes a lot of thought and planning. Prices can be high and inventory is low on this small and protected Caribbean island. You’ll…