My first British wedding on a very British Summer day

Weddings are happy occasions. Although a wedding of my own is nowhere in sight, I don’t mind them and have long since gotten over the life-envy that social media tends to create.

This was my first time I attending a wedding in a different country of my own! Being a traveler at heart, it is interesting to learn about different traditions and customs for other cultures, and in this case how British people do weddings.

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International habits I’ve picked up from living abroad for 4 years

They say that you become most like the people that you spend the most time with. What happens when those people are always changing? Or maybe not always changing, but change periodically?

I’ve become an experiment of sorts in this, as over the last few years I’ve been surrounded by a mix of people from different cultures. Living in Asia for 2 years and then Europe for 2 years saw me picking up little habits here and there, some of which I find hard to shake off now that I’m Stateside again.

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[Photo Journal] A summertime romp through the famous Kew Gardens in London

What if any life problem could be solved by taking a walk through an English garden? That’s a lovely thought. I wish it were true. If only I were a Jane Austen character. That would also be a win for #diversity! Woot! As far as gardens in London go, this one can’t be beat!

This summer I had the chance to spend a few days in my old haunts in London. On the top of my list was heading back to check out the Royal Botanic Gardens, aka Kew Gardens. What did I do? I did some strollin’, that’s what.

Kew Gardens sundial

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What I’m watching lately | June/July 2017 edition

This is a compilation of Youtube videos that I watched in the month of June and July. I typically use them as breaks from work, or during lunch or mid afternoon snack I’ll put one on. It’s coming a little bit late as I was traveling a lot in July, but here it is anyway!

Check back in the coming weeks for updates about my travels to London, Brighton and Chicago!

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6 months post PhD hand-in

Doing a PhD is often said to be one of the toughest things you can do. I don’t think it’s that tough compared to some really tough jobs like teaching at an inner city public school, but it is lonely. It’s a mental battle all the way through, and some people don’t make it through in one piece.

For a hot minute, I thought I was through with it. I guess I can’t fully recover from the whole PhD until I’m done with everything. Later this year, when I’m truly done, then I’ll find relief. Although that feels like a long time from now, I’m glad for this space away from it so that I can reconfigure my life and actually start moving on.

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Best place to hang out on Kangaroo Island: Kangaroo Island Brewery

Happy Fourth of July! On this day meant for being outside and having beers and BBQ, I want to tell you about my favorite place to chill on Kangaroo Island, Australia. How I wish I was there in summer again!

Kangaroo Island Brewery is the best place to chill and have a beer on Kangaroo Island. With choice craft beers and comfy digs, there’s no where else I wanted to be after a long day of sightseeing. This was one of my favorite things to do on Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Brewery the bar

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Gentrification is turning me into a bitter old lady

I never thought it would come to this.

Let me explain. It’s not that I look at teenagers and say “darn kids these days,” although sometimes I do think it. It mostly has to do with what is going on in my old hood in New York City. I’ve been living abroad for the past 4 years, and in that time, some things have changed.

This is turning me into something I didn’t think I would become (at least not this soon): a bitter old lady.

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[Photo Journal] Remarkable Rocks are truly remarkable!

When you hear Remarkable Rocks, what do you think of? Precious stones? Meteorites? Rock formations?

These rocks are huge formations that are on the edge of the coastline of Kangaroo Island in Australia. Not only do you get to be at the edge of the water, but you can see for miles! I never really got into geology, but seeing these rocks in person was quite the experience. If you are headed to South Australia, Kangaroo Island is a stop that any nature and geology lover should make!

This is my Remarkable Rocks travel blog post with my favorite photos, video highlights, and tips on planning your trip.

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Summer 2017 travel goals! New York, London, Brighton, Chicago and Philly

Summer is just about here in New York! This week the temperatures have finally broken the 80s Fahrenheit (~30s Celsius).

I’m super excited to start making more detailed travel plans for this summer! I’ll be exploring my hometown of New York, seeing London and Brighton again, and visiting 2 new(ish) to me cities in the US: Chicago and Philly.

View of New Jersey Cherry Walk in Manhattan

View of New Jersey Cherry Walk in Manhattan

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