Storybook Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Český Krumlov is a medieval town built around an iconic castle in the south of the Czech Republic. In the center of Bohemia, this picturesque village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be reached by a beautiful trip through sunflowers fields in the countryside. I had the pleasure of visiting this magical storybook town and wanted to share some of the sights I saw. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Visit Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic will always hold a place in my heart after I lived there and studied abroad. While my time there had its ups and downs, I would never take back such an amazing experience to see the world and integrate its lessons into who I am today. Here are 10 reasons you should move Prague up on your bucket list and visit it as soon as you can. Continue reading

Best of The US: Fishing at North Fork River, Oregon

North Fork River isn’t far from Portland, Oregon, but you’d think you’ve stepped into a different world. Miles away from the bustling city, the river is quiet and serene.

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This stretch of water in the middle of the Willamette River is officially named North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River. Located an hour or so outside of Portland, this marked the scene of my first ever fishing trip! Continue reading

Best of The US: Peach Picking in Aurora, Oregon

I had never picked my own peaches before until I spent a year living in Oregon. Picking peaches always seemed like a fantasy date activity: walking through the orchard on a hot summer day holding hands and choosing the perfect fruit.

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In reality, peach picking was more fun and dream-like that I had ever fantasized about. The air smelled thick and sweet and the branches hung heavily with peaches, waiting for us to pick them and take a juicy bite of their delicious fruit. Continue reading

Xplor-ing in Cancun, Mexico

Visitors to Cancun, Mexico won’t want to miss this unique theme park. Boasting the longest, highest and fastest zip lines, underground caves 65 million years in the making and subterranean vehicles straight out of Indiana Jones, Xplor is a must-visit for lovers of adventure.

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Xplor-ing Cancun, Mexico

There are three activities to do at Xplor and each of them are around 45 minutes long. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s an all day adventure from 9-5 and you’ll be tired and satisfied at the end. I even slept the whole way home! Continue reading

Best of the US: Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, Washington

Rattlesnake Ridge and Rattlesnake Lake are part of the Cedar River Municipal Watershed just east of Seattle, Washington. Growing up with this beautiful natural spot in my backyard was quite a treat. The Ridge provides an excellent hike with incredible panoramic views including a picturesque mountaintop boulder to sit and rest mid-hike.

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Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge gets its name from the shape of the mountain. If you look at Rattlesnake Ridge from the side, it looks like a long curvature of a snake squiggling across the horizon. If you want, the Ridge provides a hike all along the ridge, a longer hike that definitely will take  the full day. The more popular hike is about 1 1/2 and isn’t too steep or hard. It is very popular, especially on weekends, so go early! Continue reading

Mexico: The History of the Piñata

A piñata is a hit party decoration that’s covered in colorful crepe paper. The classic piñata is the shape of a donkey, but they also come in tons of cartoon and other awesome colorful shapes. They’re a staple at birthday celebrations and are filled with small toys and candy. Piñatas are thought to have come from Mexico, but they actually have a lot of international roots, stemming from the Far East.

Photo Courtesy of: Renato Ganzona

Photo Courtesy of: Renato Ganzona

History of the Piñata

The earliest known piñata dates back to the 13th century when Marco Polo found one in the Orient. The traditional Mandarin way of ringing in the New Year involved a small animal tribute made out of craft material. Continue reading

Travel 101: Packing for a Beach Vacation

The holidays are over and the weather is getting colder. It’s the perfect time to kick your relaxation up a notch and take a trip to a warmer climate. I am lucky enough to have visited Cancun, Mexico recently and I wanted to share with you some organizational skills to help you pack for your next beach vacation.

Photo Courtesy of: Luke Ma

Photo Courtesy of: Luke Ma

Packing for a Beach Vacation

Check the Weather

Check the weather in your destination to make sure you’re bringing temperature appropriate clothing. Try not to bring any more outfits than you have to so plan your wardrobe ahead of time. Continue reading