York, England

This post is long overdue as it’s officially been over half a year since my 2016 Christmas trip to the UK. There’s no shortage of posts about that trip – I’ve shared Christmas in London, a winter look, a roundup of my favorite parks in London, the hotels I stayed in England, and a some snaps from East London. Just because there’s already been somewhat of an overload of UK travel posts, however, does not mean that York doesn’t deserve its…

Walking in London’s Parks

  When you think of London, probably at least some of these things will pop into your mind: Big Ben, double-decker buses, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Underground… All these things do a fine job representing London, but to me, one of the absolute best things about the city is its parks. Despite being an extremely tight-quartered metropolitan city, London has green spaces of various sizes that used to be royal hunting grounds or private gardens for residents that…

Living in the Paradox of Time

“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” –St. Augustine Musée d’Orsay – Paris The concept of time is so fascinating because it is full of paradoxes – it heals and it kills; it flies and it stalls. At the end of the day, we seem to have no idea what time really is. When did it begin, and will…

Brussels, Bruges – Belgium.

What happened in Brussels recently deeply upset me. As I’ve grown older, I’ve become much more empathetic and attuned to what’s happening all around the world. However, things hit me the hardest when they happen in places I’ve been. Belgium was never on the top of my to go list, but when you live in Europe as a student, every city is fair game as long as it’s cheap. So for no other particular reason than Brussels being an affordable…

Five Things About London

As I may have mentioned once, or a hundred times really, London is my favorite place in the world. I’m completely in love with it. Yes I’m fully aware that it’s not a perfect city – there are even things I hate about it – but I still love it as a whole. After studying abroad, I missed my life in Europe immensely. Now that more than a year has passed by since my return, a lot of the memories…

Twenty Three

This month, I turned 23. I know that age is just a number, and that by no means is 23 “old”, but seeing that number rise is quite nerve wrecking. It makes self-reflection inevitable: did I do enough in the past year? Was 22 a better year than the last? If not, is 23 going to be worse?? In a time of constant uncertainty and self-doubt, a celebratory occasion like a birthday almost seems like a burden. However, my reflection…

Yellow

I vowed to treasure my two weeks in Beijing by being in the moment and doing what I came here to do – spend time with family. With the weather being dreary and cold, I’ve mostly been staying indoors, scouring through old photos and listening to my grandma tell stories from the past. Today, however, I decided that it’s time to get out, before the temperature falls below freezing in the upcoming week (yes.. and it’s still just November). I…