I love the feeling of stepping off a plane into a yet-unexplored part of the world. I love the subtle shift in language, how you start your day surrounded by your mother tongue and gradually, through security lines and long flights, become surrounded by something foreign. It excites the mind. You start to recognize the […]Read More why going for a run is the best way to get to know a place
I arrived in Rome 2 days after the city’s first snow in 6 years. Safe to say, it was pretty damn cold. I was so unprepared for this I lugged my suitcase over uneven cobblestones for twenty minutes looking for my hostel (which was supposed to take one third that long), unable to use my […]Read More Travel Diaries: Rome, Italy (part I)
Around mid-morning, French cookbook author Anne met us at a classic French boulangerie- a place that only uses sourdough, she explained, so their bread has less gluten and is healthier. “Us” meaning myself and three other lovely American tourists, who had each paid about $70 through Airbnb’s new experience feature for Anne to show us […]Read More Breakfast In Paris
Paris is gritty. I think as tourists, as travelers, we have this idea of Paris as a light, romantic, colorful city. And it many ways it is, with its pastel shopfronts, wrought iron balconies and beautiful architecture. However, it’s still a big city, and an international hub- in other words, there’s a less-rosy side to […]Read More Travel Diaries: Paris in January (part 2)
If you are ever near Paris, the one tourist-y thing you MUST do is spend a day in Versailles. I’ll be the first to say that the tourist-y things are usually best avoided, and I will always advocate for the hole-in-the-wall spots where you can find the locals hanging out. HOWEVER. Versailles. I still can’t […]Read More Travel Diaries: Versailles
Who visits Paris in January? The thing about Paris in the winter is that it’s preferable to remain indoors. A lot of people aren’t interested in strolling along the Seine when your socks are squelching every time you press them into your shoes. That said, if you keep an eye on the forecast and pack […]Read More Travel Diaries: Paris in January (part 1)
You know how it goes. You spend a few hours at the airport making your way through security, dropping off your bags, maybe refilling your water bottle before the long flight ahead. Eventually, you shuffle onto the plane, take a seat, and set your watch to your destination time before nodding off. When you wake […]Read More Airplane food is gross. Here’s what to eat instead!