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Taj Mahal from EVERY Angle

The Taj Mahal did not disappoint, it was even more spectacular than expected! ¬†The craftsmanship is unreal and the marble just glows, it’s such a gorgeous building. ¬†First we viewed it (aka had photoshoot) from the Mehtab Bagh, the ‘moonlight gardens’ that are directly across the Yamuna river from the Taj Mahal. ¬†The gardens are […]

Las Coloradas, the Pink Lagoon

The Las Coloradas pink lagoon is as pretty in real life as it is in pictures, though there’s not much around it. ¬†It’s located in a tiny fishing village on the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula. ¬†The town is tiny, just a few houses, a convenient store, and a few small restaurants all owned […]

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – Lake Temple in Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a large water temple complex on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. ¬† The temple was built in 1633 and used for offerings to the¬†Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. ¬†The water temples in Bali are so interesting as they have important functions for […]

Bali- Sekumpel Waterfalls

Sekumpel means ‘group’ in Indonesian, and there’s not just one waterfall here- there are seven, and the largest is 50 meters tall. ¬†It took quite a while on the tiny windy roads to get there, but the scenery was breathtaking, all lush and green and gorgeous mountains covered in mist.¬† We grabbed a quick breakfast […]

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

The ‘Blue Mosque’ is in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul and was built in the early 1600s. ¬†It is a functioning mosque, but they allow tourists in to parts of it. ¬†It was gorgeous inside, with intricate mosaic tilework and grand domed ceilings with huge chandeliers. ¬†I’ve heard it gets crowded, but we arrived a […]

Ninh Binh Itinerary

Ninh Binh was my favorite part of Vietnam. ¬†We took the train there from Hanoi (it takes about two hours) around sunset, and as we sped by the little villages we could see little glimpses of everyone going about their evening. ¬†The train tracks go right through the middle of everything. ¬†We could see people […]

Mua Caves

We woke up before the sun came up our first day in Ninh Binh so we¬†could bike to the Mua Caves. ¬†We immediately got lost, I somehow threw my shoe in a muddy rice paddy, and everything took longer than we thought, but we finally made it, thanks to offline Google maps (always the savior). […]

Istanbul

Istanbul is such a beautiful city. ¬†It’s split in two by the Bosphorus river, making it on two continents. THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL: Visit the Topkapi palace, Blue mosque, and the Hagia Sophia. At the least. There are so many beautiful historical buildings there. Go to a haman, the traditional Turkish bath! Take a […]

Latin America Reading List

Latin American stories are full of magical realism, passionate unrequited love, and exciting history.     Book List The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez The House […]

Middle-east Reading List

Middle-east is a vague term that I’m using loosely here- but there are so many wonderful authors and books from that region. ¬†Books about that region’s rich history, current events, brave characters, and amazing fantasy stories….so much good literature!     Book List I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for […]

Southeast Asia Reading List

Southeast Asia Reading List When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy Him The Elephant’s Bathtub: Wonder Tales from the Far East by Frances Carpenter The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family […]

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur means the ‘place of devotees’, and its city center is the best preserved in the Kathmandu valley, famous for its brick buildings with detailed wood carvings. ¬†There are more temples per foot in Bhaktapur than in either Kathmandu city or Patan. ¬†The city was founded in the 12th century, and was part of the […]

What to Kathmandu

Kathmandu has so many things to see! ¬†Most of the fun is getting to them though, through the crowded dusty streets choked with traffic. ¬†Kathmandu is a big sprawling city, with several areas. ¬†In addition to wandering around central Kathmandu, we visited Thamel (backacker central, very touristy), Patan (known for its handicrafts and beautiful durbar […]

Shopping in Kathmandu

Nepal has very unique handicrafts and many markets to buy them at. ¬†We spent much of our time wandering around looking at the hundreds of little shops and talking to the shopkeepers. ¬†They are very friendly, and aren’t too pushy. ¬†Patan and Bhaktabur are the cheapest places to shop, but didn’t have the widest selection. […]

Portraits of Nepal

 

Amber Fort ‚ÄĘ Jaipur

The Amber (pronounce as ‘Amer’, the ‘b’ is silent and you’ll see it spelled both ways) fort and palace are spectacular, perched high on the hills overlooking Jaipur and surrounded by a huge winding wall that rivals China’s. ¬†The complex was built in the 1500s. ¬†The palace is a labyrinth of tiny rooms full of […]

Fatehpur Sikri – The Victory City

Fatehpur Sikri- this was the original Mughal capitol, built in the 1500s but abandoned shortly after completion due to the lack of water and resources. The name means ‘victory city’, and the fort is very impressive. ¬†It is built out of the local red sandstone, and the many buildings have intricate carvings and beautiful design […]

Rios Lagartos, Mexico

Rios Lagartos is a sleepy little town on the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula. ¬†It has a huge nature reserve with a beautiful lagoon populated with flamingos and other wildlife. There’s not much to do there besides take a boat ride on the lagoon, which is easy to do. ¬†You just head to the […]

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum has the nicest beach I’ve ever seen, with perfect pure white fine sand and bright clear turquoise warm water, surrounded by lush jungle. ¬†It is a little eco-resort town about an hour south of Cancun. ¬†It’s a hipster destination, with lots of juice places, yoga, and ‘eco-chic’ resorts. ¬†Eco-chic may also mean ‘we don’t […]

Valladolid

Vallodolid is a medium-sized old colonial city in the heart of the Yucatan. ¬†It’s a busy city, but far from the touristy crowds. ¬†Valladolid is full of crumbly buildings and hidden attractions. ¬†Right in the middle of the city there’s a gorgeous cenote. We stayed in a very nice and very cheap hotel right on […]

Yucat√°n Road Trip Itinerary

We only had six days and I wanted to see the best variety of places- beaches, wildlife, small towns, cities, and ruins. ¬†So I planned a roadtrip. ¬†Renting a car is easy in Mexico, and the roads are all safe and well marked. ¬†I saved everywhere we were going to Google offline maps and starred […]

Turkey : Reading List

I love reading books about different cultures and places. ¬†Before I travel, I read about where I’m going- contemporary authors, short stories, non-fiction, and historical fiction. ¬†It’s the best way to learn about a place, then it’s more exciting when you actually get to go there and see it in real life Turkey has a […]

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh was so different than Hanoi. ¬†It was more modern and fast paced. ¬†We explored the city on foot during the day and at night took a motorbike food tour. ¬†Our guides were young college girls who spoke great English. ¬†They told us about their lives and showed us around the city in […]

India Reading List

I have always loved Indian authors- their storytelling is so vivid, the characters and places really come to life. ¬†Even when not written by an Indian, the stories out of India have always interested me. ¬†India has a fascinating history, and I have chosen books from several periods. They have the most exciting scriptures- the […]

TopkapńĪ Palace

The¬†TopkapńĪ palace is the oldest and largest palace in the world to survive to this day. ¬†It was a resident for the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. ¬†The palace is situated right on the Bosphorus river, with a gorgeous view of the city, river, Marmara sea, and the Golden Horn. ¬†The sprawling complex has […]

In-N-Out Burger

Soho Photo Diary

Nepal Reading List

There aren’t a lot of Nepali authors that have been written in or translated into English. ¬†Samrat Upadhyay is one of the few and he’s my favorite. ¬†He’s been called the ‘Buddhist Chekhov’. ¬†Arresting God in Kathmandu is a collection of short stories that are little personal glimpses into average peoples’ lives, and Buddha’s Orphans […]

Paris with a Pretty Girl

 

Biking in Barcelona

 

A Quick Stop in Athens

We basically had a long layover in Athens, so we decided to make the most of it with the 14 hours we had. ¬†We put our luggage into Left Luggage at the airport and took the train into the city. ¬†We went to the Acropolis and surrounding areas for some sightseeing.  

Don’t Get Lost

I barely have cell service in Los Angeles (thanks, Verizon), so when I’m traveling I REALLY don’t. ¬†I can’t depend on my phone or the spotty wifi when traveling. ¬†What I can depend on is Google offline maps! Before a trip, I’ll save each area that I am going to. ¬†Then I star all the […]

What Kind of Camera?

To me, the best camera is the one you will actually use- if you have a super-expensive, professional camera but you don’t ever pull it out because it’s: a. ¬†too big, too heavy. ¬†I’ve literally had backpack straps break, and at one point I could barely move my wrist after shooting all day. b. ¬†too […]

Hanoi Photo Diary

    ¬† Ladies sitting by their shop, and Kanya ordering a banh mi with the ever-present hot sauce in the foreground.     ¬†     We saw a lot of things on motorcycles.

Bali- Batukaru Jungle Trek

We went on a jungle trek and unexpectedly ended up eating our way through the jungle…13 delicious tropical fruits, a long hike, and some gorgeous rice paddies later, we ended up at our guide’s village compound eating a multi-course lunch cooked by his wife, then ended with a beautiful remote mountain temple. We wanted to […]

Khmer New Year- What Seemed Like Such a Good Idea

The Cambodian (Khmer) new year festival is the biggest celebration of the year, lasting three to four days and involving much decorating and some pretty hard partying. ¬†It’s also during the hottest time of the year. ¬†It’s not for the weak- there are huge crowds, dust, and overwhelming heat. ¬†Kanya (my traveling companion) thought it […]

A Very Embarrassing Cambodian Photoshoot

In which Kanya and I go get Cambodian glamor shots… All the girls in Kanya’s family have Cambodian glamor shots. ¬†They look like beautiful Khmer dolls, pale lily-white and heavily made-up. ¬†We naturally had to go get our own done. ¬†It was quite the experience. ¬†We get to the studio as a bride is finishing […]

Jalan Alor Food Street

Kuala Lumpur is a mix of so many cultures and their food reflects that! ¬†We headed to the famous Jalan Alor to check it out. ūüźĒ¬†feet! Yummy coconut ūüć¶  

Gili Trawangan

Gili T is a sleepy little island off the north-east coast of Bali, just a short ferry ride away. ¬†We took the fast boat from Amed, but you can get ferries from southern Bali as well. ¬†There’s not much on the island, just a row of very touristy shops and restaurants. ¬†Accommodations vary, there are […]

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

The Batu caves are huge limestone (said to be 400 million years old!) caves set into the mountains near Kuala Lumpur, with a massive golden statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity. ¬†There are several shrines and temples, including one that depicts the well-known story of the Ramayana. The giant gold statue is of Lord Murugan, […]

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ and refers to the beautiful white travertine rock terraces created by the natural hot springs there. ¬†People have bathed in the pools for thousands of years, and the Romans even built the ancient spa town (first spa town?) of¬†Hierapolis. ¬†The hot spring pools that cover the mountainside are still intact, and […]

Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum is a sleepy little beach town on the Turquoise coast of Turkey. ¬†The water there is a brilliant clear blue-green, and the scenery is just as stunning. ¬†The town is full of cute little shops and restaurants. ¬†We took the ferry there from Kos, then had a romantic dinner on the beach of beef […]

The Adventures of Pegasus in Kos, Greece

Before our trip we saw a giant pegasus floaty that we knew WE HAD TO HAVE. ¬†We were going to Greece. ¬†We needed a pegasus. ¬†For transportation. It was sold out everywhere, but I managed to find it on Ali Baba (and then kind of sort of pretended I was a vendor and used my […]

Santorini ūüíí

Oia in Santorini is the most picturesque place I’ve ever been- it’s all stark white and bright blue, perched up on cliffs overlooking the ocean. ¬†The whole island is incredibly scenic, and we went exploring! ¬†We rented a quad vehicle, and after a few mishaps (discovering it didn’t go in reverse, not actually remembering how […]

I ‚ô° Hawai’i – Photo Diary

A series of photos from various trips to Hawai’i…I just keep going back. ¬†

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar was as grand as we imagined it- a riot of color, texture, and exotic smells. ¬†There were Turkish towels everywhere, bright lanterns, tons of jewelry, unfamiliar sweets and spices, and everything else you could think of. ¬†It is the one of the largest indoor bazaars and the world’s first shopping mall. ¬†There […]

La Mercè Festival in Barcelona

We went to Barcelona in mid-September during the¬†La Merc√®¬†festival. ¬†The streets were full of people out celebrating, and there were free public concerts and events everywhere. ¬†It’s the biggest party of the year, and a great time to visit! Walking home from dinner one night, we stumbled across a very strange parade. After some internet-ing […]

A Day in Fez, Morocco

We only had one day in Fez so we tried to make the most of it. ¬†Fez has the oldest medina in the world, and has hardly changed since the city was founded in the 8th century. ¬†The medina is full of tiny stone-paved twisty streets that you can get lost in almost immediately. We […]

Morocco : Photo Diary

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