Bogotá, Colombia

At the beginning of the year, my younger brother and cousin moved to Bogotá where they accepted positions teaching English through one of Colombia's government sanctioned schools, SENA.  After months of tracking their progress and adventures through Facebook and Skype, I couldn't take it anymore and booked a flight. We spent our time together exploring the…

Lake Tahoe | Truckee, CA

When people hear "Tahoe," they probably think of the lake (one of the US's largest, and second deepest behind Crater Lake) or skiing and other winter sports. Truth be told, it's a fantastic summer destination with mountains to hike, bike paths to shred, roller skating, fly fishing, kayaking, and just about any other outdoor activity suitable for…

Biking Through Copenhagen

I decided to make the trek to Copenhagen because it's listed as one of the happiest cities in the world. Thus, we decided to do like the Danes do and bike throughout Copenhagen. On Sunday, our game plan was to start at the hotel and cycle 40km along the coast to the Louisiana Museum of…

Copenhagen, Denmark

As the plane begins to descend, I peer out the window fascinated by the tiny white dots of offshore windmills and the Øresund Bridge which connects Denmark to Sweden through an underwater tunnel. From the sky, it looks as if the toy-sized cars are driving off the bridge into the depths of the ocean. Impressive stuff. I…

Neuschwanstein Castle | Germany

The Sleeping Beauty is hands down my favorite ballet of all time. The story, Petipa's choreography, the ornate costumes, the elaborate sets... the music? Well, it was good enough for Disney filmmakers to use for the melodies for ballads and background music in the 1959 animated film. Once I found out that Walt Disney based Princess Aurora's…

Lindau, Germany

I had never heard of Lindau until B insisted we take a day trip from Heidelberg to see it. Lindau is a Bavarian town/island on the freshwater lake Bodensee. It almost borders Austria and is across the water from Switzerland. After a beautiful afternoon driving through the bright yellow-green German countryside, we arrived on the island…

France: Paris (vol 2)

After lunch at a small café, we set out for Le Fouchon to find my aunt's favorite tea. Holy moly, that place is amazing! Tons of beautiful macaroons and ornately decorated eclairs. Flavors and variations of all kinds. I bought three different kinds of tea, sausages to smuggle back for my uncle, and B bought meat and…

France: Grand-Bornand & Lyon

As I sat down to write this, I became acutely aware of how very charmed my life is. We were met at the Lyon airport early Saturday morning by my dear friend, Sydney, and her French husband Mikael. From there we headed straight to Le Grand-Bornand for the holiday weekend. I'm still not entirely sure why…

England | Germany | France

Welcome 2014! Thus far it's been a whirlwind of travel, food, family, fun, and dance! This year began in London where we saw "Les Miserables" at the Queen's Theater, "Book of Mormon," some of my favorite artists' works at the Tate Modern, went to afternoon tea, and ate some insanely tasty curry. We flew back…