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The Trevi Fountain Drought

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February 5, 2014

The water is an unnatural blue.  I push past a throng of Chinese tourists who are trying to figure out which shoulder they are supposed to throw their coin over to bring them good luck.  As I approach the border of the Trevi Fountain, I can look to the bottom of the pool and see… Read More ›

Going with the flow in Florence

Four years ago, at the end of a summer spent teaching English in small towns around Italy, I decided to take a week to travel to some of the most touristic sights around the country.  Eight days and four cities later, I had seen quite a bit.  Florence was a spectacle, with the Ponte Vecchio,… Read More ›

Madrid’s Holy Cookies

“Quieres algo mas?”  The small voice whispered to me, from behind the lazy Susan dispenser of the holy cookies.  “No, gracias, todo bien!  Muchisimas gracias.  Gracias por todo.  Gracias.  Hasta luego.  Gracias.”  My profusely polite farewell was an attempt to overcompensate for the fact that my greeting to the nun cookie seller had been, “Que… Read More ›

Are You Hungry Yet?

Feast your eyes on the glory that is a day of food “window shopping” in Madrid.  Don’t worry – you won’t gain too much weight from just looking at the pictures.

Commercialized Christianity in Rome

I was standing in front of a tourist map of Rome, desperately trying to figure out where I was and how I wanted to go to my next stop.  I needed to find the “Santa Maria something something.”  The churches were all marked on the map.  Bingo, I thought.  This will be easy.  That was… Read More ›

Mental Inadequacy Highlighted in Oxford

I try to not be a complete idiot. I made it through college – a pure miracle considering the special scored I received on some of my Chinese language exams – and walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall to receive my diploma from NYU in May. However, as I walked through the… Read More ›

A “Will and Kate” Day in London

My journey through London began at the Astor Hyde Park Hostel.  Located on Queen’s Gate (and really, this should be called “It’s Gonna Be Kate’s Gate”) across the street from one of the main entrances to Hyde Park, this hostel was a perfect location and great starting point for our journey through royal history. During… Read More ›

A light stroll in Keswick

My mother announced that I was nuts, off my rocker, bonkers, totally insane, when I decided to spend a week in England in January.  “It will be cold and miserable.  You will be soaked through the second you step outside.  It will rain non-stop.” Needless to say, I was naturally thrilled as a result, when… Read More ›

Thanks Lichfield, for Jack and Rose

At the end of the semester, I was discussing with several of the Chinese students how they chose their English names.  A student turned to me, and said, “I chose my name because I love the movie Titanic.  I hoped that by choosing my name, it would help me find my Rose.”  He shyly turned… Read More ›

Money, Money, Money in Dubai

Dubai – WHAT a cool city this place is.  It is immaculate, everyone is friendly, and the sites are stunning.  They have “the world’s biggest” of almost everything – hotels, restaurants, water light shows, malls, buildings.  You name it, they’ve got it. And because a picture speaks a thousand words, here is Dubai in eight-thousand… Read More ›